2022 Edition : Winter Online Lecture Series (WOLS) on Europe

  • Europe Direct University of Luxembourg
    14 December 2022

The new edition of the Winter Online Lecture Series on Europe is organised by Dr Elena Danescu (Research Scientist at the C2DH) in the framework of the courses “History of European integration (1919-1993)” (MAHEC-S1-M6i) and “Economic and social history of Europe after 1945: concepts, processes, actors” (MAHEC-S3-M5iii) from the Master in European Contemporary History, and the course “Democratic transitions in Central and Eastern Europe” (BCE-EU-301-04) from the Bachelor in European Cultures, with the aim of giving students on these programmes, as well as the wider academic community at the University of Luxembourg, the opportunity to find out about the history and workings of the European institutions in Luxembourg from new and unconventional angles and to discuss some of the milestones in contemporary European history with people who were involved in or witnessed these events.

Each session (in French, with a Q&A session in French and English) will be streamed via Webex and will include a presentation by a speaker followed by a discussion with the audience and the opportunity to ask questions. The lectures are run in conjunction with Europe Direct at the University of Luxembourg and are also open to the wider public.

14 December 2022“Learning gender after the Cold War. Transnational circulations of feminist knowledge in post-socialist settings”


Guest lecturer: Dr Ioana Cîrstocea

Ioana Cîrstocea is a sociologist, researcher at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Researcher) and member of the European Centre for Sociology and Political Science (CESSP, Paris). Her research focuses on topics such as the sociogenesis of gender expertise in Eastern Europe, the liberalisation of higher education in the former socialist states, the production of academic knowledge on (post-)socialism, the transnationalisation of feminist mobilisations and thinking the social production and the situated uses of globalised and globalising gender-equality norms promoted by international organisations since the end of the Cold War. Her latest book is Learning Gender after the Cold War. Contentious Feminisms, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022.

19 December 2022“Interdisciplinary challenges and innovative practices at the HAEU. An intellectual portrait of Alcide De Gasperi through new sources”


Guest lecturer: Dr Jacopo Cellini

Jacopo Cellini holds a PhD in Contemporary History (2015) from the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa, Italy) and K.U. Leuven (Belgium). His research interests include the history of European integration and the impact of religion in post-WWII European societies, with a particular focus on the political culture of European Christian Democracy. He is currently a Research Associate at the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, where he is carrying out an interdisciplinary research project on the origins of the EU’s environmental policy, financed by the European Investment Bank.

Powerpoint Presentation – Dr Jacopo Cellini

Lecture recording (Password: mRQ3MjnK)

Compte rendu des débats avec Dr Jacopo Cellini écrits par deux étudiants MAHEC (André Custodio Coelho Ramos, Benjamin Juckem)


Guest lecturer: Prof. Dr Luca Ratti

Luca Ratti is an Associate Professor in European and Comparative Labour Law and Director of the Master in European Law (first year) at the University of Luxembourg. Since February 2020, he has been coordinating the Horizon 2020 project “WorkYP: Working, Yet Poor”, which focuses on in-work poverty and European social citizenship. Since May 2021, he has also been co-PI of the W@W interdisciplinary project on well-being at work, funded by the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at the University of Luxembourg. He currently holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European labour law to carry out research and teaching on the sustainability of the European Social Model. 

Powerpoint Presentation – Prof. Dr Luca Ratti

Lecture recording (Password : uS4g7NQh)

Compte rendu des débats avec Prof.Luca Ratti, écrits par trois étudiants MAHEC (Avdimetja Endrita, Bahovic Merima, Weilan)

21 December 2022“Architectural heritage and art collections at the Court of Justice of the European Union – narratives, images and symbols”


Guest lecturer: Dr Sara Afonso Ferreira

Sara Afonso Ferreira is an Art Historian in the Protocol and Visits Directorate of the Court of Justice of the EU. She studied history of modern and contemporary art at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and continued her research career at NOVA University Lisbon, where she completed a PhD on the Portuguese avant-garde in the early 20th century. Before joining the CJEU, she worked in the same field as a curator and literary editor.

Powerpoint Presentation – Dr Sara Afonso Ferreira

Lecture recording (Password: 22AmFpMw)