The Centre Altiero Spinelli (CeAS) was set up in 2003, within the framework of the Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence action program funded by the European Commission, at the initiative of the Jean Monnet Chair of EU Law and Institutions active at the University “Roma Tre” since 1999, held by Prof. Dr. Luigi Moccia, who founded the Centre and took over its direction. following the with the European Commission for the establishment of Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence.
After the three years grant agreement period, CeAS continued to carry out its mission for the promotion and development of research and study activities in the field of European integration, through a variety of actions ranging from research projects (such as the “success story” Europe at school: How to become European citizens), to advanced training courses (such as the post-graduate course in Cittadinanza europea e integrazione euromediterranea), publications (such as the biannual journal “La cittadinanza europea”, the monographs series Quaderni del Centro Altiero Spinelli”, the “International Catalogue”), Working Papers, the EuroViews blog, Open didactic materials,along with the organisation of conferences, seminars and cultural events (such as the Giornate per l’Europa-Europe Days, the international award “Cittadinanza Europea”). More recently (2017-2020) CeAS was the recipient of the grant for the carrying out of the Horizion 2020 project Terrorsim Previention Via Radicalisation Counter-Narrative (TRIVALENT).
This website is currently managed by the Associazione Centro Altiero Spinelli (CeAS) made up of scholars and experts in the field of European studies, with the aim to preserve and valorise the wealth of materials and documentation accumulated throughout the period in which the Centre was hosted at Roma Tre university (2003-2020), in order to making it accessible to anybody interested, while continuing to promote, to project and sustain initiatives in the field of the European integration.
In the contemporary world, cultures are no longer isolated. They interact and influence each other. Increased mobility coupled in particular with migration flows have brought others very close to us. These "others" no longer live in some distant country, but right in our own town or neighborhood. These phenomena have gradually eroded and discredited the centrality of the European/Western paradigm.
Keeping in mind the basic ambivalence of the risks/benefits potentially arising out of the cultural diversity, the problem still remains: how could we then cope with this challenge?
In this context, CeAS is aware of the need for new methodological and conceptual approaches that imply:
- to carry out a dual logic, calibrated on the opportunity (if not the necessity) to get rid of the oppositional logic ("aut-aut") and rely on a conciliatory one ("and-and"), that is to say the "inclusive distinction;"
- to support a harmonious or mimetic form of reasoning which tends to imitate, and not to dominate, the reality of things in its many manifestations, often contradictory;
- to accept reality of things, without however being resigned to the idea of an amalgam of unresolved contradictions, but as a possibility of a mixed blend of cultural identities characterizing a condition of multiple affiliations.
Along this path of reasoning, we believe that a main question is: what kind of new thoughts, language and transmission in the fields of Research and Education are needed to develop a quality of citizenry which can bring about change towards the attainment of better societies now and in the future?
Therefore, CeAS will be committed to efforts aimed to generate shared cultural expressions through an integrated agenda of research projects, educational activities, dissemination and partnerships in order to develop peace and intercultural dialogue within Europe and the whole Mediterranean region towards the pluralist transformation - also through new technologies - of public space, institutions and civic culture, with an eye also to worldwide scenarios, taking into account the centrality of the Euro-Mediterranean region in the balance of international relations.
In continuity with the former university Centre, CeAS activities cover a variety of sectors and topics, all round the central idea of European citizenship at the core of the integration process, including: fundamental rights; area of freedom, security and justice; European policies; comparison and integration of European legal systems; European social model; Euro-Mediterranean integration; Intercultural dialogue; European Union external action; Development cooperation and humanitarian aid; Environmental protection and sustainable development.
One most important current CeAS activity is the publication of the electronic journal “la cittadinanza europea online” (lceonline), a quarterly periodical (open access) intended to be additional to and not a substitute of “La cittadinanza europea” printed version (FrancoAngeli publisher), for the purpose to enrich and enhance the content offer, providing tools for analysis, discussion and collaboration opportunities to jurists among themselves and with scholars and experts in different disciplines, for an audience of readers interested in deepening the knowledge of the European integration process in its originality, complexity and in the variety of its aspects linked to the evolutionary dimension of the construction of European unity.
A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence gathers the expertise and competences of high-level experts (including Jean Monnet Chairs and/or Jean Monnet Module coordinators) and aims at developing synergies between the various disciplines and resources in European studies, as well as at creating joint transnational activities and structural links with academic institutions in other countries. It also ensures openness to civil society.
Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence have a major role in reaching out to students from faculties not normally dealing with European Union issues as well as to policy makers, civil servants, organised civil society and the general public at large.
A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence can carry out one or more of the following activities:
Direct and indirect beneficiaries of Jean Monnet activities include:
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