Big Ideas from Europe

The ANU Centre for European Studies is pleased to host Big Ideas from Europe, a series of conversations in partnership with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio National’s Big Ideas Program. Big Ideas from Europe is a three-year program focusing on the major social, cultural, scientific and political issues from contemporary Europe. The series features panel discussions, interviews and public lectures by eminent scholars and public figures.

Big Ideas from Europe is broadcast on ABC Radio National and also available to download as audio recordings from the Big Ideas website, along with additional reading material.


Big Ideas from Europe conversations



27 April, 6-7.15pm

Songs for Europe: the history and politics of the Eurovision Song Contest. This panel discussion will interrogate the Eurovision Song Contest as a way to illuminate identity politics in contemporary Europe. As the discussion will show, there is more to it than Euro-kitsch. The panel discussion will take place Thursday 27 April at Monash University, and the audio recording will be available to download after the event. More information



29 November 2016, 8:05pm (EST)

European innovation and Europe’s place in the world. Big Ideas takes you inside the world’s greatest experiment - CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. Thousands of scientists from around the globe are at work here to uncover the fundamental building blocks of our universe. Also – a young perspective on European identity, the role of Europe in the world and our connection to the region. Download audio

29 November 2016, 8:40pm (EST)

A young perspective on Europe. Four ANU students of European Studies take a young look at European identity, Europe's role in the world and Australia's connection to the region. Download audio

23 June 2016, 8:05pm (EST)

Brexit or Bremain? The implications of the UK's EU referendum, which represents the most immediate and greatest challenge to the post-Cold War order in Europe. With Dr Annmarie Elijah, Dr Ben Wellings and Dr Remy Davison. Chair: Professor Marko Pavlyshyn. Download audio

9 June 2016, 8:05pm (EST)

Artistic responses to migration and the refugee crisis. Paul Barclay speaks to four artists who each, in their own way, is engaging with the issue of forced migration. Download audio

15 June 2015, 8 pm (EST)

Magna Carta. A timely discussion to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta – a medieval document sealed by King John of England. With Professor Paul Pickering and Dr Tania Colwell. Download audio


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