Jean Monnet Project: ReThink


2020 - 2022

Funded by a Jean Monnet Project grant from the European Commission, the European Studies Center (ESC) is working with faculty from schools and disciplines throughout the campus and with partners at other schools across the U.S. to reimagine area studies and to reconsider the changing nature of representation between citizens and political parties and between governments and their citizens (and the normative implications of these changes).  This project proposes to rethink Europe (ReThink) on a number of dimensions and through a number of different activities.

Creating Europe Speaker Series
The Creating Europe Speaker Series is a two-year project funded by a Jean Monnet Project grant from the European Commission and part of a larger initiative in cooperation with the Department of History to reimagine European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.  The series will explore ideas of Europe from Late Antiquity to the contemporary period and consider ways in which processes of "integration" and "disintegration" have been at work in Europe for much of its history. Due to the pandemic, what was envisioned as a six or seven speaker series was inevitably reduced.  

Re-Think Spring 2022 Conference:
The Rising Challenges of Populism and Technocracy (Hybrid) - April 4-5, 2022

Re-Think Fall 2022 Conference:
Changing Voters, Changing Parties: Re-Defining the Electoral Landscape in Europe - October 20-21, 2022


Also planned, but unable to be realized as a result of the pandemic Creating Europe speakers:

  • Kiran Patel (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany)
  • Anne-Isabelle Richard (University of Leiden, The Netherlands)
  • Wolfram Kaiser (University of Portsmouth, UK)
  • Magali Gravier (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)

As well as two student-focused initatives:

  • speaker series: “Rethinking Area Studies: The Future of Work”
  • workshop: “Rethinking Area Studies: Career Diversity Through Area Studies”