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International conference to reflect on European history

27 June 2013

International conference to reflect on European history

Some of the world’s leading academics on European history will gather in Wellington next week to reflect on cohesion and division in Europe from the 18th to the 21st centuries.

They will be attending the Australasian Association for European History’s 23rd biennial conference at Victoria University from 2-5 July.

Speakers include Professor Joanna Bourke, internationally-esteemed scholar of British and European history from Birkbeck University of London, who will discuss the modern European commitment to human rights; Professor Peter McPhee from the University of Melbourne, who will explore the increasingly aggressive assertions of ethnic identity and exclusiveness that have been emerging in Europe since 2008; and Geoff Eley from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, who will focus on democratic political development in 19th and 20th century Europe.

The conference is supported by Victoria University, the University of Western Australia, the University of Otago and the EUC Network.

There is a charge for this conference, with full registration or one day options. For more information visit

Joanna Bourke
Joanna Bourke is Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London. She is the prize-winning author of nine books, including histories on modern warfare, military medicine, psychology and psychiatry, the emotions and rape. She is currently completing a book on the history of pain, to be published by Oxford University Press this year. Her books have been translated into Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese, Czech, Turkish and Greek. Her book An Intimate History of Killing won the Wolfson Prize and the Fraenkel Prize. She is a frequent contributor to TV and radio shows, and a regular correspondent for newspapers.

Peter McPhee
Peter McPhee was appointed to a Personal Chair in History at the University of Melbourne in 1993. He has published widely on the history of modern France, most recently Living the French Revolution 1789-1799 (London & New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006); Robespierre: a Revolutionary Life (London & New Haven, Yale University Press, 2012); and (ed.) A Companion to the French Revolution (Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of Social Sciences. He was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to education in 2003 and became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012. He was appointed to the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) in October 2003 and was the University's first Provost in 2007-09.

Geoff Eley
Geoff Eley is the Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History and outgoing Chair of the History Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He works in the fields of Modern German and European History, with further interests in comparative fascism, film and history, and questions of historiography. Author of several books, his new book Nazism as Fascism: Violence, Ideology, and the Ground of Consent in Germany, 1930-1945 will be published by Routledge this year. He is currently working on a new study of the Right in Germany, Genealogies of Nazism: Conservatives, Radical Nationalists, Fascists in Germany, 1860-1945.

Date: Tuesday 2 July-Friday 5 July
Venue: Various locations, Victoria University—see programme ( for details.


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