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Monday, August 28, 2017

The End of the Endless Frontier? Truth and Power in the Age of Populism: Lunch discussion with Peter Strohschneider (DFG)

Lecture | August 28 | 12-2 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall


Peter Strohschneider, President, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Cathryn Carson, Thomas M. Siebel Presidential Chair in the History of Science, Department of History, UC Berkeley; Horst Simon, Deputy Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Thomas Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Distinguished Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

Simone Laessig, Director, German Historical Institute Washington DC

Institute of European Studies, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the Germany Historical Insitute Washington DC, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, & Society, Center for Studies in Higher Education , Department of History, Department of German


Against the backdrop of current debates about science and populism, Peter Strohschneider, President of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) re-examines Vannevar Bush’s ideas on the public role of science as developed in the 1945 report to the President of the United States, “Science, The Endless Frontier.” Bush was an American engineer and science administrator,...   More >


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RSVP by August 25 online, or by calling Heike Friedman at 510-643-4558, or by emailing Heike Friedman at heike.friedman@berkeley.edu.



Museum of the Second World War in Poland: Intersections of History, Memory, and Politics

Lecture | August 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Pawel Machcewicz, Professor, Department of Recent Political History, Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


The Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk was opened in March 2017. This is the largest historical museum in Poland and one of largest historical museums in Europe and the world. The museum also turned out to be in the last year’s biggest battlefield in the realm of historical memory and politics of history in Poland. This project evoked the most heated debates and controversies, and the very...   More >

Thursday, September 14, 2017

War Unmakes the State? Austria-Hungary's Internal Wars, 1914-1918

Lecture | September 14 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


John Deak, University of Notre Dame

Institute of European Studies, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC, Center for German and European Studies


After decades of state-building success, Austria-Hungary collapsed totally and utterly in 1918. For many years, historians have argued that this ramshackle empire was an anachronism, unfit to live among modern nation states in the twentieth century, and therefore it was destined to fall. But such thinking ignores the dynamics unleashed by the First World War, including the state of exception and...   More >

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Transculturality and German Discourse in the Age of European Colonialism

Lecture | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Chunjie Zhang, UC Davis

Institute of European Studies


Chunjie Zhang examines the South Pacific travel writings of George Forster and Adelbert von Chamisso, literary works by August von Kotzebue and Johann Joachim Campe, Herder’s philosophy of history, and Kant’s theory of geography from the perspective of non-European impact during the age of Europe’s colonial expansion. She explores what these texts show about German and European superiority, the...   More >

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

German Federal Elections: Post-Election Discussion

Lecture | September 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Jeroen Dewulf, Institute of European Studies; Akasemi Newsome, Institute of European Studies

Institute of European Studies


On September 24, the German people reelected Angela Merkel for her fourth term as Chancellor. At the same time, the AfD (Alternative fuer Deutschland) won 13% of the vote, becoming the first overtly nationalist party to sit in the Bundestag in 60 years. IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Associate Director Akasemi Newsome will analyze the election results and discuss questions on what the election...   More >

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Porcelain in the Age of Mass Production

Lecture | September 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Suzanne Marchand, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, GHI West, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC


What happened to the great Central European luxury commodity of the eighteenth century, porcelain, when formerly mercantile firms had to compete in a (relatively) open market with mass producers of ceramics? How did the porcelain firms’ painters and modelers deal with the reality that consumers now wanted inexpensive imitations of Baroque tea sets rather than modern artistic masterpieces? To what...   More >

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The World Out of Joint - The End of the West as we Know it?

