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The Spitzenkandidat process and its implications for the UK in the EU

The 2014 European elections represent a deeply important moment for the EU, and for its member states. The introduction of a Spitzenkandidat process has created a new set of political and institutional dynamics. This piece considers the case of the UK, including the consequences of Cameron's opposition to Juncker and the nominaton of Jonathan Hill as European Commissioner.
Dr Simon Usherwood
1 October 2014
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Starts: Oct 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

From Indyref to Indignados: how passions and politics mix

As Scotland heads to the polls, this piece discusses the extent to which emotions have arrived at the heart of contemporary politics – yet we still hesitate to admit it. Emotions can neither be banished nor ignored when we discuss what constitutes political communities, how political decisions should be made and political action springs into being. Yet to embrace the rise of emotional politics without acknowledging how intimately it is and should be entangled with reason equally risks undermining just political action.
Dr Uta Staiger
18 September 2014
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Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM

10 things you need to know about what will happen if Scotland votes yes

As the Scottish independence referendum draws closer the outcome is hard to predict. Both Westminster politicians and the wider public are asking what – in practical terms – would happen if the Scots were to vote Yes. Robert Hazell offers a 10-point overview of what the road to independence might look like.
Professor Robert Hazell
9 September 2014
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Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

UCL signs agreement with Institut Français

5 August 2013

The European Institute curates the launch season 2013-14 of the new collaborative scheme, under the title In Place(s) of Memory.


We are delighted to announce that UCL and the Institut Français signed an agreement in July to collaborate on a series of workshops focusing on arts and humanities which will be run at UCL over a period of three years. The workshops aim to build on existing, and explore new, links between UCL and French academic and research organisations and to establish new directions for possible research collaborations.

Professor Michael Worton, Vice-Provost (International) and Professor Peter Delves, Pro-Provost for Europe and Central Asia, were delighted to work with Hélène Zajdela-Insel, Attachée de Coopération Universitaire at the Institut Français, in concluding the agreement. Both the Institut Français and UCL will contribute funding for the workshop series.

A Workshop Panel, with representatives from both UCL and the Institut Français, will each year invite researchers to make proposals for organising workshops. From 2014-2015 there will be three workshops each year, with each workshop based around approximately 6 to 8 participants, including approximately 2 to 3 French academics. A formal call for proposals for 2014-2015 will go out later this year. For further details please contact Professor Delves (p.delves@ucl.ac.uk).

Launch Season: In Place(s) of Memory

The European Institute is curating the first season to take place under this agreement. Under the title ‘In Place(s) of Memory’, the season has an interdisciplinary focus and, foreshadowing the upcoming centenary of WWI, aims to offer an intellectual platform for established scholars, early career academics, and the wider public on history, memory, and commemoration.

The season will comprise a two-day colloquium in October 2013, and two joint lectures given by UCL and French scholars, each with associated PhD workshops, in Term 2 (January-March 2014).

The colloquium will run on October 23 and 24 2013. The first day will comprise  a study visit to UCL host departments by the participating French academics, as well as a high-profile public panel discussion with French, German and UK speakers, chaired by Professor Mary Fulbrook, Director of the European Institute and Dean, Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences at UCL. This is followed by a full-day conference comprising several panels with UCL academics and their French colleagues.

The joint lectures will be held respectively by Prof Catherine Hall (UCL History) and Prof Myriam Cottias (CNRS) on European legacies of slave-ownership; and by Prof Michael Berkowitz (UCL Jewish and Hebrew) and Prof Delphine Bechtel (CNRS) on realism, fiction and local memory politics in post-WWII Eastern Europe.

Under discussion during this launch season will be the long-standing tradition (promulgated inter alia by French scholars Maurice Halbwachs or Pierre Nora) of setting up a distinction between history’s putatively rationalised long-term view of the past and a notion of collective memory as providing an immediate connection with the past. The programme will address a wide variety of topics and may includethe legal and diplomatic implications of recent European "memory laws"; the cultures and politics of heritage sites and conservation; literary, autobiographical or audiovisual negotiations of memory; or discussions of witness accounts and intergenerational transmission of war memories.


Further information

Further details will be announced soon. Should you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us.