The Great War and the Idea of Europe

International Conference

The Great War and the Idea of Europe

University College London
London, 30 July – 1 August 2014 

Wednesday 30 July

SSEES Building
14-16 Taviton Street, London
Room 347

9.00 am
Registration and Welcoming Remarks

Session 1 (9.30 – 11.00)
Representing Europe during the Great War

  • Jan Vermeiren (University of East Anglia), The European Idea on the Eve of World War One: Continuities and Discontinuities
  • Matthew D’Auria (University College London), Civilisation vs Kultur: The Struggle for Europe during the Great War
  • David Stevenson (London School of Economics), The First World War and European Integration


Coffee Break


Session 2 (11.30 – 1.00 pm)
Art and Architecture

  • Lara Day (University of Edinburgh), Constructing a National Aesthetic in the Face of the Great War: The Idea of Europe in Wilhelmine Discussions of Art and Architecture
  • Richard Deswarte (University of East Anglia), Visualisations of Europe during the First World War
  • Michael Wintle (University of Amsterdam), The Tenacity of European Self-Esteem during the First World War: Examples from Architecture and the Visual Arts


Lunch Break (1.00 – 2.30)


Session 3 (2.30 – 3.30)
The French and Belgian Discourses – Part I

  • Giuseppe Foscari (University of Salerno), Henri Pirenne’s History of Europe (1917) in the Context of the Great War
  • Antonio Tucci (University of Salerno), Durkheim Between Kant and Hegel: Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism


Coffee Break


Session 4 (4.00 – 6.00)
The Italian Discourse

  • Silvio Berardi (University Niccolò Cusano – Roma), Francesco Saverio Nitti and the United States of Europe
  • Danilo Breschi (UNINT – Rome), A Sudden Oldness for a Young Europe: Guglielmo Ferrero and the Great War
  • Marcello Gisondi (University of Lugano), ‘La Jeune Europe’: Masses, Anti-Militarism and Moral Reformation in the Banfi-Caffi Correspondence
  • Annamaria Amato (University of Salerno), From the Critique of the League of Nations to European Federalism: Einaudi, Agnelli and Cabiati


Thursday 31 July 

SSEES Building
14-16 Taviton Street, London
Room 347


Session 5 (10.00 – 11. 00)
The German Discourse

  • Landry Charrier (University of Clermont-Ferrand II), The European Project of Georg Friedrich Nicolaï during the Great War
  • Florian Greiner (University of Augsburg), Mitteleuropa– Friedrich Naumann, Central Europe and the First World War


Coffee Break


Session 6 (11.30 – 1.00 pm)
The Austrian Discourse

  • Laura Bazzicalupo (University of Salerno), A Unitary or an Undetermined Soul for Europe? Mann and Musil
  • Vittorio Dini (University of Salerno), Karl Kraus and the First World War: Apocalypse of Europe and of Humanity
  • Peter Pichler (University of Graz), On the Trail of a Discourse: Austrian Intellectuals, the First World War and Europe


Lunch Break (1.00 – 2.30)


Session 7 (2.30 – 4.30)
The British Discourse

  • Michael Burgess (University of Kent), Overlapping Concepts and Ambiguous Plans: British Federal Ideas for the British on the Eve of the First World War
  • Federico Leonardi (University San Raffaele – Milan), Spengler and Toynbee: Europe’s Unity as War or Beyond the War?
  • Ulrich Tiedau (University College London), Max Waechter’s European Unity League during World War One
  • Georgios Giannakopoulos (Queen Mary University of London), Britain and the Making of a New Europe during the Great War: The Case of the New Europe Magazine


Coffee Break


Session 8 (5.00 – 6.00)
Europe and the non-European World

  • Dina Gusejnova (University College London), What They Saw through the Magic Lantern: The YMCA’s Role in Shaping ‘Young India’ during Europe’s World Wars
  • Jeff Roquen (Lehigh University), Woodrow Wilson’s Vision of Europe: Through the Prism of Human Rights


Friday 1 August

SSEES Building
14-16 Taviton Street, London
Room 347


Session 9 (9.00 – 10.30)
The French and Belgian Discourses – Part II

  • Claudia Landolfi (University of Maastricht), ‘Everything Begins in Mysticism and Ends in Politics’: Péguy and the Republican Mystic
  • François Bordes (Institut Mémoires des Editions Contemporaines, Paris), Élie Faure, the War and the European Spirit
  • Annamaria Ducci (Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris), Élie Faure ‘le constructeur’: Arts, Politics and the European Mind


Coffee Break


Session 10 (11.00 – 12.00 pm)
The Neutral Countries

  • Maximiliano Fuentes Codera (University of Gerona), The Idea of Europe and Nationalist Attitudes in Neutral Spain (1914-1918)
  • Anne-Isabelle Richard (University of Leiden), ‘The Only Solution, European Federation’: The Idea of Europe in the Neutral Netherlands



Concluding Remarks


The organisers would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support:

The School of European Languages, Culture and Society, University College London
The European Institute, University College London
The Joint Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies, University College London
The School of History, University of East Anglia

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