Seminar directed by Stella Ghervas
Institute for Advanced Studies (IEA) - Paris (France), 2009-2010
Enlarged Europe: from the Enlightenment to the Treaty of Lisbon
Location: IEA-Paris, 16-18 rue Suger, 75006 Paris
Following its recent territorial expansion, the European Union is undergoing a crisis (often considered as an “identity” crisis) caused by profound disagreements about a specific set of core ideas on the Europe-to-be. Yet the authors of European treaties had taken particular care in incorporating universal values into these texts.
What are those controversial ideas? What referents (i.e. aspirations, events, memories or imaginations) did they call up in the minds of the voters who rejected them in the ballots? This seminar proposes to trace those referents back to their origins, while broadening the focus both in time and space: by going beyond the conventional year of 1945 and considering all of expanded Europe.