Europe Lecture Series

slnsw logoThe Europe Lecture series is an annual event led and hosted by the History Research Initiative at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University.We are delighted to announce that the State Library of NSW has now joined us in sponsoring this event. Leading scholars engaging with the history and politics of Europe are invited to share their thoughts and knowledge with the academic and broader community on issues that lie at the heart of contemporary Europe. All lectures are recorded and aired on ABC Radio National's Big Ideas program.

History at Western Sydney University, in conjunction with the State Library of NSW, is proud to present:

Europe Lecture 2016

After the 2015 Paris Attacks: What is the Future of the French Republic?

Prof. Patrick Weil

Date and Time: Wednesday 13 July, 2016 Dixson Room, State Library of NSW 6-8pm

Not all French citizens today feel they are compatriots. Some think, 'I don't recognise the country where I was raised,' and some feel, 'I am French on paper, but I am not recognised as such.' In such fragmentation, lie the seeds of discontent and violence. How can we promote a sense of living in a common society that has become more and more diverse thanks to immigration? The answer lies in understanding the sharing of a common history. Modern France, Weil said, is built on four pillars: Equality under the law; the memory of the French Revolution; a shared language and culture; and the concept of laïcité, which organises the status of religion. But what unites a country - any country - is a sense of history: a shared story. Many citizens of contemporary France need to hear their stories which are part of the history of the colonial Empire - fully incorporated into the national narrative. Conflicts and injustices of the past must be more understood and told not as an history of blame but as a more nuanced history of progress, of values, and of principles. 

Professor Patrick Weil is a Visiting Professor of Law, Oscar M. Ruebhausen Distinguished Senior Fellow, and a Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School, and a senior research fellow at the French National Research Center in the University of Paris1, Pantheon-Sorbonne. Professor Weil's work focuses on comparative immigration, citizenship, and church-state law and policy. His most recent book is The Sovereign Citizen: Denaturalization and the Origins of the American Republic (Penn Press, 2013).

Europe Lecture 2015

The 2015 Europe Lecture was delivered by Professor Jan Zielonka, Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford and Ralf Dahrendorf Professorial Fellow at St Antony's College.

Europe Lecture 2014

The 2014 Europe Lecture was delivered by Professor Richard Bosworth, a renown scholar of Italian facism.
The lecture was recorded by ABC for their Big Ideas series and can be listened to here (opens in a new window)

Europe Lecture 2013

The inaugural Europe Lecture was delivered by Yanis Varoufakis, former member of the new Greek government. 

The Europe Lecture series is supported by the Research Infrastructure Program, School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University.

Please contact Dr Margarite Poulos for more information.