Political History Seminar

Posted on August 28, 2019

This research group is devoted to the history and politics of English-speaking countries, using methodological tools from social, intellectual and cultural history to ask questions about political identities and political subjectivities, and about the interconnectedness of politics and everyday life. History is understood in a longue durée, with scholars working on the 17th century to the 21st century. The aim of our group is stimulate interdisciplinary research across the social sciences and develop work cutting across time periods, questioning the nature of an ‘English-speaking’ world and its boundaries and looking at its links to the wider world.

The group’s research is organised around five main themes:

  1. The Atlantic World and the first age of globalization, 1600-1850
  2. Migrations, discriminations, ethnic and racial inequalities
  3. International policies and diplomatic networks in the Anglophone worlds
  4. Constructing national identities and national myths
  5. Democracy, democratisation and politicization in North America and the United Kingdom

The group has close connections with the research group on gender and the different transversal groups (Writing history from the margins;  popular classes ; material culture) which stem from the History group.

Director :

Stéphanie Prévost

Seminar website :


Program 2020-2021 :

  • 15 mars, 18h45-20h15 : Bénédicte Deschamps (Université de Paris) – « Faire l’histoire de la presse italo-américaine. Du Risorgimento à la Grande Guerre »  (Attention au changement d’horaire)
  • 22 mars : Catherine Marshall (Cergy University) – De la déférence en politique (Royaume-Uni, 18-20e)
  • 29 mars : Allan Potofsky (Université de Paris) – « Paris, c’est le monde »
  • 12 avril : Séance du reading group – autour de Rob Waters, Thinking Black : Britain, 1964-1985 (Coordination Laura Carter)
  • 10 mai : Séance du reading group – autour de Jeremy Zallen, American Lucifers : The Dark History of Artificial Light, 1750-1865 (Coordination Laura Carter)
  • 21 juin : Robert Poole (University of Central Lancashire) – (Re)Writing Peterloo.