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ADGRC Seminar Series

The Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre Seminar Series is a cycle of seminars, launched in November 2017, which gives researchers the opportunity to present their recent work on different aspects of European Integration History. 

Each seminar features one researcher who presents his/her work and other attendees will provide feedback, particularly the discussant but also other researchers working in the same field. 

Most of the speakers will be Grant Holders and researchers conducting their studies at the HAEU, but external researchers working on relevant topics for the ADGRC are also invited to get involved.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to recommend someone to present his/her work or if you are interested in being a discussant at one of our upcoming seminars.

Apart from the seminars already scheduled, upcoming events will deal with the following subjects: European political parties, ideas of Europe, Migration, European policies, European Union's external action, etc.

Details on the seminars


Europe and the nuclear scare of the Eighties: The European debate on the nuclear issue and antinuclear movements (17 November 2017)

SanteseSpeaker: Angela Santese - Sørensen Grant Holder and Post Doctorate Fellow at the University of Bologna

Discussant: Giuliano Garavini (University of Padua/NYU Abu Dhabi)

Research abstract: While recent historiography has focused on national anti-nuclear campaigns or on attempts made by national groups to establish contacts at the transnational level, no attention has been devoted to the European dimension of this season of protest. The research thus intends to focus on how the controversy on nuclear technology was transposed, discussed and dealt with at the European level. Find out more

Forging Europe: Vichy France and the Origins of the European Coal and Steel Community (12 February 2018)

BRUNET20photo-Cropped-154x200Speaker: Dr Luc André Brunet - The Open University

Discussant: Prof. Laura Lee Downs (EUI Department of History and Civilization)

Research abstract:In the decade following the end of the Second World War, France was a driving forced behind European integration, most notably with the Schuman Declaration of May 1950. In this lecture, Luc-Andre Brunet explains continuities from the wartime Vichy regime in France to the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, the forerunner to today's European Union, and what this means for current debates about Europe. Find out more

The Origins of a common European Middle East Policy, late 1970s-early1980s: The Case of the Venice Declaration and its follow-up initiative (23 March 2018)

Alexandre DabSpeaker: Alexandre Dab - London School of Economics

Discussant: Federico Romero (EUI Deparment of History and Civilization)

Research abstract: This paper seeks to explain how and why the European Union (EU) got involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Using French, British, and American archives, this paper offers a reassessment of the emergence of a common European Middle East policy, and argues that the current analysis does not do the Venice Declaration and its follow-up initiative justice. Find out more

Fabulous Artificers: The Building of Civil Europe 1951-1972 (5 April 2018)

StefpukallusSpeaker: Stefanie Pukallus - University of Sheffield

Discussant: Simone Paoli (ISI Florence)

Research abstract: This research monograph, which is due to be published in 2019, focuses on the first two decades of European integration. Based on a wide range of archival sources, it argues that that the early architects of European integration – the specific group of European Commission (and before that High Authority) officials that I refer to as Fabulous Artificers – had a vision of an integrated Civil Europe. Find out more

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