The ESC’s 2020-21 theme, Creating Europe, explores both the political, social, cultural, and geographical forces that have given shape to contemporary Europe and also individuals who create and are creative in their daily or artistic expressions of what it means to be European. The 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration will serve as a springboard for discussing unity and diversity within Europe. Our panel of experts will trace the origin and meaning of the EU’s motto, “United in Diversity,” its goals and its limitations. What cultural projects has the EU taken up to promote and reinforce this motto? What is meant by “diversity” in the European context and how is it expressed in the iconography of the EU? Audience participation is encouraged.
Johan Fornäs, Södertörn University
Susannah Eckersley, Newcastle University
Michal Friedman, Carnegie Mellon University
Androulla Vassiliou, Former European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, and Youth
Jae-Jae Spoon, University of Pittsburgh