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Discussing the History of the Present with Andreas Rödder

Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The CEU Democracy Institute’s journal, the Review of Democracy cordially invites you to a book discussion on the history of the present.

21.1. Eine kurze Geschichte der Gegenwart (C.H. Beck, 2023) offers a fascinating historical analysis of our time. Its author, Andreas Rödder paints an impressive picture of how our greatly accelerated, globalized, and digitalized world has been made.

In this special panel, Prof. Rödder will be in conversation with other leading contemporary historians to discuss crucial questions concerning the history of the present.

If you are interested, you will be able to follow the discussion here.


Andreas Rödder holds the chair for Modern and Contemporary History at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. He has also acted as the Helmut Schmidt Distinguished Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, as Visiting Fellow at the Historisches Kolleg in Munich (twice), Visiting Professor at Brandeis University, Massachusetts, and Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and the German Historical Institute London. He has written seven major books, including the just updated (and retitled) book 21.1. Andreas Rödder is also a highly experienced policy advisor and political commentator.

Camilo Erlichman is tenured Assistant Professor in History at the Department of History, Maastricht University, and Programme Director of the MA in Arts and Culture. He is also the co-founder and co-convenor of the Occupation Studies Research Network, an interdisciplinary hub for the global community of scholars working on military occupation. He is co-editor, with Martin Conway, of the forthcoming volume Social Justice in Twentieth-Century Europe (Cambridge UP, 2024).

Michal Kopeček is Head of the Department for History of Ideas and Concepts, Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences, and the former Co-Director of the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena. He is the co-author of A History of Modern Political Thought in East Central Europe in two volumes (Oxford UP, 2016 and 2018), among numerous other publications.

Sonja Levsen is Professor for Modern and Contemporary History and Director of the Contemporary History Seminar at the University of Tübingen. She is the author of Autorität und Demokratie. Eine Kulturgeschichte des Erziehungswandels in Westdeutschland und Frankreich, 1945–1975 (Wallstein, 2019) as well as of Elite, Männlichkeit und Krieg. Tübinger und Cambridger Studenten, 1900-1929 (Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 2006).

Aino Rosa Kristina Spohr is the Helmut Schmidt Distinguished Professor at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC. She is also on the permanent faculty of the Department of International History at the London School of Economics (LSE). Spohr is the author of Post Wall, Post Square: Rebuilding the World after 1989 (William Collins, 2019) and of The Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order (Oxford University Press, 2016), among several other books.


Ferenc Laczó is a tenured historian at Maastricht University, an editor at the Review of Democracy (CEU Democracy Institute) and István Deák Visiting Professor at Columbia University in 2023-24. He is the author or editor of twelve books on Hungarian, Jewish, German, European, and global themes.