Prof. Dr. Wolfram Kaiser

Research Fellow

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Tel: +49 (0)203 379-5261
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Seit 10/2000

University of Portsmouth, England

Professor of European Studies (Chair)

03/2018 – 02/2019

European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Visiting Research Fellow and Part-time professor

09/2013 – 08/2016

Free University of Berlin, Kolleg-Forschergruppe Transformative Power of Europe

Visiting Research Fellow

2013 – 2015

Institut d’Études Politiques, Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France

Visiting Professor

02/2011 – 01/2012

Free University of Berlin, Kolleg-Forschergruppe Transformative Power of Europe

Visiting Research Fellow

09/2010 – 01/2011

Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Wassenaar, Netherlands

Visiting Research Fellow

04/2009 – 07/2009

Europa Institute, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Visiting Research Fellow

Since 2006

University of Trondheim, Norway

Visiting Professor

2003 – 2018

University of Bonn, Germany

Visiting Professor

Since 1996

College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium

Visiting Professor


Prof. Dr. Wolfram Kaiser forscht von Juni 2019 bis Mai 2020 als Research Fellow im Forschungsbereich "Pathways and Mechanisms of Global Cooperation“ am Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research.

Forschungsprojekt am Centre

Transnational Integration and Democracy Narratives: Dynamics in European Cooperation in Historical Perspective

My research project consists of two strands and an experimental element, which could hopefully help advance research about pathways and mechanisms of cooperation within and beyond Europe. The first strand builds on my own (past and ongoing) and other (published) research on European and global cooperation in long-term historical perspective. This research aims to identify vectors of continuity and change in such cooperation in historical perspective. The second strand builds on my current research and has a more clearly delineated empirical focus to generate in-depth data about what could be called shorter defining periods of controversial and partly transnational debate about the desirable character of European cooperation. This research seeks to connect in a fruitful manner my interests in transnational actors and integration and in narratives, or ways of telling stories about, new forms of ‘cooperative’ democracy developed to define and through emotive appeals, legitimize (or de-legitimize) European cooperation and integration. This strand will focus on the European Parliament as a platform for transnational cooperation, socialization and contestation among political parties and other societal actors debating the nature and rationale for the future development of the existing set of institutions. I also hope to advance research on the role of European societal actors in promoting and diffusing democracy, human rights, and regional cooperation and integration during the period from the 1960s through to the 1990s, which could involve an exploratory workshop to be organized in 2020.

Academic Consultancy

Membership of Boards of Institutes/Organizations

  • Collaborator, Laureate Research Program in International History, University of Sydney, since 2016 (Prof. Glenda Sluga)
  • Member, Scientific Committee, Forum of Archives and Research on Christian Democracy, since 2014
  • Member, Advisory Board, KU Leuven Centre for European Studies, since 2013
  • Senior Fellow, Center for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn, since 2009
  • Member of the Academic Board, Herbert Batliner Institute for Research into European Politics and History, Salzburg, 2005-2012
  • Member of the Jury, HSK History Book Prize, 2007-2009
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Réseau International de jeunes Chercheurs en Histoire de l’Intégration Européenne (RICHIE), 2006-07

Membership of Editorial Boards

  • Contemporary British History, 1996-2005

Referee for Journals

· Contemporary British History / Contemporary European History / Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research / Diplomacy & Statecraft / Enterprise & Society / European History Quarterly / European Review of History / International History Review / Journal of Common Market Studies / Journal of Comparative Politics / Journal of Contemporary History / Journal of European Integration History / Journal of Modern History / Journal of European Public Policy / Journal of Public Policy / Journal of Religious History / Minerva / Museum Anthropology / National Identities / Party Politics / Politique Européenne / Politische Vierteljahrschrift

Reviewing of Book Proposals and Manuscripts

  • Berghahn / Cambridge UP / Edward Arnold / Palgrave / Routledge / Toronto UP

Promotion Panels

  • University of Central Lancashire, LSE

External Examining (PhD / Habilitation)

  • Australia: University of New England; Germany: University of Siegen; United Kingdom: LSE, Queens University Belfast; USA: University of Pittsburgh

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Hidden Integration. Continuities in European Cooperation in the Twentieth Century, special issue vol. 27, no. 1, 2018 of Contemporary European History (with K.K. Patel).

Executive Autonomy and Neo-Corporatist Concertation: Transnational Governance Practices in the European Steel Sector, Contemporary European History, Contemporary European History, vol. 27, no. 2 (2018), 239-257.

Continuity and Change in European Co-operation during the Twentieth Century, Contemporary European History, vol. 27, no. 2 (2018), 165-182.

International Organizations and Holocaust Remembrance: From Europe to the World, International Journal of Cultural Policy 2018, DOI: 10.1080/10286632.2018.1433667 (with A. Storeide).

Cooperation and Competition among International Organisations in European Integration (special issue vol. 24, no. 3, 2017 of European Review of History (with K.K. Patel).

Narrating European Integration: Actors and Stories, special issue vol. 19, no. 2, 2017 of National Identities (with R. McMahon).

International Organizations and Environmental Protection: Conservation and Globalisation in the Twentieth Century, Berghahn, New York 2017 (ed. with J.H Meyer).

Multiple Connections in European Cooperation: International Organizations, Policy Ideas, Practices and Transfers 1967–1992, European Review of History, vol. 24, no. 3 (2017), 337-357, DOI: 10.1080/13507486.2017.1282431 (with K.K. Patel).

One narrative or several? Politics, cultural elites, and citizens in constructing a ‘New Narrative for Europe’, National Identities, vol. 19, no. 2 (2017), 215-230 (DOI: 10.1080/14608944.2016.1265491).

Narrating European Integration: Transnational Actors and Stories, National Identities vol. 19, no. 2 (2017), 149-160 (with R. McMahon, DOI: 10.1080/14608944.2016.1274722).

Limits of Cultural Engineering: Actors and Narratives in the European Parliament’s House of European History Project, Journal of Common Market Studies vol. 55, no. 3 (2017), 518-534 (DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12475, 2017).

Setting Agendas, Building Institutions, and Shaping Binding International Commitments: Conclusions, in: Wolfram Kaiser and Jan-Henrik Meyer (eds), International Organizations and Environmental Protection. Conservation and Globalization in the Twentieth Century, New York: Berghahn, 2017, 317-332.

International Organisations and Environmental Protection in the Global Twentieth Century: Introduction, in: Wolfram Kaiser and Jan-Henrik Meyer (eds), International Organisations and Environmental Protection. Conservation and Globalization in the Twentieth Century, New York: Berghahn, 2017, 1-29.

Sometimes it’s the Economy, Stupid! International Organizations, Steel and the Environment, in: Wolfram Kaiser and Jan-Henrik Meyer (eds), International Organizations and Environmental Protection. Conservation and Globalization in the Twentieth Century, New York: Berghahn, 2017, 153-181.

Das Europa der „Äußeren Sieben“: Die „surcharge“-Krise der Europäischen Freihandelsgemeinschaft im Herbst 1964, in: Rüdiger Hohls and Hartmut Kaelble (eds), Geschichte der europäischen Integration, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2016, 143-150.

Clash of Cultures: Two Milieus in the European Union’s “A New Narrative for Europe” Project, Journal of Contemporary European Studies vol. 23, no. 3 (2015), 364-377 (DOI: 10.1080/14782804.2015.1018876)