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What is Europe?
Stuart Carroll, Jean-François Dunyach, Peter Mandler, Jean-Frédéric Schaub, Astrid Swenson

  • Friday 9 June 2017, 1.00PM to 2.30pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
  • Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens (map)
  • Wheelchair accessible

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Our speakers, including Jean-Frédéric Schaub of the the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and Peter Mandler of the University of Cambridge, examine issues around Europe’s identities. 


  • Stuart Carroll, University of York
  • Jean-François Dunyach, Université Paris-Sorbonne
  • Peter Mandler, University of Cambridge (Chair)
  • Jean-Frédéric Schaub, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)
  • Astrid Swenson, Brunel University London


About the speakers

Stuart Carroll is a Professor of Early Modern History at the University of York. He has wide interests in the history of early modern Europe and the history of violence. He is currently editor of vol 3 of The Cambridge World History of Violence, 1500-1800. He is working on a book of essays called the Politics of Enmity, which compares France, Germany and Italy.

Stuart’s initial research work centred on the political culture during the French Wars of Religion, and on the interface between noble followings and popular religious mentalities, and he was twice winner of the Nancy Roelker prize for the best article published in English in early modern France (2000 & 2003). More recently, he published a major evaluation of the role of feud and vendetta in early modern France: Blood and Violence in Early Modern France (2006), which led him to re-think the role of violence in history in the edited collection, Cultures of Violence: Interpersonal Violence in Historical Perspective (2007). His most recent book, Martyrs and Murderers: The Guise Family and the Making of Europe (2009), was awarded the J. Russell Major prize by the American Historical Association in 2011 for the best French history book of the year. 

Jean-François Dunyach is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University Paris-Sorbonne. His research interests are the intellectual and cultural history of Western Europe in the eighteenth century. He is also working on the Enlightenment in the Atlantic Area especially the Scottish Enlightenment and the figure of William Playfair. He wrote a biography of William Playfair published as part of the book edited by A.I. Macinnes & D.J. Hamilton Jacobitism, Enlightenment and Empire, 1680-1820. Furthermore, he wrote several publications about the concept of decline in the Enlightenment thought in a comparative perspective between France and Great Britain.
He is currently a member of the organizing committee of the Franco-British History seminar at the University Paris-Sorbonne, in partnership with several other institutions such as the Institute of Historical Research and the Maison Française d’Oxford.

Peter Mandler is Professor of Modern Cultural History at the University of Cambridge and Bailey College Lecturer in History at Gonville and Caius College. Born in the USA in 1958, he was educated at Oxford and Harvard Universities and has taught in Britain since 1991 and in Cambridge since 2001.

Peter writes on the cultural, social and intellectual history of Britain since c. 1800 and on the history of the humanities and the social sciences in the English-speaking world.   From 2012 to 2016 he served a four-year term as President of the Royal Historical Society.  He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Jean-Frédéric Schaub is a French historian and Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He was a Fellow of Christ Church at the University of Oxford (2006-2008) and a Fellow Researcher at the Centre for the History of the Overseas at the New University of Lisbon (2009-2010). He is currently a member of the executive committee of TEPSIS Excellence Lab and a member of the Scientific Board EHESS. He is also a member of the Centre de recherches sur le Brésil colonial et contemporain and of the Laboratoire Mondes américains.

His book La France espagnole. Les racines hispaniques de l’absolutisme français was awarded the François Furet Prize in 2003. From 2005, he has been Visiting Professor in numerous world-class universities such as Yale University, the University of Oxford, Meiji University Tokyo, Waseda University Tokyo, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and New York University. His research focuses on changing processes in political structures of Western Europe in the modern era, especially from Iberian cases.  His recent publications include Pour une histoire politique de la race, (Paris, Editions du Seuil, coll. La Librairie du XXIe siècle).

Dr Astrid Swenson is a Senior Lecturer in European History at Brunel University London. She studied History, Art History and French in Mainz and Dijon, before moving to Cambridge for her PhD. Prior to her current post, she held research fellowships in Vienna and Cambridge. In September she will take up a Professorship at Bath Spa University.

Astrid writes on the cultural and social history of Europe in the 19th and 20th century. Her research focuses on heritage, memory, art and museums and is driven by questions about individuals’ and societies’ relationship to their past, the movement of people, objects and ideas across borders, and ideas about the local, the national and the global. Her books The Rise of Heritage in France, Germany and England, 1789-1914 (Cambridge University Press 2013) and From Plunder to Preservation: Britain and the Heritage of Empire (edited with Peter Mandler, Oxford University Press, 2013) showed the importance of internationalisation for the modern preservation of the past during the long 19th century. She currently writes on the relation of heritage, nationalism, imperialism and Europeanness through a study of crusader sites across the Mediterranean.

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