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European University Institute (EUI), Fiesole (Florence)

From 2014-15, we are starting a new one-term exchange programme of doctoral students with the EUI. Every year, we aim to send up to two students in exchange for receiving two of their students to visit Birkbeck’s history department.

EUI’s Department of History and Civilization specialises in the cross-national history of the whole of Europe, with an expanded focus on transnational connections and circulation of ideas, goods and people, and a new attention to the Europeans' role and place in the world. Their central concerns are 1) the interlinking of European societies and cultures, through the study of the interconnected spheres of cultural and social history, politics and economics, intellectual history and the history of science and, 2) the place of Europe in the world, which they explore through the study of empires, patterns of globalization, cross-cultural contacts, colonialism and de-colonization, and attempts at developing systems of international governance. Hence, they specialize in the comparative, transnational and global history of Europe in a long-term perspective, in order to make sense of cycles of transformation (for instance, paths to globalization), and of the sedimentation of ideas, institutions, social and political formations that define Europeans. This focus gives the EUI’s history department a highly distinctive, and in many ways unique, profile.

HEC Seminar Cassis

This exchange programme enables Birkbeck doctoral students to benefit from the unique research and teaching culture that the EUI department offers. Students can go for one-term, preferably in Autumn (September to December) or Spring (January to March) in order to maximise their stay by benefiting from a wide range of weekly research and departmental seminars that are held in the two terms, as well as the colloquiums and workshops held throughout the year with many visiting scholars from all over the world. EUI also houses the Historical Archives of the European Union, which offers rich research opportunities. The EUI specialises in the teaching of doctoral students (there are no BA or MA programmes taught), and the BBK students will be assigned a supervisor/mentor during their stay.

English is the language of communication and teaching at the EUI. However, for those students arriving in the Autumn Term, there is the added advantage of taking intensive Italian courses that are made available to EUI students at the start of their doctoral programme. In addition, there are language courses offered throughout the year in a number of European languages (mainly: French, German, Spanish and Italian).

Badia Fiesolana

Those interested are advised to check the EUI’s departmental website and then contact Dr Sean Brady ( Interested eligible candidates should contact Dr Brady no later than Wednesday 18th March 2015, for consideration of exchange sudentship in either autumn term or spring term, academic year 2015/16.

Student Testimonial

David Bryan, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London

  • The EUI's been a great experience both personally and academically. There¹s a really welcoming and friendly environment in the department and in the university as a whole. The seminars cover a wide range of topics and have given me a great opportunity to think outside of the confines of my own research and develop a broader understanding of some of the key themes in contemporary historiography. The resources available through the Language Centre and the EUI library are fantastic, and I've also had the chance to work in the EU archives and other Italian libraries while I've been here.
  • Probably the most valuable thing though is the chance it's given me to meet so many people, both staff and students, from such diverse backgrounds working on different aspects of European history. It really gives you a sense of the ideas and approaches that are motivating the next generation of European historians, as well as being a great chance to develop your own networks and contacts.