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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 Concept of "The Center" in French Politics European Politics Seminar — The Concept of "The Center" in French Politics
December 6, 2022
4:00pm - 5:15pm
  • Hugo Drochon – Assistant Professor in Political Theory, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham
  • Herrick Chapman – Professor Emeritus of History, New York University; Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Gili Kliger – Postdoctoral College Fellow, Harvard University
  • Chair Arthur Goldhammer – Writer & Translator; Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Coping with Defeat: Sunni Islam, Roman Catholicism, and the Modern State European Politics Seminar — Coping with Defeat: Sunni Islam, Roman Catholicism, and the Modern State
November 29, 2022
4:30pm - 5:45pm
  • Jonathan Laurence – Professor of Political Science, Boston College; Director, Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Boston College; Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Jocelyne Cesari – Professor of Religion and Politics, University of Birmingham; T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding; Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Samuel Moyn – Chancellor Kent Professor of Law and History, Yale Law School
  • Chair James Cronin – Professor of History, Boston College; Seminar Co-chair & Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
What does the Far-Right's Victory Mean for Italy and the EU? European Politics Seminar & HKS European Club — What does the Far-Right's Victory Mean for Italy and the EU?
November 2, 2022
12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Nathalie Tocci – Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali
  • Lorenza Antonucci – Associate Professor, University of Birmingham; German Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2022-2023, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Legalizing Abortion - Lessons from Ireland European Politics Seminar — Legalizing Abortion - Lessons from Ireland
October 28, 2022
10:00am - 11:15am
  • Joe McHugh – Chair, the Committee on European Union Affairs; Teachta Dála, Member of Parliament, Republic of Ireland; Former Chief Whip (2017-2018) and Minister for Education and Skills, Republic of Ireland
  • Chair Ofrit Liviatan – Lecturer on Law and Politics, Department of Government, Harvard University
Serbian Democracy, Interrupted European Politics Seminar — Serbian Democracy, Interrupted
September 26, 2022
1:30pm - 2:45pm
  • Vuk Jeremić – President, Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD); President, 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, (2012-2013); Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, (2007-2012)
  • Chair Elaine Papoulias – Executive Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
The 2022 French Presidential Election European Politics Seminar — The 2022 French Presidential Election
May 20, 2022
1:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Cécile Alduy – Professor of French Literature and Culture, Stanford University
  • Janine Mossuz-Lavau – Emeritus CNRS Research Director, Sciences Po Center for Political Research (CEVIPOF)
  • Vincent Tiberj – University Professor, Sciences Po Bordeaux
  • Chair 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 - 5:00pm
  • 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
Fridays for Future: A Conversation with German Climate Activists Luisa Neubauer and Helena Marschall European Politics Seminar & Center for German and European Studies, Brandeis University — Fridays for Future: A Conversation with German Climate Activists Luisa Neubauer and Helena Marschall
February 28, 2022
1:00pm - 2:15pm
  • Luisa Neubauer – Climate Activist, Fridays for Future Germany
  • Helena Marschall – Climate Activist, Fridays for Future Germany
  • Noah Secondo – Co-chair, Harvard College Environmental Action Committee
  • Rebecca Spinner – Sophomore, Brandeis University
  • Welcome Remarks by Elaine Papoulias – Executive Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Chair Sabine von Mering – Director, Center for German and European Studies, Brandeis University; Professor of German and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Brandeis University; Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
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
  • Anne 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
After Merkel, Now What? Analyzing Germany's 2021 Elections European Politics Seminar — After Merkel, Now What? Analyzing Germany's 2021 Elections
October 13, 2021
1:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Andreas Busch – University Professor of Comparative Politics and Political Economy, University of Göttingen
  • Hans-Helmut Kotz – Visiting Professor of Economics & Resident Faculty, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Member of the Executive Board, German Bundesbank (2002-2012)
  • Constanze Stelzenmüller – Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe, and Fritz Stern Chair on Germany and trans-Atlantic Relations, The Brookings Institution
  • Chair Laura Levine Frader – Professor Emeritus, Northeastern University; Seminar Co-chair & Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
The German Floods of July 2021: The New Normal or a Wake Up Call for (More) Climate Protection? European Politics Seminar & Center for German and European Studies — The German Floods of July 2021: The New Normal or a Wake Up Call for (More) Climate Protection?
October 6, 2021
12:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Anja Bierwirth – Head of Research Unit Urban Transitions, Energy, Transport and Climate Policy, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
  • Introduction by Elaine Papoulias – Executive Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Chair Sabine von Mering – Director, Center for German and European Studies, Brandeis University; Professor of German and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Brandeis University; Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
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; Visiting Scholar 2009-2010, 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 & European Politics Seminar — 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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