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.
The Ascendancy of Finance
Thursday, April 25, 2019 | Carpenter Conference Room, Rubenstein Library 249
Professor Joseph Vogl will deliver a lecture on his recent work on the interdependence of financial institutions and state sovereignty in European history. Vogl is Professor of Literature and Cultural Theory at Humboldt University Berlin and author of The Ascendancy of Finance, now available in English. Giovanni Zanalda, Director of DUCIGS, will serve as respondent.
Words and Other Materials: Fascist-Era Italian Architecture and Its Historiography
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, C105, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse
On April 23rd, the Observatory on Europe co-sponsored the talk, "Words and Other Materials: Fascist-Era Italian Architecture and Its Historiography," given by Mia Fuller (University of California at Berkeley and National Humanities Center).Mia Fuller is the author of Moderns Abroad: Architecture, Cities, and Italian Imperialism (International Planning History Society Book Prize Winner), which marked a turning point in discussions of architecture and city planning in the Italian colonies, as well as of Italian colonialism.
Transatlantic Relations in an Age of Populism
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | Bolton Family Tower Room
On March 19, the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy hosted the Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland for a lunch conversation on "Transatlantic Relations in an Age of Populism." The Observatory on Europe at the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS) is proud to co-sponsor this luncheon with participation from DUCIGS director Giovanni Zanalda and select DUCIGS-affiliated students.
Friday, February 8, 2019 | Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room 153
Saturday, February 9, 2019 | John Hope Franklin Center - Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, Room 240
The Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS) hosted a workshop ‘Realism, Liberal Internationalism, History: Conceiving a New Research Agenda’ on February 8-9, 2019 at Duke University. The workshop brought together a small group of leading scholars from Europe and the United States to, first, help take stock of recent developments in historiography, and, second, conceive a new research agenda for the study of “realism” and “liberal internationalism” in the theory and practice of international relations.
The workshop is intended as an exploratory exercise aimed at the eventual publication of an edited volume of essays. The workshop was organized by Duke alumni Dr. Matthew Specter (DUCIGS/UC Berkeley) and Dr. Daniel Bessner (University of Washington).
Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9, 2019 | Gross Hall 230 E
The Observatory on Europe hosted the Graduate Conference in Political Theory on February 7-8, 2019. Professor Jason Frank of Cornell University presented the keynote address titled "The People as Popular Manifestation". Several themes in the fields of political theory, political philosophy and the history of political thought were discussed. In addition to building community among graduate students from different institutions, this conference offered participants the opportunity to receive feedback on their work from scholars in the field. Each selected student paper had its own faculty discussant drawn from the political theory community at Duke or the broader Research Triangle. The conference was cosponsored by Department of Political Science at Duke University, The Graduate School at Duke University, Duke Program in American Values and Institutions, Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies.
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 Positions; Radical 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.