Convenors: Dejan Djokić (Goldsmiths); Celia Donert (Cambridge); Russell Foster (KCL); Alex Drace-Francis (Amsterdam); Christian Goeschel (Manchester); Philippa Hetherington (UCL); Simon Jackson (Birmingham); Lucy Riall (EUI Florence); Jan Rüger (Birkbeck); Astrid Swenson (Bath Spa)
‘Rethinking Modern Europe’ is a new IHR seminar which aims to discuss and stimulate new research on modern European history. It wishes to promote debates on how to integrate regional, national, comparative and transnational approaches to history. Invited speakers will be encouraged to look beyond national borders and paradigms, to engage with comparative work and to review existing trends in the historiographies of Europe. Discussions about Europe with a transcontinental focus, and about Europe’s relationship with its colonial past and with the wider world, will also be considered. Understanding European history to include Britain as well as Europe’s former imperial possessions, the seminar seeks to ask questions about the importance of regionalism in Europe, about the meanings of East, West, South and North in relation to Europe and about changing concepts of Europe and the European.
Most mediaevalists and early modernists easily transcend national boundaries in their research, but scholars who work on modern and contemporary subjects often operate within the parameters of the nation state, and overlook wider European trends in history and historiographical research. While the national framework in modern historiography pays tribute to the ‘age of nationalism’ and acknowledges the importance of the creation of nation states since the late eighteenth century, this focus is also the consequence of increased specialisation within the historical profession. By questioning the limitations of national historiography, we aimto rethink how we teach modern European history and how we can encourage future research which attempts to reconnect different parts of Europe.
‘Rethinking Modern Europe’ follows the pattern of other IHR seminars by addressing itself to established historians and graduate students in London, the UK and beyond. Papers will focus on a wide range of topics covering aspects of European history and historiography from the late eighteenth century to the early twenty-first century. In addition to single-authored research papers, there will be presentations on recent graduate work and a number of panel discussions.
I direct this centre, which aims to be the principal focus for research at Birmingham on the history of Britain, Europe and the wider world since WW1.
Drawing together expertise from across the College of Arts and Law, the Centre provides a unique intellectual forum for academic staff and postgraduates working within the field, and a base for research both for its members and in collaboration with other institutions. The Centre is ideally located for research on any aspect of the modern world and hosts a flourishing MA in Contemporary History.
I co-convene this seminar at the IHR and was lead convener in 2017.
Venue: Currently on Zoom
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I convene this research seminar series in collaboration with colleagues affiliated with the Centre for Modern and Contemporary History.
During the pandemic, we are contributing seminars to the series led by the Birmingham Research Institute in History and Cultures. For more details, please see here.