Come and meet Kalypso Nicolaïdis, who will speak about Brexit!

“Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit – Debate about Greek and Biblical Mythology, Politics and Brexit” by Professor Kalypso Nicolaïdis.


15:00-15:05 Introduction by Professor Ulla Neergaard, Centre for European and Comparative Legal Studies
15:05-16:00 “Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit” by Professor Kalypso Nicolaïdis
16:00-16:30 Q&A Session


Professor Kalypso Nicolaïdis will step out of the bounds of traditional academia to offer a unique take both on Brexit and on the power of mythical stories to frame our democratic conversation. She conjures up three archetypes to explore the competing visions that have clashed so dramatically over the meaning of Brexit, whether as the ultimate demonstration of British exceptionalism, a harbinger of terrible truths for the EU and the West or a sacrifice on the altar of EU unity. While she castigates the European project for its failure to accommodate the longings of the continent in all their glorious variety, she contends with the ironic possibility that after and  perhaps because of Brexit, the EU will live up to the pluralist ideals that define both the best of Britain and the best of Europe. Ultimately, she offers a plea for a smarter, kinder Brexit 2.0. and for acknowledging each other’s stories, with their many variants, ambiguities and contradictions.
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Kalypso Nicolaïdis is Professor of International Relations and director of the Centre for International Studies at the University of Oxford. She was previously associate professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is chair of Southeastern European Studies at Oxford and Council member of the European Council of Foreign Relations. In 2012-2013, she was Emile Noel-Straus Senior Fellow at NYU Law School (2012-2013). In 2008-2010, she was a member of the Gonzales reflection group on the future of Europe 2030 set up by the European Council. She also served as advisor on European affairs to George Papandreou in the 90s and early 2000s, the Dutch government in 2004, the UK government, the European Parliament, the European Commission, OECD and UNCTAD. She has published widely on international relations, global governance, trade ethics, law and democracy promotion, as well as the internal and external aspects of European integration in numerous journals including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy and International Organization. Her last books are Echoes of Empire: Memory, Identity and Colonial Legacies (edited with Sebe and Maas, IB Tauris), Normative Power Europe Revisited (edited with Whitman, Journal Conflict and Cooperation) and European Stories: Intellectual Debates on Europe in National Context (ed w/ Lacroix, OUP, 2010).  She is a graduate of Sciences-Po (1982) and received her PhD from Harvard in 1993. She is one of the foremost experts on Brexit and on the EU and is currently chair of Oxford University Working Group on Brexit. More information - including publications - can be found on her website.


All parties are welcome, but registration is necessary. Please use this registration form no later Thursday 21 November 2019, 12:00.

The seminar is a joint seminar/co-financed together with iCourts - Centre of Excellence for International Courts.