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Spero Paravantis

Spero Paravantis

Research Associate

Faculty or Centre Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Campus Office MSH, E04 25-320
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Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 9268
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Dr. Spero Simeon Z. Paravantis joined the University of Luxembourg in December 2014, as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in International History. He is now a Senior Research Fellow, working in the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (CCDH). His research combines Early Cold War and European Integration history, focusing on European Politics, Anglo-American relations, and Modern Greece. He is currently conducting research into the development of a common European Security Strategy in the early Cold War Period. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy, and has lectured in Contemporary European History, at the bachelor and master’s level, in Luxembourg, Greece, Italy, the UK and Canada.

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Last updated on: Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Positions:

(From September 1st 2016) Senior Research Fellow, FNR / CORE junior program, University of Luxembourg, Center for Contemporary and Digital History, Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education.

(From May 2016) Visiting Lecturer, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy.

(From December 01 2014 to August 31st 2016) Post-doctoral researcher, FNR/Marie-Curie co-funded AFR postdoctoral research program, University of Luxembourg, Institute for History, Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education.

(April 01 2014 to November 30 2014) Researcher, European Integration Studies Unit, CVCE, Luxembourg.

Education:

PhD, (2013) - International History - University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

Master of Arts, (2009) - International History - Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Certificate, International Law and International Relations, (August – September 2003) - Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece

Bachelor of Arts - History - Thompson Rivers University (formerly: The University College of the Cariboo) Kamloops, BC, Canada

Funding secured:

February 2016 - Internal Research Project Funding, University of Luxembourg
Value: 166,500 Euros.
Designed 20-24 month research project / profile, to hire research assistant for work in the early Cold War period of the European Integration Movement.

November 2015 - CORE junior research grant, Fonds National de Recherche Luxembourg
Value: 405, 000 Euros
Designed 36-month research project to conduct research into the early Cold War period of the European Integration Movement, highlighting and continuing the use of the WEU archives in Luxembourg.

October 2015 - Conference Funding, Institute for History, University of Luxembourg
Value: 1200 Euros.
Secured funding to host a lecture by Professor James Pettifer of Oxford University, on November 6th 2015.

June 2014 - AFR Postdoctoral Research Grant, Fonds National de Recherche / Marie Curie Foundation.
Value: 118,000 Euros
Awarded funding and a position at the University of Luxembourg to conduct post-doctoral research to make use of the WEU archives in Luxembourg.



Last updated on: 05 Oct 2016

Current projects:

1) Principle Investigator: (BENELUX) The Power of Non-Powers: An archival analysis of the reaction to, and influence of, the BENELUX nations on American Financial intervention in Europe and its role in Early Cold War European Security Strategy (1948-1960).
Funding Agency / Program: FNR Core Junior
Project acronym: BENELUX
Project Duration: 36 months, September 1st 2016 to August 31st 2019
Total: 405,000 Euros

Description:
As a result of the Brexit vote of 2016, and the ongoing migrant and economic crises, questions about a common European security strategy are being raised with increasing frequency. Now that Britain will likely leave the EU, British opposition to a common continental security strategy will be less effective. What are the historical roots of British views on European defense? How did the early European Integration movement perceive British and American involvement in the development of a common security strategy? This project will investigate these and other related questions by re-examining the early cold war US / BENELUX / WEU relationship, and the role that US financial intervention played in the European Integration Movement in regards to the development of a common European Security strategy post WWII. In so doing, this project will also contribute to the unification of Cold War and European Integration historiographies. The project will also highlight a strategic partnership with les Archives Nationales du Luxembourg, by basing the initial research on the archives of the Western European Union (WEU) and BENELUX general secretariat archives. The project also provides for research stays and archival research abroad, and for the organization of conferences and a public exhibition.

2) Principle Investigator / Supervisor: (WEU-ESS) American Military Spending in Europe and its impact on WEU Members' Security Planning (WEU-ESS) (1950 to 1960)
Funding Agency / Program: Internal Research Project, University of Luxembourg
Project acronym: WEU-ESS
Project Duration: 20-24 months, beginning December 1st 2016
Total: 166,500 Euros

As principle investigator, Dr. Paravantis will supervise the work of a Research Associate, who will conduct research on this project which also seeks to contribute to the unification of Cold War and European Integration histories. It proposes to do so by using the Western European Union and BENELUX general secretariat archives, based at Les Archives Nationales du Luxembourg, to examine the way in which WEU foreshadowed the development of a combined European Security Strategy in the 1950s.

Previous Project:
AFR post-doctoral research project entitled: The Early Cold-War US/European Relationship and the Impact of Military Spending on the European Integration Movement
Funding Agencies: Marie Curie Foundation / Fonds Nationales de la Recherche (FNR) Luxembourg
Project acronym: TPoNP
Project Duration: December 1st 2014 to August 31st 2016
Total: 118,000 Euros

Description:
The project clarified how the Americans’ experience in Europe in the late 1940s contributed to the findings and proposals espoused in NSC 68 and as a result, how the United States began to implement its new, post WWII Foreign Policy. The project also assessed how NSC-68 reflected US perceptions of and actions towards European Integration by identifying the specific steps taken by the United States based on the proposals and findings of NSC-68.



Last updated on: 02 Nov 2016

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2017

See detailReparations and European Integration
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Speeches/Talks (2017)

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See detailBenelux, Europe and the Cold War, the power of non-powers
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E-print/Working paper (2017)

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2016

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See detailUne minorité de citoyens reste nostalgique
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E-print/Working paper (2016)

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See detailThe Nuclear Question, 1954-1982
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in Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur L'europe (2016)

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See detailThe Defence Industry and Technology Base (DTIB): the development and production of armaments.
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in Centre Virtuel de la connaissance sur L'europe (2016)

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See detailThe relationship between the WEU and NATO, 1954-1982
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in Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance Sur L'europe (2016)

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See detailThe issue of NATO ‘out-of-area’ operations: from West Africa to the borders of the Near East
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in Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur L'europe (2016)

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2010

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See detailThe Greek Case: The Truman Doctrine and British Manipulation of the United States
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in Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora (2010), 36(1&2), 99-128

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