The Meaning of Europe and Challenges of the Economic Crisis
The one-day conference focuses on the enduring questions Europe faces: of identity, purpose, model and capability. These questions have been highlighted in the recent debates over a ‘Constitution’ for the European Union and on its own enlargement. Now, further uncertainty is created on these matters by the current global economic crisis.
The first two panels conference will explore the key dimensions underpinning these questions. Panels will address the political and social issues of: what is Europe?, where is Europe?, and who are the Europeans? These contemporary questions will be placed in appropriate historical, philosophical, and social contexts and the discussions will endeavour to highlight relevant contrasts and comparisons from settings across the continent, in order to explain the origin and nature of Europe’s current dilemmas.
A third and last panel will address the implications in these respects of the current global economic crisis. On the one hand, the current economic climate may give rise to attempts in different countries to try to shift problems to neighbors by employing various forms of protectionism. The crisis may also raise doubts about the continued cohesion and even viability of the euro-zone. At the same time, however, European leaders may find that cooperation and coordination is the only way out of the crisis. Will Europe emerge as a more cohesive or as a weakened entity out of the crisis? How will these responses change the future of the European Union and its enlargement?
09.30- 10.00: Arrival and Coffee
Panel 1: : Different Meanings of Europe
10.00- 10.05: Welcoming Remarks Kadri Özçaldıran (Rector of Bogazici University)
10.05- 10.15: Opening Remarks by Şevket Pamuk, European Institute, LSE and Boğaziçi University
Chair : Gün Kut (Department of Political Science and International Relations, , Boğaziçi University)
10.15- 10.35: Simon Glendinning, European Institute, LSE
‘Prudent Europe: « Greek, Christian and Beyond »
10.35-10.50: Q & A
10.50- 11.10: Kevin Featherstone, Director, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.
‘The Uses and Abuses of « Europe » in contemporary political discourse’.
11.10- 11.25: Q & A
11.25- 11.45: Nilufer Göle, EHESS, Paris
Is there a European public sphere? Contours and controversies.
11.45- 12.00: Q & A
Panel 2: Contemporary Perspectives on Europe
Chair: Mine Eder (Department of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University)
13.30- 13.50: Hakan Yilmaz, Director, European Studies Center, Bogaziçi University
“The Turkish Kulturkampf Over Europe”
13.50- 14.05: Q &A
14.05- 14.25: Petr Drulák, Director, Institute of International Relations, Prague
”A perpetual change? Conceptual challenge of the European integration“
14.25-14.14.40: Q & A
14.40- 15.00: Nicolas Monceau, University of Grenoble, Institute of Political Studies,
« The Definitions of Europe in France. From the 2005 Referendum on the European Constitution to the 2008 Global Economic Crisis ».
15.00- 15.15: Q & A
15.15- 15.45: Coffee Break
Panel 3: European Integration and the Current Economic Crisis
Chair: Refik Erzan (Department of Economics, Boğaziçi University)
15.45- 16.05: Bob Hancke, European Institute, LSE,
‘European capitalism(s) in crisis’
16.05- 16.20: Q & A
16.20- 16.40: Henrik Enderlein, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
“Facing the Perfect Storm: How resilient is EMU in the context of the financial crisis?”.
16.40- 16.55: Q & A
16.55- 17.15:Bahadir Kaleagasi, TUSIAD, Brussels,
« Global Economic Crisis and the Priorities of the European Business Community »
17.15- 17.30: Q & A and Closing Remarks