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  • 08

    Symposium: 1918, Europe of the Nations

    Symposium on the topic of cultural and traditional legacies.

    The fundamental principle of Europe of the Nations was represented by cultural legacies. Obviously, these cultural legacies, considered by the signatories of the Paris Treaty of Peace, could not comprehend the regional realities in their entirety. First World War meant the legitimization for the first time in history of the principle of nation-states. Theoretically, the principle has been circulating for nearly two and a half centuries, but politically and legally, has been legitimized by the First World War. One of the fundamental components of the cultural legacies that led to the establishment of these new states was the tradition of statehood. Inexorably, the principle of cultural legacy that led to the emergence of nation states in Europe could not represent the subtlest realities of each region. Harmonization of these specific cultural and traditional legacies became a responsibility of the newly established state. Consequently, the newly created states have, from the very beginning, been faced with finding institutional legislative solutions to give substance to the created political unification. Past has shown that solutions have not always been found, which is why they have always generated conflicts that can lead to disintegration.



    Opening of the event:

    Gustav Amberg (Vice chancellor, Södertörn University)
    H.E. Iulian Buga, Ambassador of Romania to the Kingdom of Sweden
    Bogdan Popescu (Director, Romanian Cultural Institute, Stockholm)
    Joakim Ekman (Director Center for Baltic and east European Studies- CBEES, Södertörn University)


    “Portrait de Clemenceau : combattant et négociateur”.

    Jean Nöel Jeanneney  (emeritus professor of History at Paris Institute of Political Studies, ex-President of Radio France, ex-President of National Library of France)

    10:00-10:30 Ioan Aurel Pop (President of the Romanian Academy, Rector Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj): reserved title
    10:30-10:50 Coffee break

    “Nicolae Titulescu and the organization of the Postwar Europe”.

    Adrian Nastase (President Titulescu Foundation, ex-Minister of External Affairs, ex-Prime Minister of Romania): 


    “The Sykes-Picot argreement and the un/re-making of the Middle East”

    David Gaunt (Professor emeritus, Södertörn University)


    “Sweden, Finland and the Baltic area during the First World War: transnational ties in a changing international context”

    Anne Hedén (Researcher, Stockholm University, Department of History)

    12:30 Vernissage of the photo exhibition of the Mission Centenaire de la Premiere Guerre Mondiale, “Clemenceau, wartime leader”, organized in cooperation with the Musée Clemenceau, Paris, at the University Library, Södertörn University.

    Time and place

    When: 08/11/18 at 09:00-13:00

    What: Symposium

    Where: Room MA 636, on the sixth floor in the main building, Södertörn University, Campus Flemingsberg

    Organiser: The Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) together with Musée Clemenceau, Paris; Romanian Cultural Institute, Stockholm and the Library of the Södertörn University

    Event language: English