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The Critical European Studies Research Group

This interdisciplinary research group in the Department of European and International Studies (EIS) re-examines key concepts in Europe through a shared lens of critical theory. It critically evaluates the nature and role of transformations in empire, nation, and class in Europe. Using a social historical perspective, we explore movements, processes of identity formation and political change in Europe during moments of crisis.

The Critical European Studies Research Group approaches the departmental research theme of “Crisis & Global Order” by examining the contradictions inherent in diverse social manifestations of European political and cultural economy during times of transition. Members of this group research a diverse spectrum of empirical cases from contemporary and historical Europe.

With our interdisciplinary approach, emphasis on critical theory, and long-standing interdepartmental links with the Modern Languages departments, this new Research Group contributes to the established tradition of EIS in exploring topics and themes across diverse European localities and contexts. It ultimately further enhances synergies between European Studies and the Modern Languages departments, and thus expands this successful cross-faculty cooperation in teaching to the realm of research and critical inquiry in European and International Studies.

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