Sponsored Symposia

Since 2002, the Institute has sponsored scholarly symposia focused on the ideas, patterns, and challenges of European integration.

Challenges to International Marketing Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
April 14-16, 2013

Organized by Patrick Murphy (Notre Dame), this symposium will address new challenges to the theory and practice of corporate social responsibility and potential common approaches in Europe. Scholars from Italy, France, UK, Austria, Ireland, Sweden, Netherlands, Portugal, and Croatia will gather at the Notre Dame London Centre.

Cultural Networks in the European World, 1650-1815
November 9-10, 2012

Organized by Pierpaolo Polzonetti (Notre Dame) and Robert Kendrick (University of Chicago), this interdisciplinary conference of scholars from Notre Dame and Chicago universities will explore the extent to which post-Reformation European cultures, especially musical networks, constituted patterns of integration across national and confessional lines. Held in the Notre Dame building in Chicago on Michigan Avenue.

Fascisms Then and Now
October 25-26, 2012

Organized by Julia Adeney Thomas (Notre Dame) and Geoff Eley (University of Michigan), this symposium will explore the violence, visual cultures, and spatial environments of a variety of fascisms (European and Asian) in an exploration of what fascism was, how it was constructed, and what it might continue to mean today.

Origins and Legacies of Universal Citizenship in Europe
September 20-22, 2012

A symposium on the Roman Emperor Caracalla’s universalization of Roman citizenship in A.D. 212, its context and consequences, and its implications for contemporary Europe. Organized by Ruth Abbey and Sabine MacCormack (Notre Dame), this will be a collaboration with the University of Chicago, Radboud University in the Netherlands, and St. Andrew’s University in Scotland.

Italian Identities: Dialects, Minorities, Literatures
March 23, 2012
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A giornata di studi organized by a doctoral student in the Ph.D. in Literature program at Notre Dame. Opening and closing addresses by Franco Brevini (University of Bergamo) and Gian Mario Villalta (scholar and poet).

The Hospitable Text: New Approaches to Religion and LIterature
July 14-16, 2011
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Collecting European and American scholars interested in the religious concept of hospitality in literary studies, this large conference considered new approaches to the field of religion and literature. Plenary speakers included Rowan Williams (Archbishop of Canterbury), Julia Lupton (UC Irvine), and John Schad (Lancaster University). The conference was held at the Notre Dame facility just off Trafalgar Square. Organized by Susannah Monta (Notre Dame) with Mark Knight (Roehampton University), Emma Mason (Warwick University), Emily Griesinger (Azusa Pacific University) and Susan Felch (Calvin College).

Italia ‘Glocale’
June 13 – July 1, 2011
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The inaugural interdisciplinary Rome Seminar of the Italian Studies program at Notre Dame focused on Italian attempts to construct a unified national imaginary for Italy in the context of contemporary tensions between global, national, regional, and local forces. Speakers included Piero Boitani (University of Rome). Organized by Theodore Cachey and Joseph Buttigieg (Notre Dame).

New Conversations on Bonhoeffer’s Theology
April 10, 2011
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Graduate students at Notre Dame organized an international and interdisciplinary symposium on new approaches to Bonhoeffer’s work, opening new possibilities for bringing his work into dialogue with continental philosophy, interreligious dialogue, and conversations about race, disability, and globalization. Public lectures by Bernd Wannenwetsch (University of Oxford), Christiane Tietz (Gutenberg Universität Mainz) and Robin Lovin (Southern Methodist University).

From Iberian Kingdoms to Atlantic Empires, 1250-1700
September 17-18, 2010
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Organized by graduate students in History program at Notre Dame, this interdisciplinary and international conference explored new ways of approach similarities between late medieval Iberian phenomena and those of its colonies. A portion of the large conference proceedings was published in the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies.

Weltliteratur: Crossing Boundaries
March 19, 2010
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Organized by graduate students in the Ph.D. in Literature program at Notre Dame, this conference aimed to encourage and develop new research on the ways literature crosses cultural, political, national, institutional, and social boundaries. The keynote was delivered by David Damrosch, Chair of Literature and World Literature at Harvard University.

’The Center Cannot Hold’: Movement of Ideas Between Imperial Centers and Peripheries
October 11, 2009
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A three-day interdisciplinary conference organized by graduate students on historical interactions between power centers and peripheries. Keynote speakers included Felipe Fernández-Armesto (Notre Dame), Anna Clark (University of Minnesota), and Edward Holland (St. Thomas University).

The Fall of the Wall: Twenty Years Later
October 12, 2009
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An insider perspective on one of the key integrating events of twentieth-century European history. Keynote addresses by Dr. Horst Teltschik (Helmut Kohl’s national security advisor at the time) and Ambassador J. D. Bindenagel (deputy US ambassador to East Germany). ND professors Thomas Kselman, Mikolaj Kunicki, Semion Lyandres, and Alexander Martin discussed the events of 1989 with them as a panel.

The Place of Islam in Contemporary European Literature
November 16-17, 2009
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A gathering of preeminent literary figures in Europe to address the place of Islam (broadly understood) in their writing. Keynote address by Azouz Begag (France), novelist, essayist, and government minister. The conference was held at Notre Dame and included Salim Bachi, Ismail Ferroukhi, Hafid Gafaiti, Laila Lalami, Malika Mokkedem, Youssef Seddik, Muneeza Shamsie, Alek Toumi, and Robin Yassin-Kassab. Proceedings were published in the journal, Religion and Literature.

Alexander Pushkin and Russian National Identity
January 9-11, 2009

An international group of literary and historical scholars which focused on how ‘taboo’ aspects of Pushkin’s work challenges aspects of Russian national identity and raises new questions about his relationship to Russian culture. Key speakers included Caryl Emerson (Princeton University), Oleg Proskurin (Russian Academy of Sciences), and Igor Pilshikov (Institute of World Culture, Moscow State University). Organized by Alyssa Gillespie (Notre Dame).

European Identities? Regionalism, Nationalism, and Religion
October 17-18, 2008
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What do existing or new religious, regional, and nationalist identities and movements portend for the political and cultural project of European integration? This international and interdisciplinary conference was held at Notre Dame’s London facility and included a dinner address by Tariq Ramadan (St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford). Organized by Anthony Messina and Andrew Gould (Political Science, Notre Dame).

New Paradigms for Revolutionary Studies
October 6-7, 2008
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An ongoing collaboration by a team of scholars from the Université de Provence, the Université de Toulouse, the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University South Bend, this workshop was an opportunity for Francophone and Anglophone scholars in literature, history, and art to create the paradigms that will shape future research in revolutionary studies. Keynote address by Lynn Hunt (UCLA). Organized by Julia Douthwaite (Notre Dame) and Lesley Walker (Indiana University South Bend).

Church-State Relations and Religious Liberty
September 22-23, 2008
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Scholars from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, India, South Africa, Ukraine, and the US discussed these issues from their respective national perspectives in a tribute to Donald Kommers (Robbie Chair of Political Science, Notre Dame). The keynote address was given by Justice Dieter Grimm (German constitutional court) with a response by Judge Kenneth Ripple (US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit).

The Creation of Wealth: Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Views
April 23-24, 2007
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Convened to examine the impact of the Interfaith Declaration of International Business Ethics, this conference brought together a large number of scholars, practitioners and students to promote common business values, shared understandings of what wealth and corporate responsibility mean, and new ways of creating wealth. Keynote address by Benjamin Friedman (Harvard University). Organized by Georges Enderle (Notre Dame).

Terrorism in Europe: Lessons for America
March 29, 2007

With William Rapp (Europe Issue Manager, CIA), Michael Clark (King’s College, London), Brian Feeney (St. Mary’s College, Belfast), and Asma Afsaruddin (University of Notre Dame).

The Year of the Euro
December 6-8, 2002
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Co-sponsored by the European Union, this conference focused on the euro’s deput from a range of historical, national, and local perspectives. Keynote speaker: Phillippe Schmitter (European University Institute, Florence). Guest speaker: Hervé Carr (Director General of Monetary Affairs, European Commission). Organized by Robert Fishman and Anthony Messina (Notre Dame). Proceedings were published by University of Notre Dame Press.