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Diverse Europe focuses on Europe as a space of increasing diversity, which is met with increasing contestation. Today’s Europe is confronted with a rise of populist nationalism, right and left-wing identitarianism, and authoritarian revolt.

Refugees, religious and political minorities are increasingly excluded from citizenship. This raises fundamental questions regarding Europe’s identity/ties, citizenship, economic participation, shared values, and understandings of Europe’s past, and desired future. Who defines Europe’s identity, and the right to access, or break with it? What narratives contribute to the construction of Europe’s identity and how do these legitimise and transform into (legal) mechanisms to include or exclude? What is the role of cultural representations in making and contesting Europe today?

Theme Group Leaders

Dr L.M. (Liza) Mügge

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation

Dr. S. (Sudha) Rajagopalan

Faculty of Humanities

Europese studies

Prof. dr. A.A.M. (Annette) Schrauwen

Faculty of Law

European Public Law