European Humanism in the Making

In the context of the fourth summer school of the European Federation of Catholic Universities FUCE, two online public sessions are scheduled.

Conflicting Memories between East and West and the Future of Europe

Public opening lecture on Monday 3 July 7.00 – 8.30 p.m.

by Peter Verovšek, Assistant Professor in History and Theory of European Integration at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands

While the accession of the first post-communist states to the European Union (EU) in 2004 seemingly reunited the continent after 45 years of division, new political fault-lines, rooted in collective remembrance and based on divergent understandings of nationalism, sovereignty and democracy, soon emerged.

Collective memories of crucial ruptures, including Europe’s age of total war and the fall of communism, have played a key role in the development of the European project. However, it has become increasingly difficult for Europe to find a unifying narrative of memory that can ground a commitment to a common set of values.

The lecture will be introduced by Sarah Durelle-Marc, Associate Professor at the Law Faculty of the Catholic University of Lille and coordinator of the first course of the summer school programme on the contribution of history to European consciousness.

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Panel debate on Thursday 6 July 7.00-8.30 p.m.
with students participating in the summer school

Once again, Europe and mainly the European Union seem to be in a crisis. Europe’s crisis seems to be Europe’s mode of being. More than ever, it is necessary to debate experiences, fears and hopes concerning Europe, trying to find out which will be the future of a project in which unity and diversity come together.

Bringing in perspectives from very different angles and backgrounds, the panel joins young students from all over the continent who will present and discuss their view on Europe in the making.

The panel will be moderated by Peter Hanenberg, Professor for German and Culture Studies at Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation and Director of CADOS, Católica Doctoral School. He coordinates the second course on literature, the arts, translation and European Identity of the summer school programme.

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