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More Europe Paris Debate

23rd May 2012

Culture and European identity

This seminar, co-organised with the Institut français, discussed culture and the European identity: what does being European mean in today’s world?; can creativity and cultural innovation participate in shaping a European identity?; and can there be a common European cultural diplomacy?

Opening Speeches

  • Xavier Darcos, Executive President Institut français
  • Delphine Borione, Director of Culture & Education, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Vice-President of EUNIC Global
  • Christopher Miles, Vice-President Secretary General of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication
  • Julia Kristeva, Writer, Psychoanalyst, Professor Emeritus Paris-Diderot University, patron of MORE EUROPE

“What does being European mean today?”

  • Michel Le Bris, writer & director “Étonnants voyageurs” book festival
  • Luc Lévy, International relations officer, Shoah Memorial in Paris
  • Radu Mihăileanu, film director & screenwriter, patron of MORE EUROPE
  • Sebastian Körber, Deputy Secretary General ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
  • Alain Fohr, Cultural Councilor & Director Institut français Spain

Moderated by Laurence Auer, Secretary General Institut français

“How can we highlight European cultural creativity and innovation?”

  • David Fajolles, Head of Research & prospectives department, French Ministry of Culture and communication
  • André de Margerie, Director of International relations ARTE France, Head of International relations ARTE
  • Gérald Grunberg, Director of International relations, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
  • Malte Bergmann, sociologist & researcher in urban development
  • Pierre Giner, artist
  • Laurent Burin des Roziers, Cultural Councilor & Director Institut français United Kingdom

Moderated by Pier Luigi Sacco, Professor Cultural Economics, Dean of Arts, Markets and Heritage Faculty, IULM University Milan  

“Towards a common European cultural diplomacy?”

  • Henning Schulte-Noelle, chairman Board of Allianz
  • Delphine Borione, Director of Culture & Education, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vice-President EUNIC GlobalRuth Ur, Head of Arts & Development, British Council
  • Alban Corbien-Labasse, Executive Director Institut français Dakar & President EUNIC SenegalRod Fisher, Director, International Intelligence on Culture Agency
  • Katherine Watson, Director, European Cultural Foundation

Moderated by Damien Helly, Senior Research Fellow European Union Institute for Security Studies


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