Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsIn this course, you will learn that Europe is much more than a geographically demarcated territory. You will also learn that Europe is much more than the European Union. You will learn to define and understand Europe as a cultural and a political project. We will revisit and tackle the perceived truths about the meaning of European identity and Europeanness. We will examine the ways in which cultural knowledge and facts were constructed to further integration processes in the post World War II Europe. We will explain how this link between European culture and politics is renegotiated in the context of contemporary crisis of European integration.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsWe will help you understand and identify the complexities of the contemporary crises of European integration and support you in developing novel responses to these crises. This course is organized in six sessions. Each of these revisits one notion that is often attached to the idea of Europe, be it a distinct European culture, Christianity, modernity, Europe as a bastion of the modern nation state, or Europe as a birthplace of democracy. By asking how and why these and other concepts have been historically linked to Europe, we are able to deconstruct the myth of Europe as a unified sociopolitical and cultural space. You will further study how various imaginaries of Europe have legitimatized contemporary political processes including, for instance, EU integration.

Skip to 1 minute and 56 secondsEach session concludes with a critical perspective on the perceived crisis or crises of the European political project. The final sixth session takes a different perspective as we look into what Europe is perceived not to be. This perspective enables us to critically reflect and reexamine the earlier established conclusions. We do so in an interactive and creative manner. We end the course with a virtual map of various imaginaries of Europe, including those constructed by you.

Course structure

In this video, Dr Senka Neuman-Stanivukovic walks you through the structure of our course. Each week, we will be looking at a different, constitutive element of contemporary Europe.

This course is the result of years of collaboration among various European and non-European universities under the umbrella of the Erasmus Mundus Master programme Euroculture. The course is taught by more than ten instructors from various disciplines including literary studies, history, international relations, theology and political science.

Week 1 Constructing European culture
Week 2 Europe and religion
Week 3 Europe and modernity
Week 4 Europe and the nation-state
Week 5 Europe and democracy
Week 6 Europe and/as the other

Lead educator

Dr Senka Neuman–Stanivukovic - Lead educator of this course. Lecturer and researcher in Euroculture and International Relations at the University of Groningen.

Mentor

Jesse van Amelsvoort - Coordinator of this course. Alumnus of the Euroculture programme and lecturer at the University of Groningen.

Educators

Dr Margriet van der Waal - Senior lecturer in Euroculture at the University of Groningen and lecturer and tutor at University College Groningen. Educator in the first week of the course.

Professor Martin Tamcke - Professor of Ecumenical Theology and Oriental Church and Mission History at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. Educator in the second week of the course.

Dr Lars Klein - Senior lecturer in Euroculture at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. Educator in the second week of the course.

Dr Konstantin Mierau - Lecturer in Spanish literature and culture at the University of Groningen. Educator in the third week of the course.

Dr Florian Lippert - Lecturer in German literature and culture at the University of Groningen. Educator in the third week of the course.

Dr Stefan Couperus - Lecturer in European politics and society at the University of Groningen. Educator in the third and fifth week of the course.

Dr Vera Alexander - Lecturer in English literature and culture at the University of Groningen. Educator in the third week of the course.

Dr Stephen Milder - Lecturer in European politics and society at the University of Groningen. Educator in the third week of the course.

Dr Alberto Godioli - Lecturer in Italian literature and culture at the University of Groningen. Educator in the third week of the course.

Dr Clemens Six - Lecturer in contemporary history at the University of Groningen. Educator in the third week of the course.

Dr Benjamin Martin - Director of Studies and Lecturer in Euroculture at Uppsala University. Interviewed educator in the third week of the course.

Dr Marek Neuman - Lecturer in European integration at the University of Groningen. Educator in the fourth week of the course.

Professor Zdzisław Mach - Professor of European Studies and Sociology and Director of Studies Euroculture at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Educator in the fifth week of the course.

Professor Janny de Jong - Professor of Europe-East Asia Relations and Director of Studies Euroculture at the University of Groningen. Educator in the sixth week of the course.

And now: introduce yourself!

Where are you from? What do you do? Why did you decide to participate in this course? What you expect from this course?

For online discussions in our course, we expect an attitude that is similar to what we expect in our class rooms. Be polite, help each other out and respect others even if their opinion is very different from yours.

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European Culture and Politics

University of Groningen

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