European Angst: Populism, Extremism and Euroscepticism in European Societies

Deadline: 2 October 2016
Open to: students from around Europe
Venue: 6-7 December 2016, Brussels


The Goethe-Institut together with the European Movement International and other partners is reaching out to invite 40 students from around Europe to participate in the “European Angst” conference, taking place at the BOZAR in Brussels on 6-7 December 2016. The event will address urgent questions around populism, xenophobia and extremism in Europe, and will look for responses to the growing anxiety in the “old continent” and beyond its borders. 40 Students, chosen from all over Europe in an open call, will enrich the discussions with their critical questions and write a joint manifesto on the future of Europe, to be handed over to the European institutions at the end of the debate. They will have a chance to shape the conference together with renowned speakers, such as Slavoj Žižek, Didier Eribon, Elif Şafak, Łukasz Warzecha, Sonia Seymour Mikich and others.


  • Only students currently enrolled in a university programme are eligible to apply;
  • All participants need to be fluent in English;


The organisers will cover all reasonable expenses for travel, accommodation and meals for the two days of the conference.

How to apply?

To apply, please fill in the online form, by answering a few questions about your motivation to participate in the debate and writing a short piece in English (max.250 words) on one of the four conference discussion themes:

  • “How did it come upon us? An analysis of extremism’s reasons and manifestations”;
  • “Scapegoating: Why racism could gain so much ground and how it feels to be a migrant in contemporary Europe”;
  • “Words, words, words. How conspiracy theories, polarised talk show rhetoric and how social media activities distort our perception of reality”;
  • “Facing the challenge: an approach towards productive methods and narratives to face extremism and the disintegration of Europe”.

For more information please read the official call.

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