Brexit: European utopia in limbo?

14. November | 15:00

Brexit: European utopia in limbo?

Central to the European idea was the new narrative of a borderless union, with freedom of movement for all European citizens, beyond traditional national narratives. The Brexit referendum and the following highly conflictual negotiations have led to profound uncertainties both on the level of European utopia as a grand historical project and of European citizens’ daily lives.

Two weeks after yet another Brexit ultimatum, the Centre Marc Bloch will look at the effects of this “in-limbo situation” from two different perspectives: the politics of historical narratives about Great Britain and Europe, and intra-European mobility and migration.

This event is part of the CMB conference series “Europa - eine Utopie in der Krise?”.


Sara Iglesias
iglesias  ( at )  cmb.hu-berlin.de



Round table 1: “Brexit, a European history” 

Patricia Clavin (University of Oxford), Kiran Patel (LMU Munich) and Christophe Charle (University of Paris 1) discuss the role of History and historical narratives in the Brexit process. How did historical narratives about the place of Britain in Europe shape the visions of Brexiteers and Remainers, and how does the outcome of the referendum and the political process around Brexit challenge standard narratives of British and European history? 

Moderation: Jakob Vogel (Centre Marc Bloch)

In English with French translation

16:45-17:15 Coffee pause


Round table 2: “European migration, mobility and belonging in uncertain times”

Nando Sigona (University of Birmingham), Michaela Benson (Goldsmiths University of London), Daniel Tetlow (journalist, co-founder ‘British in Germany’) and Melanie Neumann (Embassy of Ireland, Berlin) discuss the post Brexit-referendum experiences of different groups of migrants and their changing feelings of belonging, as well as their plans and strategies regarding future mobility and migration.

Moderation: Christine Barwick (Centre Marc Bloch), Christy Kulz (TU Berlin)

In cooperation with Technische Universität Berlin / CRC 1265 "Re-Figuration of Spaces"

19:00 Reception


Centre Marc Bloch
Friedrichstrasse 191
10117 Berlin