The possibilities and obstacles of a political Europe

The work of Etienne Balibar

27.05.2019 - 28.05.2019

Venue: Maison de l’Europe de Paris 29, avenue de Villiers, 75017 Paris

The work of Étienne Balibar, since his book We, citizens of Europe? (2001), represents one of the most successful efforts to question, from political philosophy, the impasses and possibilities of a political Europe. The renewed reflection on old notions (as citizenship, constitution or border) or the production of new concepts (as the "evanescent mediator" or more recently the "international law of hospitality") represent as many theoretical-political attempts to grasp the complex future of a political project in a context of crises of European Union (the constitutional question, the new terrorism, the so-called migration crisis, the Brexit, etc.).This constant effort to builds a concept of Europe, always in connection with the present, demanding for the citizens. In return, it leads to important inflections in Étienne Balibar's political philosophy.
This Conference, organized by the CPJP, University of Cergy-Pontoise and the LLCP, University Paris 8, intends to return to its concepts and their problems, which implies to look as much at Europe as at the political philosophy of E. Balibar. Open to discussion of these crucial issues, it brings together philosophers, jurists and political scientists from several European countries.

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