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Application open to take part to the Vigoni Students’ Forum 2018

Villa Vigoni, 16 to 19 September 2018

Political cultures as an integral part of European cultural heritage ‒ internal divergences and global prospects

“The old continent has both lost its centrality in global politics and the confidence of Europeans themselves – the confidence that its political choices can shape the future of the world”, writes Ivan Krastev in his new book Europadämmerung, which has generated intense discussion about the role that Europe wants to and ought to cover in global terms.

Western democracies, particularly European ones, are increasingly becoming just one of the many models of society and democracy in a global world. What is more, divergent approaches to democracy within the European context raise the question about whether it is possible to talk about a pan-European political culture that can be traced back to a common heritage. Is there a sufficient common vision to act as a model of values on a global level? What role do the new orientations play in relation to a more cohesive European foreign policy on the free market, environmental protection and human rights? What is the difference between European self-perception and a – not always united – external viewpoint? 

We are looking for students of any subject to discuss these issues with experts. Students must meet the following critera:

  • Knowledge of Italian and German (on a passive level at least) and active knowledge of English.
  • Interest in cultural and social initiatives and experience abroad.
  • Aged between 20 and 27.

Those selected will have their accommodation costs covered for three days at the Italian-German Centre near Lake Como by Villa Vigoni.

Applications, accompanied by a CV, letter of motivation and references, should be submitted by 16 June 2018 to segreteria@villavigoni.eu.

Every year in September there is the Vigoni Students’ Forum, founded in 2012 thanks to the support of the Supporters’ Circle of Friends and aimed at university students of different disciplines.