Europe On Test:

The onus of the past – and the necessities of the future

October 11th 2019
9:30 - 18:40

Video from the conference


“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)

Conference venue:
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 
Renata Kuskowska  
phone: +48-22-182-65-11 

Core questions to be addressed in the conference series include:

  • What has held Europeans together and what is dividing them?
  • What kind of Europe do we want to create, what kind of Europeans do we want to be?
  • How does the past of European countries may affect the present and future state of Europe?

The program of the conference

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

Session 1
The role of history and collective memories of the past in making the European polity
Chair: Dariusz Stola

10.30   10.50
Lecture by Anton Pelinka

10.50 – 11.35
Panel: Marcin Król, Joanna Kurczewska, Peter J. Verovšek

11.35 – 12.00

12.00 – 12.30
Coffee break

Session 2
European identity as a key to overcoming historical tensions
Chair: Joanna Fomina

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

Session 3
European interests as a shared responsibility
Chair: Maciej Kisilowski

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
Coffee break

Session 4 - Conclusions
Toward European solidarity in meeting the challenges and shaping the future
Chair: Jacek Kucharczyk

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
Closing words


Musical guest:

Szymon Drabiński

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. 

How to reach us?

Polish Academy of Sciences
Staszic Palace
Mirror Hall (Ist floor)
72 Nowy Świat str.
00-330 Warsaw

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