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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

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, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, University of Michigan; Visiting Scholar 2019-2020, CES, Harvard University
  • Chair Arthur Goldhammer – Writer & Translator; CES Local Affiliate & Seminar Chair, 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
  • Manon Garcia – Fellow in Residence, Harvard Society of Fellows
  • Bernard Harcourt – Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School; EHESS-Paris
  • 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
  • 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
  • Austin Sarfan – Graduate Student, Program in Literature, Duke University
Raymond Aron and Liberal Thought in the Twentieth Century European Politics Seminar — Raymond Aron and Liberal Thought in the Twentieth Century
March 30, 2020
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Iain Stewart – Lecturer in Modern European History, University College London (UCL)
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