The Philosophy of Europe chair at the University of Nantes seeks to develop a reflection at the highest level on European issues, seeking to promote a better understanding of the European project, its issues, its principples, and its difficulties.

An ambitious project

The Chair: Jean-Marc Ferry

The Philosophy of Europe chair is held by an international specialist on European questions, Jean-Marc Ferry.

The Objectives of the Philosophy of Europe Chair

  • To stimulate and coordinate excellence in research
  • To activate a dynamic and create a collaboration between disciplines on the objective of Europe,
  • To construct partnerships with other political and intellectual players engaged in European issues,
  • To  invigorate local, national and international public spaces through the association of the participants in civil society.
The Philosophy of Europe chair is also enrolled in a wider framework for the development of vocational European studies at the University of Nantes. Thus after the opening of the"European Studies" ordinary degree course in 2010, a new masters Degree course in European & International Studies sees the light of day from September 2012.

Highlights of the year

A different theme is covered each year. In 2011/12, the theme for reflection was "Europe in crisis: which economic and social model should be adopted?"

The Grand seminary(Kolloquium)

The "Kolloquium" is an annual seminary aimed at giving thorough consideration to a theme by inviting researchers to come and submit their views for deep discussion and debate with an interested and well-informed audience.
This series of conferences, which are open to everyone, is particularly aimed at the students at Nantes University enrolled in the European studies courses.


During the year the Chair organises 2 conferences on that year's theme:
  • a first conference in March aims to widen the discussion to top-level researchers coming from very different horizons as well as people involved in politics or civil society
  • a second conference in June seeks to re-focus the discussion around the main theses retained from the March conference, and to widen it to new propositions with a view to preparing the transition towards the following year's theme