Lecture | October 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Thomas Matussek, Former German Ambassador to the United Nations

Institute of European Studies


There are more violent conflicts, civil wars, crises around the globe than ever since WW ll. New powers are testing their strength, established powers are inward looking. Global and regional governance, from the UN to the Brettonwood institutions, to NATO and EU, are under pressure. Autocrats, even in NATO and the EU, are undermining democratic institutions. What should a new world order look...   More >



Fall Tea at IES

Reception | October 5 | 3-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Institute of European Studies


Please join us for tea, savory eats, sweet treats, and conversation with our visiting scholars, students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other special friends of the Institute.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Germany's New Administration: Key Tasks and Problems

Lecture | October 13 | 10-11 a.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Patrick Keller, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin

Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, American Council on Germany San Francisco Eric M. Warburg Chapter


On September 24, Germans elected a new federal parliament. This talk will offer first insights into the political dynamics of the new administration, with particular view to the current challenges in domestic politics, transatlantic affairs and the future of the EU.
Dr. Keller is the Coordinator of Foreign and Security Policy at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin, Germany. His essays on...   More >

Monday, October 16, 2017

Nation and State Vs. Europe: When the Sum of the Parts Is Larger Than the Whole

Lecture | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Josef Joffe, Regents Lecturer, Institute of Governmental Studies

Institute of European Studies, Institute of Governmental Studies


Brexit, the endless crisis of the euro and the suspension of „Schengenland“ are the symptoms of renationalization. So is the rise of anti-European populism - even in Germany, the traditional engine of integration. As always in its 65-years history, the EU will muddle through. But for all of its resilience, it cannot not transcend the nation-state and evolve into an „e pluribus unum.“ This lecture...   More >

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Respectable Radicals and The Euro-Nationalist International: Explaining Right-Wing Populist Alliances in the European Parliament

Colloquium | October 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room


Duncan McDonnell, Senior Lecturer, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Center for Right-Wing Studies, Institute of European Studies, Institute of International Studies


Lecture by Duncan McDonnell, Senior Lecturer, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Friday, October 20, 2017

America and Germany - Old Friends or New Rivals?

Lecture | October 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Jan Philip Burgard, Deputy Bureau Chief of the German TV Network ARD

Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, American Council on Germany, San Francisco Eric M. Warburg Chapter


For decades, the USA and Germany have been the bulwark of the West. But like no other President before him, Donald Trump has raised questions about the nature of this key partnership. Shortly after the Bundestagswahl (federal elections) in Germany, TV correspondent, Dr. Jan Philipp Burgard, will provide an inside view of how the new political environment might change the translatlantic...   More >

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Knowledge of/about Migrants: Preconceptions. Misconceptions. Limits.

Lecture | November 1 | 6-9 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Armin Nassehi, LMU Munich

Julie Weise, University of Oregon

Institute of European Studies, GHI West


30 years after opening its doors in the US capital, the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI) is expanding its operations to the Pacific Coast. Please join us for the opening event of GHI West. Armin Nassehi's keynote is the first in a series of annual Bucerius lectures funded by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, one of the major German private foundations active in the field of...   More >


RSVP online, or by calling Heike Friedman at 510-643-4558, or by emailing Heike Friedman at events-west@ghi-dc.org.

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Ambassador's Story: Henry Morgenthau, the Armenian Genocide, and the Problem of Humanitarian Intervention: The Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Annual Lecture

Lecture | November 3 | 4 p.m. |  Bancroft Hotel


2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Margaret Lavinia Anderson, Professor of History Emerita, University of California, Berkeley

Institute of European Studies, Department of History


Ambassador Morgenthau's Story (1918) depicts the horros visited on the Armenian people by the Young Turk regime, as well as author Henry Morgenthau's own efforts to thwart the genocide and alert the world. A Critical reading of his memoir and of German diplomatic documents suggest his story was less straightforward. What Morgenthau really said and did in 1915 raises questions about what a state...   More >

Monday, November 6, 2017

Dalí's Origins: Drawings and Paintings from the Cusí Collection

Lecture | November 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 5125 Dwinelle Hall


