Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History

Seminar series

The Centre runs a regular seminar series with invited speakers.

The Centre theme for 2017-8 is 'Democracy'.

Our seminars are open to all staff and students at the University of Edinburgh, as well as members of the public.

Time and location

Seminars are usually held from 17.00 to 19.00 in LG.10, David Hume Tower, unless otherwise stated. All papers are followed by a 10-15 minute comment. See below for further details. 

Everyone is warmly welcome.

Events schedule

Semester 1

Date/time Speaker(s) Title Notes
Tuesday 19 Sept

Christina Boswell (University of Edinburgh)

Richard Whatmore (University of St Andrews)

Steve Fuller (University of Warwick)

Roundtable: 'Truth and Democracy: A panel discussion, with a question and answer session'

Discussion chaired and moderated by Emile Chabal (University of Edinburgh)

In collaboration with the Political Theory Research Group

Thursday 28 Sept Vincent Tiberj (Sciences Po, Bordeaux)

'Why generations matter: the changing shape of French democracy'

Commentator: Jim Livesey (University of Dundee)

17.00 - 19.00
Tuesday 3 Oct

Malte Rolf (Universitat Bamberg)

‘Limits to Growth in Soviet Perspective. Critical discourses on modernity in the USSR in the 1960s and 70s'

Commentator: Iain Lauchlan (University of Edinburgh)

17.00 - 18.30
Tuesday 17 Oct

Lorena de Vita (Utrecht University)

'Democracy, morality, pragmatism: The 1952 agreement between Germany and Israel'

Commentator: Stephan Malinowski (University of Edinburgh)

17.00 - 18.30
Tuesday 31 Oct

Esra Özyürek (London School of Economics)

'Making Germans out of Muslims? Holocaust education, national character studies, and democratic emotions for Turkish and Arab-background Germans'

Commentator: Mathias Thaler (University of Edinburgh)

17.00 - 18.30
Tuesday 14 Nov Jake Blanc (University of Edinburgh)

'Dictatorship and democracy in the Brazilian countryside: rural perspectives and new periodizations'

Commentator: Cassia Roth (University of Edinburgh)

17.00 - 18.30
Tuesday 28 Nov

Rakesh Ankit (Jindal University, Delhi)

'Many ways of being one: the Hindu Communist'


17.00 - 19.00

Nilanjana Mukherjee (Delhi University)

'Framing the Himalayas'

Joint session in collaboration with the Centre for South Asian Studies and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities


Semester 2 

Date/time Speaker(s) Title Notes
Friday 19 Jan Aditya Sarkar (University of Warwick)

'Authoritarian democracy: the ongoing shift in India'

Commentator: Wilfried Swenden (University of Edinburgh)

In collaboration with the Centre for South Asian Studies

Tuesday 30 Jan

Peter Jackson (University of Glasgow)

'The weight of the past and the collapse of the Franco-British entente, 1919-1924'

Commentator: David Kaufman (University of Edinburgh)

Tuesday 13 Feb Aline-Florence Manent (Queen Mary, University of London)

'Provincial democracy: the reception of Alexis de Tocqueville in France and Germany after 1945'

Commentator: Stephan Malinowski (University of Edinburgh)

Tuesday 6 Mar

Sonja Levsen (Universitat Freiburg)

'Authority and democracy in France and Germany after 1945'

Commentator: Anita Klingler (University of Edinburgh)

Thursday 15 Mar

Malcolm Petrie (University of St Andrews)

'Representing the nation: Scottish politics and the European question, c.1967-c.1975'

Commentator: Ewen Cameron (Edinburgh)

In collaboration with the Scottish History Seminars

Tuesday 20 Mar

Patrick Joyce (University of Manchester)

'Neoliberal truth and democracy: Chicago and Virginia'

Commentator: Donald Bloxham (University of Edinburgh)


Rana Mitter (University of Oxford)

Book launch: 'No Great Wall' by Felix Boecking (University of Edinburgh) Venue TBC

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