Printemps de l’Histoire / Lente van de geschiedenis – 23-25/05/2016 (Bruxelles/Brussels)

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Colloque/Colloquium – ULB, 25 mai/mei 2016 : La “Fabrique de citoyens”. L’enseignement des langues et des lettres en Europe, 1848-1914

Flyer – ULB 25 mai 2016

Colloque/Colloquium : “Defeating Impunity. Promoting International Justice. The Archival Trail, 1914-2016. International Workshop” (Université Libre de Bruxelles – 9-10th March 2016)

Le programme/Het programma (PDF) : Defeating Impunity leaflet

Colloque / Colloquium :”The Belgian Congo between the Two World Wars” – Fondation Universitaire / Universitaire Stichting – 17-18 mars / maart 2016

Trouvez ici le Programme du Colloque / u vindt hier het volledige programma van het colloquium PROGRAMME-page-001

DE ONTMOETING. Erfgoed, onderzoek en Wereldoorlog I (9 december 2015, Brussel) Studiedag

De eerste grote herdenkingsgolf van 100 jaar Eerste Wereldoorlog ligt achter ons. Heel wat erfgoedwerkers kijken vooruit en stellen zich de vraag: wat kunnen we de komende twee jaar nog doen rond de Eerste Wereldoorlog? Welke nieuwe thema’s kunnen we nog aansnijden? En wat na 2018? Deze vragen vormen het vertrekpunt van een studiedag die in Brussel plaatsvindt op 9 december.

De studiedag is opgevat als een ontmoetingsmoment tussen erfgoedwerkers en onderzoekers. Zo willen we de vaak bediscussieerde kloof tussen academisch onderzoek en de erfgoedsector overbruggen. Op 9 december krijgt u de stand van het nieuwste academisch onderzoek naar de Eerste Wereldoorlog in België, een overzicht van mogelijke Europese subsidies, workshops rond thema’s en insteken waar erfgoedwerkers en onderzoekers elkaar kunnen vinden, versterken en samenwerken.

Meer informatie vindt u hier. De studiedag wordt georganiseerd door FARO, CegeSoma en het projectsecretariaat 100 jaar Groote Oorlog.

The End of Postwar (2-3 December 2015, Brussels) Conference

The Thinker’s Programme around Ian Buruma starts from the observation that an end has come to the political and social consensus that arose in Europe after the catastrophe of World War II. That consensus concerned the construction of welfare states, the belief in the strength of a united Europe and faith in a pax Americana.

The concluding two-day conference builds on two previous (closed) workshops debating on nationalism and populism, and how they help to undermine the post-war consensus. In his introduction, Ian Buruma re-examines the contours of this consensus and how it was built in Europe on the rubble of two world wars, with welfare, unification, and peace as its primary pillars. With the fall of the Wall and the demise of the Soviet Union after 1989, it looked for a while as if these pillars would be guaranteed for ever. When the communist threat disappeared, however, other forms of leftwing ideology, including social democracy, traditionally anti-communist, began to lose their appeal. In the ensuing vacuum, neoliberalism evolved into a pensée unique that, together with the revival of nationalism and populism, is eating away at the consensus and putting the role of the welfare state under increased pressure.

 This diagnosis paints a pessimistic picture. What are the alternatives for the future?

This conference is organized in the context of the Thinkers Programme of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, initiated by the Class of the Humanities and led by our Thinker-in-Residence Ian Buruma. Participation is free but registration is required.

You will find more information including the program and the registration form here.

Capitalism, Crises and European Integration from 1945 to the present (26-28 May 2016, Florence) Call for Papers

The severe multidimensional crisis that has been affecting Europe since 2008 calls for a critical rethinking of European integration history. The crisis has raised questions about the nature of today’s European ‘project’, which appears in many ways different from what it was at its inception in the past century. Arguably, European integration took root in a moment of exception in the history of capitalism, when inequalities were at a historical low – in sharp contrast with the present era of globalised ‘neoliberal’ capital- ism and record inequalities. Europe’s present travails also highlight the importance of crises in shaping European integration. This feature is inherent to European integration history; the post-war mushrooming of integration and cooperation projects was a response to the deep social and economic crises of the continent.

This conference seeks to historicise post-war European integration in its connection to the history of capitalism and its crises in their multiple dimensions: economic, social, political, intellectual, environmental, among others. The aim will be to highlight different moments of change, rupture or continuity in the ideas and realisations that underlie European integration. We invite contributions on themes that include, but are not limited to:

  • Crises and  European  integration:  exploring  how  crises  have  constituted  mo- ments of economic change, intellectual redefinition, and political and social re- configuration in European integration, as well as analysing how competing narratives of crises have been linked to competing visions of European integration.
  • Ideology, Capitalism and European Integration: the EC/EU and other international organisations have been loci of constant competition between different political and ideological currents. How did ideas and ideologies championed by national and trans- national actors penetrate different European ‘projects’ and policies? How can processes of transfers, learning and competition between and within European organisations be traced? How did European integration impact ideological changes in Europe and beyond?
  • Political Economy of European Integration: investigating how European organisations perceived, adapted, encouraged and responded to shifts in modes of production and or- ganisation in different economic sectors; seeking to read the political economies fostered between the lines of the European treaties, institutions and policies: monetary, industrial, agricultural, social, trade, development, migration, employment, gender equalities, etc.
  • European Integration, regionalism and globalisation: arguably the main develop- ment of capitalism in the past fifty years, globalisation has been intertwined with European integration. How did European institutions and policies seek to shape, moderate, or shield European populations from increasing ‘globalisation’? Or how, on the contrary, did it constitute a multiplier effect on globalising forces? Can we identify diverging roles between different regional and international organisations in this respect?

PhD students and early postdoctoral researchers in history and connected disciplines are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short CV by 18 December 2015 to Aurélie Andry at aurelie.andry@eui.eu. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered. Selection committee: Aurélie Andry, Haakon Ikonomou, Quentin Jouan, Guia Migani, Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol, Federico Romero, Laurent Warlouzet.

The History of European Integration Research Society (HEIRS) and the Réseau Interna- tional des Chercheurs en Histoire de l’Intégration Européenne (RICHIE) are postgraduate student networks that strive to foster collaboration and interaction among postgraduate researchers across Europe with an interest in European integration history. This conference will bring together PhD students and academics from various disciplines to discuss their work in a number of panels. It will be coupled with a workshop on the theme ‘Capitalism, Crises and European Integration in the long 1970s’. In addition, there will be keynote lectures and speakers will be available for in-depth discussions. Some pa- pers will be selected for publication in high-ranked history journal. The conference is part of the Jean Monnet Project ‘Rethinking European Integration History in Times of Crisis’ supported by the European Commission and the Alcide De Gasperi Research Center on the History of European Integration at the European University Institute.

For more information on this event, please visit the website.