Event Highlights

Event Highlights: Works in Progress Meeting – Ethnic Cleansing: the Term, the Practice

January 31st, 2018 in Event Highlights. Tagged: ,

On January 24th, Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies proudly continued our Works in Progress series with a talk by Vlado Petrović, Senior Researcher at BU’s Center for the Study of Europe and a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History in Belgrade, and Visiting Professor at History and Legal Department of Central European University. Petrović unpacked the term “ethnic cleansing,” ranging from its origins to its use and its practice, Read More

Event Highlights: Migration Management as Nation-Building: Responses to the European Migration Crisis in Migrant-Receiving European Democracies – A Lunch Talk with Ruxandra Paul

November 3rd, 2017 in Event Highlights. Tagged:

The Boston University Center for the Study of Europe was honored to host a lunch discussion with Ruxandra Paul, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Amherst College and an affiliate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, as she tackles the topics of migration management and nation-building. This discussion took place in conjunction with the international workshop Disrupting the Human Trafficking – Migration Nexus, organized by the Forced Migration and... Read More

Event Highlights: Philosophy of Popular Culture: Skepticism, Care, and Ordinary Life – A Lecture by Sandra Laugier

October 30th, 2017 in Event Highlights. Tagged:

The Boston University Center for the Study of Europe was honored to host a talk by Sandra Laugier, Professor of Philosophy at Université de Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne and Scientific deputy director at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS, Institut des sciences humaines et sociales) at the French National Centre for Scientific Research. Her specialties include writing on J.L. Austin, L. Wittgenstein, and multiple facets of American philosophy (Emerson, Thoreau, Quine, and Stanley Cavell)... Read More

Event Highlights: Works in Progress Meeting “The Thorn in the Side: How Six US Presidents Dealt with the Challenge of Charles de Gaulle.” by Professor William Keylor

October 26th, 2017 in Event Highlights. Tagged: , ,

Last Wednesday, October 18th, Professor Keylor presented his research on America's leaders’ perspectives on the often controversial Charles de Gaulle. The research, which spans from the Second World War to the late 1960s, touched on several US presidents and how they dealt with their French counterpart. Professor Keylor discussed FDR’s chilly attitude towards de Gaulle and France’s shunning from the “Big Three” in post-war negotiations. Despite this, France was able to secure a zone of... Read More

Event Highlights: National Identity, Multiculturalism in Contemporary Italy – Film Screening and Discussion with Fred Kudjo Kuwornu

October 12th, 2017 in Event Highlights. Tagged:

Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe partnered with the Interdisciplinary Program in Italian Studies, the African Studies Center at Boston University, and the African American Studies Program’s Conversations on Race to welcome Italian-Ghanaian filmmaker and activist Fred Kudjo Kuwornu. Born and raised in Italy with an Italian Jewish mother and a Ghanian father, Fred got his start in the film and television industry by working in Rome as a TV show writer. Now, he... Read More

Event Highlights: Works in Progress Meeting – “Imagine All the People: Literature, Society and Cross-national Variations in Education Systems.” by Cathie Jo Martin

October 4th, 2017 in Event Highlights. Tagged: ,

On September 27th, 2017, the Boston University Center for the Study of Europe held its first “Works in Progress” meeting. Attendees were fortunate enough to hear BU’s very own Cathie Martin, presenting her research in a lecture on her 2016 essay, “Imagine All the People: Literature, Society and Cross-national Variations in Education Systems.” The talk focused on exploring the deep cultural roots of education reform by comparing two similar capitalist democracies: Britain and Denmark. Martin... Read More

Event Highlights: Addressing the Recognition Gap: Destigmatization and the Reduction of Inequality – A Lecture by Michèle Lamont

September 29th, 2017 in Event Highlights. Tagged:

Last Monday, September 18, Boston University’s brand new Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering building was host to one of the world’s most influential current sociologists, Michèle Lamont. Lamont is a Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies, Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies, and Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, as well as former president for the American Sociological Society. As a cultural and... Read More

Event Highlights: Irish Voices – A Reading & Conversation with Irish Poet Harry Clifton

May 1st, 2017 in Event Highlights. Tagged: , ,

On Tuesday, April 18th, Irish poet Harry Clifton was the guest speaker at the Center for the Study of Europe, reading from his collection of poems, Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004. Clifton started the conversation by briefly describing different types of Irish poets and the complex emotions arising from the placement of Ireland within the broader interpretation of what it means to ‘be European’. Joking he said, “as an Irish poet you are caught –... Read More

Event Highlights: Which Future for Democracy in a Post-political Age? A Lecture by Chantal Mouffe

April 25th, 2017 in Event Highlights. Tagged: , ,

On Tuesday, April 11th, the Center for the Study of Europe welcomed Chantal Mouffe, a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. Beginning with an assessment of the present state of democracy, Mouffe described our contemporary period as a “post-democracy” era in modern democracy is a façade of true democratic principles and values, whereby institutions are controlled by privileged elite members of society. She explained that... Read More

Event Highlights: Reconfiguring European States in Crisis – A Lunch Talk by Patrick Le Gales

April 19th, 2017 in Event Highlights. Tagged: , ,

Patrick Le Galès, a CNRS Research Professor of Sociology and Politics at Sciences Po Paris, spoke at the Center for the Study of Europe on Wednesday April 5th, about his recently co-edited book. “Reconfiguring European States in Crisis” offers a ground-breaking analysis by some of Europe's leading political scientists, examining how the European national state and the European Union state have dealt with two sorts of changes in the last two decades. The central argument of... Read More