The years 2008 and 2009 will definitely go down in the history books as years of global crisis. The credit crunch had and still has a huge impact on our economies and the way we look at the role of our governments. Banks collapsed or had to be saved with enormous amounts of taxpayers money, millions of people over Europe lost their jobs as a result of the crunch, governments debts skyrocketed  and even some seemingly prosperous countries were forced to ask for IMF loans. At first sight it seems that the crisis brought nothing but misery. But is this really the case? Or did the crisis also offered us chances for new policies, new ideas and new possibilities?

During 2009 the treaty of Lisbon was ratified in almost all the EU member states. Would this have been possible without the crisis? And how did the credit crunch influence European cooperation in dealing with European problems? Did it intensify the integration of the EU or caused it disintegration? What new developments can be distinguished that are fueled by the crunch? What is its influence on European social policy? These, and many other questions will be the centre of the 2010 Inclusion and Exclusion in contemporary European societies and can be captured in the theme of the course: Chances in Crises.

Selected themes

During the course, in plenary presentations and in interactive workshops, we will discuss the challenges contemporary Europe is facing in the light of the economic and financial crisis. We will explore the conditions for innovation and the conditions under which Europe and the EU can develop, as well as new forms of European Governance and strategies to support European citizens to cope with Europe.

In discussing the central theme of the 2010 edition, Chances in Crises, we will focus in workshops and plenary presentations,  on six main themes:
1. European Integration and Social Inclusion:
Chances for Overcoming the Social Exclusion of Vulnerable Groups?

2. Changing roles of Government and Civil Society:
Opportunities for solving Social Problems?

3. 20 Years after the Collapse of Communism:
Crisis, Amnesia and Nostalgia: an Assessment of Costs and Benefits

4. Converging and Diverging Values in Europe:
Starting Point for Joint Policies?

5. Migration and the Economic Crises
Moving beyond Fortress Europe: liquid migration and flexible citizenship?

6. The New Generation:
Youth and Education after the Crisis