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In the face of war – European dialogue

The project “In the face of war – European dialogue” consists of a series of events bringing together professionals from the fields of research, think tanks, the media and the public sphere to support discussion and debate surrounding the upheavals in Europe brought about by the war in Ukraine. By bringing together these expert voices from across the continent and other world regions, supporting cross-disciplinary collaboration and facilitating direct interactions with the general public, the project aims to compare the global challenges facing the European project and the local contexts in which populations are tackling them. 

“In the face of war – European dialogue” is based on two key elements: 

  • An events base consisting of themed public meetings in different European cities; 
  • central theme entitled “Où est l’Europe ?” (“Where is Europe?”) enabling each host city for the event (“Where is Europe in Prague?”, Where is Europe in Vilnius?”, etc.) to highlight past or current “experiences of Europe”. 

The next event will be held in Sofia and Plovdiv (Bulgaria) on June 13th and 14th. 

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Sofia and Plovdiv from June 12th to 15th

The "European Dialogues" series continues on June 13th and 14th, 2024, in Sofia and Plovdiv, with the support of the French Institute of Bulgaria. The discussions will focus on the theme "From the Balkans to the Black Sea: Legacies, Identities, and European Trajectories." 

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Sofia, June 12, 2024 - 6:00 PM, Slaveykov Hall – Meeting with students on the theme "Where is Europe? Stories and Memory Issues" 

Presentation of the results of a creative workshop conducted by French and Bulgarian students and teachers. Discussion and exchange with students from the University of Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis, the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, and the New Bulgarian University.

The project is coordinated by:

  • Christine Cadot, Professor of Political Science, University of Paris 8
  • Élodie Bordat-Chauvin, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Paris 8
  • Cyril Blondel, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Reims
  • Ildiko Otova, Researcher in Political Science, New Bulgarian University
  • Radosveta Krastanova, Head of the Francophone Center at the New Bulgarian University

Moderator: Fabrice Puchault, Director of the Society and Culture Unit, ARTE 

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Sofia, June 13, 2024 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM – Roundtable: Europe Facing War 

The Russian war of aggression in Ukraine is a major upheaval for Europe, which now faces the urgent need to provide massive support to Ukraine. After years of naivety that perhaps led to a lack of preparedness against the Russian threat, despite warnings from countries in the "bloodlands," to use the term of American historian Timothy Snyder, have we now moved past this phase? The Russian invasion has also prompted European policymakers to rethink their approach to EU enlargement to counter Vladimir Putin and his ambitions. What impacts has the war in Ukraine had on Southeastern Europe and on foreign policies in this region?

With: Sylvie Kauffmann, journalist at Le Monde (France), Vessela Tcherneva, Deputy Director, CEFR (Bulgaria), Constantin Sigov, philosopher (Ukraine), Una Bergmane, political scientist and historian (Latvia).

Moderator: Elena Maximin, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Le Grand Continent 

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Sofia, June 13, 2024 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM – Roundtable: The Balkans and Border Imaginaries 

Due to their complex history, the weight of empires, their ambivalent relationships with Europe, and their many political, ethnic, and religious divisions, the Balkans have long been the stage for various border-related imaginaries. These representations can evoke notions of both bloody separation and good neighborliness, cultural richness and interethnic tensions, symbolizing alternatively a "handicap of heterogeneity" or the power of mixtures and encounters. Even today, the border imaginary continues to fuel debates on identities, sovereignty, and affiliations. 

With: Alexandre Lévy, Franco-Bulgarian journalist and writer (Le Temps, Courrier international), Ahmet Insel, political scientist and academic (Turkey), Roumiana Preshlenova, Director of the Institute of Balkan Studies (Bulgaria), Milana Cergic, ethnographer (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Gergely Romsics, researcher, Centre for Humanities, Institute of History (Hungary). 

Moderator: Toni Nikolov, philosopher and Director of the journal Kultura (Bulgaria) 

 

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Sofia, June 13, 2024 - 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM – Roundtable: Southeastern Europe and Integration into the European Union 

The enlargement of the European Union in this region has become a geopolitical necessity since the war triggered by Russia against Ukraine. This conflict also has ambivalent effects on the process. On one hand, it brings the topic of enlargement back to the center of debates, but on the other, this war highlights the fact that Balkan countries are far from aligned with the EU's foreign policy.

