The rise of racist nationalism, the violent fortification of borders against migrants and refugees, class conflict, economic inequality and ever-harsher austerity programs are just some of the problems facing the European Union. The “Perspectives on a more Plural Europe” panel discussion explores different political desires, concepts and perspectives that could shape an EU that is built on the mutual recognition of its people and regions.
Moderated by sociologist Aleksandra Lakic, lawyer Anna Hankings-Evans, musician Rana Farahani, and writer and community organizer Clementine Ewokolo Burnley examine the idea of Europe as one of internal pluralism by discussing the possibility of (institutional) reform. How can we find a way to reshape Europe together, and what are the prospects for the reconceptualization of citizenship itself?
Hankings-Evans’ research focuses on international economic law, its power implication, geopolitics and postcolonial theories of justice. Rana Farahani is a musician researching populism and how the far-right has organized online, particularly in Austria. Clementine Ewokolo Burnley uses a decolonial, intersectional feminist framework to look at ideas of belonging, Brexit, and its relationship to literature. Meanwhile, sociologist and Democracy in Europe Movement (DIEM25) activist Lakic moderates, encouraging conversation around a possible union governed by the people and for the people.