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  HEIRS (History of European Integration Research Society) was founded in the summer of 2004 by five young researchers of the University of Cambridge and the University of Portsmouth. We have created HEIRS to provide a forum for postgraduate and other researchers to overcome the “splendid isolation” which so often characterises the (Ph.D.) research and writing process.  
     
  A network open to all researchers who wish to contribute, HEIRS has from the beginning promoted a number of related goals, namely  
     
 

  • To provide a platform for collaboration and the exchange of ideas and information between young researchers working in the field of European integration history.

  • To encourage postgraduates and academics from different European countries to play a full part in our work and to actively participate in our activities which include our website as well as annual conferences and the HEIRS Essay Prize.

  • To foster the exchange across institutional and national boundaries, especially among postgraduate researchers.

  • To collaborate with as broad a range of partners as possible. Most significant in our day-to day operation is the close collaboration with the Paris-based RICHIE network.
 
     
  Team (HEIRS Steering Committee)  
     
  Brigitte Leucht is a doctoral researcher at the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) at the University of Portsmouth. She is in the process of writing her thesis on "Transatlantic policy networks and the formation of the European Coal and Steel Community, 1950-51" .
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Katja Seidel is a doctoral researcher at the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), University of Portsmouth. She is currently writing up her Ph.D. thesis which focuses on the formation of a European administrative elite in the European Communities (High Authority of the ECSC and EEC-Commission), 1952-1967.
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Sophie Huber is a PhD candidate in the International History and Politics Department of the Graduate Institute of International Studies (GIIS) in Geneva. Her research focuses on European identity discourses in the 1960s and early 1970s. After being a teaching assistant at the GIIS, she spent a year researching archives in Brussels and at the European University Institute in Florence. Ms Huber is now a training officer at the think-tank CASIN in Geneva, teaching diplomats about European Union external relations and policies.

 
     
  Linda Risso is Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Reading. Her research interests focus on the history of post-war Italy and France in comparative perspective and on the history of European integration with particular attention to the inter-relation between the integration process and the Cold War.
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Cristina Blanco Sio-Lopez is a Ph.D. Researcher at the European University Institute of Florence (EUI). She worked for the European Commission in Brussels and as Assistant at the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. She taught European Studies at the Universities of Georgetown and Salamanca. Her research interests are temporal dimensions, myth-making processes and changing discourses of European integration from the 1990s onwards, with a focus on EU enlargement as identity challenger and on the conceptual emissions of the enlargement communication strategy.
E-mail: [email protected]
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  Billy Davies is completing his doctoral thesis in the Dept of German at King's College London, examining the impact of EEC Law on the formation of a national constitutional identity in West Germany between 1949 and 1975. His main research interests are the historical development of the European Union 's legal system, as well as the role of legal-political thought in the formation of community identities and post-1945 German history.
E-mail: [email protected]
 
     
  Sebastian Lang-Jensen, MA (cand.mag) History, University of Copenhagen. 2003-2006 researcher in an Investigation commission on national intelligence in Denmark during the cold war. Currently information officer in the Danish European Movement. He has published a number of articles on the Danish left wing and European integration 1945-72.
E-mail: [email protected]
     
  George Wilkes is a Fellow and Director of Studies in Social and Political Sciences at St. Edmund's College, Cambridge. He is publishing a monograph on British attitudes to European integration before 1963. His research interests include the development of democratic institutions at European level before 1979, and changes in discourse about religion and European identity since 1945.
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We would like express our gratitude to friends and colleagues who have helped us redesign the HEIRS website. First among them are Katrin Stimpel who has provided the new logo and graphic design and Prisca Olbrich who not only has put us in touch with Katrin, but has also given essential feedback on the structure of the website.

We would also like to thank Jean-Baptiste Martin and Claudia Gnida who have patiently coached us through the technical aspects of website construction.

Last, our special thanks go to Lucia Faltin who has set up and maintained for over two years the original HEIRS website.

 

Brigitte Leucht and Katja Seidel, Portsmouth, December 2006