Already in its ninth year, the 2017 Univerde will evolve around the central theme of democracy and borders in the context of a globalised world.
The economic crisis and the increasing number of applications for asylum, that often remain unacknowledged, as well as the perceived lack of protection and the fear of cultural identity loss are favouring the rise of populist, nationalist and xenophobic movements. Those movements are generating a growing anti-European sentiment and are testing our democratic values as well as the very raison d’être of the European Union. In a globalised world, where economic and financial flows do not recognise borders, the EU tries to make the free movement of people, goods, capital and services compatible with restrictions to the entry of migrants and refugees and an increased control of its external borders. Besides, derived from the globalisation, there has been a transfer of decision-making powers from the states to supranational institutions which has resulted in the loss of sovereignty of the nation state as such. This oftentimes is also perceived as a loss of power of the citizens who see their participation in the decision-making process severely diminished, which has generated a sense of disaffection towards the EU institutions.
This year’s edition of Univerde therefore aims to increase knowledge and foster the debate about the role of the European Union in the global context from a Green point of view among the participants. The Summer University will provide a platform to discuss possible Green solutions to the deterioration of democratic processes and the disenchantment with politics of large groups within the European societies. To this end, speakers from all over Europe will discuss on a variety of European issues, while integrating a Spanish perspective, in different sessions such as workshops, plenary debates, etc. with the more than 300 participants.
Following the opening ceremony, a conference on “justice and democracy in post-Brexit Europe” with Philippe Van Parijs will launch the two day event. Plenary sessions on “democracy, post-truth and populism : a challenge for the European Union” will finish the first day of debates. The second day, Saturday 9 September, will begin with a plenary session on “human mobility and borders” and shall be followed by a series of parallel workshops. Towards the evening a lecture and a final panel discussion are planned on topics related to environment and global markets.
Registration: Please sign up fr the event by sending an email to email@example.com
Date: 8-9 September 2017, 10h00-21h00
Venue: Logroño (La Rioja), Spain