International Summer School “Oral History Meets European Studies. Sources, Tools and Methods in the Digital Age”, 3 July – 6 July 2023, Maison Schuman, Luxembourg City

The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH), together with the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory (Frankfurt am Main, Germany), organises this Summer School to explore methods of oral history and to test digital tools, while it pays attention to how digital sources may shape narratives in contemporary European history.

The Summer School is geared at PhD candidates as well as postdoctoral students specialising in European History / European studies, who use oral history in their research. The programme tackles the main stages in the production, uses, and archiving of oral history interviews through a set of transversal workshops, presentations, and roundtable discussions with experts. The Summer School is enriched by hands-on activities, in which participants will test the discussed tools and methods. Students will have the opportunity to present their research projects and to receive feedback from their peers and experts. In addition, the participants are offered a guided visit to the European Parliament.

Monday, 3 July 2023

14.00 Welcome by Andreas Fickers (C2DH),  Dieter Schlenker (HAEU, EUI)  and Andreas Wagner (MPI for Legal History and Legal Theory)

14.15 Keynote by Julianne Nyhan (Institut für Geschichte, TU Darmstadt) on Oral History in the Digital Age (Chair : Machteld Venken, C2DH)  

15.30 Break

16.00 Presentations by participants (Chair: Thomas Cauvin, C2DH)

Veronique Faber (C2DH, UL)
Gabriele Prosperi (University of Naples)
Lola Cindric (EHESS, Paris)
Zoe Konsbruck (C2DH, UL)
Nicolas Arendt (C2DH, UL)

18.00 Break

18.15 Visit of the Maison Schuman organised by Victoria Mouton and Guido Lessing (C2DH)

Tuesday, 4 July 2023

9.30 Presentations by participants (Chair: Benno Gammerl, EUI)

Rafaelle de La Tullaye (C2DH)
Marco Ninno (KU Leuven)
Rebecca Orr (EUI)
Aude Foucoin (EUI)
Sebastian Eller (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

11.30 Break

11.45 Presentation by Thomas Haigh (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee & Siegen University) on What can go wrong with oral histories (Chair: Adelina Stefan, C2DH)

12.45 Lunch

14.00 Presentations of current OH projects (Chair: François Klein, C2DH) 

Exploring the European integration process: Oral History collections on CVCE.eu
by Marco Gabellini (C2DH)

Oral Histories of International Tourism: the Case of Socialist Romania and Franco’s Spain in the Long 1970s
by Adelina Stefan (C2DH)

15.00 Break

15.15. Presentations by participants (Chair: Dieter Schlenker, HAEU, EUI) 

Natalia Núñez Bargueño (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha) 
Angeliki Petridou (Panteion University) 
Kateryna Zakharchuk (C2DH, UL)
Zoe Kazakou (University of Athens)

17.00 Break

17.15 Roundtable on assets & limits of oral histories in the digital age (Chair: Thomas Cauvin, C2DH)
with Andreas Fickers (C2DH), Benno Gammerl (EUI), Thomas Haigh (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee & Siegen University), Anita Lucchesi (C2DH), Dieter Schlenker (HAEU, EUI) 

19.30 Dinner at Dal Notario

Wednesday, 5 July 2023

9.15 Presentations related to the European integration history (1/2) (Chair: Valérie Schafer, C2DH)

Memories from inside Westminster: An Oral History of the British Parliament
by Emma Peplow and Priscila Pivatto (History of Parliament Trust)

The contribution of the European Parliament to the European project as seen through oral interviews
by Michael Shackleton (Maastricht University)

Discussion  

10.30 Break

11.00 Presentations related to the European integration history (2/2)

Oral history projects for researching the history of EU law 
by Sigfrido Ramirez (MPI for Legal History and Legal Theory)

Pioneering Women in Luxembourg’s International Relations: New Oral History Insights
by Elena Danescu (C2DH) 

Discussion  

12.15 Lunch

14.00 Visit of the former hemicycle of the European Parliament (Schuman building) by Étienne Deschamps, European Parliament/Parliamentary Research Service

15.30 Guided tour of the city, including European-themed buildings (tour sponsored by the EDIC)

(Departure from the hemicycle of the European Parliament)

Thursday, 6 July 2023

9.15 Presentations by participants (Chair: Anselm Küsters, MPI for Legal History and Legal Theory; Humboldt University, Berlin; Centre for European Policy, Berlin)

Alaz Okudan (Hacettepe University)
Nathalie Fridzema (Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture, ICOG)
Carmen Noguera (C2DH, UL)
Ewa Swietlik (C2DH, UL)

11.00 Break

11.15 Presentations of current OH projects (Chair: Cécile Duval, C2DH)

Defending national interests through multilateralism: an oral history of Luxembourg diplomacy 
by François Klein (C2DH)

24.02.22, 5am: Testimonies from the War 
by Machteld Venken and Alexandre Germain (C2DH)

Oral-History.Digital. A curation and research platform for interview collections
by Cord Pagenstecher (Freie Universität Berlin, University Library)

Applying distant reading to oral histories of the COVID crisis 
by Valérie Schafer and Frédéric Clavert (C2DH)

13.00 Lunch

14.15-16.00 Demo of digital tools 
Three parallel sessions of 45 mns (x 2) that allow each participant to follow 2 demos

CatDV : a Media Asset Management platform for Interviews
by François Klein and Alexandre Germain (C2DH)

Automatic speech-to-text transcription
by Machteld Venken (C2DH)

What to do with transcripts: Annotation and Analyses (CAQDAS and TEI)
by Andreas Wagner  (MPI for Legal History and Legal Theory)

Oral-History.Digital. A curation and research platform for interview collections
by Cord Pagenstecher (Freie Universität Berlin, University Library)

16.00 Short concluding remarks

Organisation of the summer school 

Selection Committee : Andreas Fickers (C2DH, University of Luxembourg), Elena Danescu (C2DH, University of Luxembourg), Machteld Venken (C2DH, University of Luxembourg), Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol (EUI, Firenze), Benno Gammerl (EUI, Firenze), Dieter Schlenker (HAEU, EUI, Firenze), Anselm Küsters (MPI for Legal History and Legal Theory, Frankfurt am Main; Humboldt University, Berlin; Centre for European Policy, Berlin), Sigfrido Ramirez (MPI for Legal History and Legal Theory, Frankfurt am Main), Andreas Wagner (MPI for Legal History and Legal Theory, Frankfurt am Main)

Organising committee at C2DH: Thomas Cauvin, Cécile Duval, François Klein, Sofia Magalhaes, Brigitte Melchior-Dolenc, Victoria Mouton, Valérie Schafer, Adelina Stefan

We are also thankful to the University of Luxembourg’s Robert Schuman Initiative, which supported the early stages of the project, and to EDIC (Europe Direct), University of Luxembourg, for its material support to the Summer School.