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Cultuur: Bouwsteen voor Europa 2002

Beschouwingen en Vooruitzichten- Internationale conferentie organiseert van het Europa College, Brugge

Léonce Bekemans

De culturele en regionale verscheidenheid binnen Europa eerbiedigen in het kader van een verhoogde globalisatie en verdere Europese economische en politieke integratie: hierover biedt dit boek een multidisciplinair en veelzijdig overzicht van ideeën en vooruitzichten van zowel wetenschappelijke benaderingen, als van Europese en regionale instanties, rekening houdend met de juridische, economische en culturele realiteit. Het geeft ons een algemeen conceptueel kader voor concrete actieprogramma's van culturele wisselwerking op verscheidene niveaus.
«Europa van de culturen» is een project van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap.
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Culture: Building Stone for Europe 2002

Reflections and Perspectives- Proceedings of an International Conference organized by the College of Europe, Bruges

Léonce Bekemans

Maintaining the cultural and regional diversity of Europe confronted with the tendencies for increased globalization, economic and political integration: the book presents a wide multidisciplinary survey of ideas and perspectives from scientific approaches as well as European and regional authorities, considering juridical, economic and cultural reality. A general framework for concrete action programmes of cultural interaction at different levels.
A part of the project «Europe of the cultures», initiated by the Flemish Government.
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Edited by Léonce Bekemans

Comprising a well structured, interdisciplinary view of culturally founded and value driven reflections on Europe’s future this volume brings together a number of papers from an international workshop organised by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Padua on October 2011 with some additional contributions. The essays are posed within a policy-oriented, institutional and international law of human rights framework, following a non-conventional but inspiring approach. This book provides a valuable resource for European scholars, policy-makers and interested and critical citizens committed to the idea of Europe. It proposes a reading of the complexities of transforming realities, oriented towards a common destiny of sustainable and cohesive societies in a globalised world, providing a human-centric outline for Europe’s future development.
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Edited by Léonce Bekemans

This book offers an interdisciplinary and in-depth analysis of the relationship between intercultural dialogue and multi-level governance, seen from a human rights-based perspective. It brings together papers that were originally presented at international workshops organised by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Padua in 2010-2011 with some additional contributions. The authors deal with a broad and diversified framework of concepts, policy approaches and linkages between multi-level governance and intercultural dialogue, particularly in the fields of education and civil society participation. The volume follows a multi-disciplinary approach and presents these readings and reflections for an audience of scholars, as well as individuals and organisations interested in issues around human rights, governance, education and civil society. Its innovative approach addresses the complex issues of today’s societies, which are in need of sustainable, coherent and responsible answers at both the conceptual and the policy level.
In short, the book proposes a reading of interconnecting trajectories from governance building, education and civil society to intercultural dialogue in Europe. It is grounded in a human rights perspective and responds to the need for a policy-oriented but value-driven European future.
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Globalisation vs Europeanisation

A Human-centric Interaction


Léonce Bekemans

Courage and inspiration are needed to renew the European dream and rediscover the purpose of a European civilisation project which responds to the cultural and moral traditions rooted in the vision of its founding fathers. A mobilising and forward-looking interaction between globalisation and Europeanisation can provide some answers in the emerging global transnational era.
This book offers an interdisciplinary in-depth analysis of the relation between globalisation and Europeanisation from a value driven and human-centric perspective. It proposes a broad, diversified and innovative framework and analysis of concepts based on a human rights, cosmopolitan and public goods perspective of sustainable statehood. This approach is applied to interconnected policy areas and issues that are crucial to Europe’s future, such as external relations, culture, intercultural dialogue, citizenship, education and territorial cooperation. The book’s multidisciplinary readings and critical reflections address the complex issues at play in today’s European societies, which require sustainable, cohesive and responsible answers at conceptual and policy level.
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Edited by Léonce Bekemans

"Europe of Cultures" is a series of studies, monographs, stories, research projects, reports on conferences and debates devoted to the complexities and changing realities in European societies. It bridges the past with the future at the cross road of challenges and opportunities of the transformation of European societies. The management of changes in societies refers to the interconnection of various dimensions and levels of policy-making impacting on economic, social, political, democratic, communication, philosophical, artistic, religious as well as ethical traditions and behaviour. As an editorial project the series is structured along two interconnected and complementary sub-series: i.e. the "(Europe of) Dialogues" series and the "(Europe of) Living Stories".

