1st Edition

Building Europe Through Education, Building Education Through Europe Actors, Spaces and Pedagogies in a Historical Perspective

Edited By Raphaëlle Ruppen Coutaz, Simone Paoli Copyright 2025
    252 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume explores the role of education in the process of European cooperation and integration as it has been conceived and realized in the late 20th century and the early 21st century, as well as the mirror of this narrative: the effects of the European integration process on education.

    Through this dual analysis, the contributors reflect on the concept of Europeanization by showing the complex interplay between Europeanization through education and Europeanization of education. Part One offers a critical overview of the actors, spaces, actions, and pedagogies designed to promote the European project and build Europeans. Part Two examines how work done on the European continental level has impacted the educational sphere and national education systems. The case studies cover a wide range of international institutions (College of Europe; European Schools; European Centre for Culture; European University Institute), international organizations (EC/EU; OEEC/OECD; Council of Europe; UNESCO) and transnational actors (European Trade Union Committee for Education; European Federation of Education Employers), providing interdisciplinary insight into how this dialectic contributed to shape Europe as a whole.

    This book will be of interest to graduate and postgraduate students, teachers, and researchers of international cultural relations, Europeanization, and education from a transnational perspective.

    Introduction: Europeanization and Education from the Aftermath of the Second World War to the Post-Pandemic Era
    Raphaëlle Ruppen Coutaz and Simone Paoli

    Part 1: Europeanization Through Education: Institutions, Projects, and Pedagogies

    1. Who Really Needs a College of Europe? Creating a New European Being Through Education
    Maxime Behar

    2. Pedagogies of Identity: The Formation and Reformation of the European Schools
    Sandra Leaton Gray

    3. A Pavilion and a Comic: Teaching Children about European Integration at Expo 58
    Anastasia Remes and Jessica Burton

    4. Shaping Education in Europe Inside and Outside the School System: The Role of the European Centre for Culture (1950s–1970s)
    Nicolas Stenger

    5. A University for Europe?: The European University Institute in Florence
    Jean-Marie Palayret

    Part 2: Europeanizing Education: Organizations, Policies and Strategies

    6. The European Communities/European Union and the Search for a European Education
    Antonio Varsori

    7. The Crafting of a European Education Space and Europeanization: The Role of the EU and the OECD
    Katja Brøgger and Christian Ydesen

    8. Non-Formal Education and Learning in Europe: The Role of the Council of Europe
    Howard Williamson

    9. The European Centre for Higher Education: The Receptacle of a Will for a Pan-European Higher Education?
    Stéphane Cuvelier

    10. Europeanizing Europe’s Education Policy: What Role for Education Trade Unions?
    Howard Stevenson


    Raphaëlle Ruppen Coutaz is a Senior Lecturer at the History Department of the University of Lausanne. Her research focuses on international cultural relations and draw on a variety of fields and approaches: history of the media, history of European integration and history of educational internationalism.

    Simone Paoli is an Assistant Professor in History of International Relations at the Department of Political Science of the University of Pisa. His research focuses on the history of contemporary Europe and its process of integration, with an emphasis on educational, cultural, social and migration dimensions.