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Event Series

The History Seminar


This seminar 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.

Note: This seminar was formerly known as the "New Directions in European History Study Group." For details and past events see here.


Seminar Events Calendar

CANCELLED - Germany and the World CES 50th Anniversary Events Series — CANCELLED - Germany and the World
April 2, 2020
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • David Blackbourn – Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Chair of History, Vanderbilt University
  • Chair Alison Frank Johnson – Professor of History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University and Maya Jasanoff – Coolidge Professor of History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University and Mary D. Lewis – Robert Walton Goelet Professor of French History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
CANCELLED - Telling Histories of Violence Without Borders The History Seminar — CANCELLED - Telling Histories of Violence Without Borders
March 30, 2020
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Max Bergholz – Associate Professor of History, Concordia University
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Harvard University
Citizens After Empire: Balkan Muslims and the Making of Modern Europe The History Seminar — Citizens After Empire: Balkan Muslims and the Making of Modern Europe
March 4, 2020
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Emily Greble – Associate Professor of History & Associate Professor of German, Russian and East European Studies, Vanderbilt University
  • Chair Alison Frank Johnson – Professor of History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University and Maya Jasanoff – Coolidge Professor of History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University and Mary D. Lewis – Robert Walton Goelet Professor of French History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
Nazism: A Dark Comedy in Liechtenstein The History Seminar — Nazism: A Dark Comedy in Liechtenstein
November 6, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Edith Sheffer – Senior Fellow, Institute of European Studies, The University of California, Berkeley
  • Chair Maya Jasanoff – Coolidge Professor of History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University and Alison Frank Johnson – Professor of History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University and Mary D. Lewis – Robert Walton Goelet Professor of French History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty and Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
American Liberalism in France: The French Reception of Rawls, 1971-2010 Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History — American Liberalism in France: The French Reception of Rawls, 1971-2010
October 30, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Mathieu Hauchecorne – Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Paris 8
  • Chair David Armitage – Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History & CES Faculty Associate & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
Gurus, Women, and Yoga: The Spiritual World of Hindu Universalism The History Seminar — Gurus, Women, and Yoga: The Spiritual World of Hindu Universalism
September 23, 2019
5:30pm - 7:00pm
  • Ruth Harris – Professor of Modern European History, University of Oxford
Outpost of the French Empire: Caribbean Connections and Racial Slavery in French New Orleans The History Seminar — Outpost of the French Empire: Caribbean Connections and Racial Slavery in French New Orleans
September 10, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Cécile Vidal – Professor of Atlantic World History, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)
  • Chair Mary D. Lewis – Robert Walton Goelet Professor of French History, CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University and Alison Frank Johnson – Professor of History and CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University and Maya Jasanoff – Coolidge Professor of History and CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
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