Europäische Zeitgeschichte

2023 WOLS edition: The European Parliament, an institution in history – The echo of the archives

18 Dezember 2023

This lecture by Dr Étienne Deschamps (Archives of the European Parliament) is part of the Winter Online Lecture Series on Europe.

The new edition of the Winter (Online) Lecture Series on Europe will take place in December 2023 in connection with the courses “History of European integration (1919-1993)” (MAHEC-S1-M6i) and “Economic and social history of Europe after 1945: concepts, processes, actors” (MAHEC-S3-M5iii) from the Master in European Contemporary History, and the course “Democratic transitions in Central and Eastern Europe” (BCE-EU-301-04) from the Bachelor in European Cultures. The aim is to give students on these programmes, as well as the wider academic community at the University of Luxembourg, the opportunity to find out about the history and workings of the European institutions in Luxembourg from new and unconventional angles and to discuss some of the milestones in contemporary European history with people who were involved in or witnessed these events. Each session (in French or English, with a Q&A session in French and English) will be streamed via Webex and will include a presentation by a speaker followed by a discussion with the audience and the opportunity to ask questions. The lectures are run in conjunction with Europe Direct at the University of Luxembourg – a competitive European public history project co-funded by the European Union (2021-2025) – and are also open to the wider public.


18 December 2023 (9.45-11.15)

The European Parliament, an institution in history – The echo of the archives

Guest lecturer: Dr Étienne Deschamps, Historian, Archives of the European Parliament (Luxembourg)

Short biography: Étienne Deschamps holds a PhD in Contemporary History from the European University Institute in Florence and is an Affiliated Researcher at the Université catholique de Louvain. He works in the Archives Unit (Directorate for Innovation and Central Services) in the Secretariat-General of the European Parliament. He was previously a Curator at the House of European History (DG COMM) and a Policy Analyst in the European Parliamentary Research Service. His research deals with the history of European integration and of the European Parliament. He is a member of the Academic committee of the Robert Schuman House.  

Abstract: The presentation will offer a broad overview of the often little-known history of the European Parliament since it was founded, while also exploring historiographical issues and the availability of multilingual, multimedia sources and archives for both researchers and the general public.


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