What does it mean to be part of Europe? What features characterize the communities that live there? Is there a European identity, or it is rather an economic construction constantly failing to define a sort of partnership with shared values and goals? How a constructed identity evolves through the episodes of shared stories? How does such identity determine global and interested market dynamics which in turn determine the main policies that run the everyday lives of almost 500 million people? What are the values of this citizenship and the challenges it must face? What factors change their identifying traits in a globalized world? To what extent is Europe some kind representative for the rest of the world?

These are just some of the questions raised by “D.O. Europa” that will take place in Barcelona during the whole month of March. Such an event has been organized as a series of talks to be held at the Cultural Center Born every Thursday at 7 pm, between March 6 and April 3.

Sociologist Zigmunt Baumann – father of the claimed ‘liquid modernity’ concept – will begin these series of talks sharing roundtable with Aleksandra Kania, another specialist in political sociology (March 6). 

Susan George, political scientist, activist and critical thinker of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank policies, will address issues such as social justice, European trade policy or the reform of the EU (March 13).

Saskia Sassen, a distinguished sociologist particularly known for her critical analysis of notions such as globalization, immigration and global city, will offer her views on European identity on March 20th. Furthermore, the French philosopher and sociologist Sami Naïr will explore the impact of the great European immigration issues in the construction of Europe (March 27).

The last session will be conducted by the writer and Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006 Ohran Pamuk. It is worth mentioning that he was put to trial for insulting Turkish state after his public denunciation of the Armenians genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 (April 3).