Im Rahmen des Tandem-Projekts zu Transregionalen und Globalen Geschichte findet am 21. Mai 2020 eine Veranstaltung an dem Deutschen Historischen Institut in Washington statt, die zur Disskussion über die aktuelle Konjunktur der rechten und konservativen Ideologien einläd und dabei die Europa-Idee fokussiert. Das Programm der Veranstaltung beinhaltet eine Diskussionsrunde, die sich an breite interessierte Öffentlichkeit richtet. Zu den Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer zählen u.a. Marlene Laruelle, Darrin McMahon und Hannah Gais, sowie Mark Bassin und Stella Ghervas.

Workshop and Roundtable

“Right-Wing Resurgence and the Idea of Europe: Historical Scenarios, Contemporary Transformations”

May 21, 2020, Washington, DC

Conveners: Anna Ananieva and Gregory Afinogenov (Tandem-Fellows in Global and Trans-Regional History, GHI Washington)

Amid the political shocks of the last three years, the return of nationalist and conservative agendas to the forefront of the European ideological scene is unmistakable. These ideas have manifested in radically diverse ways in countries like France, Poland, Germany, and Austria, yet they share many family resemblances—from skepticism about economic globalization to the rejection of the perceived excesses of contemporary gender politics—and their proponents often express their sense that they are engaged in a common enterprise.  Explicitly or implicitly, this “right-wing alterglobalization” movement is positioned against the liberal European project of the late twentieth century. What alternative vision of Europe does it entail? What are its intellectual and political links to previous pan-European projects, like the conservative hegemony of the Concert of Europe? And how do these models conceptualize the role of traditionally peripheral polities like Russia or Britain, which have often defined themselves against Europe even as they have helped shape its history?

The one-day event includes a workshop featuring two scholarly panels and an evening roundtable. One panel will take a long historical view of the questions that inform the event, going back to the French Revolutionary era; the other will focus more specifically on the post-WWII and post-Cold War context. The roundtable will feature a mixture of contemporary and historical experts who bridge the gap between the academic, journalistic, and policymaking worlds.