On Thursday and Friday, 3 and 4 December 2020, Prof. Dr. Claudia Wiesner will organize an online conference on the topic: "Theorising the EU´s crisis".
The European Union is regarded to be in a severe crisis at least since 2008, when the financial crisis began to hit. This labelling brings about several questions. The first ones concern the concept of crisis as such - crisis is a concept that is often criticised for both being used in inflationary manner and be a catch-all concept. Second, it is contested what the crisis - presuming there is one – regards: the financial crisis? Migration? Brexit? Right-wing populism? Or recently the CIVID-Pandemic? Or all of it? Third, there has been little analysis of Europe’s multifaceted crisis from a more theoretical standpoint. The symptoms that have been sketched have been discussed in terms of EU integration theory, but much less so in terms of their social and philosophical impacts and backgrounds.
The leading argument for the conference is that the EU’s crisis, or what is labelled and discussed as such, can on the one hand be interpreted as a symptom of a decisive lack, i.e., a lack of an idea of a common European good. On the other hand, values and principles that have been traditionally associated with Europe, such as solidarity, human rights, freedom and democracy, are put in question by the EU´s current policies. Against this backdrop, it is the goal of the conference to theorise the EU’s crisis and its linkages to society, politics and the state.
The conference is organized with the support of Fulda Research Centre for Intercultural Communication and European Studies (CINTEUS), the Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration e.V. and Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union (AEI).
Please register for the conference with zhylien.kaja(at)sk.hs-fulda.de
You can find more information to the programme of the conference here.