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Europe, a civilian power

By G. Laschi


The aim of the project is to begin a multidisciplinary confrontation on the concept of Europe as a Civilian Power. Concept that we want to deal with from every point of view: historical, political, juridical, financial, philosophical and sociological. To pursue this aim, many national and international experts of different disciplines will be involved. The long-term aim is, indeed, after the first meeting, to create an international research network on the external relations of the EU, with a special focus on the concept of Europe as a Civilian Power. In such a moment of stagnation in the European building process as it is today, the analysis that will be carried out has also the purpose to try to innovate European studies, in order to either prevent or contrast effectively the trend towards a national falling back of many of the disciplines involved on the study of the EU: the question is also to explore different ways which can re-launch, in the new difficult contest, the European studies. Within this project, we suggest to arrange a three-days international meeting; to employ new technologies, implementing a thematic web site (, broadcasting the congress in streaming, collecting documents, audio/video materials; to carry out multidisciplinary scientific researches on this issue, with a final publication of the essays written after the research period; to elaborate material for the general public either via web and/or papery, to broadcast through Europe Direct network and in schools. The aim of the project is to involve as many people as possible, in particular representatives from the academic world of all European universities, but also young researchers, students, civil society and citizenship on the whole (through the involvement of associations, regional and local institutions). Such involvement could be either direct or indirect, through the participation to research and meetings, but also using innovative means (video-conference, skype, internet) for the vision of web materials or through the dissemination of simple information to the general public

Year: 2008
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