Neil WALKER, International Francqui Chair at KU Leuven, Feb-May 2017

In the Spring term of 2017, Prof. dr. Neil Walker (Edinburgh) will hold an International Francqui Chair at KU Leuven, Belgium. This chair is a joint initiative of KU Leuven’s Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven’s Faculty of Law, and ULB’s Faculty of Law. The overarching theme of Neil Walker’s Francqui Chair is Europe: Imagining the First Post-State Polity.

The inaugural lecture is taking place on Monday 27 February at 4 p.m. at the University Halls in Leuven. The title of Neil Walker’s inaugural lecture reads: “The Experiment of the European Union and the Spectre of Disintegration”. At this occasion, Neil Walker will also be awarded the Francqui Medal. This lecture is free, but prior registration is required.

From February to May 2017, there will be a series of 6 public lectures and seminars.

PROGRAMME:

Tuesday 14 February 2017: « Sovereignty redux. The unresolved constitution of European Union”

• 1 p.m. – 2.30 p.m., public lecture

• 3 p.m. – 4.30 p.m., seminar, respondents: Elise Muir (KU Leuven and Maastricht) and Tim Heysse (KU Leuven), chair: Nora Timmermans (KU Leuven)

Tuesday 28 February 2017: « Plato vindicated? Europe as epistocracy”

• 1 p.m. – 2.30 p.m., public lecture

• 3 p.m. – 4.30 p.m., seminar, respondents: Bart Raymaekers (KU Leuven) and Arthur Dyevre (KU Leuven), chair: Gregory Lewkowicz (ULB)

Tuesday 14 March 2017: « Reviving Nationalism on the European Stage; Old State, New State, Sub State”

• 1 p.m. – 2.30 p.m., public lecture

• 3 p.m. – 4.30 p.m., seminar, respondents: Elke Cloots (U Hasselt) and Helder De Schutter (KU Leuven), chair: David Haljan (KU Leuven)

Tuesday 28 March 2017: « Beyond citizenship? The European as denizen”

• 1 p.m. – 2.30 p.m., public lecture

• 3 p.m. – 4.30 p.m., seminar, respondents: Justine Lacroix (ULB) and Antoon Braeckman (KU Leuven), chair: Angelina Atanasova (KU Leuven)

Tuesday 18 April 2017: « The rudiments of political community: European Public Goods and the European Public Good »

• 1 p.m. – 2.30 p.m., public lecture

• 3 p.m. – 4.30 p.m., seminar, respondents: Philippe Van Parijs (UCL and KU Leuven) and Benoît Frydman (ULB), chair: Emmanuel Slautsky (ULB)

Tuesday 2 May 2017: « Modelling Europe: Europe in the Global Imaginary, the Globe in the European Imaginary »

• 1 p.m. – 2.30 p.m., public lecture

• 3 p.m. – 4.30 p.m., seminar, respondents: Hans Lindahl (Tilburg) and David Restrepo Amariles (ULB), chair: Esma Baycan (UNIGE and KU Leuven)

It is possible to attend one or more lectures without attending the full programme. It is also possible to attend a lecture but not attend the corresponding seminar. However, it is not possible to attend a seminar without attending the corresponding lecture, as the discussion in the seminar will build on the lecture given by Neil Walker.

All lectures and seminars are free, but prior registration is required. At the public lectures, coffee and sandwiches are provided for free. Public lectures take place at KU Leuven’s Faculty of Law (Auditorium Zeger Van Hee), seminars take place at KU Leuven’s Institute of Philosophy (Council Room).

Practical information and the registration form can be found here:

https://ghum.kuleuven.be/EN/francqui-neilwalker/ <https://ghum.kuleuven.be/EN/francqui-neilwalker/>

For general questions concerning Neil Walker’s Francqui Chair, please contact Raf Geenens (raf.geenens@kuleuven.be <mailto:raf.geenens@kuleuven.be>).

For practical questions (e.g. concerning the registration form), please contact Fran Venken (fran.venken@kuleuven.be <mailto:fran.venken@kuleuven.be>).

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