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National integration, social security and foreign workers: The legal practice of migrants’ insurance in Rotterdam and Antwerp in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Members: Christina Reimann
Period: 2016-2018
Funding: CERGU/Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

Statutory security schemes, when introduced in the 1880s, offered a new instrument to integrate society and were part of the national integration through the law. This process contrasted with the significant migration movements of that very epoch. I shall analyse the encounter between national integration and transnationalism on a micro-level by focusing on the legal practice around social insurance of migrants at the very edge of the national integration process, that is in the “cosmopolitan” port cities of Antwerp and Rotterdam. Conceived as a social history of law and based on an analysis of legal consciousness the study shall show if, why, and how migrants were included in or excluded from social security systems and seize the experience of “law” by subaltern actors.

Cold War Holidays: The Politics of Scandinavian Tourism to Communist Europe, 1955–1990

Members: Sune Bechmann Pedersen
Period: 2016-2018
Funding: CERGU/Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

How divided was Europe during the Cold War, and how did tourism help bridge the gap? By researching Scandinavian tourism to Eastern Europe, this project studies the role of governments, travel agencies, and individual tourists in permeating the border between the two antagonistic blocs. The key research questions addressed are: why communist Europe became a popular tourist destination for citizens of the West and how tourism across the Iron Curtain helped stitch together a divided Europe. Without understanding the paradox that consumerist Western tourists were welcome in the East, we are left with an inadequate analysis of the Cold War. The project combines cultural history’s focus on tourism and the everyday life with political history’s focus on international relations and soft power diplomacy. It employs a variety of methods including oral history and visual analysis, and also makes use of the newly opened Danish Radio and Television archives.

Supranationalizing Industrial and Economic Policies: Socialists in the Consultative Assembly of the European Communities, 1952-1972

Members: Brian Shaev
Period: 2015-2017
Funding: CERGU

This project traces discord and consensus over time within the Socialist faction of the Common Assembly of the European Coal & Steel Community from 1952 to 1958 and then, within the Common Assembly of the European Economic Community from 1958 to 1972. It investigates the domestic and regional concerns that the Socialist/Labor deputies from the six member states brought to the supranational assembly and how, through cooperation, transfer, and learning, they were able to put forth a unique and largely unified position on the institutional workings of the Communities, as well as a generally common vision for the future trajectory of the European project. In turn, it will determine the degree to which a common Socialist position was balanced by centrifugal forces rooted in domestic concerns and divergent party traditions and policies.

Sidansvarig: CERGU|Sidan uppdaterades: 2017-08-29

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