19 / THE CHALLENGES OF EUROPE


The Strength of Soft Power

16 – 20 April 2012   print this page

Course directors:

Wieger Bakker, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Bart van Steenbergen, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Paul Stubbs, Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia
Ladislav Rabušić, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic


Course description:

The impact of the lasting financial crisis in Europe only now becomes clearly visible. The crisis leads to more severe and new forms of social exclusion within European societies and to greater differences between European countries. In this course we want to address three questions.

The first and central question is what new forms of social exclusion we see developing on different levels (local, national, between states and on the level of Europe as a whole)? Can we identify these forms, compare situations in countries; can we analyse the characteristics and the mechanisms behind it?

A second question is to identify the European dimension of these forms of exclusion. Where does it cross borders, in what way is it influenced by developments in Europe or by Europe. In short: what are the challenges of Europe?

The last and third question is what can be done, on a European level, of these forms of social exclusion, given the fact that an intergovernmental EU has limited coercive powers and has to rely on the soft power of negotiation and compromises.

During the course we want to approach these questions from different academic disciplines (from sociology to economics, law and anthropology) and from both an analytical perspective as well as a perspective on possible interventions and governance.

More information on the page:

Challenges of Europe


Course lecturers:

Frans van Waarden, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Wieger Bakker, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Bart van Steenbergen, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Viktor Koska, Croatia
Paul Stubbs, Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia
Martin Kreidl, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Ladislav Rabušić, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Godfnied Engbersen, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Netherlands


Work Schedule:

Monday April 16: Europe, citizenship and social exclusion

09.30 - 10.15

Welcome and getting acquainted

Course directors

The course and the IUC

Bart van Steenbergen (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

10.15 – 11.00

Do Citizens get Excluded in Europe?

On Democracy versus Technocracy/Lawyocracy in the EU

Introduction into the theme

Frans van Waarden (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

11.30 – 12.15

Do Citizens get Excluded in Europe? – Part 2

Frans van Waarden

15.00 – 15.45

Personal preferences and expectations

Short subgroup session

16.00 – 17.15

Croatian citizenship and EU accession: changing perspectives on inclusion and exclusion

Viktor Koska (Zagreb University, Croatia)

Tuesday April 17: Education

09.15 - 10.30

Demographic and non-demographic challenges to education systems

Martin Kreidl (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)

11.00 – 11.45

The Battle: Thesis

Debate

11.45 – 12.00

Workshop Commercials

15.00 - 17.30

Participant Presentations in Parallel Workshops (3x5)

Wednesday April 18: Economy and labour

09.15 - 10.30

Soft Power for Making Citizens do their Duty to Pay Taxes

Brigitte Unger (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

11.00 – 11.20

The Battle: Thesis

Debate

11.20 - 12.30

The Management of Labour Migration from Central and Eastern Europe

Godfried Engbersen (Erasmus University Rotterdam. The Netherlands)

15.00 - 17.30

Role game

Thursday April 19: Youth and Adulthood in times of crisis

09.15 - 10.30

Values from home: international comparative analysis of educational values that are taught in families Ladislav Rabusic (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)

11.00 – 12.15

Transition to Adulthood in Europe; hard times and soft laws

Trudie Knijn (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

12.15 – 12.30

Workshop Commercials

15.00 - 17.30

Participant Presentations in Parallel Workshops (3x5 )

Friday April 20: Soft Power and change: criteria, consultancy, coordination and public opinion

09.15 - 10.30

Consultancy as Flexible Power?: intermediaries and translation in interstitial spaces

Paul Stubbs (Economic Institute Zagreb, Croatia)

11.00 – 11.20

The Battle: Thesis

Debate

11.20 – 12.30

From Yugoslavia to Yugosphere

Radmila Nakarada (Belgrado University, Serbia))

15.00 - 16.00

What can soft powers bring us?

Forum debate

16.30 - 17.15

Summary and Conclusion

Wieger Bakker (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)