15th public event of the Re-Be initiative, Brussels

Coordinated by Isabelle Ferreras, Bruno De Wever & Philippe Van Parijs

It is our pleasure to confirm our next public event. It will take place, as previously announced, on Thursday 14 December 2017 (2-6pm, at the University Foudation). It is organized with the support of UCLouvain’s Chair « Democracy, Cultures & Action Fund » and will be devoted to the the following theme: « Patriotism at the local, regional, national and European levels: Are they compatible? Are they necessary?”

Prior registration is free of charge but compulsory as soon as possible and no later than 7 December.


Practical details

When? Thursday 14 December 2017, 2 to 6pm
Where? University Foundation, rue d’Egmontstraat 11, 1000 Brussels [webpage | map]


Are nationalism and/or patriotism tolerable? Are they legitimate? Might they even be indispensable to the smooth functioning of a democratic polity? If so, at what level(s) and under what conditions? And what follows as regards the drawing of borders and the allocation of sovereignty? Such questions keep popping up in the context of the Catalan crisis. But they are no less present in the Brexit process and throughout the debate on European integration. And they are of course at the core of the discussion about the future of Belgium.



Sophie HEINE (political scientist, Centre for international studies, Oxford)
Bart MADDENS (political scientist, KU Leuven)
Paul MAGNETTE (political scientist, ULB, mayor of Charleroi)
Xosé NÚÑEZ SEIXAS (historian, Santiago de Compostela)
Clara PONSATÍ (economist, University of St Andrews, until she became minister of education in the Catalan government)
Vincent SCHELTIENS-ORTIGOSA (historian, University of Antwerp)
Louis VOS (historian, KU Leuven)


Provisional programme

1.30 pm

2-3.45 pm
Introduction: Bruno De Wever (UGent & Re-Bel)
Part 1: Nationalism and patriotism at what level(s) in the Belgian context ?
Chair: Philippe Van Parijs (UCLouvain & Re-Bel)

3.45-4.15 pm
Coffee break

4.15-6 pm
Part 2 : The Catalan situation and its relevance to Belgium
Chair: Isabelle Ferreras (UCLouvain & Re-Bel)
Conclusion: Paul De Grauwe (LSE & Re-Bel)