This break out session will highlight two interdisciplinary research projects:
1. ‘Open systems in a changing global context’
Western globalization has been based on the paradigm of openness; open borders, open trade areas, open Internet, open innovation, open access, open science, etc.. These were underpinned by the liberal values of an Open Society, the great promises of the Internet for liberal democracy, as much as by the neo-liberal logic for economic growth. Meanwhile, the inherent value of freedom and of security as a condition, have been taken for granted for decades.
But now the US is challenging the principles of open trade and open borders and weakening its security guarantee to Europe, the EU is struggling with the consequences of its open borders, and all Western societies with the dark side of a totally open and unregulated Internet, China’s divergent value-mix with a preference for economic growth and security over freedom and openness is more coming to the fore.
The balance between the security risks related to openness on the one hand and freedom and support for liberal democracy on the other, is under debate in the West. Will security outweigh freedom? Here is the key dilemma for the EU and the question to be asked: is the EU naïve if it wants to continue its open access (data and publishing) and open science policy, in combination with enhanced cooperation in these areas with China?
A presentation of the project The New Silk Road, carried out by an international consortium coordinated by Utrecht University’s Centre for Global Challenges (UGlobe). Presentation by project coordinator Marijk van de Wende.
2. 'Justice in Europe'
ETHOS is a Horizon2020 project developed to create a new integrative perspective on justice and fairness. ETHOS does so by combining conceptualizations of justice within various disciplines and various schools of thought, bridging a gap between the theoretical and the empirical reflections of justice and fairness, and by accommodating multiple voices of vulnerable populations via communicative tools, workshops, focus group meetings, policy briefs, and the interactive European Landscapes of Justice.
Presentation by project coordinator Trudie Knijn and Barbara Oomen.