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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


  • 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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