On the 10th of April, the European Union Student Association (EUSA) organises the lecture “In Conversation with Dick Pels: Is there a European Culture?”. For more information, scroll down.
On the 10th of April, the European Union Student Association (EUSA) organises the lecture “In Conversation with Dick Pels: Is there a European Culture?”.
The speaker Dick Pels (1948) is a Dutch sociologist and political writer. He was Professor of Sociology & Communications at Brunel University, London, chairman of the left-liberal thinktank Waterland and director of Bureau de Helling, the research foundation of the Dutch Green Party. His most recent book “A Heart for Europe. The Case for Europatriotism”, was published in 2016.
He wrote: “European civilization is the never-ending quest for a more gentle, more relaxed, more trustful and less dangerous society: a society in which people are no longer afraid of each other, of their institutions, or of themselves. But Europe currently finds itself in the eye of a ‘perfect storm’, being chased by the multiple dangers of populist nationalism, Russian revanchism, neoliberal financial havoc, religious terrorism and refugee chaos. Facing these violent challenges, we urgently need to rethink our European ideals of peace, freedom, democracy, sustainability and the good life. It is urgent that we regain the original passion which lay behind the European project, in order to rescue the idea of a civilized European patriotism from the politics of fear which is conducted by both rightwing and leftwing nationalists.”
Pels will speak with us about whether there is a European Culture or not, what this culture is and what consequences this has on the European Union.
After the lecture there will be a debate in which we’ll consider the question “Is there a European culture?” on the basis of various interesting theses. Everybody attending will have the opportunity and be invited to join this debate.
Location: room 3.18 Wijnhaven, The Hague