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The monthly Max Weber Lectures are given by distinguished scholars from the four disciplines of the EUI. The Programme aims at inviting scholars who address topical issues from an interdisciplinary perspective that will appeal to the EUI academic community as a whole.

At least one of the Lecturers will be related to each of the Thematic Research Groups (TRG), and every Group will have an opportunity to organize a workshop on the following day with the relevant Lecturer. All Lecturers will also be available to discuss the work of Fellows on an informal basis.

Unless otherwise stated the lectures are at 17.00, the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the EUI main building, the Badia Fiesolana, and are followed by a cocktail.

For further information about individual Max Weber Lectures, please contact Karin Tilmans   

Upcoming lecture

NicolaidesKalypso Aude Nicolaïdis (University of Oxford)

"Three Meanings of Brexit"

26 October, 17:00-18:30
Badia, Refettorio

Chair: Alex Katsaitis (Schuman Centre)
Presenter: Brigid Laffan (Director of the Schuman Centre) 



I will discuss three meanings of Brexit – starting with a definition of “meaning” as narrative, as opposed to explanation, rationalisation or implication.  

Meanings matter, I argue, for which narrative dominates the next two years and will determine not only the nature of the Brexit deal but also the nature of the EU itself.

The three meanings are labelled exceptionalism (“Brexit means that the UK should leave”) a narrative shared by hard-Brexiters and Euro-federalists; scepticism (“Brexit mean that you all should leave”), a narrative shared by Euro-sceptics around Europe and left-wing Brexiters in the UK; and pluralism (“Brexit means that you can leave”).

The lecture will explore the ways in which this last narrative can both draw on the other two and help transcend them. It will draw on the four disciplines of the EUI and the Max Weber programme, namely history, politics, law and economics.

About the speaker:

Kalypso Nicolaïdis is Professor of International Relations and director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Oxford. She was previously associate professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

She is chair of Southeastern European Studies at Oxford and Council member of the European Council of Foreign Relations. In 2012-2013, she was Emile Noel-Straus Senior Fellow at NYU Law School (2012-2013). In 2008-2010, she was a member of the Gonzales reflection group on the future of Europe 2030 set up by the European Council.

She also served as advisor on European affairs to George Papandreou in the 90s and early 2000s, the Dutch government in 2004, the UK government, the European Parliament, the European Commission, OECD and UNCTAD.

She has published widely on international relations, global governance, trade ethics, law and democracy promotion, as well as the internal and external aspects of European integration in numerous journals including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy and International Organization. Her last books are Echoes of Empire: Memory, Identity and Colonial Legacies (ed w/ Sebe and Maas, IB Tauris), Normative Power Europe Revisited (ed w/ Whitman, Journal Conflict and Cooperation) and European Stories: Intellectual Debates on Europe in National Context (ed w/ Lacroix, OUP, 2010). 

She is a graduate of Sciences-Po (1982) and received her PhD from Harvard in 1993. More information –including publications- can be found on her website.


Max Weber Lectures 2016-2017

  • Wednesday 26 October 2016 
    Kalypso Aude Nicolaïdis (University of Oxford)
    "Three Meanings of Brexit"
    Thematic Group: Diversity and Unity 
  • Wednesday 16 November 2016
    Philippe Van Parijs (Université Catholique de Louvain)
    "Just Europe" 
    Thematic Group: Legal, Political and Social Theory
  • Wednesday 14 December 2016
    Ngaire Woods (University of Oxford)
    Thematic Group: Europe in the World 
  • Wednesday 18 January 2017
    Barbara Petrongolo (Queen Mary University London) 
    Thematic Group: Inequality and Efficiency in Education and Labour Markets 
  • Wednesday 15 February 2017
    Barry Eichengreen (Berkeley University)
    Thematic Group: Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa 
  • Wednesday 22 March 2017
    Rhacel Salazar Parrenas (University of Southern California
    Thematic Group: Citizenship and Migration
  • Wednesday 26 April 2017
    Sally E. Merry (New York University)
    Thematic Group: Legal, Political and Social Theory: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  • Wednesday 24 May 2017
  • Marc Lilla (Columbia University)
    Thematic Group: Legal, Political and Social Theory: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  • Wednesday 21 June 2017
    Mary Kaldor (London School of Economics)
    Thematic Group: Europe in the World 


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