8 February 2018 • Dave van Ginhoven
European Studies conference tries to tune in to a noisy Europe
In a time when Europe faces political upheaval in a contentious climate of competing visions and conflicting narratives, The Hague University of Applied Sciences’ European Studies programme organised a conference to filter through all the noise.
In a series of panel discussions and presentations that brought a diverse group of academics and staff together, participants explored contemporary European issues and confronted the continent’s uncertain future, looking at different cultural and political visions of Europe and exploring its history in search of insight into contemporary developments.
High points of the conference included the lecture by professor Luuk van Middelaar (Leiden University), who spoke about the need to re-invent the European Union to a packed audience, and the many panel discussions that empowered European Studies students, representatives of the next European generation, to share their views.
Those students, many of whom helped to organise the event, were very enthusiastic. “ I don’t think I could’ve asked for a better experience for my first academic conference,” said fourth-year ES student Laurens Den Hartog, looking back on the conference.
The conference Tuning in the Noise of Europe that was held on January 18 attracted over 120 international participants, as well as speakers from all over Europe. The European Studies programme, in which students and staff explore Europe from a public and private sector perspective, is planning to stage similar events in the future.