Dr Celia Donert
My research focuses on the history of contemporary Europe, particularly Central Europe. I received my PhD from the European University Institute, Fiesole, Italy, after studying at Oxford University and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. Before arriving in Cambridge in 2019, I taught for seven years at the University of Liverpool, where I was promoted to Professor in 2018. I have been a Visiting Professor in the History of Human Rights and Democracy at the University of Vienna, a visiting fellow at the Global History Department, Free University, Berlin, and have held fellowships at the ZZF in Potsdam, the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, the ÉHÉSS in Paris, the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, and the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague.
I am one of the editors (with Martin Conway and Kiran Patel) of a new book series published by Cambridge University Press, entitled European Histories of the Present.
I am co-editor of Contemporary European History and an editorial board member of the Journal of Contemporary History, Social History, and Historický časopis. I am also a convener of the Rethinking Modern Europe seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, and a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.
From 2021, I am Director of Research (Projects) for the History Faculty. At Part I, I convene Paper 18; at Part II, I convene a Specified Subject on Central Europe in the Global Twentieth Century. I also teach an MPhil optional paper on migration and displacement in twentieth-century Central Europe.
I am also Director of Studies in History & Politics, History & Modern Languages, and History (Part II) at Wolfson College.
I work on contemporary European history, with a focus on transnational approaches to East Central Europe, socialism, gender, nationalism, and the history of human rights. My first book explored the history of Romani struggles for citizenship in 20th century Czechoslovakia. From 2017-19 I held two AHRC research grants as principal investigator. One was an AHRC research network on the Legacies of the Romani Genocide in Europe since 1945, which held conferences at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, the Musée national de l'histoire de l'immigration in Paris, and the Wiener Holocaust Library in London. The other was an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellowship called How Women's Rights became Human Rights: Gender, Socialism, and Postsocialism in Global History, 1917-2017. This is the subject of my current book project, the research for which has also been supported by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, the Zentrum fur Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam, and a British Academy small grant.
From 2021, I am leading a three-year workshop series on The Rise and Fall of Liberal Internationalism, with Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann and Michal Kopeček, generously funded by the Cambridge DAAD hub.
I supervise Masters and PhD students in contemporary European history, the history of human rights, feminism, and global socialism. I am currently supervising doctoral work in these areas, funded by the AHRC, an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award in cooperation with The Wiener Holocaust Library in London, and the Gates Trust, as well as post-doctoral researchers funded by the EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship, the British Academy Newton International Fellowship and ESRC postdoctoral fellowship.
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Wolfson College, Barton Road
Cambridge CB3 9BB