Summer Seminar “Challenges for the European Societies” 30 June – 3 July 2019

The Jean Monnet Project EU Vadis Policy Discourses on Intercultural Dialogue, EU Values and Diversity, University of Macedonia in cooperation with the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for European Constitutionalism and Religion(s), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is organising a summer seminar from the 30th of June until the 3rd of July entitled “Challenges for European Societies”. The total duration of the above summer seminar is 27 hours and it will be held in the conference room of the University of Macedonia (1st floor) in daily afternoon sessions. The speakers of the seminar are distinguished University Professors, academics, experts and lawyers. More specifically, the speakers are:

  • From the University of Macedonia: Associate Professor D. Anagnostopoulou (Jean Monnet Chair), Associate Professor D. Skiadas (Jean Monnet Chair), Associate Professor I. Papadopoulos and Dr. N. Gaitenidis
  • From the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki: Associate Professor L. Papadopoulou (Jean Monnet Chair), Associate Professor I. Papageorgiou, Assistant Professor N. Panagiotou
  • From the University of Uppsala: Professor A.S. Lind
  • From the Queen Mary University of London: Dr. N. Vavoula, Lecturer
  • From Utrecht University: Dr. D. Rajska, Post Doc Researcher
  • From Uppsala University: Professor Anna Sara Lind
  • From Birmingham University: Professor Rosie Harding
  • E. Koutsouraki, Hellenic Council for Refugees

The seminar addresses several of the most contemporary challenges of the social, economic and political landscape of Europe. It aims at providing learners with a critical overview of the societal implications of human trafficking, migration and asylum from whole new and different perspectives as well as the prevailing economic ideologies in European societies. Participants will also have the chance to exchange views and experiences regarding citizen participation, human rights, justice and the rule of law, diversity including ideas on best practices.

The topics discussed are the following:

  • Challenges of migration and asylum in Europe (Associate Professor I. Papageorgiou)
  • Legal and humanitarian aspects of borders (Dr. E. Koutsouraki)
  • Human trafficking and smuggling (Dr. N. Vavoula)
  • Budgetary Challenges for the EU in view of the 2021-2027 programming period (Professor D. Skiadas)
  • Challenges of fundamental Rights in Europe (Dr. D. Rajska)
  • Education for Migrant and Refugee children (Dr. D. Rajska)
  • Diversity at the Workplace (Associate Professor D. Anagnostopoulou)
  • De-integration, Brexit and referenda (Associate Professor L. Papadopoulou)
  • Religious minorities (Associate Professor L. Papadopoulou)
  • Working Conditions and the EU Social Pillar (Professor A.S. Lind)
  • Respecting Choices, Beliefs and Values at the End of Life: Dementia, Relationality and Care (Professor Rosie Harding)
  • Fake news, propaganda and incitement to hatred (Assistant Professor N. Panagiotou)
  • Social Exclusion and marginalised groups (Associate Professor D. Anagnostopoulou)
  • Contemporary challenges of freedom of expression (Dr. N. Gaitenidis)
  • Democracy, rule of law and the radicalization of the public sphere (Associate Professor I. Papadopoulos)

The seminar is addressed to a broad audience, including legal practitioners, researchers in EU studies, teachers, students of economic, legal and political disciplines, local, regional and national authorities, opinion leaders and civil society.

The summer seminar is free of charge; there are no tuition fees as the relevant costs are covered by the Erasmus + European Program, Jean Monnet.

Certificates of attendance will be awarded to everyone. Participants passing the multiple-choice exam (50 questions) will be awarded a 3 Extracurricular ECTS certificate based on the decision of the General Assembly of the Department of International and European Studies of the University of Macedonia.

For more information, please contact +30 6973 055 705 or 2310 891 442 or or for administrative support: +30 6983 001 110 or