We would like to cordially invite you to a two-day online conference from Monday, 29 November to Tuesday, 30 November 2021 on the topic: “Foreign Perspectives on European Identity“.
Internal disputes over the adherence to common values and global challenges demanding unified EU positions, have re-ignited debates over questions of shared identity and the EU’s evolving capacity to act on the global stage, credibly, and in unison.
Moving beyond the traditional scope of a mostly intra-European discourse, this format seeks to integrate foreign perspectives from around the world, to approach answers to the fundamental question of what unites – rather than divides – Europeans, the EU and its member states.
To what extent can the European Union be considered a state-like actor? How do perceptions of the EU’s cultural, political, and legal identity influence its legitimacy and room for maneuver? And has the EU recently lost credibility as a global standard-bearer for value-based policy in the world?
The conference brings together distinguished international experts from different academic backgrounds. It is part of a series of European conferences – the Hamburg-Vigoni Forum – launched by the University of Hamburg in cooperation with Europa-Kolleg Hamburg, the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at University of Hamburg and Villa Vigoni, the German-Italian Centre for European Dialogue.
Monday, 29 November 2021
|13:30 CET||Welcome address by Prof. Markus Kotzur and Eva Leptien, University of Hamburg|
|13:45-15:30 CET||The EU as an international actor: Classifying statehood and justifying state behavior |
Keynotes by Prof. Henk Botha, Stellenbosch University, Prof. Liu Lirong, Fudan University, and Prof. Chin-peng Chu, National Dong Hwa University
Moderator: Eva Leptien, University of Hamburg
|16:00-17:30 CET||Perspectives on cultural, political and legal identity. One Europe and many Europeans? |
Keynotes by Prof. J.H.H. Weiler, New York University, and Prof. Eli Salzberger, University of Haifa
Moderator: Prof. Markus Kotzur, University of Hamburg
To round off the conference day and to enable further exchange on the content discussed, participants and speakers are afterwards invited to a virtual networking session via the digital platform WonderMe. Access data will be provided during the conference.
Tuesday, 30 November 2021
|13:30-15:30 CET||Losing leadership? Perceptions of the EU with regards to environmental/climate policy and the enforcement of human rights |
Keynotes by Prof. Ingo Sarlet; Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, and Prof. R. Daniel Kelemen, Rutgers University
Moderation: Manuela Niehaus, University of Hamburg
|16:00-17:45 CET||Looking in, looking out and looking further |
Keynotes by Prof. Alberto van Klaveren, Universidad de Chile, and Dr. Anne Dienelt, Research Fellow and Lecturer, University of Hamburg
Moderator: Dr. Holger Niemann, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg
|17:45 CET||Closing remarks, Prof. Markus Kotzur, University of Hamburg|
Please register via this link. The conference language is English.
We look forward to lively discussions and your participation.