Culture

Scholarly Publications

Legitimacy in the ‘secular church’ of the United Nations

February 2020

This article argues that how the United Nations (UN) conceptualizes legitimacy is not only a matter of legalism or power politics.

Heidegger Never Got Beyond Facticity

December 2019

(1) The “thing itself” of Heidegger’s thinking was Ereignis. (2) But Ereignis is a reinscription of what Being and Time had called thrownness or facticity.

The Legacy of Colonial Language Policies and Their Impact on Student Learning: Evidence from an Experimental Program in Cameroon

September 2019

The relative educational returns on colonial versus indigenous language instruction in sub-Saharan countries have yet to be decisively estimated.

Other Publications

Beyond Engaged Literature: Samir El-Youssef's The Illusion of Return

December 2017

A feature of contemporary politics is the tendency to focus primarily onnarratives , as if the story lines were more important than the events.

 The Illusions of Disillusion

June 2017

 Three-quarters of 1 percent: that was the vote tally
 that Jean-Marie Le Pen managed to eke out the first time he ran for the presidency of France in the early 1970s.

The Perils of a Masculine Upbringing: Pinocchio from Carlo Collodi to Walt Disney

June 2016

In 1937, the first full-length animated film produced by Walt Disney was released.

News

Featured Graduate Student Research: Simeon Ehrlich

November 2016

Simeon Ehrlich is a PhD candidate in the Department of Classics and, concurrently, J.E.A. Crake Doctoral Fellow in Classics at Mount Allison University.

The Europe Center October 2016 Newsletter

October 2016

 Report Published by Students Participating in The Europe Center's Undergraduate Internship Program Each summer, The Europe Center sponsors Stanford undergraduate students to complete internships...

Medieval songs reflect humor in amorous courtships, Stanford scholar finds

August 2016

Medieval courtship brings to mind images of chivalrous knights worshipping fair damsels, expressing their love for their ladies in refined and poetic language.But courtship did not play out this...

Events

CANCELED - French Culture Workshop with Radhika Koul

January 22, 2020

This week's event-- Radhika Koul presents "The Drama of our World: Spectator and Subject in Medieval Kashmir and Early Modern Europe"-- will be postponed until further notice.  Looking forward, The...

The poietic mimesis of 18th c. French and Italian Literary Portraits

January 21, 2020

Literary scholars have generally been loath to analyze description as a practice and technique; as such, it has long suffered from critical disengagement.

Mass Media and Cultural Homogenization: Broadcasting the American Dream on the Radio

October 8, 2019

 Part of the Economic History Seminar Series, co-sponsored by The Europe Center.

Projects

The Contemporary

This project examines the  “contemporary” with a focus on defining moments such as: 1945, 1973, 1989, and 2001.
English

Immigration and Integration Project

Two premises motivate the “Immigration and Integration” project that is able to get off the ground with seed money from the FSI Policy Implementation Lab.
English

Debating History, Democracy, Development, and Education in Conflicted Societies

The Forum on Contemporary Europe (FCE) at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) has launched a multi-year collaborative project with research institutes in...
English

Multimedia

The World Heritage Bluff: Comparing Vienna’s historic city center with Ephesos

May 2019

Comparing Vienna’s historic city center with Ephesos, Sabine Ladstätter discusses how a consciousness for cultural heritage, apart from touristic-economic incentives and beyond national (in many cases regional) borders, can be created.Sabine...

People

Russell A. Berman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Comparative Literature, Professor, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Roland Hsu Affiliate