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Each year, CES hosts several conferences that convene leading academics, policymakers, and doctoral students with an interest in European history, politics, economics, and transatlantic relations.

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2018 Summit on the Future of Europe at Harvard – Back to Square One 2018 Summit on the Future of Europe at Harvard – Back to Square One

November 5, 2018

The Summit on the Future of Europe is an initiative of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University. Since 2014, this annual conference convenes scholars and public leaders to debate critical challenges facing Europe. The fifth annual Summit is a partnership of CES, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, diaNEOsis Research and Policy Institute, European Stability Initiative (ESI) and Central European University (CEU).

The Summit is open to the public excluding the luncheon keynote address which will be viewable via livestream. Seating for all other panels is on a first-come, first-served basis with the following exception: Harvard students only may request a reserved seat here.

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Past Conferences

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The Legacy of 1968 | Conference The Legacy of 1968 | Conference
October 5, 2018
10:00am - 6:00pm

This conference will reflect on the protests of 1968 and their historical and intellectual ramifications by taking a fresh look at the legacies of that tumultuous year. The cultural icon “1968” has transformed into many distinct areas which far exceed the intentions and experiences of those who participated in the actual events. At its fiftieth anniversary, we will mark the transition of ’68 from memory to history by fostering a conversation that would provide a novel perspective towards this century-defining year. This conference brings together scholars focusing on the cultural and intellectual history of protest in France, Germany, and the Global Sixties. Speakers will reflect on the new directions of historical thinking about 1968 and will explore the legacies of this pivotal intellectual moment for political thought and social movement studies.

Conference attendees are invited to view the art exhibit Occupying Paris: 1968 and the Spaces of Protest at the Jacek E. Giedrojć Gallery at CES.

(Photo Credit: AP Images)

The Pacific in the World - Day 2 The Pacific in the World - Day 2

March 22 - 23, 2018

Please refer to the agenda for sessions on March 22 & 23.

The Pacific in the World - Day 1 The Pacific in the World - Day 1

March 22 - 23, 2018

Please refer to the agenda for sessions on March 22 & 23.

Senior Thesis Conference - Undergraduate Research on Europe Senior Thesis Conference - Undergraduate Research on Europe
December 1, 2017
1:00pm - 5:00pm

This event provides the opportunity for CES thesis research grantees to present their research and preliminary findings and receive support and constructive feedback during their writing process from faculty, scholars and fellow students.

For the Harvard community, this event is an opportunity to learn from new research and findings on diverse social science topics related to Europe. Moreover, for those students considering writing a thesis and applying for a CES senior thesis grant, this conference helps to illustrate what to expect in preparing and writing a thesis as well as the how you will benefit from this rigorous but rewarding process.

2017 Summit on the Future of Europe — Europe and Transatlantic Relations in the Era of Populism 2017 Summit on the Future of Europe — Europe and Transatlantic Relations in the Era of Populism

Monday, November 6, 2017

The 4th annual Summit on the Future of Europe took place on November 6th, 2017 with the participation of more than 200 people from across Harvard, Europe and beyond. This year's Summit focused on "Europe and Transatlantic Relations in the Era of Populism." On this page, you will find the executive summary of the presentations, news coverage, videos, photographs and the agenda with a detailed listing of the panels and their participants.

The Center thanks its sponsors the diaNEOsis Research and Policy Institute and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center as well as the participants who helped make the Summit a successful and enlightening event.

Future of the Left Symposium - Is There a Future for the Left in Europe?
April 11, 2017
2:15pm - 6:00pm

Can liberal democracy be saved by a reconstructed Left in Europe? Across the continent leftist parties are facing political irrelevance as rising populist parties are giving voice to disenfranchised voters who believe that neo-liberal financial policies rescued bankers at the cost of the people’s welfare. As architects of these policies, leftist parties appear rudderless in the crossfire of this debate. At these panels, scholars and policy makers will analyze the challenges of today’s leftist parties and examine if a transformation could strengthen them against threats to democratic principles.

Finding Refuge: Istanbul-Berlin Colloquium Finding Refuge: Istanbul-Berlin Colloquium
April 8, 2017
9:00am - 2:00pm

This event will bring together scholars working on the historical and theoretical dimensions of the refugee phenomenon, particularly as it relates to the urban cultures of Istanbul and Berlin. It presents an opportunity to rethink the relation between statelessness and the city throughout the twentieth century.

Please register for this event here.

Social Inclusion and Poverty Eradication: A Two-Day International Workshop Social Inclusion and Poverty Eradication: A Two-Day International Workshop

November 17 - 18, 2016

This workshop will explore the ways in which social exclusion contributes to poverty, and how social inclusion in various spheres may reduce it. Particular attention will be paid to the policies that are currently in place to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals that aim to end poverty in all its forms (Goal 1) and empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all (Target 10.2).

2015 Summit on the Future of Europe 2015 Summit on the Future of Europe
September 22 - 23, 2015
5:00pm - 6:00pm
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