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We, the Non-Europeans

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Drawing from Derrida's question on 'what is called Europe?' and Said's work on the non-European, this lecture will look at how the two authors converged on the fundamental inability of Europe to approach the non-European with the openness that it required. The discussion will instead focus on 'what is called the non-European' and confront the audience to how Europeans and non-Europeans place themselves within world history, how this should prompt us to re-evaluate central concepts where we perform being Europeans and non-Europeans such as democracy, rights, citizenship, law, territory and state.


  • Engin Isin, Emeritus Professor at Queen Mary University of London


  • Joanne Brueton, Lecturer in French Studies, University of London Institute in Paris
  • Musab Younis, Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London


  • Sarah Wolff, Professor in European Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London

The event is organised by Queen Mary University of London and is part of the Centre for European Research seminar series 'The Idea of Europe: Past, Present and Future.' The event is part of the co-Duties project funded by the Norwegian Research Council and is organised in partnership with ULIP.