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Event Series

New Directions in European History Study Group


Professors Mary D. Lewis and Alison Frank Johnson are on leave during the 2018-2019 academic year. During this time, the New Directions in European History Study Group will not be organizing events.

This Study Group showcases the most exciting work in the field of modern European history. Deliberately broad in scope, its research cuts across traditional geographic and methodological boundaries. The program combines polished papers and “work in progress” and features scholars at all career stages.


(Credit: Caspar David Friedrich, The Monk by the Sea, 1808-1810)

Past Events

The Nineteenth Century as the Age of Questions New Directions in European History — The Nineteenth Century as the Age of Questions
April 12, 2018
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Holly Case – Associate Professor of History, Brown University
Northern Pillars of Empire: The Baltic and the French Atlantic Colonies, 1615-1815 New Directions in European History — Northern Pillars of Empire: The Baltic and the French Atlantic Colonies, 1615-1815
March 1, 2018
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Pernille Røge – Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh
A Brief History of Neoliberal Problems: How Race Theory Spawned the Alt Right New Directions in European History Study Group — A Brief History of Neoliberal Problems: How Race Theory Spawned the Alt Right
September 21, 2017
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Quinn Slobodian – Associate Professor of History, Wellesley College; ACLS Fellow, Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, Harvard University
The Legacies of French Slave-Ownership, or the Long Decolonization of Saint-Domingue New Directions in European History Study Group — The Legacies of French Slave-Ownership, or the Long Decolonization of Saint-Domingue
March 2, 2017
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Mary D. Lewis – Robert Walton Goelet Professor of French History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty, & Co-Chair, New Directions in European History Study Group, CES, Harvard University
What Can’t Happen Here? European Historical Perspectives on Current American Politics New Directions in European History Study Group — What Can’t Happen Here? European Historical Perspectives on Current American Politics
February 21, 2017
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • David Armitage – Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History & Chair, History Department, Harvard University; CES Faculty Associate & Seminar Co-Chair
  • Peter E. Gordon – Amabel B. James Professor of History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-Chair
  • Mary D. Lewis – Robert Walton Goelet Professor of French History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Study Group Co-Chair
  • Charles Maier – Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty
  • Terry Martin – George F. Baker III Professor of Russian Studies, Harvard University
  • Derek Penslar – Visiting Professor of History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Study Group Co-Chair
  • Chair Maya Jasanoff – Coolidge Professor of History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Study Group Co-Chair
The Habsburg Empire as a Model for the World Economy: Neoliberals and the Dream of Double Government EVENT CANCELLED: New Directions in European History Study Group — The Habsburg Empire as a Model for the World Economy: Neoliberals and the Dream of Double Government
November 30, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Quinn Slobodian – Associate Professor of History, Wellesley College; ACLS Fellow, Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, Harvard University
1989 in Global Perspective and the Rise of Neoliberalism New Directions in European History — 1989 in Global Perspective and the Rise of Neoliberalism
November 14, 2016
4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Philipp Ther – Professor of Central European History, University of Vienna; John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow 1997-1998, CES, Harvard University; Visiting Scholar 1997-1998, CES, Harvard University
Open Secrets: Knowledge about Violence in the Postwar British Empire Open Secrets: Knowledge about Violence in the Postwar British Empire
November 12, 2015
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Erik Linstrum – Assistant Professor of History, University of Virginia
"The Congress of Vienna and the Economic Origins of International Political Life, or Follow the Money"
October 14, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Mountains, Continents, Economics and Religion: Four Ways to Think about European History Mountains, Continents, Economics and Religion: Four Ways to Think about European History
April 29, 2015
12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • James R. Martin – PhD Student in History, Harvard University; Graduate Student Affiliate, CES, Harvard University
  • Carolin F. Roeder – PhD Student in History , Harvard University; Graduate Student Affiliate, CES, Harvard University
  • Brandon Bloch – College Fellow in Modern European History, Harvard University; Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University
  • Matthew Sohm – PhD Student in History, Harvard University; Graduate Student Affiliate, CES, Harvard University
Metropolis in Ruins: Berlin in the 1940s
March 26, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
CANCELLED — The Stakes of Opposing Democracy: Conservative Revolution and the Crisis of the Weimar Republic
February 10, 2015
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Geoff Eley – Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History, University of Michigan
Minority Protection in Post-World War I Europe: The Case of Turkey and its Armenians
December 4, 2014
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Lerna Ekmekcioglu – McMillan-Stewart Career Development Assistant Professor of History, MIT
Of Time and the River:  France and the Marne Of Time and the River: France and the Marne
October 16, 2014
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Following the Sea: Joseph Conrad in the Late Age of Sail Following the Sea: Joseph Conrad in the Late Age of Sail
September 24, 2014
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Maya Jasanoff – Coolidge Professor of History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty, CES, Harvard University; Co-Chair, New Directions in European History, CES, Harvard University
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