​​​​​​2016 ISSEI conference 

The University of Lodz, Poland

The History of ISSEI

ISSEI (The International Society for the Study of European Ideas)

In 1984, the Rockefeller Foundation invited the Editorial Board of The European Legacy to hold its first conference on “Europe in a Changing World,” in Bellagio, Italy, and it was there that the Talmors decided to found the International Society for the Study of European Ideas. The ISSEI conferences offer a forum for academics from different countries, backgrounds, and disciplines to share the fruits of their work and to keep track of new intellectual trends and research in areas of study other than their own; they enable participants to keep abreast with new developments in current-day Europe where the forces of nationalism, unification, globalism, and the impact of a rapidly changing world shape and reshape academic practices.
 
From 1988, ISSEI has organized biennial international conferences on a variety of themes: 


1988    
Turning Points in History    
University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands    
200 Participants 

1990    
European Nationalism    
Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium    
300 Participants 

1992    
European Integration and the European Mind    
University of Aalborg, Denmark    
400 Participants 

1994    
The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms    
University of Graz, Austria    
900 Participants 

1996    
Memory, History and Critique: Identity and the Millennium    
University of Humanist Studies, Utrecht, the Netherlands    
1,500 Participants 

1998
Twentieth Century European Narratives: Tradition and Innovation    
University of Haifa, Israel    
700 Participants 

2000  
Approaching a New Millennium: Lessons from the Past - Prospects for the Future    
University of Bergen, Norway    
650 Participants 

2002    
European Nationalism in a Changing World: Between Nationalism and Globalism    
University of Aberystwyth, Wales, UK    
430 Participants 

2004 
The Narrative of Modernity: The Co-existence of Differences    
University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain    
390 Participants 

2006
The European Mind: Narrative and Identity    
University of Malta, Malta    
380 Participants 

2008
Language and the Scientific Imagination    
Language Center,
University of Helsinki, Finland    
480 Participants 

2010
Thought in Science and Fiction    
University of Chankaya, Ankara, Turkey    
150 Participants 

2012
The Ethical Challenge of Multidisciplinarity: Reconciling ‘The Three Narratives’: Art, Science, and Philosophy    
University of Cyprus, Nicosia    
350


2014
Images of Europe: Past, Present, Future    

Catholic University of Portugal, Porto    
280 Participants 

To know more about the conferences and journal here are a few samples of what ISSEI members and long-standing contributors to The European Legacy have written.

 “For some fifteen years I have had the pleasure of sharing ideas with scholars from all over the world, shared a sense of unity with colleagues of every persuasion and country of origin. I trust I am not naive in believing that salvation for the world we know depends on just such a coming together of minds and concepts. It has truly been an inspiration for me.” 

Professor Armand Singer (deceased), University of West Virginia, USA 
 
“ISSEI conferences are an invitation to move beyond the limits you have set for yourself, the constraints you have imposed on your own thinking, breaking through to new levels of performance and ability. By engaging in age-old questions, ISSEI brings new dimensions and casts new light on situations and events of Europe’s history and current realities. ISSEI and The European Legacy are an ongoing training to translate insights into effective actions.”

Professor Heinz-Uwe Haus, University of Delaware, Newark, USA, and Berlin University, Germany

 “My involvement with ISSEI has nurtured my academic project and fostered my growth as a writer in deep and significant ways. It provided me with access to an intellectual community more diverse than any I have found in America. By providing a multidisciplinary forum, the conferences and the journal have both challenged and encouraged me to read more broadly in order to expand the theoretical perspective from which I write. The opportunity for intellectual exchange not only in conference workshops, but in sustained conversation—if only via email—that grows from them is unparalleled in my experience.” 

Dr. Charlotte Berkowitz, Houston, Texas, USA

The European Legacy and ISSEI’s cross-disciplinarity and international character is probably unique in modern intellectual life. I am profoundly grateful that ISSEI’s founders had the vision and the energy to create an intellectual space where I can continue to learn and develop, where I can find common ground with scholars from other disciplines, and where I can be intellectually stimulated and challenged. Under the influence of this vision, I rarely think of myself as a ‘political scientist’, but rather as someone who draws from literature, philosophy, history, anthropology, sociology and politics to examine questions about the development of democracy, one of Europe’s greatest achievements. Scholars everywhere have reason to celebrate ISSEI’s continued existence.” 

Professor David W. Lovell, University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia 





ISSEI On Listserv:
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