Conferences


Upcoming Conferences
Qualitative Social Science Conference

March 2-3, 2012

The main purpose of the conference will be to consolidate our community of qualitative researchers by learning about each other's work and launching reflexive conversations about methodologies.

Contact: Kyoko Sato,ksato@fas.harvard.edu





"Religion and Civilization in International History": The Twelfth Annual Harvard Graduate Student Conference on International History

March 8-9, 2012

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Contact: Dzavid Dzanic,dzanic@fas.harvard.edu



Past Conferences

German Social Thought and The Question of Religion

A Workshop sponsored by the Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History.

Friday, November 18, 2011


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"Recovery, Investment for Growth, and Fiscal Sustainability: Policies and Performance in Europe and the United States" Conference

Organized by Renée Haferkamp.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Conference organized by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies,Harvard University with the support of Presidency of the Council of Ministries of Italy in collaboration with Studiare Sviluppo of Rome and Fondazione Rosselli of Turin

Speakers include:

Charles Maier (CES – Harvard University)
Giuseppe Pastorelli (Consul General of Italy in Boston)
Riccardo Viale (Italian Cultural Institute of New York)
Niall Ferguson (Harvard University)
Daniele Franco (Bank of Italy)
Paolo Guerrieri (Università di Roma "La Sapienza")
Hans-Helmut Kotz (Harvard University)
Paolo Emilio Signorini (Presidency of the Council of Ministries of Italy)
Marco Nicolai (Finlombarda, Milan)
Alberto Alesina (Harvard University)
Benjamin Friedman (Harvard University)
Jeffrey Frankel (John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University)
Edoardo Reviglio (Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Rome)
Giovanni Sabatini (ABI – Associazione Bancaria Italiana)
Philippe Aghion (Harvard University)
Dario Scannapieco (European Investment Bank)






Challenges of the Twenty-first Century: European and American Perspectives Series

Organized by Renée Haferkamp.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"The EU Foreign Policy: One Year After the Setting Up of a European Diplomatic Service"
Speaker: Pierre Vimont, Executive Secretary General of the European External Action Service
Chaired by Joseph Nye, University Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard Kennedy School.





"Mobilities, Flows, and Networks in Global History" - The Eleventh Annual Harvard Graduate Student Conference on International History


Contact: Heidi Tworek, hevans@fas.harvard.edu

For more details and to register, visit the ConIH website: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~conih/

February 10-11, 2011





Continuity and Change in Southeastern Europe

An international conference co-sponsored by the Kokkalis Program, Harvard Kennedy School, and the Southeastern Europe Study Group, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. Multi-disciplinary, global thinkers present on topics of major importance to Southeast Europe.

Contact: Ilyana Sawka, Ilyana_Sawka@hks.harvard.edu

For more details and to register, visit the Kokkalis Program website: http://www.hks.harvard.edu/kokkalis/gsw/2011/CCSE.html

February 4, 2011





Challenges of the Twenty-first Century: European and American Perspectives Series

Challenges of the Twenty-first Century is a long-running speakers series that focuses on some of the most critical issues facing Europe, the US, and the rest of the world. It draws on the European Commission, multinational corporations, international organizations, and cultural institutions to bring high-ranking officials and influential decision-makers to Harvard to discuss current global concerns. Speakers participate in an array of activities while on campus, including public lectures, meetings with students, meetings with faculty, and private off-the- record sessions. Topics include common foreign and security policy, European integration, trade policy, and the worldwide financial crisis.

In 2010, visitors include Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union; Joao Vale de Almeida, Head of the European Union Delegation to the United States; and Janusz Lewandowski, European Commissioner for Programming and Budget.

Organized by Renée Haferkamp. Co-sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, The Constantine Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and Southeastern European Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe.

Fall 2010

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Conference on "Greece, Portugal, Spain and The European Sovereign Debt Crisis"

October 22, 2010

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40 Years On: Europe, the Disciplines and the World

CES celebrates its 40th birthday in 2009. To mark the occasion, five roundtables will explore how the study of Europe has changed and how it might continue to change. These discussions will look at shifts in the disciplines that are concerned with Europe, and the relations between them. The first will discuss political science, sociology, and economics, the second will feature a conversation about history, history of science, and science, the third will consider music, languages, and culture, the fourth will look at art, architecture and design, and cinema, while the fifth and final roundtable will focus on Europe's place in the wider world, with remarks from scholars of Russia, Asia, and Africa, including an anthropologist. The roundtables will take place on October 14, November 18, February 17, March 10, and April 7.


