Peter Schroder / Guy Dammann / Jeremy Lane

5-7.50pm | Wednesday 3 June 2009
Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, LSE

Peter Schroder, University College London
Guy Dammann, The Guardian
Jeremy Lane, University of Sussex

Simon Glendinning, European Institute, LSE
Jonathan Dronsfield, University of Reading
Robert Eaglestone, Royal Holloway, University London

Elections to the European Parliament will be held in the 27 member states of the European Union between 4 and 7 June 2009, the actual polling days varying from country to country according to local custom: in the UK voting will take place on Thursday 4th June. More than 700 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will be elected by proportional representation to represent some 500,000,000 European citizens, making these the biggest trans-national elections in history.

The aim of this event is to provide an orientation into Europe that has its focus beyond the realm of European Union politics. We will approach Europe as a cultivated space that precedes and stimulates a project of European political governance, a space opened up in its most fundamental aspects by traditions in philosophy, art and literature. Our hope is that through the exploration of these traditions in relation to the idea of Europe we will be able to open debates around Europe in British civil society in a new and compelling way.

There will be three one-hour roundtable sessions, one on each of the elements, each session led by an ‘expert witness’ who will introduce the topic:

5.00-5.50pm Philosophy and the Idea of Europe
Speaker: Peter Schroder / Chair: Simon Glendinning
6.00-6.50pm Art and the Idea of Europe
Speaker: Guy Dammann / Chair: Jonathan Dronsfield
7.00-7.50pm Literature and the Idea of Europe
Speaker: Jeremy Lane / Chair: Robert Eaglestone