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Blueprints of Hope


8 - 9 April 2019

Workshop: The Affective Glue of European Integration

The role of transnational political, religious, and economic networks and their shared emotional vocabulary in shaping European integration (1930-’57) 



13:30-14:00 Opening 

14:00-16:00 Session I: Hope 

Chair: Dr. Trineke Palm (Utrecht University) 

Discussant: Dr. Liesbeth van der Grift (Utrecht University) 

  • Jorrit Steehouder (Utrecht University) – Hope, Fear and Exile in London: Planning for Post-War Europe 
  • Dr. Sune Bechmann Pedersen (Lund University) – European tourist experts and the vision for peace through a borderless Europe 
  • Prof. Dr. Massini (University of Roma Tre) – Powerful (but ambiguous) ideas shaping European integration: federalism and the United States of Europe 

17:00-18:00 Keynote: Prof Dr. Simon Koschut (Freie Universität Berlin) – Passions from the Past: Emotions, History and International Relations 

18:00-19:00 Drinks, Academiegebouw Utrecht 

19:00 Diner, Restaurant Oudean 


09-April 2019 

09:00-11:00 Session II: Faith 

Chair: Prof. Dr. Peter-Ben Smit (Utrecht University) 

Discussant: Prof. Dr. Johan Schot (Utrecht University) 

  • Clemens van den Berg (Utrecht University) – The Swiss Route. Ecumenical Efforts to Coordinate Communities of Ressistance in Wartime, 1939-1944 
  • Alexandra Pimor (Liverpool John Moores University) – An exploration of the use of emotives and emotional beliefs in the formulation of the founding fathers’ vision of a spiritually united Europe 
  • Dr. Cristina Blanco Sío-Lopez (University of Groningen) – Salvador de Madariaga and the ‘Solidarity of Being’: Limits and potential of a European integration blueprint in the post-WWII 

11:15-13:15 Session III: Trust 

Chair: Prof. Dr. Mathieu Segers (Maastricht University) 

Discussant: Dr. Robin de Bruin (University of Amsterdam) 

  • Dr. Albertine Bloemendal (Leiden University) – (Dis)trust as a key factor in the development of an Atlanticist Vision of European Integration: the case of Ernst van der Beugel 
  • Dr. James McSpadden (German Historical Institute, Washington) – Trust in Transnational European Parliamentary Networks, 1918-1949 
  • Dr. Yuri van Hoef (Utrecht University) – Enemies & Friends: Adenauer & French Presidents (1949-1969)

13:15-14:15 Lunch, Academiegebouw 

14:15-16:15 Session IV: Fear 

Chair: Prof. Dr. Beatrice de Graaf (Utrecht University) 

Discussant: Prof. Dr. Simon Koschut (Freie Universität Berlin) 

  • Dr. Trineke Palm (Utrecht University) – Emotional Contestation: why the European Defence Community failed 
  • Dr. Peter Pichler (University of Graz) – Theoretical considerations on the role of emotional patterns of fear, conflict and ambivalence in EU cultural history 
  • Dr. Anne-Isabelle Richard (Leiden University) – Transnational networks and existential fear in interwar Europe 

16:15-17:00 Closing statement: Prof. Dr. Beatrice de Graaf (Utrecht University)