(De)Constructing Europe

A Conference of ISHA Lausanne and StoriAE

20 International students meet 20 students of the University of Lausanne from 27th to 30th of June 2017.

The European Union seems to be in a big-scale crisis. As a great many commentators have put it, the Union appears weakened and destabilized by the so-called « populist » movements all around the continent. Sixty years after the Treaty of Rome, how do Europeans see the Union? What does it actually embody? From the far right to the far left of the political spectrum, the common depiction of the European Union is an inefficient bureaucratic supranational organization doomed to fail. In June, the students of the University of Lausanne invite you to discuss these questions with the viewpoint of history.

How did the founders of the European Union imagine it?

What were their aims?

What kind of symbolic did they try to implement?

What are the differences between the discursive depictions and the actual reality behind the first european treaties, such as the European Steel and Coal Community (1951) or the Common Market (1957)?

The Conference “(De)constructing Europe” expects to explore the forgotten side of the European Union: its public representation. Through Jean Monnet’s archives, kept at the Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe (FJME) on the University of Lausanne’s campus, the participants will mainly study the discourse of this prominent statesman by focusing on his attempts at creating and personifying the moral values and voices of Europe making this man. The official declarations will be balanced by the study of the relations between Switzerland and the European States. This will be done by analyzing the views of the European Union as well as individual national views from different European countries in an effort to expose a different perspective of Monnet’s in the construction of the European community.

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The Conference will take place in the University of Lausanne‘s campus. Beside the academic activities, the students will have the chance to discover the region of the Geneva Lake through sport activities, city tour and a trip in the UNESCO vineyard « Lavaux ». If possible, a visit at the UNO in Geneva will be organized.