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Engaged Academics

Coordinators: Mario Pagano (LAW) and Giovanni Costenaro (HEC) 

Contact: [email protected]

The EU is currently going through a very hard moment: Euroscepticism is spreading and citizens feel distant from the European project. This is why this group aims to "open the doors" of the Institute and connect the EUI with civil society at large. As is well known, civil society and academia are usually considered distant worlds, which often do not speak the same language and with very few things to share. Nonetheless, we believe that our initiative would pursue the twofold objective of making civil society benefit from EUI researchers' skills and knowledge, and providing young engaged academics - from every department - with a “civil society perspective” on their research topics. 
In practice, the purpose of this WG is thus to organize public debates, conferences and roundtables with citizens, local associations, schools and other institutions on the current challenges that the EU is facing (migration, social policy, gender equality issues, environmental and human rights protection, etc.).
For starting, we aim at working "locally", therefore to be a member of the WG a decent level of Italian would be required. However, this will not prevent our WG from going beyond Tuscany or Italy in the future.
The working group is thankful for the generous support of Prof. Federico Romero (History department).

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Academic Year 2018-2019


  • 7-9 May 2019: "Little fun palace". An event co-organised by Fabbrica Europa and the "Engaged Academics" of the EUI at "Stazione Leopolda". Speakers: (TBC)
  • 2 May 2019: "Quale genere di democrazia? Un dialogo sulle diversità". Side event to the State of the Union 2019 on gender equality and democracy - at Le Murate - PAC, 6pm. Speakers: Michela Balocchi (PhD, Researcher and Co-Founder of the intersexioni group), Wanna Del Buono (Lawyer, Co-Founder of the Artemisia Association), Alice Troise (High School Professor, Founder of Gruppo Giovani Glbti* Firenze and Co-Founder of the intersexioni group), Roberta Vannucci (ArciLesbica Associazione Nazionale and Artistic Co-Director of the Florence Queer Festival) and a representative from Nosotras Onlus (TBC); chair: Giovanna Gilleri (PhD Researcher, LAW department) 
  • 2 May 2019: "Generation(s) of the crises: How to address intergenerational inequalities in the EU?". State of the Union panel, Villa Salviati, 12.15-13.30h. Speakers: Lídia Pereira (President, Youth of the European People’s Party), Mario Pagano (PhD Researcher, LAW department), Riina Sikkut (Minister of Health and Labour Republic of Estonia (TBC)) and Philippe Van Parijs, Professor of Philosophy (Université Catholique de Louvain, and Global Governance Fellow, RSCAS, EUI) 
  • 12 April 2019: "Euro, spazio Schengen, roaming ed elezioni europee". Talk with students from "ISIS Leonardo da Vinci". Speaker: Giuseppe Ciccolini (PhD Researcher, SPS department) and one speaker from Europe Direct Florence
  • 11 April 2019: "Euro, spazio Schengen, roaming ed elezioni europee". Talk with students from "ISIS Leonardo da Vinci". Speaker: Rebecca Ravalli (PhD Researcher, LAW department) and one speaker from Europe Direct Florence
  • 10 April 2019: "Programmi di mobilità ed elezioni europee". Talk with students from "ISIS Leonardo da Vinci" of Florence. Maria Oliveira Costa Barata (PhD Researcher, LAW department) and Gabriele Macci (PhD Researcher, ECO department)
  • 10 April 2019: "L'Europa e i cambiamenti climatici: il ruolo degli attori non statali". 3rd event of the public debates series "Caffé Europa" co-organised with Europe Direct Florence at Caffè Le Murate. Speakers:  Jacopo Bencini (German Development Institute) and Mario Pagano (PhD Researcher, LAW department)
  • 8 April 2019: "Storia e funzionamento dell'Unione europea". Talk with students from "Scuole Medie Pieraccini". Speakers: Mario Pagano (PhD Researcher, LAW department), Maria Oliveira Costa Barata (PhD Researcher, LAW department) and Gabriele Macci (PhD Researcher, ECO department) 
  • 3 April 2019: "Storia e funzionamento dell'Unione europea". Talk with students from "ISIS Gobetti Volta" of Bagno a Ripoli. Speakers: Rebecca Ravalli (PhD Researcher, LAW department) and Giuseppe Ciccolini (PhD Researcher, SPS department)
  • 29 March 2019: "Tutto quello che avreste voluto sapere sull'immigrazione e non avete mai osato chiedere". Forum with students from "Liceo Artistico Porta Romana" of Florence. Speaker: Caterina F. Guidi (Robert Schumann Fellow)
  • 28 March 2019: "Tutto quello che avreste voluto sapere sull'immigrazione e non avete mai osato chiedere". Talk with students from "Istituto Alberghiero Saffi". Speakers: Eleonora Milazzo (PhD Researcher, SPS department) and Maria Oliveira Costa Barata (PhD Researcher, LAW department)
  • 27 March 2019: "Ripensare la governance economica e sociale dell'Unione europea". 2nd event of the public debates series "Caffé Europa" co-organised with Europe Direct Florence at Caffè Le Murate. Speakers: Christy Petit (PhD Researcher, LAW department) and Andi Shehu (PhD Researcher, HEC department) 
  • 23 March 2019: meeting with Kader Diabate (activist, refugee and Unicef Ambassador) at "Casa del popolo" of Settignano. Chair: Eleonora Milazzo (PhD Researcher, SPS department)
  • 22 March 2019: meeting with Kader Diabate (activist, refugee and Unicef Ambassador) at "Centro comunitario Valdese" of Firenze. Chair: Eleonora Milazzo (PhD Researcher, SPS department) 
  • 22 March 2019: meeting with Kader Diabate (activist, refugee and Unicef Ambassador) at the EUI (Seminar Room 2). Speakers: Caterina F. Guidi (Robert Schumann Fellow) and Eleonora Milazzo (PhD Researcher, SPS department)
  • 22 March 2019: meeting with Kader Diabate (activist, refugee and Unicef Ambassador) at "Liceo Artistico Porta Romana" of Florence. Chairs: Caterina F. Guidi (Robert Schumann Fellow) and Eleonora Milazzo (PhD Researcher, SPS department)

