MINORITIES, BELONGING AND VALUESHeleen Touquet
SynopsisWho gets to be part of the European story? The much-touted European value of solidarity features centrally in the conversations in this second volume of the series [Talking about] European values. Heleen Touquet talks to three eminent scholars about European values, minorities and belonging in Europe. Lilian Tsourdi (University of Maastricht), Akwugo Emejulu (University of Warwick) and Nuno Ferreira (University of Sussex) explore the different meanings of the concept, analysing the non-solidarity between member states in the context of the political discussions and tensions about migration, solidarity through and despite exhaustion among African feminist activists in Europe, and the lack of solidarity with queer asylum seekers despite member states’ support for LGBT rights. The conversations between Heleen Touquet and her interlocutors took place within the framework of the lecture series on European values, citizenship and belonging at the University of Antwerp in the fall of 2020, organized in collaboration with UCSIA. This book is the second in the series '(Talking about) European Values & belonging'. The rule of law, democracy, human rights and human dignity are the core values of the European Union. Current debates about these values however display the frailty of their very notion. Both advocates and adversaries of the European Union invoke these values and step forward as their true representatives, just as much as left-wing, right-wing and populist politicians. The (Talking about) European values & belonging series brings together experts and scholars to discuss and reflect on the questions raised by the controversial issue of European values.
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MINORITIES, BELONGING AND VALUES
Heleen Touquet currently holds the Chair in European Values at the University of Antwerp and is a researcher at KU Leuven, focusing on post-ethnic mobilization, reconciliation and the politics of memory. In 2018 she was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.Preface by Steven Van Hecke, specialist European and comparative politics at KU Leuven.