2016 ISSEI conference
The University of Lodz, Poland
Dr. Edna Rosenthal
The European Legacy/ ISSEI
Professor Krystyna Kujawinska Courtney
Department of British and Commonwealth Studies
University of Lodz, ul. Narutowicza 65
OFFICIAL CONFERENCE PATRON
Biała Fabryka Ludwika Geyera, tzw. „Biała”. Zbudowana w latach 1825-1827, była pierwszą mechaniczną przędzalnią i tkalnią w Łodzi. [fot. M. Kawczyński]. White Factory belonging to Ludwik Geyer. Built from 1825 to 1827. It had first mechanical spinning mill and weaving mill.
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The changes that have occurred in Europe in the past quarter-century were dramatic, rapid and unforeseeable. These changes—from the rise of the Solidarity Movement in Poland in the early 1980s to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the unification of Germany, the dissolution of the Soviet Bloc, through the creation of the Eurozone, to the enlargement of the Union to 28 states—seemed to reaffirm the spirit of Europa, the cradle and carrier of Western civilization. They also seemed to amply justify the ideal of the New Europe as defined by the European Union: to create a peaceful and prosperous Europe. This vision, it was hoped, would heal the continent, torn and destroyed by two world wars, and consolidate its central role in the global arena of world politics. Recent events, however, have seriously undermined this vision of peace and prosperity, including the global financial crisis, the political crisis in Ukraine, the humanitarian crisis of immigration, and the repercussions of the political upheavals across the Middle East, Europe’s geographical neighbour.
It would seem that Europe, that symbol of a united and peaceful Europe, cannot be upheld without examining what Europe is today, without, that is, attending to Europe’s own self-understanding alongside how it is seen by non-Europeans, from east to west. Since ideals and realities have a history, often a very long history, and since our terms of reference are determined by particular methodologies and disciplines, the attempt to examine the ideal in light of the real, to assess what is new in the New Europe, calls for multiple perspectives on the ever changing faces of Europe.
The 15th International Conference of
International Society for the Study of European Ideas