Episode 16: Sovereignty, Time and the Death of Empire in Europe

In the last episode of this EuroStorie Podcast season, we get to talk with Natasha Wheatley about the relationship between law, time, and the state. How do we understand a sovereign state as being both a ”timeless” as well as a ”historical” political entity? What happens when a sovereign political entity suddenly dies?


Natasha Wheatley

Natasha is an assistant professor of History at Princeton University and was one of the keynote speakers at this year's annual EuroStorie conference on ‘the Narratives of European Futures’. As a historian of modern European and international history, her work revolves around matters of intellectual and legal history, Central Europe, and the history of international law. Her latest book, The Life and Death of States: Central Europe and the Transformation of Modern Sovereignty, will be published by Princeton University Press in the spring of 2023.

Aada Pettersson

Aada Pettersson is the host of the EuroStorie Podcast. She is a doctoral candidate in Subproject 2, Discovering the Limits of Reason – Europe and the Crisis of Universalism. Aada has a background in Classical Greek and European studies. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the notion of civil strife in European political thought. @aadapettersson

Floris van Doorn

Floris van Doorn is the host of the EuroStorie Podcast. He is a doctoral candidate in sub-project 3, Migration and the Narratives of Europe as an Area of freedom, security, and justice”. He holds an MSc in International Relations Theory from the London School of Economics. His doctoral research seeks to locate the EU’s external migration policies in both place and time, with a particular focus on the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF for Africa). @favd393


Episode no: 16 (series 3, episode 4)
Date recorded: 29 October 2022
Release date: 25 November 2022
Episode production, recording, and editing: Viljami Salo, Aada Pettersson, and Floris van Doorn
Music: Antonio Lopez Garcia
Web Content: Liina Aulanko 
Banner: Tuomas Heikkilä
Banner photo: Unsplash/Jakob Braun