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Rotating international Chair

année académique

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Ramona COMAN (Coordonnateur)

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Contenu du cours

The holder of the Ganshof van der Meersch Chair 2021-2021 - established by the Foundation Wiener Anspach - is Prof. Professor Paul Betts (St. Antony's College, University of Oxford). 
His research and publications center on Modern European Cultural History in general and 20th Century German History in particular. 
Prof. Betts is especially interested in the relationship between culture and politics over the course of the century, and have worked on the themes of material culture, cultural diplomacy, photography, memory and nostalgia, human rights and international justice, death and changing notions of private life.
His published work includes the books Within Walls:  Private Life in the German Democratic Republic (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010; paperback, 2012), which was awarded the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History by the Wiener Library, and The Authority of Everyday Objects:  A Cultural History of West German Industrial Design (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004; paperback, 2007). In November 2020 my new book Ruin and Renewal: Civilising Europe after World War II will be published by Basic Books in the US, and Profile Books in the UK. 

The chair Ganshof van der Meersch was established in 1995 in memory of Walter Jean Ganshof van der Meersch, founder and president of the Institute for European Studies at the ULB, holder of the chair of Public Law at the ULB, attorney general at the Belgian Court of Cassation and vice-president of the European Court of Human Rights. Walter Ganshof, who understood from the very beginning the potential of the Foundation, became its president after the death of Mrs Beddington. The chair, held at the ULB by a visiting professor from Oxford or Cambridge, focuses on the economic, historical, political and legal aspects of European integration or on public law.

Objectifs (et/ou acquis d'apprentissages spécifiques)

The class starts in February 2022. More information available soon. 

Méthodes d'enseignement et activités d'apprentissages

In-class discussions based on compulsory readings 

Références, bibliographie et lectures recommandées

available on the Université virtuelle 

Support(s) de cours

  • Université virtuelle

Autres renseignements


Prof. Ramona Coman 




Méthode(s) d'évaluation

  • Rapport écrit
  • Présentation orale
  • Autre

Active participation to in class-discussions (20%), presentation of the essay project (20%) & Essay on selected topics (60%)

Construction de la note (en ce compris, la pondération des notes partielles)

Active participation to in class-discussions (20%), presentation of the essay project (20%) & Essay on selected topics (60%)

Langue(s) d'évaluation

  • anglais