The ARL Summer School 2019 "Europe and its regions" takes place from 28 to 30 October 2019 in Hanover, Germany. Advanced doctoral students from all disciplines are invited to apply. The summer school will be held in English.
In the 1990s, researchers commonly asserted a declining significance of the nation state (“hollowing out the nation state”) and of the local level, which was paralleled by a rise in the political importance of international organisations and the regional level. The idea of a “Europe of the regions” was used to describe both an interpretation of reality and a promising model for future development. Two decades later, and in view of the recently rising nationalism, Europe’s position and prospects should be reanalysed. For this purpose, three dimensions should be distinguished: politics, economy, and culture. It should be noted, however, that developments in these dimensions can be contradictory.
Increasing political and economic interdependencies at the European and global levels have recently been confronted with a strengthened political nationalism. One popular explanation is that globalisation has dis-anchored at least parts of the population. The question arises as to whether regions and regional culture provide opportunities for identification and anchoring. The ARL International Summer School seeks to critically examine these processes in the European context: How have the power relations between the EU, the nation states, and the regional or local governments developed? Did regions gain in importance recently, or are we experiencing a renationalisation? What are the implications of right-wing populist and nationalist discourses?
These questions hint at a much more general question, namely, how “Europe” is conceptualised by its citizens and its political and economic elites. Is Europe synonymous with the political system of the European Union? How does the concept of the EU as a multilateral organisation with a focus on political and economic questions compare with the dispositif of Europe? And last but not least, what is the added value of conceptualising Europe beyond the continent as a specific understanding of unity in diversity based on shared fundamental values derived from the Enlightenment?
The event is jointly organized by: German Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL) Ministry of Federal and European Affairs and Regional Development Leibniz University Hannover, Leibniz Research Centre “TRUST”
Confirmed speakers are:
Prof. Simin Davoudi, Birgit Honé, Prof. Anssi Paasi, Prof. Dr. Sabine Riedel and Prof. Dr. Peter Schmitt.
The deadline for applications is 1 September 2019. For further information please visit their website.
28. - 30.10.2019
ARL, Hanover, Germany