Personale docente

Leonce Maria Bekemans

Indirizzo: VIA DEL SANTO, 28 - PADOVA . . .

E-mail: leonce.bekemans@unipd.it

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    Il prof. Léonce Bekemans riceve su appuntamento: leonce.bekemans@unipd.it

Léonce Bekemans {BA in Philosophy (Leuven/B), MA in International Studies (Bologna/It & Washington D.C.) and PhD in International Relations (EUI Florence/Leuven) } is a professor and Jean Monnet Chair ad personam “Globalisation, Europeanisation, Human Development" at the University of Padua (It); academic coordinator of its Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “Intercultural dialogue and Multi-level Governance” and collaborates closely with its Human Rights Centre.

From 2007 till 2012 he was a Jean Monnet Chair “Globalisation, Intercultural Dialogue and Inclusiveness in the EU”. He has been a research fellow at the Pàzmàny Péter University of Budapest and visiting professor at the International University of Catalonia in Barcelona as well as at the Opole University in Poland. He has been a Jean Monnet visiting professor at the Polonia University in Czestochowa (Pl) (2002-2007) and the “Sapienza” University in Rome (2007-2010) and a former professor of the College of Europe in Bruges (B) (1991-2001). He is also president of “Ryckevelde Foundation”, (B), president of ECSA Belgium and Secretary-General of ECSA-World.

He has been an expert to the Council of Europe and still collaborates with the European Commission in relation to European education and intercultural dialogue and with the Committee of the Regions in relation to multilevel governance. He participated to the EU High Level Advisory Group on “Dialogue between Cultures in the Euro-Mediterranean partnership”. He currently collaborates with Unesco’s Programme of Action for a Culture of Peace and non-Violence as well as with the Anna Lindh Foundation on Intercultural Citizenship Education in the Euro Mediterranean area.

He has written many articles and edited various books. His most recent publications are “Intercultural Dialogue and Multi-level Governance. A Human Rights Based Approach” (Sept.2012)and “A Value Driven European Future” (Nov.2012), and “Globalisation vs Europeanisation: A Human-centric Interaction” (Sept. 2013), all published with Peter Lang International Academic Publishers.

Multi-level Governance, (intercultural) dialogue, education

The ongoing transitions in the global and European landscape offer opportunities for innovating ideas, research and policy strategies of governance building within an international and European context. The research area is set within the context of rethinking social sciences as a change agent to study interconnecting trajectories of sustainable statehood for human governance, in particular to promote sustainable human development in rapidly transforming societies. This implies a paradigm shift from a disciplinary-driven research agenda to a problem- and change-driven research, adopting a clear interdisciplinary perspective. The multi-directional process of formal and informal governance building in the international and European system assumes various levels of governance (up, down, across and beyond) with institutional, political, educational, sociological, legal and ethical consequences.

The recognition of these interlinkages and their impact on changing statehood and governance structures constitutes the main research focus. The conceptual building blocks of the research are the universality and indivisibility of the human rights, the importance of global public goods in relation to international organization and transnational democratic practice and the cosmopolitan perspective of multi-level governance structures (See U. Beck, D. Held, D. Archibugi, Z. Bauman, R. Falk, J. Habermas, etc.). Specific policy-oriented research themes are related to the dimensions of traditional statehood monopoly (i.e. security, territory, citizenship, democratic practice and cultural identity).

This broad research area also covers the study of (intercultural) dialogue and (active/responsible) citizenship as well as education/learning processes for intercultural realities in a multi-level governance structure. The crucial role of education, as well as the use and practices of teaching and learning, are rethought within the dramatic acceleration in the speed of social change brought about by the process of globalisation. In short, objectives, competences and practices of (intercultural) citizenship education are studied in order to develop proper answers to society’s current challenges and cultural realities.

Thesis proposals are discussed and accepted within the broad framework of the research fields. Regular guidance and supervision are guaranteed.