Simon Godard

Teaching and Research Assistant

Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva

Simon Godard is a teaching and research assistant at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva since 2009. He has studied History and Political Science at the Sorbonne University in Paris, at the University of Strasburg and at the Free University and the Humboldt University of Berlin. He graduated from Sciences Po in Strasburg (M. A. in political science and European studies) in 2005 and from the University Paris 8 (M. A. in contemporary History) in 2009.

In 2009 he started a PhD at the University of Geneva, in collaboration with the Sorbonne in Paris, entitled Shaping the “bloc” through economics. Reconfiguration of socialist territories and identities in the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (COMECON). 1949-1989, that will be defended in December 2014.

This research focuses on the networks of actors of the international economic cooperation among the European socialist countries within COMECON. It questions the very notion of an Eastern “bloc” while asking how a common identity could emerge in the international organization. A transnational analysis of the activity of COMECON experts between 1949 and 1989 allows understanding the evolution of their professional practices and their specific acculturation, making the “bloc” become a “real-existing” frame of reference from their perspective.