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Diversity and The European public sphere: towards a citizens' Europe

Objective

Rather than creating public sphere models that suit certain normative ideals, we wish in EUROSPHERE to provide innovative perspectives on the public sphere that best suit to handle the diversity of European societies. Toward this overall scientific objective, we adapt what we call the 'diversity perspective'. With this perspective, EUROSPHERE endeavours to identify elements of openness in a various public spaces towards the idea of a European Public Sphere.

EUROSPHERE will inquire into how political interaction and aggregation of interests on European issues can happen at multiple levels across various types of communicative spaces. While doing this, EUROSPHERE will treat elites/experts, political parties, social movements, citizens' initiatives, and electronic/print media as both political/social actors and as components of communicative public spaces and assess their contribution to the articulation of diverse European public spheres.

EUROSPHERE's scientific objectives are to:
- provide innovative perspectives for comprehensively addressing the prospects for a common European public sphere,
- develop novel research tools for this purpose,
- identify the features of sub-European public spaces and various social/political actors which facilitate/obstruct the articulation of a European public sphere,
- define areas of contestation and conflict in attempts to develop a diverse European public sphere,
- assess the feasibility of supranational strategies for articulating a European Public Sphere, and
- to create a EUROSPHERE Knowledge Base.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Address

Museplass 1
7800 Bergen

Norway

Participants (16)

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ÖSTERREICHISCHE AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN

Austria

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

SABANCI UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Denmark

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

PSYCHOLOGICKÉHO ÚSTAVU AKADEMIE VED CESKÉ REPUBLIKY

Czechia

UNIVERSITÄT OSNABRÜCK

Germany

TALLINNA ULIKOOL

Estonia

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA

Spain

INSTITUTE FOR POPULATION AND HUMAN STUDIES, BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

Italy

BUDAPESTI KÖZEP-EURÓPAI EGYETEM ALAPITVANY

Hungary

NORSK SAMFUNNSVITENSKAPELIG DATATJENESTE AS

Norway

FONDATION MAISON DES SCIENCES DE L'HOMME

France

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 28504

  • Start date

    1 February 2007

  • End date

    31 July 2012

Funded under:

FP6-CITIZENS

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 713 427

  • EU contribution

    € 4 056 373

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway