International Ph.D. Seminars

Hier de subtitel

On September 10 to 12, 2014  the RSC has hosted its Seventh International PhD Seminar. This year, nine PhD students affiliated with some of the most important academic institutions in Europe (the London School of Economics, the Institute d’Études Politique in Paris, the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies in Berlin, the European University Institute in Florence, and the Graduate Institute in Geneva) gathered in Middelburg to present their research topics and preliminary conclusions to the test of their peers and the RSC staff.

The broad variety of themes and approaches made the seminar an extremely valuable opportunity for any of the participants. The PhD students shared with the RSC staff and the guest professors their viewpoints on U.S. history, culture, politics, and society. The papers they presented spanned across different fields of inquiry, ranging from post 9/11 U.S. literary production to Theodore Roosevelt’s policies toward the UK and Japan, from human rights to the global south, and from oil corporations to nuclear weapons.

The traditional informal atmosphere stimulated the debate among the participants. All of the three different panels, alternatively focused on the U.S. public arena, the Cold War, and the idea of empire, proved that the historical inquiry about the U.S. still represents a fertile and attractive ground in Europe.

Through this experience, the RSC achieved a twofold result. First, it accomplished once more its mission to foster the study of the transatlantic relations and the analysis of their historical development; and second, the Center crucially expanded its academic network and contacts. According to the students, in their own words, this PhD seminar in Middelburg had served as “an excellent platform for a thorough discussion of their work with interesting and highly knowledgeable people, in a beautiful and relaxed setting.” For all involved, this was clearly a success and we look forward to the 2015 PhD seminar.