The Scholar in residence conference from 23 to 25 September 2021 assesses 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 seeks 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 will also examine 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 will build on case studies and highlight 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.
In the video blog below, our speakers present their research topics to you.
The conference will be 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 will explore 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.