The Center for European Studies offers and supports a myriad of programming focused on Europe across the humanities, social sciences and professional schools. We organize international conferences, sponsor regional seminar series, and play host to distinguished European speakers and scholars. Our conferences investigate topics of major relevance to European politics and culture. We draw on Duke’s particular strengths in the humanities and social sciences to set an innovative, interdisciplinary research agenda into Europe’s current challenges and their global impact. Our program reflects our extensive international exchanges with European universities and research centers, and we ambitiously seek to form a trans-Atlantic research agenda stamped with Duke’s unique intellectual imprint.
Regional Seminar Series
In recent years intellectual history has re-established itself as a distinct and vital field of scholarship, with a new attention to the social and cultural contexts of thought as well as to language, rhetoric, and meaning. Even as the field has applied insights from a broad range of disciplines, and especially from literary studies and philosophy, its practitioners have sought an understanding of thinkers, ideas, and texts that is emphatically historical.
Since its inception in 2001, the Duke-UNC Seminar on Jewish Studies has gained a reputation as one of the more acclaimed intellectual meeting grounds in the area, bringing together faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars who discuss various aspects of Jewish history and culture. Monthly meetings discuss current work by either seminar members or internationally renowned guests. Scholars from throughout North Carolina attend, and the seminar has become the major venue for scholarly interaction among the Triangle’s Jewish Studies scholars.
A collaborative effort between Duke, North Carolina State, and UNC-Chapel Hill, the Triangle Medieval Studies Seminar offers a humanities-based, interdisciplinary forum for the study of history, art history, religious studies, literature, music, women’s studies and more ca. 50-1500, focusing on Europe, Byzantium and the Islamic world along with other regions.
The North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series seeks to foster intellectual exchange among students, scholars and the wider community at both public and private institutions of higher learning.
The mission of the Center for the History of Political Economy is to promote and support research in, and the teaching of, the history of economics.
Interdisciplinary in nature, the ultimate goal of the program is to allow students to explore from their particular intellectual perspective the relationship of the sciences, technology, and medicine to humanistic forms of knowledge.
The Political Theory Colloquium gathers faculty and graduate students from around the University to hear visiting speakers and to discuss their work. Speakers cover a broad range of topics and represent a wide variety of approaches to political theory.
This standing seminar on the “History of the Military, War and Society,” started in January 2006. The primary purpose is to provide a forum for historians working on issues relating to war, peace and society and in the field of a most broadly defined history of the military.
This seminar is focused largely on the history of early modern and modern British and British imperial history.
CES Research Scholars
The Center for European Studies also strives to create a strong and unified community of students and scholars to encourage discussion and research. To this end, the CES created a forum of Research Scholars to support research by outstanding graduate and professional students and visiting scholars, and to further deepen interest in the interdisciplinary study of Europe.