16 November 2015

Imagining Europe: Culture, Legitimacy, and the EU Crisis

Location OLD 4.10, Old Building. Speakers | Prof Kathleen McNamara, Prof Kevin Featherstone, Dr Robert Falkner.

Monday 16 November 2015, 5.00 – 6.30pm, OLD.4.10, Old Building

Speakers: Professor Kathleen R. McNamara, Discussant: Prof Kevin Featherstone, Chair: Dr. Robert Falkner

As economic and political crises have stretched European social solidarity to the breaking point, McNamara’s new book, The Politics of Everyday Europe: Constructing Authority in the European Union, offers a clear theoretical framework for understanding the social underpinnings of the European project.

Examining a broad range of EU policy areas, she shows how everyday culture matters, and how the construction of meaning can be a potent power resource – albeit one open to contestation and subversion by the very “European citizens” it calls into being. This Dahrendorf Forum event will offer a new way of looking at the EU as a form of novel political development beyond the state, but one with inherent fragility and tensions.

Professor Kathleen R. McNamara is an Associate Professor of Government and Foreign Service and Director of the Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown University. Her work focuses on the evolution of the European Union, the politics of the Euro and the European Central Bank, and international political economy issues more generally.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information please email us here.