Panel 8

Resilience and history

Thursday, 4th of february 2021
14.00 - 15.00

It is also interesting to look at the mobilisation of the concept of resilience in the context of historical studies. Indeed, this concept is indeed used to study the capacity of past political systems to adapt to shocks of various natures, be they geopolitical, economic or societal. This panel aims to provide an overview of how the concept developed in the past and how historians today use this concept to analyse past phenomena.

Jeremy Adelman is the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History and Director of the Global History Lab at Princeton University. After graduating from the University of Toronto, he earned a masters’ degree in economic history at the London School of Economics (1985) and completed a doctorate in modern history at Oxford University (1989). His most recent book, Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman (2013) is a chronicle of one of the twentieth century’s most original thinkers. Professor Adelman is also the editor of five books and coauthor, with colleagues in the History Department and elsewhere, of Worlds Together, Worlds Apart (4th edition, 2014), a history of the world from the beginning of humankind to the present. He has been the recipient of the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship, as well as recognitions for his pioneering teaching at Princeton. Chair of the History Department for four years, founder the Council for International Teaching and Research, and currently the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Jeremy Adelman is the Director of the Global History Lab at Princeton University. Currently, he is working on two books. Latin America: A Global History is forthcoming with Princeton University Press; it tells the story of what we now call Latin America as an on-going regional site for worldmaking and integration from 1492 to our days. He is also working on Earth Hunger, a study of how writers and artists, diplomats and ecologists, have been wrestling with the meaning of global inter-dependence and attitudes to strangers from the 1850s to the present.


Flore Vanackère, PhD Researcher and Teaching assistant at the GSI, member of the GTGLab, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public and Constitutional Law and a Master’s degree in European Public Law at the Free University of Brussels. She holds a Certificate of Research formation in theory of Law at the Centre of Public Law of the Free University of Brussels. She taught constitutional Law, as well as administrative Law and methodology of research in Public national and European Law. From 2016 to 2019, she has participated in various projects on History of Law at the faculty of Law of the University of Roma Tre. After having been working as a legal expert in public, economic and financial Law at the Belgian public administration, Ms Vanackère began a PhD in European institutional Law at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva. From September 2019, she has been teaching EU Law and jurisprudence at the University of Geneva and has been participating in the organisation of international academic events.


Myriam Piguet is a Doctoral Assistant at the Global Studies Institute and affiliated to the Department of General History since September 2018. She holds a master's degree in "International and Global History" completed at the University of Aarhus (Denmark) and a bachelor's degree in history of the Free University of Brussels. She is currently preparing a thesis exploring the career of women in the secretariats-general of the League of Nations and the United Nations under the supervision of Sandrine Kott (UNIGE) and Monika Baar (Univ. Leiden).


Giovanni Costenaro is a PhD candidate at the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute in Florence, where he is working on post-colonial Italy and Germany (provisional title of the thesis: ‚ÄėEurafrica and the quest for natural resources: the resilience of empires in Italy and Germany, 1950-60). His main interests include History of European Integration, comparative European history, colonial, post-colonial and imperial history. For his PhD thesis he conducted research in several archives in Italy, France and Germany, where he spent 6 months as Erasmus researcher at Humboldt University.