Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsIn the final week of this course, you have learned that Europe has many faces, but also many voices. You have repeated the main ideas from the previous five sessions. Also, you now know that identity is always produced through binaries, and that othering is integral to identity formation. Whenever something or someone is claimed to be European, something else or someone else is claimed not to be. This means that imagining Europe as a space of distinct culture with a specific history and a specific set of political institutions creates a boundary between Europe and the non-Europe. This leads to the inclusion of some and the exclusion of others.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 secondsFor that reason, in this week, you have been asked to rethink Europe beyond these practices of exclusion. You have examined how Europe is defined as a space of modernity and democracy from the margins. Euroculture students have helped you see how transculturality can provide for a new model for diversity in Europe. You have visualised and mapped these diversities and various faces of Europe. And finally, you have developed your own vision for Europe's future in the reform proposals.

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We hope you have gained new ideas about and new conceptions of Europe and are able to translate these into your daily life, studies and/or work. Maybe Europe has become more complex and multi-faceted, but we also hope that you have the tools to engage with this complexity.

So what now? If you have enjoyed this course and it has aroused your interest to learn even more, please take a look at the education and research opportunities offered by the Erasmus Mundus Master of Arts Euroculture.

If your interest is much broader, we welcome you to have a look at all of the Master’s Degree Programmes offered by the University of Groningen.

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European Culture and Politics

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