On Thursday, October 11 at 7 PM, Prof. Dimitris Chryssochoou will give a lecture at the Norwegian Institute at Athens titled:
“A European polity out of many?”
This seminar presentation looks at the nature and dynamics of the EU ‘polity’ as a case of collective ordered symbiosis. In addressing the dialectical interplay of ‘unity in diversity’ in relation to Europe’s emergent but still ambivalent claims to ‘demos-formation’, it raises the question: what kind of theorizing can grasp the current state of union? A possible answer is through the conceptual lens of ‘organized synarchy’, in the sense that the EU has preserved a balance between unity and plurality through an advanced system of co-determination which, at this particular stage of its polity evolution, is reflective of a general view of the whole: a condition of ordered symbiosis among co-evolving polities, which is not about their subordination to a superior centre, but rather about their preservation as distinctive but constituent units; it is about a common association which retains its character as an ordered plurality.
Dimitris N. Chryssochoou, BA (Athens), MSc (LSE), PhD (Reading) was born in Athens in 1970. is Professor of Theory and Institutions of European Integration at Panteion University, Greece, and Honorary University Fellow at the College of Social Sciences and International Studies of the University of Exeter. He has been Associate Professor of International Organization at the University of Crete, Reader in European Integration at the University of Exeter and has held visting posts at the LSE, Cambridge, Oxford, Columbia, Geneva, Oslo, Catania, Athens and Aegean Universities, the Centre for European Constitutional Law in Athens and the Hellenic Centre for European Studies. He has also been National Co-ordinator of the Council of Europe’s programme ‘Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education’ at the Hellenic Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs and Member of the Governing Board of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture. His books include Theorizing European Integration, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2009), A Republic of Europeans: Civic Potential in a Liberal Milieu (Edward Elgar, 2011, with K. A. Lavdas) and Democracy in the European Union (I. B. Tauris, 1998).