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LSE European Institute Series: 'Beyond Eurocentrism'

Understanding Europe requires going beyond Eurocentrism.

Simon Glendinning - Head of the European Institute

Looking at a Europe in ruins after the First World War, the French poet and essayist Paul Valéry reflected on how far it had fallen: from once “appearing” to itself as “the elect portion of the terrestrial globe, the pearl of the sphere, the brain of a vast body” it was fast-becoming provincialized, no more to its “reality” than a “little promontory on the continent of Asia”. If the old Eurocentric appearance was disappearing in 1919, it has today largely evaporated altogether. 

Understanding Europe requires going beyond Eurocentrism. And yet studies of Europe may still retain the traces of Eurocentric assumptions and prejudices. This event series aims to explore how the shape and shaping of Europe – its political-economy, its political policy making, or its political culture – needs to be rethought in a time of the exhaustion of Eurocentrism.

Upcoming Events

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EVENT POSTPONED: The Early History of Humanity: we have never been stupid (until now?)

Monday 21 February 2022, 5pm to 6pm

Speaker: David Wengrow, Professor of Comparative Archaeology at UCL and co-author of 'The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity'. 

Chair: Professor Simon Glendinning, Head of the LSE European Institute and Professor in European Philosophy.

Hosted by the LSE European Institute.

New date to be announced soon. 


Previous Events


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Queering Europe: nationalism and sexuality
Thursday 11 November 2021

This event will explore the seemingly paradoxical relationship between sexuality and Europeanness. Challenging the binary of tolerant West and intolerant others, the panel explore will discuss how both homophobia and homonationalism are intertwined with nationalist projects across the continent.

Speakers: Professor Fatima El-Tayeb, Abeera Khan, Professor Richard Mole, Dr Alyosxa Tudor. 

Hosted by the LSE European Institute and Department of Gender Studies.

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Summer Term 2021

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Europe's Refugee 'Crisis': where are we now?Wednesday 16 June 2021

Six years after the beginning of Europe’s so called refugee or migration 'crisis', we ask what has happened since and (how) has Europe changed? This event explores Europe’s ‘refugee’ or ‘migration’ crisis, asking whether Europe has changed since, and what happened to the people who arrived and the policies that governed their arrival.

Speakers: Professor Heaven Crawley, Dr Lucy Mayblin, Masooma Torfa, Catherine Woollard.

Hosted by the LSE European Institute and the 89 Initiative.

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Lent Term 2021

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Is Europe White? Assessing the Role of Whiteness in Europe Today
Monday 15 March 2021

The event examined how, in the form of white privilege, ‘colour-blindness’ and supremacy, whiteness shapes individual lives and European societies alike. 

Speakers: Dr Jean Beaman, Dr Neema Begum, Professor David Theo Goldberg.

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Michaelmas Term 2020

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Young People and (anti-) Racism: whose lives matter in Europe?
Monday 12 October 2020

In the wake of global protests against racism and police brutality, European publics at large have been called to reckon with the role of race on the continent. This panel discussed how racism has deeply shaped both European past and present and how young people today can determine how it’ll shape Europe’s future.

Speakers: Dr Manmit Bhambra, Hiba Latreche, Magid Magid, Dr. Emilia Zenzile Roig. 

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Growth and solidarity: cities reimagining human mobility in Africa and Europe
Friday 09 October 2020

The speakers discuss 'The Mayors Dialogue on Growth and Solidarity', explore the challenges facing cities in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the opportunities offered by the new dialogue. 

Speakers: Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE, Marta Foresti, Mayor Giuseppe Sala, Professor Ricky Burdett.

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