To complicate matters, issues related to the rule of law in Western Balkan countries (judicial or media independence, corruption...) raise fears of new states joining the EU that might follow the path of Viktor Orban's Hungary. There is also a real risk of importing conflicts within the European Union.

Historically, many Western Balkan countries have faced obstacles in their accession process due to bilateral disputes with certain EU member states. This situation requires a complex strategic approach from the European Union, which may have to separate the resolution of bilateral disputes from the accession process.

Finally, there is the issue of development, as candidates for integration in this region face even greater economic difficulties than the poorest countries in the EU.

With: Michel Foucher, geographer (France), Dimitris Christopoulos, professor at Panteion University (Greece), Cyril Blondel, senior lecturer, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (France), Clotilde Warin, researcher, European affairs officer at the Center for Analysis, Planning and Strategy of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (France), Iulian Groza, Director of the Institute for European Policies and Reforms in Chisinau (Moldova).

Moderator: Hristo Hristev, Associate Professor of Law at Sofia University 

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Sofia, June 13, 2024 - 6:00 PM – Artistic Event "Orient Express" 

Musical journey through the Balkans, project presented by Ina Kantcheva (with Bulgarian, Greek, and Turkish musicians). 

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Plovdiv, June 14, 2024 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM – Writers' Café-Debate on Legacies, Identities, and Territories: Narrative and Fiction in the European Imagination (Part 1) 

Southeastern European writers explore, each in their own way, issues related to the shared legacies and identities of their region. Their stories highlight memories of happy mixtures as well as conflicts, totalitarian pasts, voluntary and forced migrations that marked the 20th century in the Balkans, a region oscillating between forgetting and an abundance of memory. These meetings invite a dialogue between these authors from the Balkans and those from France, Poland, or Ukraine around these issues and questions. Through these writers' stories, it will be a question of journeys and destinies shaped by exile and return, dystopia, humor, and nostalgia.

With: Georgui Gospodinov, writer (Bulgaria), Mathias Enard, writer (France), Elitsa Gueorguieva, writer (Bulgaria), Tomasz Różycki, poet and writer (Poland).

Moderator: Frédéric Martel, French sociologist and writer, radio journalist at France Culture 

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Plovdiv, June 14, 2024 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM – Writers' Café-Debate on Legacies, Identities, and Territories: Narrative and Fiction in the European Imagination (Part 2) 

With: Marie Vrinat-Nikolov, academic (France/Bulgaria), Maria Kassimova-Moisset, writer (Bulgaria), Rouja Lazarova, writer (Bulgaria), Igor Štiks, writer and co-director of the Museum of the 1990s (Serbia), Khrystia Vengrinyouk, writer (Ukraine).

Moderator: Léna Mauger, Editor-in-Chief of Kometa Magazine 

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Sofia, June 15, 2024 - 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM – Presentation on the theme "Creation of the Department of Byzantine and Eastern Christian Arts at the Louvre Museum and its Relevance in Today's World" 

By Maximilien Durand, Director of the Department of Byzantine and Eastern Christian Arts at the Louvre Museum (France)

Moderator and Speaker: Prof. Dr. Roumiana Il Preshlenova, Director of the Institute of Balkan Studies & Center of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria)

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Sofia, June 15, 2024 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM – Presentation of the "Museum of the 90s" Project in Belgrade 

Dejan Ubovic, Director of GRAD, the European Center for Culture and Debate (Serbia) Igor Štiks, Writer and Co-Director of the Museum of the 1990s (Serbia) Iara Boubnova, Director of the National Gallery in Sofia (Bulgaria) Speaker and Moderator: Boyko Vasilev, Journalist at Bulgarian National Television (Bulgaria)

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Sofia, June 15, 2024 - 4:00 PM – Presentation of Kometa Magazine 

Presentation by Léna Mauger, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief.

The event is part of the accompanying program for the exhibition "The Heavens" by Paolo Woods, Director of Photography at Kometa Magazine, and Gabriele Galimberti. The exhibition is organized by Nadezhda Pavlova and Nikola Mihov, Curators of the exhibition, and realized with the support of the French Embassy in Bulgaria, the French Institute of Bulgaria, and Photosynthesis.

