The Praxis Europa meeting 2017 is the inaugural event of a community of learning and action for Europe. We are not in search of a new master narrative nor do we wish to launch another manifesto: Our aim is to foster a multiplicity of ideas for pro-European cooperation, ranging from academic formats to artistic or civic interventions in the public sphere. To make this happen, we have invited people from academia, civil society, business, administration and the culture sector, who wish to engage with the idea of a democratic, just and sustainable Europe. Participants come from a broad scientific and political spectrum within and outside of the European Union, but share a pro-European outlook. Our perspective is the European society.
Most participants of Praxis Europa already deal with challenges that can only be addressed at a supranational level. Our starting point is thus to formulate and develop ideas for the future of Europe – based on the everyday professional practice of our participants. For this, we have clustered participants in five “fields of practice”:
- Cosmopolitan Europe (coordinators: Daphne Büllesbach & Giuseppe Caccia, European Alternatives)
- Social Europe (coordinators: Claus Leggewie and Franziska Sperling)
- Global Cooperation (coordinator: Kira Vinke)
- European Sites of Practice (coordinator: Mischa Gabowitsch)
- Beyond Bologna (coordinator: Felix Ackermann)
Praxis Europa is an internal network meeting at the Ruhr Museum Essen. We will, however, host two public events: A panel discussion on the digital European public sphere at Zeche Zollverein on Friday evening (20 October 2017), coordinated by Emmanuel Alloa; and the “European Salon”, hosted by Claus Leggewie and Daniel Medin at the public theatre of Essen on Saturday evening (with contributions by acclaimed writers Nora Bossong, Aris Fioretos, Esther Kinsky, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Dubravka Ugresic).
Organizers and Partners
The Praxis Europa meeting 2017 is organized and funded by the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen. Additional support is provided by our partners Ruhr Museum and PACT Zollverein.