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Student Attending Dissertation Workshop

Dissertation Workshops

The meetings of the CES Dissertation Workshop offer graduate students at Harvard and MIT the opportunity to present their current research to their peers and faculty interested broadly in the study of Europe. It is a student-run, student-centered project and papers will be pre-circulated to the audience in advance.

The CES Dissertation Workshop is a graduate educational seminar and open to graduate students and their advisors. Spring workshops will be held in-person and are only open to Harvard and MIT affiliates who are on a regular University COVID-19 testing cadence. Advance RSVP is required by contacting Dissertation Workshop Coordinator Hansong Li. The workshops will be held virtually and registration is required. The schedule of upcoming workshops is listed below and will be updated regularly through the academic year.

Are you a graduate student interested in attending a workshop or presenting your research? Contact: Hansong Li, CES Dissertation Workshop Coordinator.


Dissertation Workshop Schedule 2021-2022

A New Macro-Financial Condition Index for the Euro Area Dissertation Workshop — A New Macro-Financial Condition Index for the Euro Area
October 1, 2021
12:00pm - 1:15pm
  • Claudio Morana – Professor of Economics, University of Milano-Bicocca; Visiting Scholar 2021-2022, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Chair Hansong Li – Dissertation Workshop Coordinator, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
From Status to … Something: J.F. Stephen and Henry Maine on Inequality in Britain and India Dissertation Workshop — From Status to … Something: J.F. Stephen and Henry Maine on Inequality in Britain and India
October 15, 2021
12:00pm - 1:15pm
  • Théophile Deslauriers – Ph.D. Student, Department of Politics, Princeton University; Visiting Student, Department of Government, Harvard University
  • Chair Hansong Li – Ph.D. Candidate in Government, Harvard University
A Bank for the People: Popular Credit and Moral Economy in Renaissance Italy Dissertation Workshop — A Bank for the People: Popular Credit and Moral Economy in Renaissance Italy
October 21, 2021
12:00pm - 1:15pm
  • Sama Mammadova – Ph.D. Student in History, Harvard University
  • Chair Hansong Li – Ph.D. Candidate in Government, Harvard University
Scarcity Imperialism and the Global Pathways of a Failed Plantation Crop Dissertation Workshop — Scarcity Imperialism and the Global Pathways of a Failed Plantation Crop
December 3, 2021
12:00pm - 1:15pm
  • Moritz von Brescius – Senior Lecturer and Research Group Leader, University of Bern; John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2021-2022, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Chair Hansong Li – Ph.D. Candidate in Government, Harvard University
‘Let’s Keep This Informal’: Ad hoc differentiation in EU approach to conflicts and crises Dissertation Workshop — ‘Let’s Keep This Informal’: Ad hoc differentiation in EU approach to conflicts and crises
December 10, 2021
12:00pm - 1:15pm
  • Maria Giulia Amadio Viceré – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute (EUI); Visiting Scholar 2021-2022, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Chair Hansong Li – Ph.D. Candidate in Government, Harvard University
War Losses as a Labor Supply Shock: Evidence from Germany Dissertation Workshop — War Losses as a Labor Supply Shock: Evidence from Germany
February 25, 2022
12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Matthias Quinckhardt – Ph.D. Student in Economics, Heidelberg University; Visiting Student, Department of Government, Harvard University
  • Chair Hansong Li – Ph.D. Candidate in Government, Harvard University
Weak Messianic Power and Benjamin’s Contribution to the Debate about Historical Injustice Dissertation Workshop — Weak Messianic Power and Benjamin’s Contribution to the Debate about Historical Injustice
March 4, 2022
12:00pm - 1:15pm
  • Jacob Hoerger – Open Forum Associate Editor, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Ph.D. Candidate in Government, Harvard University
  • Chair Hansong Li – Ph.D. Candidate in Government, Harvard University
“Western Desire”: Gender in Allegorical Representations of America Dissertation Workshop — “Western Desire”: Gender in Allegorical Representations of America
March 25, 2022
12:00pm - 1:15pm
  • Sergio Leos – Ph.D. Candidate in History, Harvard University
  • Chair Hansong Li – Ph.D. Candidate in Government, Harvard University
Why Democracy? An Autonomy-based Ontological Argument Dissertation Workshop — Why Democracy? An Autonomy-based Ontological Argument
April 22, 2022
12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Eric Fabri – Associate, Department of Government, Harvard University
  • Chair Hansong Li – Ph.D. Candidate in Government, Harvard University

External Funding Workshop

Each year, CES offers the Workshop on External Funding which discusses a range of external grants relevant for doctoral students in social sciences and looks into strategies for developing a strong proposal. In addition, it parses specific proposals, both successful and less effective, in an attempt to offer some hands-on tools for mastering the skill of successful proposal writing. In the past, CES graduate students who won some of the most competitive external grants have joined the student programs advisor and shared their insights and prose samples during the workshop.


Past Dissertation Workshops

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