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Event Series

European Politics Seminar


The European Politics Seminar focuses on democracy's challenges and reconfigurations. It examines right-wing or “illiberal” threats to democracy across Europe and addresses how the political landscape is being reshaped. Questions to be answered in upcoming events include: What are the successes and failures of democratic solutions? Are established parties no longer capable of commanding support? Will protest movements, such as the gilets jaunes, lead to a new political formation? How is the resurgence of Anti-Semitism across Europe to be understood? What is the future of the Left in countries such as Italy and Greece? How can the European Union survive as the bastion of democracy and cooperation? What will be the consequences of Britain’s attempt to leave the EU?

Note: This seminar was formerly known as the Contemporary Europe Study Group. For details and past events see here.

Seminar Events Calendar

Emmanuel Macron's Presidency and the 2022 French Presidential Election European Politics Seminar — Emmanuel Macron's Presidency and the 2022 French Presidential Election
May 11, 2021
12:00pm - 1:15pm
  • Cécile Alduy – Professor of French Literature and Culture, Stanford University
  • Gérard Araud – Former Ambassador of France to the United States (2014-2019)
  • Philippe Martin – Professor of Economics, Sciences Po; Chairman, French Council of Economic Analysis (CAE); CEPR Research Fellow and Co-Director, Macroeconomics Program, CEPREMAP
  • Chair Marc-Olivier Bherer – Neiman Visiting Fellow (2020-2021), Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University; Staff Editor and Reporter, Le Monde and Arthur Goldhammer – Writer & Translator; Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
A Conversation with Commissioner Stella Kyriakides European Politics Seminar — A Conversation with Commissioner Stella Kyriakides
March 25, 2021
12:00pm - 12:45pm
  • Stella Kyriakides – European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
  • Chair Elaine Papoulias – Executive Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
WEBINAR | The Green New Deal: A Transatlantic Climate Change Consensus? European Politics Seminar — WEBINAR | The Green New Deal: A Transatlantic Climate Change Consensus?
June 22, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Alyssa Battistoni – Environmental Fellow (2019-2021), Harvard University Center for the Environment
  • Sharon Block – Executive Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
  • Pierre Larrouturou – Member of European Parliament
  • Chair Muriel Rouyer – Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School; CES Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
CANCELLED - Sovereigntists of Europe Unite - De-democratization in EU Member States and the Emerging Alliance of EU Sovereigntists European Union and European Politics Seminars — CANCELLED - Sovereigntists of Europe Unite - De-democratization in EU Member States and the Emerging Alliance of EU Sovereigntists
April 20, 2020
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Laszlo Bruszt – Professor of Political Science, Central European University
  • Chair Vivien A. Schmidt – Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University; CES Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
CANCELLED - Raymond Aron and Liberal Thought in theTwenthies Century European Politics Seminar — CANCELLED - Raymond Aron and Liberal Thought in theTwenthies Century
March 30, 2020
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Iain Stewart – Lecturer in Modern European History, University College London (UCL)
  • Chair Arthur Goldhammer – Writer & Translator; Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Technopopulism: The New Logic of Democratic Politics European Politics Seminar & Seminar on Populism — Technopopulism: The New Logic of Democratic Politics
February 13, 2020
2:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Christopher Bickerton – University Lecturer in Politics, University of Cambridge
  • Chair Arthur Goldhammer – Writer & Translator; Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Confessions of the Flesh: Michel Foucault’s Final Volume of "The History of Sexuality" Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History — Confessions of the Flesh: Michel Foucault’s Final Volume of "The History of Sexuality"
December 5, 2019
9:00am - 6:00pm
  • James Bernauer, S.J. – Kraft Family Professor of Philosophy, Boston College
  • Julian Bourg – Associate Professor of History, Boston College; CES Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
  • Rey Chow – Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature, Duke University
  • Agustin Colombo – Postdoctoral Researcher, Boston College & University of Paris, VIII
  • Bernard Harcourt – Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School; École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)
  • Lynne Huffer – Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University
  • Mark D. Jordan – Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Christian Thought & Richard Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School; Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University
  • Austin Sarfan – Graduate Student, Program in Literature, Duke University
  • Annabel Kim – Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
  • Edward McGushin – Professor of Philosophy, Stonehill College
  • Durba Mitra – Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
The Current State of Eastern Europe European Politics Seminar — The Current State of Eastern Europe
November 19, 2019
12:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government & CES Director, Harvard University
  • Ioana Petrescu – Minister of Economy and Finance, Romania (2014); Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government; Visiting Research Fellow, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Jacques Rupnik – Senior Research Fellow, Sciences Po
  • Albana Shehaj – Research Fellow, University of Michigan; Visiting Scholar 2019-2021, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Chair Arthur Goldhammer – Writer & Translator; Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
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