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November 14, 2011 - Colloquium

The Decline of the European Empire

This international colloquium is organised as part of the Strategic Knowledge Cluster Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue: Seeking transnational solutions to 21st century problems by the EUCE and the CIPSS (Centre for International Peace and Security Studies).

The spectacular growth of China, the emergence of Brazil and India, and the sudden and dramatic transformation of the Arab world point to a world in which Europe will no longer play the central role that it has played in the past centuries. A number of Europeans feel concerned about this decline. Our objective for this international conference is to situate these recent developments in the longue durée of the “European imperium”, a form of military, political, economic and cultural domination that existed, empirically, until the mid 20th Century and, cognitively, until the turn of the 21st Century. The benefit of a historical approach is to provide us the necessary hindsight to realize that the European decline is neither as novel nor as inescapable as we might think. Appealing to historical sociology, economic science, international relations theory and postcolonial studies, the speakers in this conference seek to go beyond mere commentary by operationalizing the notion of “power” in its
various dimensions: military and diplomatic, of course, but also economic, social, cultural and symbolic. Our interdisciplinary venture is also an opportunity to think about the role of regions and the notion of empire throughout the centuries.

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Program

9:00 am -9:30 am
WELCOME ADDRESSES

9:30 am -11:00 am EUROPEAN CULTURE AND SYMBOLIC POWER

Jan Zielonka (Oxford), Europe and the World
François Foret (ULB), Europe, religion, empire

Chair: David Haglund (Queen’s)

11:00 am -11:20 am COFFEE BREAK

11:20 am -12:50 pm EUROPEAN POWER IN THE LONGUE DURÉE

Daniel Nexon (Georgetown) - The European Empire in Historical
Perspective
Antonio Missiroli (Bureau of European Policy Advisers, European
Commission) - Europe in the Global Balance of Power

Chair: Costanza Musu (Ottawa)


12:50 pm - 2:30 pm LUNCH

Le défi européen : une perspective canadienne

Keynote speaker: Marie Bernard-Meunier, Former ambassador of
Canada to Germany, the Netherlands and UNESCO


2:30 pm -4:00 pm EUROPE AS A POLITICAL ACTOR

Glyn Morgan (Syracuse) - The Idea of a European Superstate
Anand Menon (Birmingham) - Will the EU Rescue its Member
States?
Alison Weston (European External Action Service) - The past and Future of European Diplomacy. 

Chair: Osvaldo Croci (Memorial University of Newfoundland )

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm COFFEE BREAK

4:20 pm - 5:50 pm THE END OF AN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL MODEL?

Amy Verdun (Victoria) - Euro Area Cris – Economic Governance at the Crossroads
Marc Helbling (Wissenschaftzentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung) - Quelle immigration pour l’Europe?

Chair: Ruben Zaiotti (Dalhousie)

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm RECEPTION

 

Where? Archives nationales du Québec (535 Viger Avenue East)

When? From 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

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