How The Light Gets In

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

Philippe Van Parijs

Philippe Van Parijs is one of the most original political philosophers of our time. He is Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics at the University of Louvain, a special guest professor at the University of Leuven and an associate member of Nuffield College, Oxford. In 1986 he founded the Basic Income Earth Network and remains chair of its International Board to this day. He is currently a fellow in the Global Governance Programme at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the EUI.

A Responsibility to Remember

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

Collective memory thrives on trauma. Lived experiences spawn myths which in turn build nations and destroy unions. That’s why there are fireworks in New York on the 4th July and parties in Paris ten days later. It’s why, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, people united by a shared history of empire wear a red flower to remember a century-old war. Yet the ways in which memory guides our present day actions are not always so obvious.

On The Uses of History for Life

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Historian Kate Brown

‘We don‘t like to look at the wreckage of our creative destruction,’ she says. ‘But I’m trying to inspire people to think about the past and present in more nuanced ways. I’m trying to empower them to do something’. The communities of the Pripat marshes have survived calamity after calamity. In their determined resilience, Brown sees not pitiable peasants but unlikely heroes: ‘guides to our future, as we figure out how to live with a radically altered climate and planet encased in toxins’.

Shifting Discourse: From Sympathy to Stigma

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

Ruth Wodak

In Europe, the influx of asylum seekers last year was initially accompanied by an outpouring of heartfelt public sympathy. Ordinary citizens offered up clothes, toiletries and even their spare rooms to asylum seekers. But in recent months, policymakers, reacting to their polities, have hardened their stance to favour the expulsion of refugees rather than open arms.

Navigating change from above and below

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

What is the relationship between agency and institutional change? Does the former lead to the latter, when and how? And what impact does this have on inequality? Probing these questions, alongside many others, is Professor Klarita Gërxhani, Chair in Sociology at the EUI’s Department of Political and Social Sciences, who joined the faculty at the […]

Between occident and orient: North Africa before colonialism

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

The Arab Spring, beginning in 2010 with the Tunisian revolution, was a period of revolutionary transformation for the North Africa region. Its participants rejected the authoritarian rule of the postcolonial era and reclaimed their city streets and squares to demand meaningful political emancipation. Some commentators have hence identified parallels between the decolonisation struggles of the […]

The Health of Nations: Applying competition law to healthcare

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

Healthcare has emerged as a political hot-potato for European societies, especially as economic troubles have levied strain on its funding. In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS), which provides free and universal healthcare at the point of access, is considered a veritable institution in itself, inextricably bound up with the post-war humanitarian ideals it […]

The roar of protest

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

In its relatively short history, the European Union has been no stranger to dissenting voices, and they don’t come much more vociferous than Jerome Roos. The fourth year SPS researcher at the EUI is examining the Greek debt crisis in comparative-historical perspective―  “The basic question I seek to answer is why heavily indebted peripheral countries […]