Historical Archives of the European Union

First round of Postgraduate Vibeke Sørensen Grants 2021 awarded

The first round of evaluation of applications to the Postgraduate Vibeke Sørensen Grants 2021 edition to conduct research at the Historical Archives of the European Union in Florence has been successfully completed. Six grants have been awarded.

16/06/2021 | News

Pekka Pohjankoski, David Irion, Marie-Gabrielle Verbergt, Dr. Roberto Ventresca, Dr. Adrian Steinert, and Dr. Edwin Hercock have been awarded a Vibeke Sørensen Grant for the consultation of primary sources at the HAEU following the first application deadline set on 31 March 2021.

Pekka Pohjankoski, PhD candidate at the University of Helsinki, will work on the projects of the European Defence and Political Communities in a research project on the coercion of states under international law. David Irion, PhD candidate at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, will examine the origins of European research policy. Marie-Gabrielle Verbergt, PhD candidate at Ghent University, will study the epistemic aspects of EU-sponsored uses of the past between 1970 and today. Dr. Roberto Ventresca, post-doctoral fellow at the University of Padua, will explore the impact of the global ‘neoliberal turn’ on Italy’s economic policies between the late 1970s and the early 1990s. Dr. Adrian Steinert, Scientific Officer in the Project Management Agency at the DLR (German Aerospace Center), will examine the historical origins and policy development of European research and innovation policy. Dr. Edwin Hercock, College of Europe in Natolin, will explore the relationship between the left-wing ‘parties of government’ and the process of economic and political integration from the Treaty of Rome to the collapse of communism in Europe.

The Vibeke Sørensen Grant scheme for visiting scholars was set up in 1993 by the then President of the European University Institute (EUI) Emile Noël with support of the European Commission. The grant scheme adopted its current name in 1997 to honour the memory of Dr. Vibeke Sørensen (1952 – 1995), former researcher at the EUI History Department and staff member of the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU).

Second-round application deadline: 30 June 2021

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