European Challenges | Debates

The European Challenges series - at the crossroads of disciplines, concerns, and viewpoints - aims at stimulating and enriching public debate on topical or long-standing controversial issues Europe has to face. Organised at the Pompidou Center, these regular debates revive the tradition of the public agora.

UPCOMING | Europe: what can culture do?
Debate on 17 April 2019, 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Forum - Centre Pompidou, Paris | Free Entrance

The debate addresses the deep crisis Europe is currently going through, which calls into question its history, trajectory and identity. At the time of Brexit, in the face of the rise of populism and on the eve of the 2019 European elections, Europe is in need of reaffirming its core ideal of membership – a notion that too often proves to be synonymous with a bureaucratic apparatus in the eyes of the citizens. The debate questions the idea of cultural Europe: whether associated with illusion, disappointment or construction still to come, does this notion of a cultural Europe have a real meaning? And what can culture do for Europe?

The Speakers
Emmanuelle Loyer, historian
Jean-Claude Milner, linguist and political philosopher
Natacha Nisic, artist
Emmanuel Ruben, writer

Europe Confronting Eurosceptics
Debate on 29 november 2017, 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Forum - Centre Pompidou, Paris | Free Entrance

For this inaugural debate organised in collaboration with the Pompidou Center and the Bpi, we invited speakers – both pro-Europe and Eurosceptics - to address the motivations that support Eurosceptic discourses.

The Speakers
Maja Bajevic, artist, Marcel Duchamp Prize nominee
Mauve Carbonell, historian, University of Aix-Marseille
Thierry Chopin, political scientist, Robert Schuman Foundation and Institut Jacques Delors Notre Europe
Cédric Durand, economist, University of Paris 13
Thomas Serrier, historian, University of Lille 3 and Europa-Universität, Francfort-sur-l’Oder
Moderator: Nicolas Truong, journalist, Le Monde.

This debate opened the international symposium on Eurosceptism, organized by the Evens Foundation, on 30 November 2017 at the Pompidou Center. Conveners: Monique Canto-Sperber, CNRS and Anna C. Zielinska, University of Lorraine