Working Groups

Working Groups

Working groups bring together graduate students, faculty, postdocs and visiting scholars across disciplines to share their research in European Studies.

Berkeley ViewThe IES Research Colloquium is a biweekly forum dedicated to facilitate the research experience of the visiting scholars and visiting student researchers with an affiliation to the Institute of European Studies. The colloquium offers a space for interdisciplinary exchange and feedback on ongoing projects and pieces of work. Among other things, contributions to the colloquium can include short project presentations, a draft of a conference paper, the discussion of a part of a dissertation chapter, or a draft of an article or research proposal. We also welcome other kind of engagement with research that allows for receiving feedback from fellow visiting scholars and student researchers in an informal setting.

During the 2023-24 academic year, the IES Research Colloquium will take place every other Monday, 12-1PM, in 201 Philosophy Hall (formerly Moses Hall). All IES visiting scholars and visiting student researchers are invited to participate in the colloquia. Interested UC Berkeley graduate students are also welcome to join the sessions. They can do by sending a request to the Colloquium co-organizers Fabio Heupel Santos <> and Amy Kerner <>.

Brandenburg Gate, BerlinDer Kreis is a UC Berkeley working group for German history and culture which aims to bring together an interdisciplinary community of scholars interested in German history of the 19th and 20th centuries. Der Kreis provides a forum for both students and faculty to engage with trends in current historiography as well as to present their own research. To learn more, visit the Der Kreis webpage.

European ParliamentThe European Politics Working Group is designed for graduate students to workshop in-progress papers, proposals, prospectuses, and dissertation chapters with others who share substantive knowledge of European politics. While the group focuses on political topics, it is not limited to political science students. For more information, contact Otto Kienitz (