16 episodes

The EuroStorie Podcast presents you with fresh and intriguing perspectives on European issues. In every episode we interview one specialist and focus on a certain topic related to Europe, its history, people, problems, institutions and futures.

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The EuroStorie Podcast presents you with fresh and intriguing perspectives on European issues. In every episode we interview one specialist and focus on a certain topic related to Europe, its history, people, problems, institutions and futures.

    Sovereignty, Time, and the Death of Empire in Europe

    Sovereignty, Time, and the Death of Empire in Europe

    In the last episode of this EuroStorie Podcast season, we get to talk with Natasha Wheatley about the relationship between law, time, and the state. How do we understand a sovereign state as being both a ”timeless” as well as a ”historical” political entity? What happens when a sovereign political entity suddenly dies? How does law relate to these questions? And can sovereignty transfigure time through international law? We explore these questions against the backdrop of 19th century Europe by focusing on some of the events that subsequently ensued: the collapse of the Habsburg Empire after the First World War and the process of decolonization after the Second World War.



    This project is supported by the Academy of Finland funded Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives. Podcast hosts: Aada Pettersson and Floris van Doorn.

    • 37 min
    What is biopolitics?

    What is biopolitics?

    In this episode of the EuroStorie Podcast, we get to know Marco Piasentier, the new team leader of Subproject 2, Discovering the Limits of Reason – Europe and the Crisis of Universalism, who helps us unpack the concept of biopolitics. Drawing from the enquiries developed by Michel Foucault in the 1970s, biopolitics refers to perspectives concerned with the entrance of biological life into the sphere of political techniques. We ask questions such as: How has biopolitics emerged in the course of European history? And what is the relationship between biopolitics and the revolutions in scientific thought that occurred during the 16th and 17th centuries? Exploring the meaning of biopolitics in the present day and age, we also discuss its relevance to contemporary debates on the Covid pandemic and climate change.

    This project is supported by the Academy of Finland funded Centre of Excellence in Law, History and the European Narratives. Podcast hosts: Aada Pettersson and Floris van Doorn.

    • 33 min
    Legal Imagination and the History of International Power

    Legal Imagination and the History of International Power

    In this episode of the EuroStorie Podcast we talk to Martti Koskenniemi about legal imagination and how it relates to the formation of international law as a discipline. Additionally, we discuss the different ways the basic structures of international power – sovereignty and property – have been conceptualized, and how the history of legal imagination can help us better understand the nature of these concepts and their uses.

    This project is supported by the Academy of Finland funded Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives. Podcast hosts: Aada Pettersson and Karolina Stenlund.

    • 32 min
    Socialist Justice in the GDR

    Socialist Justice in the GDR

    In this first episode of the new EuroStorie Podcast season we dive into the history of East Germany, more specifically we tackle some of the narratives when trying to conceptualize “socialist justice” in the GDR. How did the judicial system of the GDR come into being? How did the GDR manage to engage people in upholding and supporting the moral values of the socialist legal system? More importantly, what role does the socialist “legal consciousness” (Rechtsbewusstsein) play in legal practice? University researcher and EuroStorie team leader Ville Erkkilä helps us answer these questions by giving perspectives on socialist justice through the examples of social courts and law on the protection of common property.

    This project is supported by the Academy of Finland funded Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives. Podcast hosts: Aada Pettersson and Floris van Doorn.

    • 28 min
    What is Sustainability? An Anthropologist’s Guide to Culture and the Environment

    What is Sustainability? An Anthropologist’s Guide to Culture and the Environment

    Sustainability is a key goal in much contemporary social and political decision-making, from EU climate policy to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. But the term has many different meanings and uses. In this episode of the EuroStorie Podcast, legal anthropologist and sustainability specialist Professor Reetta Toivanen shares her insights on the concept of cultural sustainability, how it intersects with environmental protection and human rights, and how anthropologists approach the study of Europe.

    • 42 min
    Vaccine Hesitancy, Health, and Human Rights

    Vaccine Hesitancy, Health, and Human Rights

    The development and distribution of several effective vaccinations for Covid-19 means managing and living with the virus might finally be a tangible possibility. But the politics of ‘vaccine nationalism’ means distribution of the vaccine around the world has been highly uneven, while in Europe and other countries where they are widely available, there are many who worry about the safety, efficacy and accessibility of vaccinations. In this episode, we talk to Professor Pamela Slotte about her research on vaccine hesitancy and personal convictions, and connect the discussion to broader themes of public health, trust, and human rights in Europe.

    • 45 min

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