Cambridge Festival of Ideas – Europe: The History of an Idea

The 2016 referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union triggered a passionate debate about the advantages and disadvantages of EU membership. However, in that debate, the distinction between the European Union and Europe more generally was blurred. What…

Cambridge Festival of Ideas - Europe: The History of an Idea

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The 2016 referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union triggered a passionate debate about the advantages and disadvantages of EU membership. However, in that debate, the distinction between the European Union and Europe more generally was blurred. What exactly do we mean when we refer to ‘Europe’? Shane Weller, Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Kent, believes the long history of the idea of Europe can provide some fascinating answers to that question. At this presentation at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, he argues that, as we attempt to imagine possible futures for Europe, we have much to learn from the past.

For more from Prof. Weller, please visit https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/literature/english-literature-1900-1945/language-and-negativity-european-modernism?format=HB

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