The end of postwar

Class of the Humanities


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The Thinker’s Programme around Ian Buruma starts from the observation that an end has come to the political and social consensus that arose in Europe after the catastrophe of World War II. That consensus concerned the construction of welfare states, the belief  in the strength of a united Europe and faith in a pax Americana. Ian Buruma and members of the Academy re-examine the contours of this consensus and examine alternatives for the future.



  • 2-3 December 2015 Final Symposium: The End of Postwar: Welke toekomst voor welk Europa?
  • 26 October 2015 Workshop on Populism with Xandra Schutte, Henk te Velde, Koen Abts, Kees Schuyt and Wouter Hillaert.
  • 12 October 2015: workshop on Nationalism with Luuk van Middelaar, Matthias Storme, Dave Sinardet, Dick Pels en Sophie in 't Veld.



Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma is professor of democracy and human rights at Bard College, New York. He is the author of the novel The China Lover; his latest books are Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents, Year Zero: A History of 1945 and Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War.