From the Paris peace treaties to today’s visions of a just world order

Panel 1

Federal Foreign Office

The first panel will analyze the outcome of the peace negotiations, including a re-examination of the problems that were solved, left unsolved, or newly created. The new values and standards these efforts gave birth to will be discussed, despite possible disillusionment regarding their implementation: a new international order and diplomacy, the demarcation of new borders and the development of international law and the rise of new norms, such as self-determination, democracy, international cooperation and economic exchange.

Speakers Panel 1

From the Paris peace treaties to today’s visions of a just world order
Chair: Prof. Christopher Clark

Regius professor of history at University of Cambridge

Christopher Clark is the Regius Professor of history at the University of Cambridge. His research interests are centered on the history of nineteenth and twentieth-century Germany and continental Europe. Prof. Clark’s early work focused on the political and cultural history of religion, with a special focus on Prussia and relations between state and religion. In 2006, his best-selling history of Prussia, “Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600–1947,” was published. He received numerous prestigious prizes for his work. His
latest published work, “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914” (2012) analyzes the causes for the outbreak of the First World War.
Prof. Clark problematized the traditionally held view of a preeminently German war guilt and urges for broader, European analyses of the First World
War and its causes.
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Prof. Jennifer Keene

Chapman University

Jennifer D. Keene holds the chair of the department of history at Chapman University, California. She specializes in the American military experience during World War I and is currently President of the Society of Military History. She has published three books on the American involvement in the First World War: The United States and the First World War (2000), Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America (2001), and World War I: The American Soldier Experience (2011), and The United States and the First World War (2000). Furthermore, she has published numerous essays and journal articles on the war, served as an historical consultant for exhibits and films, and as an associate editor of the Encyclopedia of War and American Society (2005) as well as of the Journal of First World War Studies. Prof. Keene served as an associate editor for the Encyclopedia of War and American Society (2005) and is also a general editor for 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, a peer-reviewed online encyclopedia and major digital humanities project.
(Picture Copyright: Jennifer Keene)

Prof. Laurence Badel

University Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris-I)

Laurence Badel is a professor of international history at the University Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris-I) and the director of the Center of the History of Contemporary International Relations, as well as the director of the International Relations Master Program. Her work focuses on economic diplomacy, European diplomatic practices, globalization, regionalization, and interregionalism between the European Union and Asia. Her recent publications include the monograph Diplomatie et grands contrats. L’État français et les marchés extérieurs au 20e siècle (2010), as well as numerous articles and contributions to edited volumes, focusing on French historiography and European-Asian diplomatic relations.
(Picture Copyright: Laurence Badel)

Prof. Achille Mbembe

University of the Witwatersrand

Achille Mbembe is a philosopher, political scientist, and public intellectual. He is a Research Professor of History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has previously held visiting professorships at Duke University, Columbia University, Berkeley, Yale University, the University of California, and Harvard University. Prof. Mbembe obtained his Ph.D in History at the Sorbonne University in Paris and a D.E.A. in Political Science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. He has written extensively on African history and politics. He specializes in postcolonial studies and is especially interested in the emergence of “Afro-cosmopolitan culture”, together with the artistic practices that are associated with it. His best-known work, On the Postcolony (De la postcolonie: essai sur l'imagination politique dans l'Afrique contemporaine, 2000), was published in English in 2001. The translation of his Critique of Black Reason (Critique de la raison nègre, 2013) appeared in 2017, and his latest work, Politiques de l’inimitié, an essay on the global renewal of political enmity, was published in 2016.

Prof. Jörn Leonhard

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Jörn Leonhard is a professor for the modern history of Western Europe at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. He works on modern European history in a comparative perspective. Some of his main focuses are the history of liberalism and nationalism, research on multi-ethnic empires, and the history of war and peace. His monograph Pandora's Box. History of the First World War (Die Büchse der Pandora. Geschichte des Ersten Weltkriegs) (2014), published in English in 2018, was critically acclaimed by both academic and general audiences. His current research projects include “Empires – Die Krise der Vielfalt im langen 19. Jahrhundert“, in cooperation with Ulrike von Hirschhausen, and “Der überforderte Frieden. Versailles und die Welt 1918-1923”.
(Picture Copyright: Jörn Leonhard)