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Europaeum Summer School: The Politics of Heritage (Leuven)

14 July 2022

Debates and struggles to do with historical memory are front and centre of politics in our era. From the destruction of artefacts through warfare, to the contestation of the heritage of the colonial era, to the omnipresence of the Second World War in conversations about security in Europe, there are myriad examples of how the past resonates in the present. It is not just a question for scholars; it is discussed by activist networks and social movements from local through to global levels, and challenged or instrumentalised by political leaders. At its core are questions of power, historical justice, responsibility and moral obligation.

The Summer School, organised by the Europaeum in partnership with KU Leuven, will explore the complex issue of heritage, in both its material and ideational dimensions, with a special focus on Europe’s tangled relationship with the non-Western world in the colonial period and after. It will do so from the conceptual and methodological vantage point of a variety of disciplines, including History, Archaeology, Social Anthropology, Law, Politics, and International Relations. This, our 29th Summer School, will bring together scholars and experts from across the Europaeum network and beyond, to discuss this urgent topic over five days of talks, panels, working groups, debates, role-playing, discussions, and cultural activities.

Who can apply

We welcome applications from master’s and doctoral students from within the Europaeum network who wish to either present a 10 to 15-minute paper or contribute to the discussions. Participants will be given pre-event reading materials and join lively working groups during the event. Those not presenting a paper will be allocated a role as discussant to kick-start Q&A sessions following on from presentations.

How to apply

Please read the full details in the Guidance for Applicants page before applying. You will need to submit the following documents – all in English – to office@europaeum.org by the deadline of 18 July 2022.

  • a completed application form
  • a CV
  • a statement of purpose (max 500 words) giving details of your academic interests and what you would expect to gain from attending this event. Applicants who do not wish to present a paper are encouraged to demonstrate strong affinity with the topic.
  • a reference from your supervisor or academic advisor
  • a title and abstract (up to 500 words) if you are proposing to present a paper


The Guidance for Applicants page should answer most queries. If not, Michael at office@europaeum.org will be happy to help.

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