​​​​​​2016 ISSEI conference 

The University of Lodz, Poland

The vision of Henri Bergson, of Romain Rolland, and of Jean Monnet was one of a peaceable Europe escaping from ghosts of the past, steering economic growth, and ultimately realizing a script: a script for a film with a cosmopolitan ending of democracy and rights. Such a vision of a better Europe has fallen into crisis. It seems no longer realistic or realizable. Worse, Europe today has sunk into intolerance of Otherness, Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism. Is the idea of Europe one of the legacies of the Enlightenment-sparked civilization that should continue to unfold, rather than some dream or plan of what should be? Has the European Union morphed into technocratic over-reaching in the quest for excessive harmonization? Rather than thoughtless clamoring for Brexit, is the United Kingdom the model for the relation of particular nations to a European whole, where the whole is understood as an interdependent community of history and fate confronting new risks, and realizing that the traditional welfare state is inadequate for dealing with the precariat in new lost generations. Can the idea of Europe capacitate solidarity and reciprocity among its parts? 

Contributions are welcome re Spain, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, Israel, and regarding Hegel  Luhmann and Habermas. 


Please submit a 350–500 word abstract before 31 March 2016 to Richard Weiner at: RWeiner@ric.edu

Workshop: Fading Europe? Confronting Limitations / Envisioning Alternatives

Chair: Richard R. Weiner

Professor of Political Science, Rhode Island College, and Affiliate

Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, USA
RWeiner@ric.edu