Nearly 100 world leading experts on Europe, its history, cultures, wars and relationships, are sharing their ideas, expertise and research at a major international conference at the University of Portsmouth this week.
The conference, ‘Towards a European Society?’ is being hosted by the University’s European Studies group, rated internationally excellent by independent experts, and could help shape the future of Europe.
Organiser Dr Karen Heard-Laureote, of the University’s Centre for European and International Studies Research group, said it was rare for leading experts from different disciplines to be able to join forces and discuss the crossovers in their subjects, tracing the shared politics, philosophy, art, language and history and other cultural cornerstones of nation states and Europe as a whole.
She said: “For researchers of the European Union and the wider Europe this is both an exciting and a challenging time. By bringing together nearly 100 researchers from political science, sociology, history, cultural studies and other fields from more than 15 countries across Europe and the wider world we aim to promote and encourage a cross-disciplinary approach to European Studies.
“Many of our speakers are renowned scholars who advise national and regional governments and their research has a major impact, helping inform and guide the future direction of the region. This conference sets out to respond to some of the challenges we face and foster conversation and understanding across different subject groups.
“Speakers and delegates come from subjects as diverse as how the languages of Europe are influenced and changed by migrants, the ever-changing and emerging ‘state’ of Europe, how regions and nations help shape Europe and the role of experts and expertise in European policy-making.”
The conference runs from Thursday to Saturday and is supported the Lord Mayor and the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor John Craven.