October 11th 2019
9:30 - 18:40
“Europe on Test: Narratives of Union and Disunion” is a series of conferences under the patronage of ALLEA and hosted by selected Academies of Sciences and Humanities in various European cities. It seeks to address recent political
developments and other aspects of relevance that may pose a challenge for the future of Europe as a community.
The process of European integration has arrived at a crossroads. On the one hand, an increasing sense of uncertainty towards the future, deriving from widespread fears of radical change and apprehensions of potential social and economic hardship, threaten to undermine the confidence and trust in a European identity and community. On the other hand, an ever-stronger cosmopolitan identity is evolving within Europe and being shared among citizens in the continent. Digital platforms as well as increased mobility have created a sense of belonging to a wider world and a unified Europe. At the heart of this dialectic of “European Union and Disunion” are deeply rooted narratives shaping the way we conceive Europe. In ALLEA’s conference series “Europe on Test: Narratives of Union and Disunion”, renowned scholars shed light on the significance of such narratives from a variety of different angles – public sector, policy-making, media, science and scholarship – and within their national contexts. This conference series developed after a conference held at the British Academy in November 2016 under the title ‘European Union and Disunion: What has held Europeans together and what is dividing them?’
All the conferences in the series are open to the public; interested individuals are invited to engage in reflections on the future of Europe and the European Union.
The Warsaw ALLEA Conference Title:
Europe on test: The onus of the past – and the necessities of the future
October 11, 2019 (9:30 -18:40)
Staszic Palace (Polish Academy of Sciences) Mirror Hall (I floor) 72 Nowy Świat str. 00-330 Warsaw
Polish Academy of Sciences: Institute of Philosophy and Sociology
Secretariat of the Conference:
Polish Academy of Sciences International Cooperation Department
Core questions to be addressed in the conference series include:
ALLEA is the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, representing more than 50 academies from over 40 countries in Europe. Since its foundation in 1994, ALLEA represents its Member Academies on the European stage
and seeks to promote science as a global public good. Our activities aim at shaping the conditions for science and research, providing the best science advice available for citizens and policymakers, and strengthening the role
of science in society. In the spirit of true collaboration and cooperation, ALLEA offers a platform for European academies to work together on topics of mutual interest and for the betterment of the inhabitants of Europe. Solving
challenges in an ever more complex world requires comprehensive interdisciplinary and international cooperation from beginning to end. Further information about ALLEA can be found here:
Europe is in the crucible! The ‘poly-crisis’ which hit the EU in the last decade – esp. the financial crisis threatening monetary union; the mismanagement of the mass inflow of refugees and migrants; the failure of the Transatlantic
Trade and Investment Partnership; Brexit; and the rise of populism and Euroscepticism – have not destroyed the European integration project. On the contrary, outside states have demonstrated their European aspirations, and the
overall support for the European Union has been increasing –
for now. Indeed, there are several indications that, in the long run, the EU’s response to the current challenges might be not sufficiently effective, if only because identification of their causes has sometimes failed.
One of the most neglected causes is the impact of the past as it appears in the standard narratives of the societies of EU Member States. The collective memory of nations participating in European integration is a very fragile
phenomenon that can easily be exploited by short-sighted, ruthless political leaders in order to mobilize their electorates.
09.30 – 10.00
10.00 – 10.05
Welcome address by Prof. Stanisław Filipowicz, Vice-President of the Polish Academy of Sciences
10.05 – 10.15
Welcome address by Prof. Antonio Loprieno, President of ALLEA
10.15 – 10.25
Musical accent for the start
Lecture by Anton Pelinka
10.50 – 11.35
Panel: Marcin Król, Joanna Kurczewska, Peter J. Verovšek
11.35 – 12.00
12.00 – 12.30
12.30 – 12.50
Lecture by Krzysztof Pomian
12.50 – 13. 35
Panel: Józef Niżnik, Andrzej Rychard, Ruth Wodak
12.35 – 14.00
14.00 – 15.00
15.00 – 15.20
Lecture by Claus Offe
15.20 – 16.05
Panel: György Lengyel, Artur Nowak-Far, Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz
16.05 – 16.30
16.30 – 17.00
17.00 – 17.20
Lecture by Virginie Guiraudon
17. 20 – 18.05
Panel discussion: Michał Boni, Bogdan Góralczyk, Heather Grabbe
18.05 – 18.30
18.30 – 18.40
Born in 2001 in Zduńska Wola, is a student of the State Musical School nr 1 in Warsaw, under the supervision of prof. Karol Radziwinowicz.
Laureate of many international piano competitions, among them: the III price in the 9th EPTA International Competition for Young Pianists in Osijk (Croatia, 2015) , the I price and special distinction in the Polish Piano Competition in Żagań (2016), the I price in the Country Piano Competition "Young Virtuoso" in Poznań (2017) , the II price in the XXV Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition in Szafarnia (2017). In April 2019 Szymon Drabiński was the finalist of the V Competition of Musical Individualities „Atma” in Zakopane. Several times Szymon played in Chopin’s birthplace Żelazowa Wola, in Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw and in Concert Halls in Wroclaw and Opole. In September 2018 he took part in the International Music Festival „Young Prague”. He received several state distinctions including scholarship granted by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Since 2018 Szymon Drabiński is among exceptionally gifted children supported by the Polish Children's Fund.
The Polish Children's Fund is an independent, non-governmental organization established in 1981. One of its major objectives is to help exceptionally gifted pupils and students develop their academic interests and artistic talents, and to adjust the educational system in Poland to accommodate the special needs of the highly gifted. The Polish Children's Fund's activities are based on co-operation with numerous universities, research institutes and cultural institutions, as well as individual academics, willing to offer their time and experience to work with exceptionally talented children. Each participant of the Fund's programme is given a unique opportunity to take part in numerous workshops, seminars and scientific camps, and to consult with top class academics. The Fund also regularly organizes concerts and exhibitions presenting the achievements of talented young artists. Each year, the Fund organizes 12-14 scientific workshops, 9-10 seminars, 3 multidisciplinary scientific camps, more than 60 internships, ca. 20 public concerts and 3-4 exhibitions. Our scholars successfully participate in international competitions. We are also a national organizer of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists.