Article | Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research | The Father on Display: The House of Jean Monnet and the Construction of European Identity

Title:
The Father on Display: The House of Jean Monnet and the Construction of European Identity
Author:
Christoffer Kølvraa: Institute of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.124747
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2012
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747-765
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19
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2013-01-24


In the 1980s, the EC engaged in trying actively to construct a European identity, primarily through a ’manufacturing of symbols’, such as a common flag, hymn and day of celebration. A lesser-known element of this symbolic construction was the elevation of the recently deceased Jean Monnet to a position as the undisputed ’founding father’ of Europe. The ’sanctification’ of Monnet culminated in the con-version of his house – purchased by the European Parliament – into a museum of his deeds and of the European project that they served. This article seeks to analyse the construction of Monnet as a founding father for Europé, first by investi-gating the context of the acquisition of his house and the establishment of the mu-seum in the 1980s, and subsequently by analysing the present exhibition in it.

Keywords: European Identity; Jean Monnet; Museums; Myth

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Author:
Christoffer Kølvraa
Title:
The Father on Display: The House of Jean Monnet and the Construction of European Identity:
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.124747
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    , Article 40, 2012

    Author:
    Christoffer Kølvraa
    Title:
    The Father on Display: The House of Jean Monnet and the Construction of European Identity:
    DOI:
    10.3384/cu.2000.1525.124747
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  • Christoffer Kølvraa (2016). European Fantasies: On the EU's Political Myths and the Affective Potential of Utopian Imaginaries for European Identity. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 54(1): 169. DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12325
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