Ideas of | for Europe

An Interdisciplinary Approach to European Identity

by Teresa Pinheiro (Volume editor) Beata Cieszynska (Volume editor) José Eduardo Franco (Volume editor)
©2012 Edited Collection XVI, 724 Pages


The current attempt in European politics to develop a European identity makes scientific research about discourses on Europe especially relevant. This book takes an analytical gaze at philosophical and political attempts to conceptualise Europe from antiquity to the present and contributes to the understanding of how they are intertwined with the historical contexts in which they have been forged. The volume offers an interdisciplinary approach to the topic of ideas of and for Europe – historical concepts of Europe, Europe as seen from its peripheries and from outside, current concepts of European identity, European memorial culture and reflections on Europe’s prospects – and is of special interest to anyone concerned with questions of European identity.


XVI, 724
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2012 (September)
historical concepts European memorial culture Europeanisation Political Thought
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. XVI, 724 pp., 5 fig., 3 tables, 2 graphs

Biographical notes

Teresa Pinheiro (Volume editor) Beata Cieszynska (Volume editor) José Eduardo Franco (Volume editor)

Teresa Pinheiro is a professor at the Institute for European Studies at Chemnitz University of Technology. She has written extensively on the field of Iberian cultural studies and the history of the concept of Europe. Beata Cieszynska is a researcher and the president of the International Society for Iberian-Slavonic Studies, CompaRes. Her current interests are centred on expanding the Iberian-Slavonic research field in Europe and, in particular, on foundational myths in Portuguese and Polish thought. José Eduardo Franco is a researcher and the director of the Centre for Lusophone and European Literatures and Cultures at the University of Lisbon. He has authored many books on the histories of the Portuguese and European cultures, with special interest in anti-Jesuit myths and concepts of Europe in the Lusophone cultures.


Title: Ideas of | for Europe