Fall and Spring, 2009-2010

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Derrida and Religion: An Interdisciplinary Conference

The main themes of this conference are the relationship between deconstruction and religious thought and the impact of religion on modern French philosophy more generally. In particular, it will bring together various sides of a current debate on the applicability of Derrida's own philosophy to religious thought. The conference will explore Derrida's use and understanding of Jewish and Christian themes, as well as his understanding of faith and atheism.


March 26-27, 2010

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Challenges of the Twenty-first Century: European and American Perspectives Series

Challenges of the Twenty-first Century is a long-running speakers series that focuses on some of the most critical issues facing Europe, the US, and the rest of the world. It draws on the European Commission, multinational corporations, international organizations, and cultural institutions to bring high-ranking officials and influential decision-makers to Harvard to discuss current global concerns. Speakers participate in an array of activities while on campus, including public lectures, meetings with students, meetings with faculty, and private off-the- record sessions. Topics include common foreign and security policy, European integration, trade policy, and the worldwide financial crisis.

In 2009, visitors include Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy; David O'Sullivan, Director General for Trade, European Commission; Peter Sutherland, Chairman of BP; Philippe Maystadt, President of the European Investment Bank; Karel De Boeck, former CEO of Fortis Holding; Jonathan Faull, Director General for Justice, Freedom and Security, European Commission; Jean-Claude Piris, Director General of the Legal Service, Council of the European Union, and Joseph Weiler, Professor of Law at New York University.

Organized by Renee Haferkamp. Co-sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, The Constantine Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and Southeastern European Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe.

Fall 2009

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The Measurement and Fostering of Societal Success

This day-long panel will feature Nobel Prize winning economists Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen, as well as Jean-Paul Fitoussi of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, as they discuss the findings of their report, commissioned by the French government, on the measurement of economic performance and social progress. In addition, Michele Lamont and Peter A. Hall will discuss their new book entitled, Successful Societies: How Institutions and Culture Matter for Health, and a final panel will convene, juxtaposing and comparing the various findings.


November 13, 2009



Moral Action in Historical Context: From the French Revolution to the War in Iraq

This conference is in honor of the work of Patrice Higonnet, who has confronted some of the most important problems in modern and contemporary French history. All of his work illustrates the continuing relevance of history written in the humanistic tradition to political life. The questions and issues arising from his studies of the French Revolution, the terror and the fortunes of the great modern republics, France and America, have particular relevance to the current moment. In May 2009 CES will host a symposium inspired by Patrice Higonnet's interest in the problem of moral action in historical context. Historians, political scientists, public intellectuals and journalists will consider this problem as it pertains to current research in their fields.

Organized by Kathleen Kete, James Livesey and Sarah Fishman.

May 29, 2009

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Futurism at 100: The measure of a century, 1909-2009

An interdisciplinary symposium.

Organized by Claudio Fogu, Ara H. Merjian, and Lucia Re

April 17-18, 2009

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Conference on Inequalities and Segregation in Large European Cities

Please see the program at: http://www.ces.fas.harvard.edu/conferences/InequalityConferenceFlyer.pdf

Organized by Edmond Preteceille, Directeur de recherche CNRS; Sciences Po - Observatoire Sociologique du Changement; Visiting Scholar, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies

February 12, 2009





American Foreign Policy, French Politics and the Dilemmas of International Relations

This symposium on the work of Stanley Hoffmann on the occasion of his 80th birthday will bring together panelists, former students and colleages to speak on issues foreign affairs and French politics where Professor Hoffmann's contributions have been seminal. Topics include U.S. foreign policy, ethics in international relations and the decline and renewal of France. In addition, the program includes considerations and revisits of the work and ideas of Stanley Hoffmann.

Organized by Peter A. Hall, Charles Maier and Ioannis Evrigenis.

