#NCPH2014 / #LabExEHNE
I. General presentation
of the Encyclopaedia
III. Which editing system
The 'LabEx'/'Laboratoires d'excellence' (Centre of excellence) are groupings of French research centres that were chosen for funding by the French government after an international peer-review process.
The LabEx Écrire une Histoire Nouvelle de l'Europe (EHNE - Writing a New History of Europe) is the reunion of five research centres from Paris and Nantes, that focus their research on Europe.
Material civilisation / Politics / European Humanism /
Europe and the World / War / Gender / Art
Middle Age to XXth century
Ex: history of oppositions to / resistances to /alternative views of
European integration (Research program 2009-2010 / Strasbourg)
Reinserting the history of European integration in the more general European historiography as a way to contribute to today's debate on the European crisis.
One of the main project of the LabEx
Trilingual (French / German / English)
Contributing to the debate about the European crisis
Many Encyclopaedias or Digital Libraries are speaking about Europe
Digital libraries about European integration or Europe in general
Thematic, multilingual, proposing inter-disciplinary and broad, transnational approaches to European history, no chronological restrictions.
The encyclopaedia is aimed at a large audience of
All entries will contain short bibliographies permitting readers to pursue the subject in more detail if they wish.
We plan to link our academic colloquiums to the Encyclopaedia. We will include PhD candidates.
Definitions of Europe are numerous:
There is an obligation to accept the multiple meanings attached to the notion of Europe...
Articulation between 'thematic' and 'factual' entries is widely accepted within the LabEx.
But defining them more precisely is difficult:
Those debates still rage on. They reflect large historiographical debates.
As the main objective of the LabEx is to provide an encyclopaedia that will be a historical tool to help us understand the present, there is a risk that entries will be outdated rapidly.
In fact, this risk is very moderate: Debates about Europe (incl. EU) are long-term debates - sometimes decades old, sometimes centuries old.
Debates about monetary policy are at least 200 years old. Strong continuity. Monetary policy as a step to a common political system against common currency as the 'coronation' of an economic and political process.
No academic jargon!
For all this, the choice of the global technical architecture is determinant.
A large audience implies responsive design
Interesting to see how this public history project, led in a country where public history does not really exist, questions academic historians / historiography, their methods, and their relation to the society.