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Andreas Müllerleile

Abstract

This article examines public engagement strategies for academics working in the field of European Studies. Should academics engage with the public? What are the most effective outreach strategies? And what are the implications for universities and departments? The article argues that engaging with the public should be considered an integral part for academics working on topics that relate to the European Union or European politics. The article has a theoretical and a practical dimension. The first part of the paper deals with the nature of public engagement, explaining why it is an important issue and how it differs from the mainstream understanding of public engagement. The practical part of the paper presents the idea of building an online presence through which academics can engage with the public debate both during periods of low issue salience and high issue salience. The final section includes a toolbox for academics as well as some thoughts on what universities and departments need to change in order to fulfil the public engagement function discussed in the first part of the paper.

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Keywords
public engagement; European studies; impact; teaching; learning; teaching European studies
Section
Teaching, Learning and the Profession
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