‘Europe in a Changing World’ is a new research project that reverses the gaze of Europe's Stories. In the first phase of the project, documented on this website, we looked at how Europeans see Europe from inside, and what they want the EU to do and to be. Now we are looking at how others see Europe. Since it is impossible to research all the world's attitude simultaneously, we are focusing on the mutual perceptions and relations of five major countries – China, India, Turkey, Russia, and the United States (CITRUS) - with Europe. How do these countries view and understand Europe and the EU and why? What are their current relations with Europe, including points of convergence and divergence, and how might future relations develop? In what ways can mutual understanding be enhanced?
The project pursues these questions through a series of innovative online core seminars, attended by over sixty graduate students and over thirty faculty members from our partner institutions across the world, as well as through a series of conferences at all of the partner institutions, shared research, and other events, both physical and online. We intend to conduct further rounds of public opinion polling, both in Europe and in the CITRUS countries. The first phase of the project is scheduled to last until the end of 2023.
‘Europe in a Changing World’ is a project of the Dahrendorf Programme at the European Studies Centre, University of Oxford in partnership with: Ashoka University, Delhi; European University Institute (EUI), Florence; Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow; Institute of Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna; Peking University (PKU), Beijing; Sabanci University, Istanbul; Stanford University, California; and, in Berlin, the Cluster of Excellence ‘Contestations of the Liberal Script’ (SCRIPTS) at the Freie Universität Berlin and the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre. Core funding for this project is provided by the Stiftung Mercator. Additional funding is provided by the participating institutions.
The first in our series of conferences took place at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna on 5-6 April 2022. Members of our project network spoke on two public panels. Please follow the links to see recordings:
- Ukraine and the future of Europe
- How does - and how should - the EU tell Europe's story of the world
As part of the second panel, Dr Julia De Clerck-Sachsse presented the report, published jointly between the Dahrendorf Programme and the IWM, Look Who's Talking: Telling Europe's Story in the EU Capital.
The second of our project conferences took place at St Antony's College, Oxford on 28-30 April 2022. The conference theme, Europe in a Changing World, deeply explored the key questions of our project - how do China, India, Turkey, Russia, and the United States view and understand Europe and the EU and why? What are their current relations with Europe, including points of convergence and divergence, and how might future relations develop? In what ways can mutual understanding be enhanced? - in seven expert panels and much lively conversation. The conference programme can be found here.
As part of this conference, the British-Chinese novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo delivered the 13th Annual Dahrendorf Lecture, Dreams and Reflections: A Chinese Artist's Discovery of Europe. Alongside clips from her extensive filmography, Guo reflected on topics such as culture, ways of seeing, migration, alienation, memory, and identity which have profoundly influenced her own life and which have emerged in many of the conversations connected to this project as key points of understanding in the relationship between Europe and CITRUS.