The 9th (and next) edition of the course took place from 7 – 11 April 2014

Content in short

In this course we addressed three broad sets of questions:

  1. What are the new and emerging forms of social exclusion connected to citizenship rights in Europe today? How do they merge with and challenge existing social contracts and ideas of rights at local, national and European levels? What are the implications of inequalities within and between countries for citizenship rights? What are the key characteristics and mechanisms of these forms of social exclusion and how can they be challenged?
  2. How do national governments and the EU relate to their citizens and address issues of citizenship? How far do these reinforce and extend practices of inclusion and exclusion? Has the meaning of citizenship changed in the context of the economic and financial crisis? Is citizenship inevitably framed by who is excluded? Has there been an extension or a diminution of citizenship rights over time?
  3. What is known about what citizens in Europe really want? How does the European Union respond to the demands of different groups of citizens? What are the problems and possibilities of the concept of ‘active citizens’? How far can the participation of citizens challenge the power of vested interests in Europe and reinvigorate democracy?

Interested to read more about the issue of the 2014-course? Please visit the background page of this 9th edition of the course!