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Special Lecture

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Panel
english language

The great European Void: linguistic and cultural barriers for a European public sphere
Abstract: The ‘democratic deficit’ in the European Union is not only the result of institutional shortcomings, but also due to the absence of a European ‘public sphere’ where the political and cultural debate may proceed for an all-European audience. Such discussion is the task of intellectuals, first. However, the cultural opportunity structure for intellectuals is almost entirely determined by national institutions (universities,
newspapers) and few opportuniites exist at the European level.

Speakers

Distinguished University Professor of Social Science at the University of Amsterdam Chairman, Amsterdam School for Social Science Research

Dr. Abram DE SWAAN

Distinguished University Professor of Social Science at the University of Amsterdam Chairman, Amsterdam School for Social Science Research

 studied Political Science at the University of Amsterdam
1963  candidaatsexamen (B.A.) cum laude
1966  doctoraalexamen (M.A.) cum laude
1966-1968 Harkness grant of the Commonwealth Fund and attended graduate school at Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley
 He was Grotius professor at the New School for Social Research, visiting professor at Columbia University, at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, the Maison des Sciences de l Homme, Paris, and the Ecole des Sciences Politiques.
 He was Einaudi professor at Cornell University, European Union professor at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest
1973 Dissertation (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam, "entitled Coalition theories and cabinet formations" (Amsterdam/San Francisco)
1973-2001 Chair of Sociology, University of Amsterdam
1987-1997 Co-founder and dean of the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research
1997-1998 European Chair at the College de France in Paris

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