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Benelux, Europe and the Cold War: The power of non-powers

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Veranstaltung: Donnerstag, den 30. März 2017, 09:30 - Freitag, 31 März 2017, 17:00
Ort: University of Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences humaines
Black Box
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette

Benelux, Europe and the Cold War: The power of non-powers and perspectives on the economic, social and political aspects of European security strategy in the early Cold War

 

What are the historical roots of views of European defence and Europe’s role in Western defence? How did the early European integration movement perceive American involvement in the development of a common security strategy?

This conference will investigate these and other related questions by re-examining the early Cold War US/European relationship and the role that developments in the early Cold War period played in the European integration movement. In so doing, this conference will also showcase findings which can contribute to the unification of Cold War and European integration historiographies.

The conference is funded by the FNR through the “BENELUX” CORE Junior research project and hosted in coordination with the University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History.

Registration is appreciated, but not mandatory.

 

Program

 

Thursday 30 March 2017 (from 9:30 to 18:30)

 

9:30-10.00

 

Welcome and registration

 

10:00-11:00

Keynote Lecture: “The European Union as a Security Community”
Professor Spyros Economides, Director of the Hellenic Observatory; Associate Professor of International Relations and European Politics, London School of Economics

Introduction by Andreas Fickers, Professor of Contemporary and Digital History, Director of the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History, University of Luxembourg

 

11:00-11:30

 

Coffee break

 

11:30-13:00

Panel 1: Between the Capitalist and Communist worlds: East-West interactions post WWII

Chair: Professor Andreas Fickers

“The Social plans from ECSC to ESF: a model of capitalism at the beginning of the Cold War”
Professor Andrea Locatelli, Professor of Economic History, Department of Economic History, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Presentation

“Continuité/Discontinuité: la défense des intérêts économiques en Europe de l'Ouest. Organisation européenne de coopération économique, Communauté européenne du charbon et de l'acier, Communauté européenne de Défense (1949-1955).”
Professor René Leboutte, Jean Monet Chair of European Integration History, Emeritus, University of Luxembourg (Presentation via Skype )

“La guerre civile grecque 1944-1949 et le système communiste internationale.”
Professor Nikos Marantzidis, Professor of Political Science and Political Sociology, Department of Balkan, Slavic & Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessalonik

 

13:00–14:30

 

Lunch

 

14:30-16:00

Panel 2: The Cold War and its impact on the economics of European Security

Chair: Dr. Spero Paravantis, Senior Research Fellow in International History, Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History, University of Luxembourg

“The East Economic Bureau: Swedish Business-State Cooperation and Economic Intelligence during the Cold War.”
Dr. Hans Jorgensen, Assistant Professor in Economic History, Department of Geography and Economic History, Universitet Umea, Sweden

“Le Lobbying Asymetrique De La Pologne Aupres Des Puissances Occidentales Pour La Reconnaissance Definitive De La Ligne Oder-Neisse (1945-1970)”
Dr. Pierre-Frederic Weber, Department member, Université de Szczecin, Pologne, Faculté de Sciences Humaines

“La Guerre Froide était-il inévitable? Tentative d’une réponse à travers la vision de Charles de Gaulle et de ses collaborateurs de la Grèce et de l’Europe d’après guerre”
Professor Irini Lagani, Professor of Contemporary European History, Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, Athens

 

16:00-16:30

 

Coffee break

 

16:45-18:30

Panel 3 – Post-WWII Legacies and the resulting changes in EEC member behavior

Chair: Professor Francesca Fauri, Associate Professor of Economic History, School of Economics, Management and Statistics, University of Bologna.

“Purifier ou restaurer. Les divisions de la société luxembourgeoise de la Libération (1944-1951).”
Dr. Vincent Artuso, Senior Researcher in Contemporary European History, Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History, University of Luxembourg

“Unravelling the Belgian Colonial Ideology: The Belgian Civilizing Mission in a Comparative Perspective (1945-1966)”
Dr. Frank Gerits, Lecturer in Conflict Studies, University of Amsterdam

Special presentation on methods in historical research
“Histograph. Graph-based exploration and crowd-based annotation.”
Dr. Marten Düring, Researcher, Digital European Integration Studies, University of Luxembourg

 

 

Friday 31 March 2017 (from 10:00 to 17:00)

 

9:30–10.00

 

Welcome and coffee

 

10:00-11:00

Plenary Lecture: “European Security: Past, Present and Future.”
Professor Anne Deighton, Emeritus Professor of European International Politics, Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford University

 

11:00-11:30

 

Coffee break

 

11:30-13:00

Panel 4 – Issues in Post WWII Western European politics and their impact on collective Security

Chair: Professor Francesca Fauri

“La coopération Benelux à l'égard de l'avenir de l'Allemagne entre 1942 et 1951.”
Dr. Thierry Grosbois, Chargé de cours associé, Université du Luxembourg

“Relations économiques et circulation de pratiques managériales: une analyse comparative de l’influence nord‐américaine sur le welfare d’entreprise en Italie et Espagne”
Dr Alberto Manzini

“‘To Pay or Not to Pay’: A Historical and Legal Overview of the Question of WWII Reparations, and its Impact On European (dis?) Integration.”
Dr. Spero S.Z. Paravantis, Senior Research Fellow in International History, Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History, University of Luxembourg

 

13:00-14:30

 

Lunch

 

14:30-15:30

Panel 5- Students Panel

Chair: Dr. Spero Paravantis

“Radio Luxembourg, Europe n°1 and popular culture in Western Europe during the Sixties.”
Richard Legay, PhD Candidate, Contemporary European History, University of Luxembourg

Branimir Stanimirov, Research Associate, University of Luxembourg

“Le Luxembourg et le Pacte à Cinq: enjeux, coopération et initiatives diplomatiques (1948-1954)”
Sami Agel, MA, Contemporary European History, University of Luxembourg

 

15:30-16:30

Coffee break with roundtable discussion
“How does the East-West divide continue to affect notions of European Security? How has it changed / evolved over time and what does the future of European security look like?”

 

17:00

 

End of conference

 

Link: Registration (appreciated)
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