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Amsterdam : 14 May 2024

The French Institute in the Netherlands, in partnership with De Balie, hosted an evening of debates bringing together prominent European voices on the theme "Geopolitical Europe Facing War." Two public sessions were organized:

  • "Writing the War" - a roundtable where journalists and editors-in-chief discussed the challenges they face during wartime. 
  • "Europe at War?" - four high-level personalities discussed the following questions: What should a "geopolitical Europe" look like? Can a balance be found between a war economy and a market economy? Can Europe speak the language of power while ensuring the rule of law and democracy within its borders? 

An exchange between French and Dutch students was held prior to the evening. 

 

Writing the War 

The difficulty of knowing what is happening on a battlefield, the near-impossibility of obtaining concrete and cold facts in real-time, and witnessing countless broken lives. The role of war reporters is crucial in drawing public attention to wars and conflicts. During this evening, European journalists and editors-in-chief addressed the challenges they face: how to maintain public interest in prolonged conflicts? How to decide on the topics to cover?

Conflicts occurring at Europe's doorstep, such as in Ukraine and Gaza, are changing journalistic practices. As tensions rise and the geopolitical balance shifts, we discuss how the media translates these upheavals to the public. We question how to provide reliable news coverage in a context of propaganda and censorship, and how to expose disinformation. 

With: Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Sander van Hoorn, Boyko Vassilev, Veronika Dorman, and Emmanuelle Chaze.

Moderated by Rokhaya Seck. 

 

Europe at War? 

Five years after the announcement by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen of the establishment of a "geopolitical commission," the context has radically changed: Europe faces two wars in its immediate neighborhood. In light of current conflicts, such as the war in Gaza and Ukraine, what kind of geopolitical actor does Europe want to be? With Frans Timmermans, Tom Middendorp, and Nathalie Tocci, we will explore what a more geopolitical Europe would mean and entail. Over the past two years, Europe has had to respond to the invasion of one of its immediate neighbors, Ukraine. Although caught off guard, European leaders were able to react with measures that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. Despite these unprecedented measures, Europe's ability to have an impact on the ground, militarily or diplomatically, is in question. Can Europeans agree on a common narrative in the face of such significant conflicts? Can Europe speak the language of power while ensuring the rule of law and democracy within its borders?

With: Frans Timmermans, Nathalie Tocci, Tom Middendorp, and Rym Momtaz.

Moderated by Yoeri Albrecht.

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Warsaw : 11 and 12 March 2024

2024 could be a pivotal year for Europe: both internally (European elections, the challenge of enlarging the European Union, national retreats) and externally (security issues linked to the war in Ukraine, elections in the United States, war between Israel and Hamas and instability in the Middle East), there are a lot of pressures and threats on the European Union and the European project. 

Two years after the beginning of the Russian invasion in Ukraine and against this backdrop of major challenges, it seems essential to strengthen the bulwark that knowledge and analysis represent against approximations and polarized discourses. What is at stake? A better assessment of reality, its ups and downs and the existing scopes for action. 

This is the purpose of this new segment, in Warsaw, of the "In the face of war - European Dialogues" series of public debates. By focusing on the theme of "Research and the stakes of knowledge in the face of war", this stage in Warsaw highlights the need to support exchanges in Europe and beyond on the production and circulation of ideas and different schools of thought. 

Booklet - "European dialogue" in Warsaw 

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Vilnius - 30 November and 1 December 2023

In Lithuania, a country deeply mobilised and affected by Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the resulting war, the “Dialogues européens” took place at the Vilnius University on 30 November and 1 December 2023 on the theme of “Culture and imagination in the face of war”. The Season of Lithuania planned in France in autumn 2024 represented a perfect setting for hosting the event. 

The two days of debates allowed participants to discuss the shock and impact of the war from the perspective of ideas and culture. 

Representatives from around ten European countries took part in round-tables. 

 

30 november 

1 December 

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Prague - Tuesday 14 November 2023

The project « in the face of war - European dialogue » has been launched at the Profesní dům in Prague on Tuesday 14 November 2023. 

  • First debate "European unity in the face of war" 
  • Second debate "Reconnecting narratives in Europe" 

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