Lecture “European Identities”

The lecture “European Identities” at Hochschule Darmstadt is a course with contributions from numerous colleagues from the EUt partners. The course is open for all students. It will start at Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 17:45 (CET). Interested students should contact:  bernd.steffensen@h-da.de

Europe is unique. The history of the continent is made of numerous conflicts, shifting borders, and longstanding hostilities. Regional differences, different languages, economic systems, religions, as well as climate zones shaped a heterogeneous family of nations. Nevertheless, the European Union offers the idea and vision of a territory, which on the one hand becomes more and more unified (socially, politically) and on the other hand keeps its regional individualities. Looking at political developments of the past five to ten years we see a growing nationalism (BREXIT, Hungary and Poland are two examples) and the increasing popularity of right wing politicians in various member states.

Week 1: Introduction and general information (Oct. 20) B. Steffensen (h_da)
Week 2: Culture of Remembrance (Oct. 27) B. Steffensen (h_da)

Week 3: The History of Europe + the European Union 1950-1989 – from a culture of Remembrance Perspective (Nov. 03) B. Steffensen (h_da)

Week 4: The History of Europe + the European Union 1990-2021– from a culture of Remembrance Perspective (Nov. 10) B. Steffensen (h_da)

Week 5: Economy and Peace (Nov. 17) B. Steffensen (h_da)

Week 6: We and the other – what is National Identity? (Nov. 24) B. Steffensen (h_da)

Week 7: Ireland: We have always been European: designing an Identity for Ireland in Europe (Dec. 01) Mary Ann Bolger (TU Dublin)

Week 8: Powerful Emotions and Forming Identity (Dec 08) B. Steffensen (h_da)
Week 9: (Dec. 15) – Romania or Germany *
Week 10: France: The strength and weaknesses of the French Republic (Jan. 12) – Thibault Vigier (UT Troyes)
Week 11: Latvian Identity: Perseverance Under Foreign Flags – (Jan 19) – Anete Beinarovica (Riga TU)
Week 12: Images of Bulgarian Identity (Jan 26) – Irina Georgieva (TU Sofia)
Week 13: (Feb 02) – Romania or Germany *
Week 14: Spain: The Influence of The European Identity on Spanish Society (Feb 09) – Marcos Ros Sempere (UPCT Cartagena, Member of the European Parliament)
Week 15: Resume (Feb. 16) – Exam

*Title of the Romanian Lecture: “Romania and Europe: Landmarks on a Long Road Together” (Petru Dunca, UT Cluj-Napoca)
*Title of the German lecture: “How to Tame the Big Country in the Middle of Europe? B. Steffensen (h_da)