Research themes

We at the Centre for European Studies understand European studies broadly as a study of European cultures, politics and societies, including their interaction and cooperation in various levels. Temporarily, it includes the study of the present day, history and the management of the past. Furthermore, we consider European studies as an inherently multidisciplinary field that seeks to broaden and deepen the knowledge on the region by using theoretical and methodological approaches that go beyond national histories and traditions.

At the moment, the research activities at the CES will focus mainly on the following themes:
Identity and politics of history

This theme deals with European history, politics of memory and various narratives about European identities, societies and politics. It involves looking at the emergence of European identity, the role of law and justice in this process, as well as changes in Europe, its self-understanding and politics produced by immigration and displacement.

Values and democracy

This theme involves the study of current European societies and politics in the various levels, including European integration and institutions. It includes various approaches to the study of these topics, ranging from more philosophical studies on European values and democracy to research on politics, policy-making, institutions and language of politics. The theme highlights especially the study of questions related to diversity, representation and gender equality as they manifest themselves in politics and societies within Europe, but also in Europe’s external relations.

Margins and political violence

This theme looks at political, societal and cultural developments in Europe by studying its margins. This involves studying various minorities and disadvantage groups, research on political contestation by those who challenge the prevailing status quo and values in European politics and societies, as well as governance of margins, minorities and dissent.