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Europe in its Global Context - Re-inventing Europe in the World

Curriculum presentation

The third cycle of the European Doctoral Program explores the question of how the political, economic and cultural construction of "Europe" has been shaped by and has shaped its global context. The context, taken geographically, is everything that is "outside" of Europe. The border between Europe and its context is therefore a first theoretical and empirical question that will be addressed in the curriculum of this third cycle of the Program.

Understanding the processes which situate Europe in the world should attract researchers who search for a socially and historically sensitive way of looking at International Relations in general, at Europe in particular. These students should not be turned into area specialists, but rather become specialists for "border work", i.e., understanding, analyzing and explaining the way in which Europe interacts with other areas in the world. Since such interaction is not restricted at the level of political institutions and political actors, but extends the perspective to non-institutional and non-political actors, the curriculum adds the competence to focus the social embeddedness of politics in Europe. This moreover opens the eye toward historical path dependencies and historical ruptures which characterize the relations of Europe with the world.

Therefore this Doctoral program will - complementing the other two curricula on the historical making of Europe and the religious impact of Europe on itself and the world - involve political science, sociology and history with the aim of providing a historically and sociologically sensitive view on Europe's political positioning in the world. This goes beyond the classic International Relations approaches to European politics by adding a strong sociology of knowledge component to the curriculum. This curriculum not only offers knowledge about Europe and how others react to Europe, but it also analyzes the way such knowledge shapes European politics and the politics toward Europe in the world. Thus it makes visible the clash of knowledge, be it argument, stories, memories or political philosophies, that has accompanied the social and political processes which Europe has triggered in the last century until its recent phase of "European Integration". This reflexive perspective distinguishes this curriculum from others on Europe, contributing to the making of young social scientists better equipped to assess the role of culture in the increasingly complex social and political world and to act appropriately in this world.

  1. Asynchronous processes I - Europe and the Global South
  2. European Political Economy
  3. Democracy - the contentious European politics
  4. The "longue durée" - on the search of Europe's identity

Coordinator:
Klaus Eder, Institute of Social Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin

Representatives of the other institutions:
Donatella della Porta, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane
Dorothee Bohle, Central European University
Jean-Frédéric Schaub, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
Philippe Portier, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Call for applications (pdf)