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Contemporary Europe Study Group


Many of the issues confronting Europe today are not confined to any single nation-state but are transnational in scope. While many European countries face questions of security, immigration, and rising nationalism, each nation’s response differs. This interdisciplinary Study Group focuses primarily on these transnational issues in the post-1945 period.

H.E. Jean-Marc Ayrault spoke about the state of affairs in France and Europe in November 2014.

Study Group Events Calendar

Brexit: From Fantasy/Nightmare to Hard Bargaining: A Discussion with Ed Balls Contemporary Europe Study Group — Brexit: From Fantasy/Nightmare to Hard Bargaining: A Discussion with Ed Balls
April 24, 2017
1:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Ed Balls – UK Shadow Chancellor (2011-2015); Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Chair James Cronin – Professor of History, Boston College; Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University ; Co-Chair, Contemporary Europe Study Group, CES, Harvard University
GERMANYforYou: Social Media Translates "Germany" for Refugees Contemporary Europe Study Group — GERMANYforYou: Social Media Translates "Germany" for Refugees
March 28, 2017
2:15pm - 4:00pm
  • Isabel Schayani – Project Leader, WDRforyou; Editor, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR); John F. Kennedy Memorial Policy Fellow, CES, Harvard University
  • Moderated by Georg Diez – Reporter and Columnist, Politics and Culture, Der Spiegel; 2016-2017 Fellow, Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University
The Future of European Political Debate: Some Lessons from France Contemporary Europe Study Group — The Future of European Political Debate: Some Lessons from France
February 23, 2017
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Emile Chabal – Chancellor's Fellow in History, University of Edinburgh
  • Julian Bourg – Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the Core, Boston College; Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History, CES, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Contemporary Europe Study Group, CES, Harvard University
The Populist Paradox: How the Promotion of Christian Identity  by European Populists Contributes to Secularization Contemporary Europe and European Union Study Groups — The Populist Paradox: How the Promotion of Christian Identity by European Populists Contributes to Secularization
February 1, 2017
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Olivier Roy – Research Director, Unit on the 'Iranian World,' Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris
  • Tarek Masoud – Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Introduction by Muriel Rouyer – Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School; Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Contemporary Europe Study Group, CES, Harvard University
Delivering Change in the New European Context Contemporary Europe Study Group — Delivering Change in the New European Context
October 28, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Valérie Pécresse – President of the Greater Paris Region, France
  • Moderated by Muriel Rouyer – Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School; Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Contemporary Europe Study Group, CES, Harvard University
EVENT CANCELLED - Nordic and German Responses to the Crises in Europe Contemporary Europe Study Group — EVENT CANCELLED - Nordic and German Responses to the Crises in Europe
October 26, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Jon Erik Dølvik – Director, Fafo Institute for Labor and Social Research
  • Alexander Görlach – Founder, The European; Visiting Scholar, CES, Harvard University; Senior Advisor, Berggruen Institute
A Nation of ‘Bystanders’? A Topography of Complicity and Capitulation in Nazi Germany and Beyond Contemporary Europe Study Group — A Nation of ‘Bystanders’? A Topography of Complicity and Capitulation in Nazi Germany and Beyond
September 29, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Mary Fulbrook – Dean, Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences; Professor of German History and Director, UCL European Institute, University College London
For a New Democratic Governance in France: A Public Address by Thierry Mandon, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research Contemporary Europe Study Group — For a New Democratic Governance in France: A Public Address by Thierry Mandon, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research
September 8, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Thierry Mandon – Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, Republic of France
  • Peter A. Hall – Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies, Harvard University; Department of Government, Harvard University; Resident Faculty, CES, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Seminar on the State and Capitalism since 1800, CES, Harvard University; Co-Director, Program on Successful Societies, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR); Senior Advisor, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
A European Germany and a German Europe, 1989-2015 A European Germany and a German Europe, 1989-2015
October 19, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Harold James – Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies; Professor of History and International Affairs, Princeton University; Director, Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, Princeton University
Looking Back at German Unification
October 13, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Charles S. Maier – Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History, Harvard University
  • Tereza Novotna – FNRS Post-Doctoral Researcher, Institute for European Studies, Universite Libre de Bruxelles
From Ottoman Empire to Italian Colonialism: The Jews of Rhodes 1900-1944
September 17, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Aron Rodrigue – Charles Michael Professor in Jewish History and Culture, Stanford University
Why Has There Been Populism in Greece But Not Yet in Spain? Why Has There Been Populism in Greece But Not Yet in Spain?
April 20, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Joaquín Almunia – Visiting Professor, European Institute, London School of Economic and Political Science and Sciences Po; Secretary General, Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (1997-2000); Vice President and Commissioner for Competition, European Commission (2010-2014); Short-Term Fellow, CES, Harvard University
  • Takis Pappas – Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, Department of Balkan, Slavic & Oriental Studies of the University of Macedonia, Greece; Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute
Populism in Europe from the Right to the Left Populism in Europe from the Right to the Left
April 16, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Sofia A. Perez – Associate Professor of Political Science, Boston University; Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University; Co-Chair, A Center-Periphery Europe? Perspectives from Southern Europe Study Group, CES, Harvard University
  • Cas Mudde – Professor of International Affairs, University of Georgia
  • Laurent Bouvet – Professor of Political Science, Université de Versailles, St. Quentin-en-Yvelines
Prosecuting Nazi Perpetrators in German Courts during the Occupation Period, 1945-1950 Prosecuting Nazi Perpetrators in German Courts during the Occupation Period, 1945-1950
March 24, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Devin Pendas – Associate Professor of History, Boston College; Co-Chair, Contemporary Europe Study Group, CES, Harvard University
Immigration and the ‘Republican’ Model in France
March 5, 2015
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • James Hollifield – Professor of Political Science, Southern Methodist University Dallas
France After the Terrorist Attacks in Paris France After the Terrorist Attacks in Paris
February 5, 2015
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Gérard Araud – Ambassador of France to the United States
  • Introduction by Arthur Goldhammer – Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University; Chair, Visiting Scholars Seminar: New Research on Europe, CES, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Contemporary Europe Study Group, CES, Harvard University; Contributor, The American Prospect, The Nation, Democracy Journal, and Foreign Policy
Coexistence with the Enemy? French Jewish Youth and the Vichy Regime
December 3, 2014
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Daniel Lee – Post-doctoral Fellow, Oxford University
The Current State of France and Europe The Current State of France and Europe
November 12, 2014
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Jean-Marc Ayrault – H.E Prime Minister of the Republic of France (2012-2014)
  • Commentary by Michael Ignatieff – President and Rector, Central European University; Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Senior Fellow, CES
Islam's Arrival in the West: The Downfall of Christendom? Islam's Arrival in the West: The Downfall of Christendom?
October 30, 2014
2:15pm - 4:00pm
  • Alexander Görlach – Founder, The European; Visiting Scholar, CES, Harvard University; Senior Advisor, Berggruen Institute
  • Introduction by Sarah Bracke – Associate Professor of Sociology, Ghent University
  • Respondent Jocelyne Cesari – Professor of Religion and Politics , University of Birmingham; Director of Research , Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, University of Birmingham; Senior Fellow , Berkley Center, Georgetown University; Visiting Professor of Religion and Politics, Harvard Divinity School; Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University
Variations on Simone Weil: European and North American Receptions of Her Antisemitica
October 22, 2014
4:15pm - 6:00pm

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