The University of Konstanz is home to the Research Centre “European Cultures in a Multipolar World”, which was founded in 2019 with financial support from the Dr. K. H. Eberle Foundation. The centre is closely linked to the university’s master’s programme “Global European Studies”. The common focus of both: Developing new perspectives on the plurality of European cultural dynamics.
Today’s Europe has lost its centuries-long global dominance – both the political and the economical. Yet, many governments and researchers around the world are concerned about recent tendencies of disintegration within Europe and the EU, as Europe for many represented a crucial model of political, legal and cultural integration after the Second World War. Based on these central diagnoses, the Research Centre “European Cultures in a Multipolar World” at the University of Konstanz strives to move beyond Eurocentrism and to develop models and perspectives for Europe that take into account its history of entanglement with other parts of the world. To accomplish this, the Dr. K. H. Eberle Research Centre systematically integrates the idea of “multipolarity” into its research processes: Building upon interdisciplinarity, a network of global partners, and international fellowships and conferences, it creates spaces for the exploration and discussion of the concept of Europe from multiple perspectives.
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In line with this idea, the Department of Literature, Art and Media Studies at the University of Konstanz offers the master’s programme “Global European Studies”. The interdisciplinary programme provides training in the core scholarly areas of cultural and European studies and their methodology. An important element of the programme: an obligatory stay abroad at a partner university outside Europe during the second year of study. Spending a semester on another continent gives students the opportunity to leave the “Eurocentric bubble” and to get to know an outside perspective on Europe.
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