From 1994 to 2003, Transeuropéennes gathered numerous institutional partners, local authorities, foundations, associations and NGOs, universities, research institutes, alternative training organisations, media in order to achieve its programme "Democratisation and knowledge" (formerly named "Democracy-Building and the Challenge of Difference in South-East Europe" and, at its very beginning, "Neighbours and Future in South-Eastern Europe".
Acting in South-East Europe
Created in 1994, in the very midst of the wars in former Yugoslavia, the project was born of the observation that the humanities and culture were the object of ethno-nationalist manipulation, putting their critical function at risk. It contributed to foster democratisation in South-East Europe and highlighted the key role of culture and the production of knowledge in overcoming social fragmentation in the region.
It enabled new bridges to be established between the universities and research institutes in the Balkans and their counterparts in the European Union, both in order to promote new types of exchange and to resist the current sidelining and isolation of the Balkans.
Through alternative training, research and networking, it has reinforced the autonomy of knowledge production and the independence of thought with regard to social and political issues in contemporary societies.