Culture as Building Block or Obstacle to the Creation of a Transnational European Identity?

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Venue:Florida International University - MARC International Pavilion

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Two-day European Identities Conference February 25 and 26

Over the past six decades, various actors—institutions, groups, individuals—have attempted to shape a transnational European identity. While research about the existence of a European identity, based on historical, political, and other commonalities exists in abundance, there is no consensus about its overall meaning. What does a European identity consists of? Who is included? What mechanisms create and shape it?

"Culture as Building Block or Obstacle to the Creation of a Transnational European Identity?" will confront the contradictory role that culture has played—and continues to play—in the formation of a transnational European identity, whether as a central building block to unity or a formidable impediment to a common sense of purpose. Cultural aspects remain ambivalent factors in the creation of a European identity, as they are viewed on the one hand as essential for common identification, and other hand as a source of tensions. The question of a European identity is not simply self-referential, but also has repercussions for the European Union’s role in the world.

Dr. Michael D. Kennedy, the Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, February 25, 2010.

The conference is sponsored by the Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence, the Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series, the Department of History, the European Studies Program, and the School of International and Public Affairs. The event is free and open to the public.


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