About

Quincy R. Cloet as PhD Candidate at the Department of International Politics of the University of Aberystwyth (Wales). He previously worked as a Research Assistant for the College of Europe (Natolin Campus, Warsaw) and is associated with the Bronisław Geremek Chair of European History and Civilization. His area of expertise is the history of international organisation, in particular but not limited to the League of Nations, the United Nations and the European Union. He has taught courses on European and international history at the College of Europe and the University of Aberystwyth. Quincy R. Cloet has published two book chapters in the field of of international (migration) history and authored a monograph on European integration history. Currently, he is working the League of Nations and its Inquiry Commissions under the supervision of Dr Patrick Finney and Dr Alistair Shepherd. He commissions and edits book reviews for the Journal of Contemporary European Research and is an active committee member for the UACES Graduate Forum.

Education

BA History, Leuven University
MA History, Leuven University
MSc Business Economics, University College Brussels
MA European Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Europe (Natolin Campus)

Projects

“Truth-seekers or Peace-brokers: The League of Nations and its Commissions of Inquiry”

Commissions of Inquiry appear in all aspects of the institution’s functioning, from dispute settlement to international co-operation in the area of women trafficking, yet up to now their internal proceedings and deliberations, as well as their overall significance in the history of the League ‘experiment’, remain overlooked. This research project intends to examine the processes of scientific discovery and knowledge production within a highly politicised international environment embodied in the work of League Inquiry Commissions, in order to grasp how the quest for objective truth intersected with political deal-making. Who were the League’s experts, and what bearing did they have on the conduct of international politics during the inter-war years?

First Look at the UACES Archives

The Association for European Studies in the UK (UACES) has endowed me with a grant to have a first look at their archives – deposited at the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU, Florence). During the Spring 2017 I’ll travel to Florence to conduct archival research at the HAEU. The UACES documents stored at the Historical Archives of the European Union in Florence will shed light on the establishment of a distinct ‘epistemic community’ around the post-war European project. The minutes, annual reports and memoranda from the UACES archives, dating from 1967 to 2003, would highlight the association’s importance for the development of the discipline of European studies as well as the growth of knowledge production about all aspects of Europe, not only in the UK but across the continent.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Paper presentation at ‘Historians without Borders: Writing Histories of International Organizations’ (Leiden University – 22-23 March 2018) on the subject of inquiry commissions and methodological challenges related to power dynamics and levels as an analytical concept.

Paper presentation at MoSa Research Seminar (Leuven University – 18 April 2018) on ‘Truth-seekers or Peace-brokers? The League of Nations and its Commissions of Inquiry’.

Memberships

UACES Graduate Forum (committee member)

British International History Group (member)

British International Studies Association (member)

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