December 5, 2008

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Challenges of the Twenty-first Century: Europe and American Perspectives

This long-running Speaker's Series focuses on some of the most critical issues facing Europe, the U.S. and the rest of the world. It draws on the European Commission, international organizations and cultural institutions to bring high-ranking officials and influential opinion leaders to campus to discuss global concerns. In public lectures, private off-the-record sessions and meetings with students, speakers address topics such as the state of transatlantic relations, monetary policy, global threats to public health, and energy security and the environment. Visitors in 2008 include José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission (who will deliver the Weatherhead Center's Paul-Henri Spaak Lecture); Jean-Pierre Jouyet, the French Secretary of State for European Affairs; Stavros Dimas, the Commissioner for Environment of the European Union; Alain Lamassoure from the European Parliament; Robert Kagan, author and Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Androulla Vassiliou, the Commissioner for Health of the European Union.

Organized by Renee Haferkamp. Co-sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Kokkalis Program, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Fall, 2008


The Challenges and Dilemmas of Democratization: Lessons from Europe

This conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group of leading scholars to discuss European democratization. Starting from the premise that there is currently a third generation of democratization studies, the papers move away from earlier explanations that tended to focus nearly exclusively on "class" and socio-economic change as the driving force behind democratization. Instead, the presenters will emphasize factors such as religion, ethnicity, and the transnational diffusion of ideas as crucial. In addition to the broader theoretical lessons for debates in the social sciences about the causes of democratization, the conference also aims to invigorate these debates a greater appreciation of historical lessons drawn from Europe.

Organized by Daniel Ziblatt and Giovanni Capoccia.

October 3-4, 2008<

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What's Left of the Left: Liberalism and Social Democracy in a Globalized World

Organized by George Ross, Jim Cronin, James Shoch

May 9, 2008

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The Nordic Model: Solutions for Continental Europe's Problems?

Organized by Andrew Martin & Jon Erik Dolvik. Co-sponsored by the Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies at Harvard University and the Harvard Program on Inequality and Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung of Germany, the Research Council of Norway, and the Fafo Institute for Applied Social Science, Oslo.

May 9-10, 2008

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Sex, Politics, and Culture in Contemporary Europe: A Symposium

The aim of this symposium is to investigate the role of sexual politics - issues of gender, sexuality, and family - in current debates about Europe and "European" identity. It will examine the intersections and contradictions at work in a host of coincident debates about sex, marriage, kinship on the one hand, and religion, culture, and national and European belonging, on the other. In bringing together historians and sociologists, whose work is both based in national cultures and reaches beyond them (specifically France, Holland, Poland, Germany, and Turkey), the symposium examines how gender and sexuality are central categories for representing cultural and religious differences and how they in turn operate in the construction of the limits of "Europe." We explore what internal tensions have been suppressed or occluded in recent discussions as well as how scholars of gender and sexuality can productively intervene in these debates. A concluding roundtable will put these debates in transatlantic perspective, with a comparative account of "American" and "European" secularisms and their conceptions of sexual rights.
April 25, 2008

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Schumpeter Conference

This colloquium, mounted in cooperation with the Schumpeter Society of Austria, will consider Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter's background, his theories on economics, politics and sociology, and the history of his reception.

April 18, 2008

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Challenges of the Twenty-first Century: European and American Perspectives Series
Challenges of the Twenty-first Century is a speakers series that brings high-ranking officials from the European Commission and other international organizations to Harvard to discuss issues of concern for the future of the European Union and the transatlantic relationship. Since its inception in 1996, the series has examined topics such as common foreign and security policy, European Monetary Union, EU enlargement, the state of transatlantic relations, and trade and competition strategy. In the fall of 2007, visitors include Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, Chairman of the Committee of Foreign Affairs in the European Parliament; Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank; and Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Energy, Commission of the European Union.

Organized by Renée Haferkamp. Co-sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe, and the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Fall, 2007


Global French: A New Approach to French Literary History
An international conference at Harvard University

Organized by Christie McDonald and Susan Suleiman, and sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Bacon Fund, the Center for European Studies, and the French Cultural Services in Boston. Unless otherwise specified (Friday morning sessions), all sessions will take place in Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall.

For more information, please see: Complete Program

or contact Sara Kippur: kippur@fas.harvard.edu

December 7th & 8th, 2007


Internationalizing the History of Eastern Europe
As Eastern Europe "rejoins" Europe in our contemporary political imagination and institutions, it must also rejoin Europe in our historical imagination and practice. This conference will bring together a generation of scholars of Central and Eastern Europe who are forging new approaches to European history by integrating the history of the East into a broader European history. Rather than playing the role of the straggling younger sibling of German, Soviet, or French history, the history of Eastern Europe can suggest challenging new insights and approaches to scholars across fields who are interested in themes such as nations and nationalism, war and occupation, borderlands, Empire, migration, ethnic cleansing, gender, citizenship, the environment, violence, and human rights.

