National Europe? A Review of the Cultural Origin of the Novel European Identity Process

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The paper (to be presented) discusses the Idea of Europe in mainly ethno-cultural terms. It aims to address the often-neglected subject of the culture background of the Idea of Europe and, herewith, the novel European Identity process. Unlike the dominant scholarship in contemporary identity discourse that generally tend to dismiss the prospects of an authentic or a homogenous European culture system that could galvanize the stalled debate about a common European Identity, the papers urges a new and/or novel interpretation of the existing cultural material about the European concept; and it thus defends the authenticity of the objectivity of the cultural processes that – since antiquity – animate the European ideal as genuinely nationalistic, which supersede the multicultural tenancies of the European state-nations.


Speaker: Dr Guevara Raul Diaz , Academic Visitor, St Antony's College, Oxford

Chair: Kalypso Nicolaїdis, European Studies Centre, St Antony’s College, Oxford

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