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Distinguished Professor of Nordic, European and World History, Department of World Cultures, CENS - Centre of Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki Abstract Key Note
The talk lays out three European utopias of peace: Vienna 1815, Versailles 1919, and Paris 1951 and reflects on what connects them with today’s Europe, what they have in common and what separates them. They shared the dream of stability and order through a legal framing of politics. The presentation discusses why this dream was impossible and how the lack of a viable political economy which considered the social side of the economic integration became a major political problem. The focus is on the role of language in the translation of experiences into action-oriented horizons of expectation. The conclusion is that the present European crisis is as much a conceptual crisis, which has spilt over into a moral crisis, as it is an economic crisis. This makes the crisis more serious than much of what is referred to under the inflated term crisis. The lack of a convincing language is potentially an existential threat, but less through a big bang collapse of the euro-zone than through the lack of a vision of what Europe is and should be. People’s indifference not to say apathy is the greater threat than the state debts. A new vision would mean a new legal framing of Europe as a polity based on the insight that values are contentious. The political debate and struggle about alternatives is the cement that moulds democratic societies together. The conclusion is that a new legal framing would mean an upgrading of the European Parliament as the centre of value contention.
The talk is based on work in progress within the research project Europe 1815-1914 (“Between Restoration and Revolution, National Constitutions and Global Law: an Alternative View on the European Century 1815-1914” at the University of Helsinki sponsored by the European Research Council (2009-2014).
Founding Director, Cultural Brokers; former Head of Culture, Greater London Authority, London Key Note

Dr. Bo STRATH

Distinguished Professor of Nordic, European and World History, Department of World Cultures, CENS - Centre of Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki

1990-1996 Professor of History, University of Göteborg
1997-2007 Professor of Contemporary History, European University Institute, Florence
since 2007 Professor of Nordic, European and World History, University of Helsinki

Seminarwoche

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kategorie: Alle PlenarySeminar

12.08.2013

17:00 - 17:15Eröffnung des Europäischen Forums Alpbach 2013Plenary
17:15 - 17:30Eröffnungskonzert Teil I: Uraufführung von "The Light of Experience"Plenary
17:30 - 18:30EröffnungsredenPlenary
19:00 - 19:30Eröffnungskonzert Teil IIPlenary
19:30 - 21:00Vorstellung der SeminarinhaltePlenary

13.08.-18.08.2013

Seminar 01: Neue Ansätze in Sicherheitsfragen - Kooperation, Konzentration und IntegrationSeminar
Seminar 02: Open Data, Open Government, Open Society?Seminar
Seminar 03: Demokratischer Interventionismus oder Schutzverantwortung?Seminar
Seminar 04: Motivation - Biologische und soziale UrsprüngeSeminar
Seminar 05: Werte in der WissenschaftSeminar
Seminar 06: Das Universum entdecken: Wettrennen oder Kooperation?Seminar
Seminar 07: Zwischen Glaube und Atheismus - Werte und die Vielfalt spiritueller ErfahrungenSeminar
Seminar 08: Das Böse in der KunstSeminar
Seminar 09: Die Rolle des Europäischen Gerichtshofs für Menschenrechte bei Schutz und Entwicklung einer offenen GesellschaftSeminar
Seminar 10: Macht und CyberspaceSeminar
Seminar 11: Welche Außenpolitik - Wertebasiert oder Realpolitik?Seminar
Seminar 12: Die Aneignung natürlicher Ressourcen durch den Menschen  Herausforderungen, Grenzen und ethische AspekteSeminar
Seminar 13: Synthetische Biologie: Soziale und ethische AuswirkungenSeminar
Seminar 14: Wurzeln europäischer WerteSeminar
Seminar 15: Das nicht-rationale Verhalten von Individuen: Auswirkungen auf die WirtschaftspolitikSeminar
Seminar 16: Migrations- und Integrationserfahrungen: Ein kulturwissenschaftlicher AnsatzSeminar

13.08.2013

20:00 - 22:00International EveningCulture

14.08.2013

19:00 - 00:00BarCamp: TransformationsSeminar

15.08.2013

18:00 - 19:30Autoren im Gespräch: Die Revolte gegen den Westen und seine WerteCulture