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  • Centre d'étude de la vie politique
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Dr. Oriane Calligaro joined the Institute for European Studies (Institut d’Études Européennes) of the ULB as a postdoctoral researcher within the ARC Project ValEUR "Governing Values, Governing through Values, Governed by Values? The European Union as a Risk Polity”. She is also a lecturer in the political science and European studies master programmes.

Since September 2017, she is visiting professor at the College of Europe (Bruges).

She was previously Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Institut für Zeitgeschichte in Munich and Lecturer in Transnational History of Europe at the Maastricht University (BA and MA programmes in European Studies).

Her research focuses on the symbolic construction and legitimation of the European Union and on the EU's action in the academic and cultural fields. She is particularly interested in the constellation of actors, institutional and non-institutional, involved in the production of discourses and policies in these fields.

She authored a monograph entitled Negotiating Europe. The EU promotion of Europeanness since the 1950s (Palgrave Macmillan, NYU European Studies Series, 2013).

She is member of the editorial board of the journal Politique européenne and of the research project FoLo (Forms of Political Loyalty) of the French Association of Political Science.

Dr. Calligaro holds a PhD in History and Civilization from the European University Institute in Florence and received a French/German Master in Social and Political Science (Sciences Po Paris/Free University Berlin) and a Research Master in Contemporary History (Doctoral School Sciences Po Paris). Dr. Calligaro worked as a researcher for the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Florence (project EUDO CITIZENSHIP) and taught in the MA programmes of the James Madison University and Monash University.

She previously worked as a research assistant for the German national foundation “Memory, Responsibility and Future” that promotes an active remembrance of Nazi crimes. She did an internship at the European Commission, working for the EQUAL programme aimed at tackling discrimination in the labour market.

Travaux sélectionnés

Calligaro, O. (2013), Negotiating Europe: The EU Promotion of Europeanness since the 1950s, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, New York University series “Europe in transition”

Calligaro, O. (2015), “Legitimation through Remembrance? The Changing Regimes of Historicity of European Integration”, in Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 23(3), 330-343

Calligaro, O. (2014), “From ‘European Cultural Heritage’ to ‘Cultural Diversity’? The Changing Core Values of European Cultural Policy” in Politique Européenne n°45, 60-85

Calligaro, O. and Foret, F. (2012), “La mémoire européenne en action. Acteurs, enjeux et modalités de la mobilisation du passé comme ressource politique”, in Politique Européenne, n°37, 19-43

Calligaro, O. (2012), “Florence European Capital of Culture 1986 and the Legitimization of an EEC Cultural Policy” in Patel, K. K. (ed.), The Cultural Politics of Europe. European Capitals of Culture and European Union since the 1980s, London: Routledge, UACES Contemporary European Studies, 95-113

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Projet de l'Action de recherche concertée, ARC - ULB

"ValEUR"  -  Period: 2015-2020

 Title "Governing values, governing through values, governed by values? The European Union as a risk polity"


Values at the core of European integration have been widely discussed in recent years due to major evolutions in EU governance. Claims to define common references likely to hold European countries and citizens together and to justify public action have coexisted with divergences in the interpretation of these values.

ValEUR analyses three main occurrences of "European values":  a quest for legitimization through identity, memory and communicative resources (governing through values); ethical issues calling for normative policy choices (governing values); legal and political conflicts (governed by values). 

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