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The Modern European History Research seminar is the focal point in Cambridge for graduates and scholars in European history from c. 1750 to the present day. Talks tend to attract audiences of twenty to forty on a regular basis; discussions are lively, and speakers and audience generally enjoy the experience.

Lent Term 2020     


The Seminar will meet on Tuesdays from 5-7pm in the Nihon Room of Pembroke College, and refreshments will be served. The graduate-run Modern European History Workshop runs on alternate Thursdays from 10-11:30am.


21 January

Sir Chris Clark (Cambridge), Sir Richard Evans (Gresham), Leila Talani (KCL)
Panel Discussion: ‘State of the Union: Ideas and Realities of Europe Past and Present’


28 January CANCELLED

Marcus Colla (Oxford)
‘The Strange Afterlife of Prussia in the German Democratic Republic’


4 February

Marc Buggeln (HU-Berlin / Cambridge)
‘Taxing the Rich: Progressive Taxation and the Reduction of Social Inequality, 1871-1945’


11 February

Roseanna Webster (Cambridge)
‘Migration, Motherhood, and Women’s Demand for Resources in Franco’s Spain’


18 February

Tobias Becker (GHI London)
‘Europe’s Original Sin? Nostalgia and Its Discontents’


The following two events have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for Michaelmas term

25 February

John Woitkowitz (Cambridge)
“Ein unaufhaltsames Streben nach Erkenntnis”: Modernity, Science, and the Imperial Arctic Geography of August Petermann, 1852-79’

10 March

Olivette Otele (Bristol)
‘African Europeans Navigating Colonial Exceptionalism and Post-Colonial Amnesia’




Dr Arthur Asseraf, Pembroke College, (aa504)
Dr Hanno Balz, Trinity Hall, (hb528)
Dr Allegra Fryxell, Pembroke College, (arpf2)
Timothy J Schmalz, Sidney Sussex College (ts633)


Lent Term 2020 programme - print version


The Modern European History Research Seminar gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Trevelyan Fund.


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