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Modern European History

The Modern European History Workshop is a friendly forum for graduate students to present research on any aspect of Modern European History. Our definition of ‘Modern European’ is a broad one.  We host papers on themes including, but not limited to, the political, cultural, economic, intellectual, social and military history of Europe from the mid-1700s to the present.  Presentations on methodological issues and on comparative or transnational histories are also encouraged.  We welcome presentations on work in progress and on completed projects as well as papers from MPhils and PhDs at an early stage of their research. 

Unless otherwise noted, the workshop meets on Thursdays, 10-11:30am, in the Nihon Room at Pembroke College.  Sessions take the format of a 20-30 minute presentation, followed by questions and discussion. 

The workshop calendar, which lists upcoming and past events, is available here.

Please access information on our previous workshops here.


October 17          Luke Ilott (Christ’s College) 

The Birth of Biopolitics beyond neoliberalism: Foucault, civil society and the critique of state power in late 1970s France

October 31          Otis Illert (Wolfson College)

From Trans-Imperial Cooperation to Nationalist Demands: German Colonialism in East Africa, 1885-1945 

November 14       Horia Teodorescu (St Catharine’s College)    

Rhinoceros, or Young Intellectuals and the Radical Right in Interwar Romania

November 28       Guest Speaker: Dr Arthur Asseraf, Lecturer in the History of France and the Francophone World

Saying Race in Fifth Republic France (5 pm, location TBA)


For any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the convenors.  



Christos Aliprantis, Pembroke College (

Luisa Hulsrøj, Trinity Hall (