European history


The world university that never was

History researchers and members of the Decolonising Initiative, Dario Willi, Siobhán Amelia Smith, Friedrich Ammermann, Amber Burbidge, Eoghan C Hussey, and Aurora Hamm describe the initial conception of the European University Institute as a “world university” rather than a “European university” and the role of Giorgio La Pira, former mayor of Florence and main advocate of this alternative vision of the EUI.

From European museums to African homelands: Restitution as geopolitics

In this post for Black History Month 2024, History researcher Aurora Hamm discusses the sudden increase in restitutions of cultural objects from Europe to sub-Saharan Africa and argues that restitutions mostly depend on geopolitical rather than on moral considerations.

Scholars, paupers, artists, fighters: Black lives in Europe since 1500

This post introduces an exhibition at the EUI in February 2023 for Black History Month. History researcher and exhibition curator Daphné Budasz argues that learning about the diversity of Black life trajectories in Europe is a way to challenge White historical imagination.

Early activists in the fight for restitution of African art

In this post, history researcher Dario Willi takes us back to a catalytic moment in the art restitution movement, when the Ghanaian filmmaker Nii Kwate Owoo publicised the innumerable artworks and artefacts languishing in the British Museum, after their removal from source communities in a context of colonial domination.

Being Black in Europe

In this editorial and introduction to the 2022 Black History Month blog series, history researcher Daphné Budasz explains why it is important to make Black lives and scholarship more visible at the EUI.