The MOOC “Mental Borders, Physical Borders and the Shaping of Modern European Identity and Citizenship” explores the historical development of the concepts of Europe and European-ness from several geographical and cultural vantage points, in line with the geographical location of Arqus partner institutions.
Traditionally, the concept of citizenship has been connected to notions such as territory, nation or statehood; it has also involved the implicit or explicit discussion of certain rights and responsibilities. Nowadays, so-called “European citizenship” is in dire need of reformulation, of reimagination. It has to move away from limited geographical state and institutional boundaries towards wider, more socially committed ideas and ideals such as peace, prosperity and equality. This radical new way of thinking about citizenship must include equally novel conversations about our rights and responsibilities as European citizens today, and how these could develop in the future.
University of Graz