Jean Monnet Professor of EU External Relations, University of Amsterdam
Bronisław Geremek Visiting Fellow
(October 2015 – June 2016)
Other Empires, Other Europes: Europe, Beyond Territory
The project will examine the relationship between territory and the European idea by looking at the experience of two trans-national empires that once spanned the EU’s Eastern and Southern borderlands: the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Venetian Republic. In particular, it will focus on the unique ‘geographical imaginations’ of political community that allowed both empires to transcend the territorial trap that would bind later nation-state formations, thinking what lessons they can hold for Europe today.