Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Recent News

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Journal Article: "Technology and the Era of the Mass Army," written by Massimiliano Gaetano Onorato, Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage

June 2014

Written by Massimiliano Gaetano Onorato (IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca), Kenneth Scheve (Stanford University), and David Stasavage (New York University), this article investigates the...

The Europe Center June 2014 Newsletter

June 2014

The Europe Center June 2014 Newsletter

European Union can overcome extremism vote, Stanford faculty say

May 2014

Stanford scholars say the European Union faces one of its most critical challenges after anti-EU parties made widespread electoral gains based on issues like immigration, austerity and elitism....

The Europe Center May 2014 Newsletter

May 2014

The Europe Center May 2014 Newsletter

Adam Tooze Delivers The Europe Center Lectureship on Europe and the World

May 2014

With the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War as his backdrop, Tooze spoke about the history of the transformation of the global power structure that followed from Germany’s decision to...

Book: "Tristan's Shadow: Sexuality and the Total Work of Art after Wagner," written by Adrian Daub

November 2013

Stanford associate professor of German Studies, Adrian Daub, presents a new study on German opera in his book "Tristan's Shadow: Sexuality and the Total Work of Art after Wagner."

Journal Article: "Immigration into Europe: Economic Discrimination, Violence, and Public Policy," written by Rafaela M. Dancygier and David Laitin

November 2013

The impact of immigration on Western European demographics will be the topic of Stanford political science professor David Laitin and co-writer Rafaela Dancygier's (Princeton University) soon to be...

Journal Article: "Patents and Innovation: Evidence from Economic History," written by Petra Moser

November 2013

Assistant professor of economics Patricia Moser addresses the question "What is the optimal system of intellectual property rights to encourage innovation?" in her recent article published in the ...

Stanford conference promotes new thinking on migration and integration

September 2013

Academics from American, European and Asian universities came together at Stanford University on September 19th and 20th to present their research on the large-scale movements of people, and engage...

Book: "Weill's Musical Theater: Stages of Reform", written by Stephen W. Hinton

August 2013

Music professor Stephen Hinton's study of the works by Kurt Weills, German music composer.

Book: "Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Russia", written by Nancy Kollmann

August 2013

History professor Nancy Kollmann relates the contrast between Russian law and its pragmatic application in the 17th and early 18th centuries to the country's social and political stability and puts...

Book: "Futurity: Contemporary Literature and the Quest for the Past", written by Amir Eshel

August 2013

Bringing together postwar German, Israeli, and Anglo-American literature, Professor Amir Eshel (German Studies and Comparative Literature) traces a shared trajectory of futurity in world literature.

Book: "Uncivil Unions: The Metaphysics of Marriage in German Idealism & Romanticism", written by Adrian Daub

August 2013

German Studies assistant professor Adrian Daub takes an interdisciplinary approach in this study of the development of the metaphysical concept of marriage.

Innovative leaders bridging diversity in Sweden and the West

May 2013

The Europe Center, through its Program on Sweden, Scandinavia, and the Baltic Region, has forged partnerships with those who bring visionary solutions to the challenge of diversity and...

Presidents, Nuclear Reductions and the Senate

April 2013

Steven Pifer, director of the Brookings Arms Control Initiative, points out that nuclear reduction efforts have not always been accomplished through treaties requiring 2/3 majority in the Senate.

A cloud over EUs legacy in Afghanistan?

February 2013

Training the Afghan National Police (ANP) has been the centerpiece of the EU's engagement in Afghanistan since 2007.

A Soon-To-Be Global Nuclear Leader? The European Union in Global Nuclear Politics

February 2013

Since its inception, the European Union has come under criticism that it has consistently shied away from taking full-fledged global political and security responsibilities despite its role as an...

Democracy and Reconciliation: Jerusalem conference and launch of The Europe Center

September 2012

In the midst of the “Arab Spring”, and President Obama’s push for Palestinian-Israeli peace, The Europe Center (TEC) and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute hosted a May 18-19 conference on “Democracy...

Spain's woes and Europe's

July 2012

Joan Ramon Resina, Professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures and Director of the Europe Center's Iberian Studies Program, discusses the political and cultural roots of the Spanish financial...

Conference on "History and Memory: Global and Local Dimensions"

April 2012

International conference at Stanford University May 17-18, 2012 aims to deepen our understanding of the interplay between history and memory.

Roland Hsu (TEC) on Human Rights, Gender Equality, Roma Schools, and Reconciling Post-atrocity Communities with the Arts

October 2011

Roland Hsu, Associate Director of The Europe Center at the Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies was interviewed by the Media Project on the subjects of The Europe Center's...

International Conference on "History and Memory: Global and Local Dimensions"

October 2011

The Europe Center announces its upcoming international conference on “History and Memory: Global and Local Dimensions”.

Turkey between Religion, Ideology and Politics: An Interview with Professor Roland Benedikter

September 2011

Interview of Professor Roland Benedikter conducted by Abuzar Baghi, Journalist and Editor-in-chief of the International section of Mehrnameh.