Europa als Herausforderung
The network “Seizing Europe” connects seven German and French research institutions with the shared goal of rethinking Europe from a trans-disciplinary and international perspective.
Understanding the European challenge
The EU is going through the most tempestuous period since its foundation, in the face of global crises which have fuelled doubts about the ability of the European institutions to respond to economic and political challenges. After decades of progressive enlargement, increasing integration and growing prosperity, the Europeanisation process seems at an impasse.
Against this background, seven German and French research institutions have come together in order to think about Europe and its societies in a new and different way: not as something that is taken for granted, but as a challenge to both politics and the social sciences.
The aim of the project is to “grasp” anew Europe and its societies: to reflect upon the categories, methods and interpretive models which structure debates on the continent’s current problems, to deepen the base of empirical knowledge, and at the same time to encourage others to seize the practical possibilities which this work engenders. These core questions are being taken forward through three specific sub-projects on the “Welfare State”, “Sustainability” and “Urban Spaces and Violence”.
The member institutions of the network are the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Centre Marc Bloch, the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, the Institut français d’histoire en Allemagne, the Centre interdisciplinaire d’études et de recherches sur l’Allemagne, the Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris and the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme.