Political narratives in the post-war world


Deadline extension
Wednesday 8 january 2020 - 17h00

Coord.: Miguel Ángel RUIZ CARNICER (Universidad de Zaragoza), Nicolas SESMA LANDRIN (Université Grenoble Alpes)

Org.: École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid), Universidad de Zaragoza, Université de Grenoble Alpes (ICLEA4), Proyecto de Investigación del Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (HAR2017-85967-P, Universidad de Zaragoza), Programa de Doctorado Interuniversitario en Historia Contemporánea (UAM-UCM-UNICAN-UPV/EHU-USC-UV-UZ)


Deadline extension
Wednesday 8 january 2020 - 17h00

Online registration form

Dates of the workshop: 19-21 February 2020
19-20 February: Conferences and workshops
21 February: Commented visit of a memorial in Zaragoza

Place: Universidad de Zaragoza
Calle de Pedro Cerbuna, 12
50009 Zaragoza



The wave of democratization in occidental Europe after the Second World War led to the feeling that democratic political systems had reached a general consensus. After the fall of the Berlin wall and the announce made by Francis Fukuyama that «the end point of mankind's ideological evolution» had arrived, liberal democracy seemed to consolidate globally as the only political way in the long-term. Nevertheless, the raise in many countries, including European, of political systems which have been labelled as «populists», «competitive authoritarianisms» or «iliberal democracies», has shown the persistence of authoritarianisms and their heritages, a key point in understanding the birth of political alternatives of different types.

In the same sense, these last years, works by Pepijn Corduwener, Martin Conway and Jan-Werner Muller among others have revised the construction of the post Second World democratic model, pointing out how the vision of their political elite about what was democracy and how it had to be implemented could be very different across the countries. One of the main political figures of that time, Aldo Moro, declared once that the term "democracy" was a discussed concept that had to be "conquered".

This workshop intends to explore a set of issues about the European post-war political configuration, and to reflect on the roots of the present day, through the analysis of the debates around democracy, the role played by the elections, the social and economic change, the rise of feminism and the place, within society, of the memory of traumatic events. The workshop is organised around conferences in the morning, delivered by recognised specialists, which will deal with these subjects and provide a series of texts to analyse, showing their potential for future research. These conferences will be followed by a debate with all the selected candidates, and practical workshops in the afternoon, led by lecturers and instructors. The workshop is directed to doctoral candidates, master students, researchers and professors (a maximum of 20) wishing to expand their understanding of post-war societies and present political situations.

Debates and interventions must be realized in Spanish, French or English.

Keynote speakers and trainers

  • Carlos Domper
    Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali "Guido Carli"

  • Steven Forti
    Universidade Nova de Lisboa / Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

  • Marc Lazar
    Sciences Po Paris

  • Carme Molinero
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

  • Miguel Ángel Ruiz Carnicer
    Universidad de Zaragoza

  • Nicolas Sesma Landrin
    Université Grenoble Alpes

  • Christine Vodovar
    Libera Università Internationale degli Studi Sociali "Guido Carli" (LLUIS, Roma)


Practical conditions

Registration is done online using a form available on Casa de Velázquez website.

The 20 participants will be selected on the basis of their academic record, profile and knowledge of languages. Priority will be given to the applicants whose research studies fall within the main topics of the workshop. This is why they will be asked to submit a cover letter explaining the reasons for their application (max. 500 words).

At the end of the application deadline, the applicants will be advised of the results of the selection. The selected applicants will be informed of the procedures. After the workshop, they will receive a certificate of attendance.

There is a registration fee of 50 euros per student (with Paypal payment system):

It includes:

  • Accommodation in Zaragoza in a shared twin bedroom for 3 nights (18-21 February), for the applicants who request it and do not reside in Zaragoza.
  • 2 lunches

Transportation costs and dinners will be at the expense of the participants.

Access the online application form



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