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The nation state in contemporary Europe: the centenary of WWI; new chances for historical reconciliation

The CEU Campus
Monday, November 5, 2018, 9:00 am – 4:20 pm

The nation state in contemporary Europe: the centenary of WWI; new chances for historical reconciliation

 November 5 2018, 09:00-17:00

 Central European University, 1051 Budapest, Nador street 15, Tiered Room 103

The year of 2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War when the principle of self-determination entered center stage and led to the creation of several European soverign entities . This international conference centers upon the comparative evolution of the nation state – as both concept and lived-in reality – in contemporary Europe. By focusing on reconcilliation, scholars and practitioners will discuss the trajectory of the nation state, since the Trianon Treaty and throughout 100 years of transformations, including but not limited to the effects of EU integration on re-shaping political communities.

9:00 Registration

9:15 Welcoming remarks

  • Péter Balázs – Director, Center for European Neighborhood Studies
  • Beate Martin & Jörg Bergstermann – Co-Heads of Office, Friedrich Ebert Foundation Budapest
  • Gábor Egry- Director, Institute of Political History, Hungary

9:30 Keynote

  • Géza Jeszenszky – Former Foreign Minister of Hungary

10:00 – 12:00 Panel I: Empires and nation states – a historical perspective

  • Gábor Egry - Institute of Political History, Hungary: Nation-states-in-the-building and imperial legacies
  • Johannes Feichtinger - Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria: Imperial past: How historiography shapes the memory of the Habsburg Monarchy
  • Stanislav Holubec - Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech RepublicDealing with the Habsburg past in the interwar Czechoslovak Republic

 Panel chair: Mária M. Kovács -Professor, CEU

 12:00-13:00 Lunch break

13:00-14:30 Panel II: The nation state in Eastern Europe after 100 years (roundtable discussion)

  • Silvia Marton - University of Bucharest, Romania
  • Balázs Péter - CENS CEU, Hungary
  • Dagmar Kusa - Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts, Slovakia

Panel chair: Valerie Safir-Hopkins - Financial Times

 14:30 – 14:50 Coffee break

14:50 – 16:20 Panel III: New ideas, new research, new historiography? Presentation of the ERC Nepostrans and the Trianon100(Lendület Grant, Hungarian Academy of Sciences) projects

  • Balázs Ablonczy - Trianon100 Research Group, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
  • Gábor Egry - ERC Nepostrans, Institute of Political History, Hungary

Panel chair and discussant: Réka Krizmanics - CEU

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