Newsletter March 2024


#1:  ELS Midseason Event

The Netherlands Academy for Empirical Legal Studies, in collaboration with the University in Leiden, is organizing an ELS Midseason Event. A series of short workshops will be given by scholars doing empirical legal research. The program will start at 10 am at the Kamerlingh Onnes Building at Leiden on March 7, 2024. For more information, see the following web page

#2: Colonialism and Decolonisation from the 15th to the 20th Century

The second Cracovian congress of history students is being hosted by the Jagiellonian University Institute of History. The global phenomenon of colonialism diffuses through the European modern age and transcends from Europe to almost every part of the globe. Colonial history can be found everywhere. Both colonialism and decolonization are complex processes that raise many scholarly disputes and influence today’s world. The congress themes will mainly cover the period from the 15th to the 20th century and will also touch on the 21st-century forms of post-colonial and neo-colonial issues. The event in the form of an international scientific conference will occur from March 8 to 9, 2024, in Kraków. For detailed information, please observe this link.

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#3: What’s New?! Series – The First Great War of the Middle Ages: Sasanians, Byzantines, and the Rise of Islam, 602 – 642

The early seventh-century wars between the Sasanian Empire of Iran and the Byzantine Roman Empire resulted in the rise of Islam in the first half of the seventh century. In the lecture given at Leiden University, historian Khodadad Rezakhani will observe the early seventh-century wars within their West Asian context and as a part of a larger set of economic and political changes that changed the face of the Eastern Mediterranean and are closely connected with the rise of the Islamic Empire. The event will take place in the Lipsius building of Leiden University on March 7, 2024. For more information and registration, please visit the event website or visit Facebook profile.

#4: Putting Women back into Roman´s History

Women might seem absent from Roman history, although they have always been part of it. From Vestal Virgins to business owners, on the front lines of the empire and in its palaces, women were as much a part of Roman society as men. Presented in celebration of International Women’s Day, historian Emma Southon explores the lesser-known stories of a few women from a vast empire. Each story presents a unique perspective, revealing changes in women’s lives across time and class lines.

The link to the online event that takes place on March 8, 2024, at 11PST can be found here.


#1: The direct connection between Amsterdam and Prague

European Sleeper trains are extending their services. From March 25, 2024, there will be a direct connection between Amsterdam and Prague. Board the evening train in Amsterdam and wake up in Prague. Check the train timetables.

#2: Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar

Visit the outstanding example of Catalan Gothic architecture in Barcelona. The foundation stone of the basilica was laid in 1329, and it took 54 years to finish this impressive building. Enjoy the spectacular space and tranquility of sacral architecture, and visit the church interiors, towers, rooftops, gallery, and the crypt. More information about the church and guided tours can be found here


#1: The Europaeum 2024 Summer School: Marginalised Histories – Cultural Heritage and Archives

This year´s edition of the Summer School will occur at the University of St. Andrews from August 27 to 31, 2024. Master´s and doctoral candidates are welcome to either join the discussion or present a 15-minute paper based on their research. The paper should cover histories of marginalized communities in Europe, historiographical approaches to the European visual culture, materialist approaches to archives, practices of archiving and preservation, and European policies of cultural heritage. The deadline for application submission is April 2, 2024. For more details regarding the application requirements, please visit the Europaeum web pages

#2: EPS programme – student photos

EPS students are welcome to send photo material related to the programme. Do not hesitate, and feel free to send photos related to both academic and student life. Photos of life at universities, of student housing, of life abroad, of countries and cities that students have visited are very much desired. The material from the students will be presented on EPS website and social networks. Photos can be sent either to or share the photos here


#1: Joint Online Research Seminar

The online research seminar for first-year students will occur on May 29, 2024. Details regarding the seminar will be announced via email in May.

#2: MA thesis topic/title update

In case the second-year students wish to update their MA thesis title, they are required to contact their local coordinators by March 10, 2023.


#1: “Leiden University: 449th Dies Natalis“

On February 8, 2024, Leiden University celebrated the 449th Anniversary of its existence. The theme of celebrations of 449th Dies Natalis of Leiden University was Curiosity. The event was accompanied by a music performance of the Leiden Student Choir and Orchestra Collegium Musicum.

READING TIP: The Door, 1987 (author: Magda Szabó, Hungary)

Story of an unconventional long relationship between writer Magda and her peculiar housekeeper Emerence. As the story progresses, Emerence´s energy and passion for helping become clear, extinguishing any doubts arising out of her bizarre behavior. It is a stylishly told tale that recounts a strange relationship built up over 20 years between a writer and her housekeeper. After an unpromising and caustic start, benign feelings develop, and ultimately, the writer benefits from what becomes an inseparable relationship. Simultaneously, we learn Emerence’s tragic past, which is revealed in snapshots throughout the book. 


Does the EPS programme provide funding support for student participation in winter/summer schools, conferences, and other additional activities to the curriculum? 

No, but universities might have the relevant mechanisms and financial tools for these purposes. On the level of Charles University, you might consider applying for Mobility Fund.