  • The sub-series "(Europe of) Dialogues" mainly deals with (cultural) diversities, identity and citizenship building in Europe as well as with the relevant multi-level governance and communication structures in the transformation of European societies. Europe is a laboratory for understanding this multi- and intercultural reality. The purpose is to contribute to a better understanding and communication of the changes taking place by looking at the European societies in general, and the specificities of different national, regional and local cultures and communities in a framework of dialogues. The series presents interdisciplinary and critical views of value-driven and policy-oriented reflections. Moreover, it offers new insights into understanding how to manage, value and communicate cultural diversity, identity and citizenship. It also wants to contribute to the development of new ways of "living together", in which cultures and communities are perceived as binding forces in creative society building.
  • The sub-series "(Europe of) Living Stories" (the former "Mémoires de l’Europe en devenir", Director Gabriel Fragnière) is devoted to inspiring narratives for a broad public with a view to contribute to a better understanding, communication and contextualisation of the newly emerging Europe. It mainly focusses on stories, memories and testimonies of persons, events, institutions and issues that have transformed mentalities, fostered European awareness and finally shaped Europe’s future. These stories serve as important references and communication tools for future developments of Europe in the world. This collection wants to be open and diverse, original and dynamic in its content, method and pedagogy faithful to Europe’s role and reference in the globalising world.
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Ports for Europe

Europe's Maritime Future in a Changing Environment- Proceedings of a Conference organized by the College of Europe, Bruges

Léonce Bekemans and Sharon Beckwith

As nodes within complex networks European seaports both shape and are shaped by evolving patterns of trade and communication. The book aims to provide an overall view of the influence of, amongst others, economic, regulatory, and technological factors on the present and future development of ports in a historical context. It achieves this by presenting the varied yet often converging points of view of academics from various backgrounds, maritime experts, and decision-makers from the ports industry.
Modern trends, such as containerization, intermodalism, changing product markets and business configurations, which are analyzed in depth, can perhaps be better understood alongside the study of comparable historical developments. Furthermore, the common heritage of Europe's city-ports is proposed as a building block not only for the ports' future but also for further regional integration. The book covers the main issues underlying the policy debate concerning the role of local, regional, national and supranational government in the future of European seaports.
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Europe and Global Economic Interdependence

Proceedings of a Conference organized by the College of Europe, Bruges, and the Hellenic Centre for European Studies (EKEM), Athens

Léonce Bekemans and Loukas Tsoukalis

The College of Europe in Bruges has a long standing tradition in the organization of important conferences on key questions of the development of European integration. The results of the Conference on «Europe and Global Economic Interdependence» introduce a new collection called «The Bruges Conferences».
The completion of the European internal market, the transition to an economic and monetary union, the conclusion of new EC-EFTA agreements, the search for a new political and economic order in Central and Eastern Europe and the negotiations of the Uruguay Round are the main issues on the political agenda in the early 1990s.
The European Community faces major challenges in an environment which is undergoing rapid transformation. This is certainly true in the fields of trade, finance and money in which Europe's interests and responsibilities as a regional and global economic power will need to be reconciled. This will require some difficult and occasionally painful decisions.
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The European Public Sphere

From Critical Thinking to Responsible Action


Edited by Luciano Morganti and Léonce Bekemans

The development of a fully fledged European Public Sphere is seen by many as the solution to the legitimation crisis the European Union is suffering today. It is conceived as a space in which a Europe-wide debate about the current economic, social and political crises can take place and through which solutions can be developed.
This book proposes a new multi-disciplinary approach to discuss the European Public Sphere, arguing that it should be approached as a complex and interlinking concept, considering issues such as identity, citizenship building and multi-level governance structures and actors, and that it should not be analysed merely from the traditional perspectives of information and communication policies.
The volume presents both academic papers and more policy-oriented contributions, offering perspectives from scholars, politicians, consultants and administrators to give the reader a truly multidisciplinary understanding of the European Public Sphere.
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European Societies between Diversity and Convergence- Les sociétés européennes entre diversité et convergence- Vol. I

A seminary held at the College of Europe, Bruges, December 1992- Un séminaire tenu au College d'Europe, Bruges, Décembre 1992

Léonce Bekemans and Robert Picht

European societies are constantly in search for a balance between integration and differentiation. The present economic and social crisis in Europe set within the post-Maastricht period calls for new answers to this challenge. The lack of comprehension for national specificities or historical particularities may entail a major obstacle for further economic and political co-ooperation between European countries, regions and citizens.
Intentionally, Europe was conceived as a whole, many national specificities and divergences being considered as legacy of the past, to be progressively overcome by functional integration. But, with growing interdependence and institutional integration, the problem of national, regional and cultural identity become a new subject of public preoccupation.
European studies should respond to this type of preoccupation. The project aims to make an important contribution not only to a better understanding and co-operation between countries, regions and citizens, but also to the concrete needs of European studies and interdisciplinary networking in social sciences all over Europe.
The book contains contributions in English and in French.
Le livre contient des contributions en français et en anglais.