The Scholar in residence conference from September 23 to 25 2021, assessed the intersection and interplay between the processes of European integration and German unification in the decade from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. It sought to improve our understanding of how the two processes dynamized, accelerated, and informed each other and to identify where interpretations of causality might need to be reassessed. It also examined the logic specific to each of these two processes, and the ways in which path dependencies and other factors isolated them from one another. Concretely, the conference built on case studies and highlighted a set of issues that were particularly pertinent. Monetary integration is an obvious case in point, given the key economic and symbolic role of the Deutschmark for German unification, but also in light of parallel debates on creating a common European currency.
Prior to the conference, our speakers presented their research topics to you in the video blog below.
The conference was held in association with Kiran Klaus Patel’s term as scholar-in-residence of the Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung and the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg, with generous support from both institutions and funded by the City of Hamburg. It explored issues that are central to Helmut Schmidt’s political legacy and to the work of the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg, such as monetary policy, international relations, European integration and German unification.