The Project SharEU
Shared Values and Global Challenges: Towards a New Renaissance of EU
This project is directed to consolidate and furtherly integrate the activity of teaching and research in the field of EU studies at the University of Florence (UNIFI). It is devoted to the study of the impact of global challenges on the core values of the EU. Solidarity among Europeans becomes a crucial issue for the future of the EU, while challenges in the economic, social and political context impose pressures on mechanism of social cohesion, such as reciprocity, inclusion, and institutional trust. The aim of this project is of contributing to a “new Renaissance” for Europe. The reference to Renaissance – literally “rebirth”, the period in European civilization generally regarded as beginning in Florence – reflects the purpose of a relance of humanist and civic values among Europeans and a renewed interest for the EU among young generations, civil society, common citizens and professionals, inside and outside European borders.
The topic will be addressed through subthemes closely interrelated: migration, citizenship, social and human rights, sustainable development and environment, international cooperation, political participation, identities and narratives, multiculturalism and multilinguism. If the literature deals with each of these themes separately, the aim here is to understand them in their interrelations and by adopting a truly interdisciplinary (law, history, economics, political science, sociology, humanities and linguistics) perspective.
This research is particularly important and timely for several reasons. In the context of European societies pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men still prevail but they are seriously undermined by global challenges, e.g. terrorist attacks, refugees crisis, financial and economic crisis, unemployment, growing inequalities.
The general aim of the project is to show how the EU’s fundamental values are put into practice through concrete actions at European, national, regional and local levels, and how they can contribute to face global challenges successfully. The activities foreseen include research, teaching and the organisation of several events (conferences, seminars, initiatives for citizens, activities in schools – link), outputs (publications, web site, ‘SharEU’ radio broadcast – link). Given the high importance of the theme of research, an impact in the international academic community and in the local civil society is envisaged.
The members of the Scientific Committee are professors with diverse disciplinary backgroungs belonging to different EU and extra-EU universities and they ensure a detailed analysis of the topic.
The results of the project can be followed here.