Global Europe is a platform dedicated to explore the interchanges between Europe and the rest of the world. It broadly examines the ways in which Europe has been, and continues to be, shaped by the outer world. At the same time, it also investigates how Europe have influenced, and will continue to influence, global affairs in the future.
Global History has long suggested that entities such as groups, nations or regions, can only be fully understood in a broader, global context. With its history of global interdependence and connectivity, exemplified by its former colonial empires and international trade, Europe’s past cannot be grasped through the once conventional prism of the nation-state alone. Europe’s ability to act globally and handle its global connections have since 1945 gradually been dominated by the EU with the increasing integration of the European states. But recent events such as Brexit, the Catalonian crisis and the rise of populism in Italy have questioned not only the internal stability of Europe but also the EU’s capability to handle global affairs. These events are often seen as anti-global, nationalist protests. But paradoxically they are themselves phenomena of globalization as they attempt to reconstitute the nation’s place in the world. As such the future of Europe and its place in global affairs are at a historical turning point.
Global Europe is a forum that gather scholars with different perspectives and interests in a fora dedicated to the study of Europe in a global context. The fora will host various events through the years including guest lectures and seminars. One of the ambitions of the fora is to engage students in an active research environment. Global Europe will host informal seminars where students will have the opportunity to actively participate and give a presentation on their current research/dissertation. All are welcome, but it is especially aimed at MA level students writing the final dissertation.
The Legacy of the Past in Brexit Britain
Tóra Djurhuus, PhD fellow
The project seeks to trace the legacy of Britain’s imperial past by examining how memories of empire might have influences British Eurosceptic arguments over the years, and how this manifested itself in the Brexit referendum of 2016.
The project relates to ‘Global Europe’ in the sense that it deals with the specific national context in contemporary Britain, and demonstrates how the on-going interaction (and tension) between the national and the global makes up an essential part of Britain’s national character and identity.
The populist turn – A comparative study of three decades of populism in Italy
Simon Cecchin Birk, PhD fellow
Since the early nineties Italian politics has been shaped and at times even dominated by politicians who despite internal differences have all been described - but not systematically compared - as populist. Populism, however, is neither a new nor an exclusively Italian phenomenon. The project brings theoretical insights from the extensive global research on populism with the aim of shedding new light on the expression, extent and effects of the populist turn in Italian politics.
Victors Spoils: The British Imperial System and the end of German Colonialism
Mads Bomholt Nielsen, Carlsberg Foundation postdoc
This project deals with the global dimensions of the colonial issue at the Paris Peace Conference after the First World War. By examining Britain's and its ‘White Dominions’ (Australia and the Union of South Africa in particular) perceptions of, and relations to, German colonialism, the project elucidates the conflation of imperial, global and European relations.
Pop Music in the European Anti-Apartheid Struggle
Detlef Siegfried, associate professor, dr.phil.
After completing the German-Danish collaborative research project "Perceptions of Apartheid in Western European Societies, 1948-1990“ with its six components (2014-2018), Detlef will continue to work on the aspect "Pop Music in the European Anti-Apartheid Struggle".
Foreign Fighters: Past, Present and Future
Morten Heiberg, professor and Enrico Acclai, associate professor
Will be announced in the autumn 2019
Global Europe aims to actively engage students and facilitate occasional seminars and symposiums for students to attend. Information will be posted on this website, but if you wish to receive newsletters/reminders, please send an email to the coordinator, Mads Bomholt Nielsen on firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobility and History
Seminar & Inaugural Lecture: John Darwin (Nuffield College, University of Oxford).
Guest lecture by Robert Gildea (Worcester College, Oxford).