4 November 2016, Friday, 09:00-17:00, British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH
British Academy Conference: European Union and Disunion: What has held Europeans together and what is dividing them?
: Among others, Dr Paul Stock
(Department of International History, LSE), Professor Linda Colley (Princeton University), Professor Sir Ian Kershaw (University of Sheffield), Dr Kylie Murray (University of Cambridge), Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve (University of Cambridge), Professor Dame Helen Wallace (The British Academy) and Professor Patrick Wright (King’s College London).
: Professor Ash Amin CBE FBA, Foreign Secretary and Vice-President of the British Academy
The conference explored some of the drawn-out narratives and sentiments that at different times have aided or compromised the imagining and workings of Europe, and in particular engaged with and unpack some of the constitutive stories of identity and meaning that in the past and present have helped to bring together and divide Europeans. This initial conference was not intended to be a comprehensive history but a platform for perspectives in a selection of connected themes on the nature, histories and identities of Europeans, over which disagreements are not a novel occurrence. This conference brought a theme of work on Europe’s Futures, which the Academy had announced new research funding for through a scheme on ‘Tackling the UK’s International Challenges'.
Dr Paul Stock is Associate Professor of Early Modern International History 1500-1850 in the Department of International History, LSE. He is a specialist in the intellectual and cultural history of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He is the author of
The Shelley-Byron Circle and the Idea of Europe (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and editor of
The Uses of Space in Early Modern History (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).