Observatory on Europe

The Observatory on Europe is an initiative of the Duke University Center for International & Global Studies dedicated to supporting interdisciplinary research, study, and discussion about Europe at Duke. The Observatory acts as a catalyst for scholarship on Europe for faculty and students by organizing and supporting workshops, conferences, panels, publications and exhibitions on contemporary as well as historically grounded research on issues related to single European states, the European Union, and their connections with other regions of the world.  Themes of interest include the aftermath of Brexit, rise of populism and the polarization of the political spectrum, refugee crisis, challenges at the border of Europe, and the economic and geopolitical interactions with the US, China, Africa, and the Middle East.

Additionally, the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies offers a graduate certificate in Interdisciplinary European Studies. The graduate certificate is open to all advanced degree students who meet the necessary requirements. For more information, please visit the IES certificate website or contact Amanda Frederick

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Pablo Beramendi, associate professor of political science, speaks about the Catalonian referendum. Photo by Megan Mendenhall

Recent Events: 

Radical Party Challenges and Realignment in Advanced Democracies

Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 2018 | Gross Hall 270

Part of the Frontiers in Political Science workshop series, this two-day workshop featured sections on Left and Right Polarization and Fragmentation of Party Systems; Radical Parties' Strategic Moves I: Selective Competition and Blurriness of Policy PositionsRadical Parties' Strategic Moves II: Position Taking on Economic and Socio-economic Policy; and Strategic Moves of Mainstream Parties Faced with Radical Challengers. The event featured over 20 scholars and was cosponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Observatory on Europe.

Modernism's Disconnections Symposium

Friday, April 6, 2018 | Westbrook 0014

This symposium explored new directions in the study of literary modernism by way of the fraught legacy of New Modernist Studies and increasingly globalized models of inquiry across the humanities. As scholars seek to expand modernist studies through multinational and translinguistic approaches, what disconnects, exclusions, and rifts are revealed? This event was cosponsored by the Department of English; the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature; the Franklin Humanities Institute; the International Comparative Studies Program; and the Observatory on Europe. 

inTransit: Arts & Migration around Europe Workshop

Thursday, February 1 and Friday, February 2, 2018 | Nasher Auditorium

The two-day inTransit workshop brought together cultural and art historians, artists, and a curator to explore the cases of expulsions and forced movement of peoples in early modern Spain and France, today's Maghreb, Middle East, and West Africa. The workshop was cosponsored by the Department of Romance Studies; the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies; the Center for French and Francophone Studies; the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies; the Nasher Museum of Art; and the Observatory on Europe.

Europe and the Crisis of Multiculturalism

Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Rubenstein 349

As part of Duke University's German Humanities and Migration Series, Dr. Rita Chin (Professor of History at the University of Michigan) discussed Europe and the crisis of multiculturalism. The event was cosponsored by the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies, Humanities Futures of the Franklin Humanities Institute, and Duke University's Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. 

What happened in Catalonia? Implications for Spain and the EU 

Thursday, October 11, 2017 | Forum for Scholars and Publics

Days after the independence referendum in Catalonia, Pablo Beramundi, associate professor of political science, and Giovanni Zanalda, director of the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies, held a discussion of the controversial referendum, as well as its implications for Spain and the European Union. The event was cosponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies, and the Observatory on Europe. 

Europe at a Crossroads: Brexit, Upcoming Elections, and the Future of the EU

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | Forum for Scholars and Publics

This panel discussion focused on the implications of Brexit and how Europe's responses to its challenges will affect the United States. Panelists included Andrea Renda (Centre for European Policy Studies), Antoine Ripoll (European Parliament Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress), Ambassador Patrick Duddy (Duke University Center for International and Global Studies), and Giovanni Zanalda (Duke University Center for International and Global Studies). This event was cosponsored by the the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies.

The UK in the World/the World in the UK

Monday, February 13, 2017 | Rubenstein Library 249

Jason Dittmer (University College London) provided an overview of his work on British foreign policy; UK/US intelligence cooperation; NATO; and the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy. This event was sponsored by the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies Observatory on Europe.