Quincy R. Cloet is a final year 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. In 2017 he became an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Previously Quincy R. Cloetwas also Book Reviews Editor for the Journal of Contemporary European Research and an active committee member for the UACES Graduate Forum. He has recently co-edited a book on the First World War titled Breaking Empires, Making Nations?. Before, he 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.


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


“Truth-seekers or Power-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

In 2017 the Association for European Studies in the UK (UACES) 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 travelled 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

Visiting Fellow at Collegium Civitas (Warsaw) during the academic year 2018-2019


University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), British International History Group (BIHG) and British International Studies Association (BISA).

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