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Europe and the Invention of Modernity

Curriculum presentation

In the search for the identity of Europe, all too often there is a tendency to look for common origins or for elements of a shared heritage.
This doctoral program in history wants to remove such preconceptions and to focus instead on the analysis of the processes that made Europe the first laboratory of modernity, and the processes that led to this phenomenon.
This is the twin conceptual core of our new doctoral programme.
Thus, we take our distance from traditional inquiries of Europe’s identity which usually involve a search for common origins or for elements of a shared heritage.
At the core of the programme of our proposed advanced study is the elaboration, from a historical perspective, of the original traits of European modernity, and of the process by which Europe was defined by reference both to the concept of and to the processes entailed in modernity.

A peculiar aspect of this doctorate is its teaching program. Four times six intensive weeks – rotating between the various partners institutions – are foreseen during the first two years, all concentrating on fundamental aspects of modern history. The rest of the time is completely dedicated to the students' work on their dissertations and to research in archives. This also means that the students – apart from the teaching periods – can stay where it is most convenient for their work.

All the doctoral theses are subject to a co-supervision agreement.
As for the first cycle, the following arguments have been/will be treated:

  1. "Ancients and Moderns", coordinated by Jacques Revel (EHESS/SUM), 1st February-11th March 2010, SUM, Florence.
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  2. "European expansion and the shaping of modernity", coordinated by Jean-Frédéric Schaub (EHESS), 6th September-14th October 2010, EHESS, Paris.
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  3. "The Modern State and the Autonomy of Politics", coordinated by László Kontler (CEU), 4 April-12 May 2011, CEU, Budapest.
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  4. "Empires, science, and the control of nature (16th - 19th c.)", coordinated by Antonella Romano (EUI), 2nd November-7th December 2011, SUM, Florence.
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  5. "Ancients and Moderns", coordinated by Jacques Revel (EHESS/SUM), 30th January-8th March 2012, SUM, Florence.
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  6. "European expansion and the shaping of modernity", coordinated by Jean-Frédéric Schaub (EHESS), 3rd September - 11th October 2012, EHESS, Paris.
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Governing Bodies

Coordinator

  • Jacques Revel, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales / Istituto italiano di scienze umane

Council of Scholars

  • Dejanirah Couto, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
  • Andrea Giardina, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane
  • Antonio Manuel Hespanha, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • László Kontler, Central European University
  • Tony Molho, European University Institute
  • Gilles Pécout, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
  • Paolo Prodi, Università di Bologna
  • Annamaria Rao, Università di Napoli "Federico II"
  • Antonella Romano, European University Institute
  • Jean-Frédèric Schaub, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
  • Iris Schroeder, Humboldt Universität

Scientific Secretary

  • Silvia Sebastiani, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales / Istituto italiano di scienze umane