Solidarity through Security?

Discourses, Interactions and Practices of European Solidarity in the Field of Security

Following a phase of accelerated integration, which was accompanied by enthusiasm for the European Union (EU) in some regions and parts of society, current debates concerning Europe are shaped by crisis discourses. In times of multiple crises, ranging from Brexit to climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, European institutions and states are increasingly emphasizing the EU’s role as a security provider in uncertain times with the aim of promoting solidarity within and among European societies. ZUSE investigates the political framing, administrative implementation and societal effects of security as a potential novel guiding narrative of European integration.

Nuanced Understanding of Security as a Guiding Narrative of European Integration

The objective of this interdisciplinary research project is a more nuanced and differentiated understanding of security as a guiding concept of European solidarity and cohesion. ZUSE thus also contributes to the search for more diversity-centred conceptions of security that avoid exclusionary effects and the promotion of discourses of fear.

A Joint Research Project

ZUSE is a joint research project of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH), the Helmut-Schmidt-University / University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg and the University of Tübingen. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for a period from February 2021 until December 2023. The project also works closely with practice partners from politics, public administration and civil society. These are the Representation of the European Commission in Germany, the Joint Representation of the States of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein at the European Union, the Federal Agency for Civic Education and the Europa-Union Deutschland e.V.

News from the ZUSE project

/ Verbundtreffen des ZUSE Forschungsprojektes

Das erste Präsenztreffen des gesamten ZUSE-Teams fand am 11. und 12. November 2021 an der Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen statt.

/ New Policy Brief: The EU as "Security Union"

A new policy brief by members of the ZUSE team deals with the idea of the "Security Union" as a guiding narrative of European integration.

/ Kick-Off Workshop for the ZUSE Project

We kicked-off the ZUSE project with a digital workshop on June 17 and 18.