Cécile Cohen-Blaser

Associated Ph.D. Fellow

Academic interests:

German-Jewish, Israeli-Palestinian & Franco-German Reconciliation; History of European Integration; Dialogue Groups; Peace Education; Memory Studies; Oral History.

Current project:

Structured youth encounters: an education for peace and reconciliation? A comparative study with focus on the Israeli case 


Academic Curriculum Vitae: 

2014 - present

University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Teaching & Research Assistant at the Department of European Studies, PhD Candidate in European Studies, supervised by Gilbert Casasus

2019 - 2020 

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of History, Visiting PhD Candidate and Doc.Mobility Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

January 2019

Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany, Visiting Lecturer


University of Fribourg, Switzerland, M.A. in European Studies, insigni cum laude (bilingual degree in French and German)

Thesis: Der Élysée-Vertrag aus Sicht der Schweiz/Le traité de l’Élysée vu de Suisse, supervised by Gilbert Casasus


University of Fribourg, Switzerland, BA in Social Sciences: Media and Communication Studies, German Language & Literature and Political Sciences, magna cum laude

Languages: English, German, French



September 2018: 12th EISA Pan-European Conference on International Relations, “The South Eastern Europe Initiative of the Franco-German Youth Office: How is the Franco-German Reconciliation Model Translated into the Balkans?”

October 2011: Colloquium “La Suisse, actrice ou spectatrice de la relation franco- allemande?” at the University of Fribourg, “Der Élysée-Vertrag aus Sicht der Schweiz”



Altermatt Bernhard, Blaser Cécile, Casasus Gilbert (eds.), La Suisse dans les relations franco-allemandes / Die Schweiz in den deutsch-französischen Beziehungen, 1945 – 1963 – 2015, Somedia: Zürich, 2015. (incl. book chapter: Skepsis und Desinteresse. Der Élysée-Vertrag aus Sicht der Schweiz, p. 179-206)

Blaser Cécile, The ‘Historikerstreit’ 30 Years Later – From a Responsible Way to Remember to a Dogmatic Standardization of Facing the Past, in: Besson Samantha (ed.), International Responsibility, Essays in Law, History and Philosophy, Schulthess: Geneva 2017, p. 17-32.



2019 - 2020 

Doc.Mobility Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History

2016 (January-July)

Jean and Bluette Nordmann Foundation Scholarship, Visiting Research Student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History


ERASMUS in European Studies, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris III