Women’s narratives and European Integration History – Conference

  • Europe Direct University of Luxembourg
    20 April 2023

The conference is organised in connection with the project “The role of women in European and international relations in Luxembourg” (2021-2025), developed by the University of LuxembourgLuxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) and Europe Direct at the University of Luxembourg (ED-UNILU). 


Belval Campus | Maison du Savoir | Salle Germain Dondelinger | 17th floor

Thursday 20 April 2023 – Day 1

  • 13.00 – 14.00 –   Welcome and light lunch
  • 14.00 – 14.20 –   Opening session
    • Opening address – Simone Niclou, Vice-Rector for Research at the University of Luxembourg
    • Welcome address – Valérie Schafer, Head of the Contemporary European History (EHI) research area at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH)
    • Introduction – Elena Danescu, (Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History)
  • 14.20 – 15.00 – Women who have shaped Europe: a dialogue with Martine Reicherts, former Director General of the Publications Office of the European Union, former European Commissioner for Justice and current President of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)
  • 15.00 – 15.15 –   Coffee break
  • 15.15 – 16.50 –   Panel I, Chair: Sonja Kmec (University of Luxembourg)
    • Gender and career inside the High Authority of the ECSC and the European Commission administration (1952-1995) – Aude Foucoin (European University Institute)
    • Presence and influence? A study of female representation in the European Parliament during the European Economic Community years – Winona Kamphausen (Maastricht University)
    • Agriculture is a man’s world, but is it? Female MEPs in the Committee on Agriculture (1958-1994) – Carine Germond (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
  • 16.50 – 17.00 – Coffee break
  • 17.00 – 18.30 – Panel II, Chair: Katja Seidel (University of Westminster)
    • Capturing women’s history through documentary multimedia collections at the Historical Archives of the European Union: challenges and issues – Dieter Schlenker (Historical Archives of the European Union, European University Institute)
    • No more undocumented: On the first twelve women of the European Chamber – Simona Guerra (University of Surrey)
    • Women in international relations in Luxembourg: Pioneers and their memories – Elena Danescu and François Klein (Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History)
  • 19.00 – Conference dinner

Friday 21 April 2023 – Day 2

  • 08.45 – 09.00 – Welcome
  • 09.00 – 10.30 – Panel III, Chair: François Klein (Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History)
    • Madame Europe: Katharina Focke, the German Social Democrats and European integration – Bastian Matteo Scianna (University of Potsdam)
    • Formal and informal diplomacy: Miriam Camps and European Integration – Katja Seidel (University of Westminster)
    • Eliane Vogel Polsky – A biographical digital story – Film by Agnès Hubert  (Foundation for European Progressive Studies)
  • 10.30 – 10.40 – Coffee break
  • 10.45 – 11.45 – Keynote address – Mauve Carbonell (Jean Monnet Chair, Lecturer in History, Aix-Marseille University)
    • A world of men in three-piece suits? In search of women in the history of European integration
  • 11.45 – 13.15– Panel IV, Chair: Elena Danescu (Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History)
    • The price of “true story”: The history of European integration in the autobiographical prose of Agnieszka Osiecka – Katarzyna Hanik (University of Silesia in Katowice)
    • Aspects of the participation of Greek women in the European Women’s Lobby: Three narratives – Marina Bantiou (University of Thessaly)
    • Rethinking of European women’s effort for gender equality – Meliha Nur Çerçinli (Republic of Turkey Presidential State Archives)
  • 13.15 – 13.30 – Closing remarks – Elena Danescu, Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History
  • 13.30 – Brown-bag lunch

Keynote Speakers (by alphabetical order):

Mauve Carbonell, Jean Monnet Chair, is a lecturer in history at Aix-Marseille University, president of the Tethys Consortium of Euro-  Mediterranean Universities, director of the European and International Studies master’s degree, researcher at the UMR TELEMMe. She is  also, for Aix-Marseille, coordinator of the international Erasmus Mundus master’s degree “South European Studies” EUROSUD. Her work  focuses on the European Communities in their early days as well as on the industrial and environmental history of Europe and the  Mediterranean in the 20th century.

Main publications:

  • Mauve Carbonell, Ivan Grinberg, Francis Gutmann, un homme libre au service de la France. Entre Quai d’Orsay et grande industrie, Aix-en-Provence, 2022.
  • Mauve Carbonell et alii (dir.), Industrie entre Méditerranée et Europe, XIXe-XXIe siècle, PUP, Aix-en-Provence, 2019.
  • Nathalie Rezzi, Mauve Carbonell (Dir.), L’enseignement de l’Europe et de l’Union européenne à l’école : études comparées et expériences croisées, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2019.
  • Mauve Carbonell, De la guerre à l’union de l’Europe: Itinéraires luxembourgeois, Bruxelles, Peter Lang B, 2014
  • Mauve Carbonell, Des hommes à l’origine de l’Europe, PUP, Aix-en-Provence, 2008,

Martine Reicherts has held multiple positions during her career. She was Deputy Head of Cabinet in the cabinet of President Jacques Santer, as well as his spokesperson. She was also Director General of the Publications Office of the European Union, European Commissioner in charge of the Justice portfolio for 4 months, Director General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. Since February 2018, she has been a member of the board of the Central Bank in Luxembourg and since December 2019, she is President of the National Research Fund in Luxembourg. Mrs Reicherts is also President of the Luxembourg Federation of Yoga Teachers, member of the strategic council, University of Aix/Marseille, France, member of the board of the Alumni Europae, member of the board of the Solistes européens Luxembourg and President of the Mouvement européen Luxembourg.

Conference recording

Day 1

Day 2

Photo:©University of Luxembourg