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“Castle Talks” International Symposium

The Global Institute for core Values and Education (G.I.V.E.)

is housed at the Château de Pourtalès in Strasbourg. The Château de Pourtalès has been for centuries a place where the decision-takers of Europe in the 19th and 20th century came together to brainstorm, develop new ideas and create new models for a united Europe without borders and frontiers.

If you are enrolled in one of our semester programs, you are invited to our European Study Center in Strasbourg, France and take part in our 2-day International Symposium.

You will listen to presentations from keynote speakers, attend dynamic panel discussions, and can actively participate in dialogues with other students, scholars, politicians, and business leaders from Europe.

Topics vary from semester to semester, but will generally focus on Cross-Border Cooperation and Cross-Cultural Relations topics between North America and Europe.

The symposium is an extra opportunity for you to learn something new, to broaden your perspectives on important subjects, and to foster cultural understanding and communication during your semester abroad.

There is no additional cost for the trip or the symposium since it is already included in your semester program fees.

  • Roundtrip transportation to Strasbourg (for ESC Heidelberg students)
  • 1 night lodging in shared rooms. Breakfasts are included. (for ESC Heidelberg students)
  • Field trips to the European institutions
  • Invitation to participate in the symposium, including a light lunch.
  • Evening reception and dinner the evening before the symposium (for ESC Heidelberg students)
  • Certificate of Participation at the end of the symposium

Although the common languages of the symposium is English and French, many participants will speak or present in different native languages.

Castle-talks on Cross-Border Cooperation

by Birte Wassenberg

452 pages with 23 b/w illustrations and 6 tables

€ 69,–

978-3-515-12008-1 softcover
978-3-515-12018-0 e-book

Read the summary: Flyer

Order here: www.steiner-verlag.de

Impressions from the past "Castle Talks" Symposia

Castle Talks Spring 2018

Castle Talks Spring 2017

Castle Talks Fall 2016

Spring 2016 Castle Talks Symposium in Strasbourg, France

Castle Talks Schedule

Symposium Topic:Date:
Castle Talks on Narratives on Borders in Europe Confrontation of Border Models The narrative of Europe without Borders

March 1-2, 2023

Webinar on Ukraine

Tuesday, October 25
from 12 - 2 pm

 Topic to be announced.

Monday, November 28 –
Tuesday, November 29, 2022


Past Castle Talks on Cross-Border Cooperation

European Memory Politics - European Memory versus Populism and Euroscepticism in Western Europe Jean Monnet Network & Jean Monnet Chair

March 24 - 25, 2022

Virtual/Hybrid Roundtable: The Effects of COVID-19 on Nationalism and Borders

Nov. 29 - 30, 2021

The U.S., China, and Europe: Trends and Challenges in 2021

April 16, 2021

European Immigration and COVID-19 Impact

November 16, 2020

Virtually via Zoom

 Peace and stability in Europe: With or without Nato?

October 21, 2020 

Science Po Strasbourg

The migration crisis, a humanitarian challenge for border regions 

March 16 -17, 2020

cancelled due to COVID-19

Crisis of peace? The scars of history: reconciliation in border regions

Nov. 18-19, 2019

The crisis of Europe without borders: 
The re-questioning of Schengen and its consequences for European border regions

March 18-19, 2019

The Identity Crisis of Europe : Euroscepticism in Border Regions

November 5-6, 2018

Conflict and Cooperation at EU Borders
Eastern borders: Do borders help to foster intercultural understanding?

March 19-20, 2018

Conflict and Cooperation at EU Borders: European borders as sources
of conflict: What if the border threatens us?

November 9-10, 2017

European Integration: What if the border comes back in the European Union? Analysis with regard to the threat to European Integration

March 20-21, 2017
Conflict and Cooperation at EU Borders: Open or Closed Borders:Nov. 7-9, 2016
European vs. American IdentitiesMarch 21-22, 2016
"Border Bridges" - Memories of conflicts & peace in border regionsDec. 7-8, 2015
Comparative Human Rights - United States vs. EuropeMarch 27, 2015
Fear of Integration - Pertience of BordersDec. 8-9, 2014
Borders & GovernanceDec. 3, 2013