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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 Passport As Home European Politics Seminar — The Passport As Home
February 24, 2022
1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Andrei Markovits – Arthur F. Thurnau Professor & Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies, University of Michigan
  • Peter A. Hall – Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies & Resident Faculty, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Anna Sa'adah – Professor of Government Emerita & Joel Parker Professor of Law and Political Science Emerita, Dartmouth College
  • Chair and Discussant Arthur Goldhammer – Writer & Translator; Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Israel's Moment: International Conflict Over the Jewish State European Politics Seminar & Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — Israel's Moment: International Conflict Over the Jewish State
March 9, 2022
4:00pm - 5:15pm
  • Jeffrey Herf – Distinguished University Professor of History, University of Maryland
  • Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Chair Laura Levine Frader – Professor Emeritus, Northeastern University; Seminar Co-chair & Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
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