European Identity through Space

Space Activities and Programmes as a Tool to Reinvigorate the European Identity

  • Christophe Venet
  • Blandina Baranes

Part of the Studies in Space Policy book series (STUDSPACE, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Christophe Venet
      Pages 1-9
  3. European identity: attempt of a definition

    1. Blandina Baranes
      Pages 10-24
  4. A European identity through space — what have we achieved?

  5. Perspectives From Space Studies

  6. Perspectives from the Humanities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Arts and social sciences

    3. Education and science communication

    4. Anthropology and philosophy

      1. Moniel Verhoeven, Ignatius van Neerven
        Pages 200-214
    5. Space and the society

    6. Opinion

      1. Jacques Blamont
        Pages 228-233
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 235-318

About this book


Space activities are one particularly visible area, where Europe can shape its identity. This publication investigates the effect space activities have already had on building a European “spirit” (e.g. through European missions or European astronauts). It also looks into the effects that activities labelled “national” have on the emergence of a European identity. Based on this analysis, the book's intention is to identify creative ways and means for how to further use space for shaping the European identity. For this purpose the focus is not only on policy analysis but also on expertise from the fields of cultural science and the arts in order to tap their creative potential and also their theoretical approaches to the topic. Selecting this theme provides ESPI with another opportunity to develop its trans-disciplinary approach.


ESPI European Space Policy Institute European identity European space policy space activities space policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Christophe Venet
    • 1
  • Blandina Baranes
    • 1
  1. 1.European Space Policy InstituteViennaAustria

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