The primary task of this project is to think through the specific set of geographical uncertainties affecting the EU as a geopolitical space of belonging and agency (which is of course to some extent studied amongst specialists on the European Union and amongst globalization theorists) and to relate these to the philosophical literature theorizing territory. An older European series of controversies does theorize territory separately from sovereignty in different historical conditions, with different preoccupations, and a comparison of these with the contemporary debate will be a useful mise en perspective. A further task is to holistically reevaluate contemporary political uncertainties around Europe’s geographies not with the objective of resolving them, but with the objective of clarifying why they are troubling, believing that this self-awareness may open possibilities for political action.
Niccolò Milanese is chair of European Alternatives, a transnational civil society movement promoting democracy, equality, and culture beyond the nation-state. Besides promoting a radically democratic Europe, he has worked as a researcher, a critic, a poet, and a teacher. He has been involved in the founding of numerous political and cultural organizations, magazines, and initiatives, including The Liberal Magazine, YAANI, the Mena Policy Hub, bitmind, the Cultural Innovators Network, the ECIT Foundation for European Citizenship, the Europe+ campaign for a democratic EU, and Civil Society Europe. He regularly acts as a consultant for cultural, educative, and political institutions and activist groups on cultural mediation and artistic innovation, citizenship and political theory beyond borders, generational trends, and organizational design. He co-authored (with Lorenzo Marsili) Citizens of Nowhere: How to save Europe from itself (2018).