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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds Welcome to the sixth and final week of the course on European Culture and Politics. In this week, Professor Janny de Jong from the University of Groningen and I will invite you to reflect upon the main ideas of the course and develop your own perspective on the underlying question what is Europe. We will summarise the central hypothesis about the construction of Europe that were introduced by our educators in the previous five weeks, with particular focus on modernity and democracy. And then we will add a new layer to the discussion by examining how Europe is defined through its relationship with the outside. This week is organised in four parts. We start with an introductory video that revisits the many faces of Europe.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 seconds The first part, therefore, answers how Europe can simultaneously stand for culture and political project. Here, we also start adopting the perspective of the other in the construction of Europe. We will begin with a discussion of othering as a sine qua non of identity formation. The second part of the week revisits modernity and democracy as two focal points in the formation of European identity. Here, we will examine how, over history and in present times, Europe has been constructed by identifying non Europe. The third part visualises multiple faces of Europe. You can search multiple digital maps of Europe and test your knowledge and ideas developed in this course.

Skip to 1 minute and 42 seconds And consequently encourage you to develop these ideas further in a reflection blog on how to reform the existing sociopolitical structures and move towards a more inclusive model for Europe. In the fourth part, we have invited a group of students of the Erasmus Mundus Master programme “Euroculture” to explain their own visions for the future of Europe. They have decided to focus on transculturality as a defining model of how to approach diversity in contemporary Europe. In the conclusion to this week, and to the course, we have once again summarised our discussions on the ideational roots and boundaries of Europe.

Skip to 2 minutes and 27 seconds In the context of the evident problems faced by the European political project at the moment, we end with a question of what the future of the European continent is and encourage you to continue thinking about sustainable solutions to the existing problems.

Overview of the week

Welcome to the sixth and final week of the course! In this week, we will look at how Europe is constructed in opposition to other countries, spaces and ideas. We also ask ourselves whether, to some degree, we should think of Europe as the outlier.

Professor Janny de Jong and Dr Senka Neuman-Stanivukovic will critically reflect on European culture, religion, modernity, the nation-state and democracy. What happens when we situate Europe in the wider world: what kind of Europe emerges then?

Also this week, a group of Euroculture students present transculturality as a way to understand Europeanisation and mutual influencing. Increasingly, Europe is becoming a space where multiple cultures meet and interact. The students reflect on the influence of those interactions on European identity.

We end the week, and our course, with a reflection blog in which you reflect on what you have learnt in our course. How can you bring the insights gained and skills developed to your studies, work or daily life?

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