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How should we teach European classics in a global world in emancipation from the Eurocentric world picture? How to transmit ‘European heritage’ in Europe, knowing that the place of the Old Continent in the contemporary world also depends on European conceptions of the place itself, the weight and the limits of European culture and legacy? How can Europe clear sound political perspectives without reflecting on the ways and means of teaching the European past?
Europe, in the many ramifications and contradictions of her diversity, is a bit ‘late’ in this debate. Lateness, however, might become an unexpected asset to develop the very discussion on political perspectives. Conceiving Europe as being ‘late’, in a political sense is but one way to sketch new perspectives for an Old Continent. The debate being captured by political extremes, what is at stake is the debate itself, in other words the future of wider European questions.
Adam Bence Balazs is a fellow researcher at the Centre for Social and Political Change (LCSP, Université de Paris) and currently a Visiting Fellow in the Department of International History at the Graduate Institute. His research focuses on the historiography of the European present.