Organized by Alison Frank and Tara Zahra. Co-sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
May 11th and 12th, 2007

For more information, please see: http://www.wcfia.harvard.edu/res_activities/conferences/afrank_07/program.html

Art and Empires

April 23rd, 2007

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EU at 50 Logo "Europe, America and the World: The European Union at 50"
A symposium featuring Jonathan Faull, Director General for Justice, Freedom and Security, European Commission

Co-sponsored by the Fellows Program of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
April 11th, 2007

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Muslims in Europe and in the United States: A Transatlantic Comparison
In Europe, the perception of the international and political manifestations of Islam was a significant factor in shaping the condition of Muslim minorities long before the events of September 11, 2001. In the United States, on the other hand, a political distinction has generally been maintained between Islam in the Muslim world and Muslim immigrants living in the West. Recently, however, the convergence of European and American political discourse posits an automatic correlation between the war on terrorism, internal security measures, and immigration policy. Such a correlation increasingly invalidates the distinction between international and domestic policy, and has consequences not only for the status of Muslim minorities, but also for more general issues of secularism and multiculturalism in the democratic nations concerned. This conference presents the results of a six-nation study conducted in Europe on the condition of Muslims and includes scholars who are currently working on the status of Muslims in the US to offer a comparative perspective and offer directions for future comparative research.

Organized by Jocelyn Césari. Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and French Cultural Services, Boston.
December 15th and 16th, 2006

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A Long Good Bye to Bismarck?
Countries that share a particular social protection system, of Bismarckian inspiration and based on social insurance, seem to encounter similar and particularly arkward difficulties. They also seem to be following parallel trends in reforms, with respect to timing, content, and process.
Friday, June 16, 2006

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Challenges to the European Welfare State
This workshop deals with a broad set of interconnections that have far-reaching implications for the future of the welfare state in Europe. Starting from recent theoretical approaches, papers will link ethnic diversity, xenophobia, immigration, inequality and redistribution, labor supply, and economic performance to questions of fundamental relevance for welfare states. These include how such factors condition popular support for states, how state programs are financed, and whether programs are economically viable in the long-run.

Organized by Jim Alt, Torben Iversen, and Alberto Alesina
Friday, May 5, 2006

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Small States in a Global World: Austria in Comparative Perspective
How do small states respond to increased economic and political interdependence? This conference looks at Austria and other small European states as they grapple with issues such as the impact of new political cleavages on the consociational elements of politics, challenges to the system of representation, and the adjustment of neo-corporatist wage bargaining mechanisms to European Monetary Union. The occasion for this conference is the fifteenth anniversary of the Schumpeter Program at Harvard, named for the renowned Austrian economist who taught at Harvard and was crucial in shaping twentieth-century economic thought.

Organized by Peter Hall and Dieter Stiefel
Friday, 7 April 2006

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Comparing Separations: State and Religion in France and the United States
Across the West, the traditional separation of church and state in many secular democracies is being called into question. This conference will examine the principle of secularism in light of multiculturalism and identity politics with special focus on France and the US. Bringing together sociologists, political scientists, historians, legal scholars, and philosophers, it will shed light on new political realities and discuss the debates over secularism today in the context of particular historical and institutional arrangements.

Organized by Stanley Hoffmann and Riva Kastoryano
December 9 - 10, 2005

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Comparative Political Economy Workshop
Program and papers available here. Organized by Torben Iversen
October 7 - 8, 2005



Exchanges of Ideas and Culture Between South Asia and Central Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
While scholarly attention to imperialism has greatly increased in recent years, there is less appreciation for the differentiation of European imperialism and its internal contradictions, which mirrored those of the continent as a whole in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By examining the relationship between South Asia and Europe through the lens of the broader international framework, this conference is able to go beyond the limits to understanding posed by formulations of imperialism based on the nation-state or the fixed axis of center and periphery and focus on the ways in which specific forms of encounter between Europeans and South Asians were constituted and defined.

Conference Website - www.fas.harvard.edu/~euroconf Organized by Sugata Bose and Kris Majapra
October 13 - 14, 2005