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Upcoming Events

The Future of Europe as a Cultural Fact @ Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia
Jan 31 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

In his 2013 book The Future as Cultural Fact, Arjun Appadurai was writing that we need to understand better the interactions between three notable human preoccupations: imagination, anticipation, and aspiration. Appadurai pointed out that the capacities to aspire, anticipate and imagine are recognizably universal but culturally defined; they take their force within local systems of value and meaning. In exercising our capacities to imagine, anticipate and aspire, Appadurai argues that we need to adopt an ethics of possibility (of building a better, more equitable world for ourselves and our children) against an ethics of probability (of risk, disaster and privately created security). Thinking about the future of Europe today one wonders what is the balance of forces between a transnational ethics of possibility (and responsibility) and a national or regional ethics of probability. This workshop will critically discuss how the concepts outlined above have played out in recent European crises (the Eurozone crisis, the refugee emergency) and how they can help us rethink the future of Europe.

Arjun Appadurai is the Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, where he is also Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge. He serves as Honorary Professor in the Department of Media and Communication, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Tata Chair Professor at The Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai and as a Senior Research Partner at the Max-Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen. Appadurai is world renowned expert on the cultural dynamics of globalization, having authored numerous books and scholarly articles. The nature and significance of his contributions throughout his academic career have earned him the reputation as a leading figure in his field. 


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Citizenship in Regional Organisations: Comparing European, Latin American and African Experiences @ Cappella, Villa Schifanoia
Feb 7 @ 9:00 am – Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm

Several regional organisations across the globe have advocated the granting of rights to the citizens of their member states. EU citizenship often emerges as a paradigm and has also attracted a significant degree of attention, but this should not blur the fact that other organisations have followed a similar path. In Latin America, for instance, the Andean Community, Mercosur, Unasur or the Central American Integration System (SICA) have granted rights comprising freedom of movement and residence, but also political rights (in the election of the respective regional parliaments). In Africa, ECOWAS has adopted similar measures which other regional groupings also have in their agenda.

This executive training seminar aims to discuss the rationale behind the creation of various forms of citizenship that extend beyond the nation state, as well as the difficulties and limitations in the implementation of these rights, and the prospects for future development. The seminar seeks also to compare experiences and practices between regional organisations. By bringing together practitioners and academics, and offering a policy-oriented training dimension, this seminar will provide the participants with solid foundations for understanding the development of various forms of regional citizenship across the world.



Speakers (TBC):

Giovanni Agostinis | Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Rainer Bauböck | European University Institute, Italy
Louali Chaibou | ECOWAS, Nigeria
Carlos Closa | European University Institute, Italy
Florisvaldo Fier | MERCOSUR, Uruguay
Marcelo Mondelli | MERCOSUR, Uruguay
Ernesto Samper | UNASUR, Ecuador
N’Faly Sanoh | ECOWAS, Nigeria
Jo Shaw | University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Daniela Vintila | Université de Liège, Belgium
Allan Wagner | Comunidad Andina, Peru


Apply before 13 January 2018




Training courses offered by the Academy of Global Governance are generally free of charge. Admission, though, is granted only on the basis of a successful application (APPLY HERE). Confirmed participants are expected to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves.



There is a limited number of scholarships available, designed as contribution to the coverage of a participant’s travel and accommodation costs. These scholarships are strictly reserved to people from the least developed countries as defined by the United NationsApplication deadline for scholarships: 6 January 2018.

Transatlantic Relations: Past, Present, and Future @ Villa Schifanoia
May 7 @ 9:00 am – May 9 @ 7:00 pm

This Executive Training Seminar will examine the current state of transatlantic relations. The transatlantic alliance between the United States and its European partners has been essential for global peace, security, and stability since the end of World War II. But a number of developments are placing doubts on the centrality of the alliance on both sides of the Atlantic. The U.S. “rebalance” to Asia and the election of Donald Trump have raised questions about America’s commitment to European security. Transatlantic economic relations, including the future of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), also reveal differences between the United States and Europe. Bringing together academic specialists, policymakers, and think tank experts, this three-day seminar will offer an in-depth overview of the scale and scope of issues currently facing the transatlantic alliance, and outlines possible measures that the United States and Europe could take to address these challenges. Topics include the future of U.S. grand strategy and its implications for Europe, EU initiatives to build independent security and defense capabilities, transatlantic relations and Russia, transatlantic economic relations, and transatlantic relations in the era of Donald Trump. Through presentations, case studies, and simulations, attendees will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the complex set of issues currently facing transatlantic relations and the policy responses that will be needed to address these issues.




Draft Programme



Monday, 7 May 2018

U.S. Grand Strategy and Transatlantic Relations I: The Case for Restraint | TBD

U.S. Grand Strategy and Transatlantic Relations II: The Case for Engagement | Stephen Brooks (Dartmouth College)




Tuesday, 8 May 2018

EU Security and Defense Policy: Progress and Prospects | Nathalie Tocci (Director of Istituto Affari Internazionali and Special Adviser to EU HRVP Federica Mogherini)

Transatlantic Relations in the Era of Donald Trump | Jeremy Shapiro (European Council on Foreign Relations)



Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Transatlantic Relations and Russia | Ivan Krastev (Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies (Sofia, Bulgaria) and Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (IWM))

Transatlantic Economic Relations | TBD