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From Rome to the European Union

Political Scientist Gary Marks to Give Talk at Freie Universität about European Empires

№ 302/2011 from Sep 30, 2011

The U.S. political scientist Professor Gary Marks will give a lecture on October 19 at Freie Universität Berlin. Entitled "Europe and Its Empires: From Rome to the European Union," it will deal with the history of the European Union and state formation in the history of the European continent. The lecture will be given in English. It is free of charge and open to the public. Sign-up requested by October 12.

As part of a 60,000-euro research grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, awarded in 2010, Marks is conducting research at Freie Universität's Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science. He is there by invitation from the DFG Research College "The Transformative Power of Europe" headed by professors Tanja Börzel and Thomas Risse.

Gary Marks, Burton Craige Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is one of the world’s leading political scientists in the fields of comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. Since September 2010, he and his wife, the political scientist Professor Liesbet Hooghe, have been conducting research in Berlin-Dahlem, where they are working at the DFG Research College "The Transformative Power of Europe" investigating causes and consequences of governance in multi-level systems (multilevel governance). As part of their work in the group at Freie Universität, they have created a unique database of multilevel systems.

The DFG Research College "The Transformative Power of Europe" was set up in July 2008. It is being supported through 2012 by the German Research Foundation (DFG) with a total of four million euros.

Date, Location

  • October 19, 2011, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Henry Ford Building, Freie Universität, Garystraße 35, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem, Lecture Hall B

Advance registration is requested. Please send an e-mail by October 12 to