  • 22 March 2019: meeting with Kader Diabate (activist, refugee and Unicef Ambassador) at "Liceo Artistico Porta Romana" of Florence. Chairs: Caterina F. Guidi (Robert Schumann Fellow) and Eleonora Milazzo (PhD Researcher, SPS department)

  • 21 March 2019: "L'Agenzia Spaziale Europea". In the frame of the forum "Primavera d'Europa" on the European elections organised by Unifi at "Polo Novoli". Speaker: Sara Venditti (PhD Visiting Researcher, HEC department)

  • 21 March 2019: "Tutto quello che avreste voluto sapere sull'immigrazione e non avete mai osato chiedere". Talk with students from "Istituto Alberghiero Saffi". Speakers: Caterina F. Guidi (Robert Schumann Fellow) and Maria Oliveira Costa Barata (PhD Researcher, LAW department)
  • 20 March 2019: "Il lavoro tramite piattaforma e la gig-economy: a che punto siamo?". 1st event of the public debates series "Caffé Europa" co-organised with Europe Direct Florence at Caffè Le Murate. Speakers: Antonio Aloisi (Max Weber Fellow, EUI), Marco Marrone (Università Ca' Foscari, Venice) and one rider from (Riders Union Bologna); chair: Mario Pagano (PhD Researcher, LAW department)
  • 5 March 2019: "Programmi europei di mobilità ed elezioni europee". Talk with students from "Politecnico Salvemini – Duca d’Aosta" of Florence. Speakers: Maria Oliveira Costa Barata (PhD Researcher, LAW department) and 2nd speaker from Europe Direct Florence
  • 5 March 2019: "Nascita ed evoluzione delle istituzioni europee". Talk with students from "Liceo Scientifico Macchiavelli" of Florence. Speakers: Andi Shehu (PhD Researcher, HEC department) and Maria Oliveira Costa Barata (PhD Researcher, LAW department)

  • 19 January 2019: "Tutto quello che avreste voluto sapere sull'immigrazione e non avete mai osato chiedere". Two talks with students from "Liceo "Cannizzaro" and "Liceo Gonzaga" of Palermo (Sicily). Speaker: Eleonora Milazzo (PhD Researcher, SPS department)

  • 12 Dicembre 2018: "Euro: riformare o abbandonare?". Public debates series "Parliamo d'Europa", co-organised with the public administration of Fiesole. Speakers: Andi Shehu (PhD Researcher, Department of History), Agnieszka Smolenska (PhD Researcher, Department of Law) and Pietro Panizza (PhD Researcher, Department of Economics)

  • 14 November 2018: "L'Europa in tavola: cosa fa l'Unione per rendere sicuri i nostri cibi?". Public debates series "Parliamo d'Europa", co-organised with the public administration of Fiesole. Speakers: Rebecca Ravalli (PhD researcher Law department) and Cesare Varallo (lawyer and food safety expert)
  • 29 October 2018: "Immigrazione: tutto quello che avreste voluto sapere e non avete mai osato chiedere". Public debates series "Parliamo d'Europa", co-organised with the public administration of Fiesole. Speakers: Virginia Passalacqua (PhD researcher Law department), Eleonora Milazzo (PhD researcher SPS department), Caterina Francesca Guidi (Robert Schuman Fellow) 

Academic Year 2017-2018


11 May 2018: "From Europe to Florence: Solidarity and Integration", Side event to The State of the Union 2018.Speakers: Pape Diaw, Human rights activist; Diye Ndiaye, Council member, Scandicci, Florence; Michele Spinicci e Gloria Vitaioli, Association “MEDU” of Florence (Doctors for human rights); Caterina Francesca Guidi, Robert Schuman Fellow. Chair: Eleonora Milazzo (PhD researcher SPS department).

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