Jordi Falgàs, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí

Institute of European Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese


Joaquim Cusí was a friend of Salvador Dalí’s father and he became an enthusiastic supporter of the young artist. Mr. Cusí was a successful pharmacist with no training in art, and yet he was the first one to purchase numerous paintings and drawings from Dalí’s earliest exhibitions. The works acquired by Mr. Cusí were not seen again on display during his lifetime, and scholars were never allowed to...   More >

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Future of the EU after Brexit: Implications for Transatlantic Relations from a German Perspective

Lecture | November 9 | 5-7 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Jana Puglierin, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations

Institute of European Studies, The San Francisco Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany


This presentation will cover the future of the European integration process after the German elections with a focus on the role of Germany, Franco-German relations, the implications of Brexit on the cohesion of the EU-27, the common security and defense policy, and the impact of this process on transatlantic relations from the German point of view.

Dr. Jana Puglierin is head of the Alfred...   More >

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Troubled Waters of Transformation: Shipyard Labor in East Central Europe from Late to Post Socialism

Lecture | November 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Ulf Brunnbauer, Director, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, University of Regensburg

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Institute of European Studies


Practitioners of East European labor history are at risk of falling into deep depression. Under state-socialism, industrial workers were apparently let down by regimes that claimed to rule in their name. After the end of communist rule, many workers experienced large-scale dispossession because of deindustrialization and the emerging hegemony of neo-liberalism. In my talk, which is based on the...   More >

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

‘To Pay or Not to Pay’: WWI and WWII Reparations and their Impact on European (Dis)Integration

Lecture | November 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Spero Simeon Z. Paravantes, University of Luxembourg, Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH)

Institute of European Studies


Due to the separation between the historical and legal fields which have examined the issue of WWII reparations, no generally accepted definition of their current status exists either in the historical, legal or political spheres. This lack of clarity has greatly contributed to this issue remaining unresolved until the present. In his talk, Spero Paravantes looks at the way the issue was used by...   More >

Thursday, November 30, 2017

States of Exception and Sudden Democracies in 20th Century Germany

Lecture | November 30 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Kathleen Canning, University of Michigan

Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, GHI West


This talk is an extended think piece on the forging of democratic sensibilities as states of exception collapsed and democratic political forms were improvised and invented in 20th century Germany. The focus will be on 1918-19 with comparative reflections on 1945-48. In approaching democracy as a political form defined by recurrent crises of representation, I am interested in how democratic...   More >

Friday, December 1, 2017

Europe and the Euro: The way ahead

Panel Discussion | December 1 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | N270 Haas School of Business


Barry Eichengreen, UC Berkeley; Gabriele Giudice, European Commission; Gérard Roland, UC Berkeley

Institute of European Studies, Haas School of Business


Ten years after the crisis struck the European economy, wind seems to be back in Europe’s sails. How can the European Union exploit this window of opportunity to strengthen the Economic and Monetary Union, increase the resilience of individual economies and relaunch economic and social convergence between its Member States?


RSVP by December 1 by emailing Viviana Padelli at vpadelli@berkeley.edu.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Singing the North: The Life and Work of Edith Södergran

Lecture | December 5 | 3-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Stina Katchadourian

Institute of European Studies


The life of Edith Södergran (1892 - 1923), born to Finland Swedish parents in St. Petersburg, begins in pre-revolutionary Russia and ends, a short and dramatic thirty-one years later, in Independent Finland. Practically unknown at the time of her death, Södergran now has been translated into some forty languages and is considered one of the foremost poetic voices of the Nordic countries. In her...   More >

Thursday, December 7, 2017

How East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain

Lecture | December 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Edith Scheffer, Senior Fellow at IES and Assistant Professor at Stanford University

Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies


The building of the Berlin Wall in 1961 shocked the world. Ever since, the image of this impenetrable barrier between East and West, imposed by communism, has been a central symbol of the Cold War. This talk reveals the hidden origins of the Iron Curtain, showing how the physical border between East and West Germany was not simply imposed by Cold War superpowers, but was an improvised outgrowth...   More >