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Summer School in Comparative and Transnational History: Theories, Methodology and Case Studies

26 - 29 September 2016

Conveners: Profs Laura Lee DownsRegina Grafe and Corinna Unger


image summer school 2016The Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute (EUI) is happy to announce its eleventh Summer School in Transnational and Comparative History, which will take place in September 2016 in the historic Badia Fiesolana, looking out over the hills of Florence.

The EUI Department of History and Civilization is a major centre for the study of comparative and transnational European history and of European history in a global perspective. Its annual Summer School has established itself as an exciting and stimulating experience for postgraduate students. Whether you are interested in political, social, cultural, intellectual or economic history, it will give you a unique opportunity to broaden your research interests and methodological reflection.

The summer school will combine discussion of methodological issues in global, transnational and comparative history with case studies by leading specialists from the European University Institute and other major universities, who will also provide feedback on the students' own research projects. This year's seminars, covering early modern, modern and contemporary history, will concern imperial expansion and colonialisms, nationalisms, material culture, slave resistance, the Cold War and the question of translation in a transnational perspective.

You will also have the chance to meet EUI doctoral researchers, participate in the academic life of this centre of excellence, and visit the Library and the Historical Archives of the European Union. Information will also be given on possibilities for pursuing doctoral studies at the European University Institute.

In addition, you will have an opportunity to explore Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. 



The Summer School programme will include lectures by the following speakers:

  • Ann Thomson (EUI) - Transnational intellectual history and the importance of translation
  • Lucy Riall (EUI) - How global was European colonialism?
  • Corinna Unger (EUI) - Drivers of Development? International Organizations and Global Challenges since 1945
  • Maxine Berg (University of Warwick) - Global History and Microhistory: Where can they Meet
  • Kate Brown (University of Maryland, Baltimore County - Fernand Braudel Fellow) - Soft Bodies: the child centered communities at ground zero of American and Soviet nuclear complexes
  • Marjoleine Kars (University of Maryland, Baltimore County - Fernand Braudel Fellow) - Caribbean Slave Rebellions, Transnational History, and Nationalism
  • Anke Ortlepp (Kassel University) - Staging Gender, Staging Class: Air Travel and Material Culture in Postwar America

Full programme (PDF)

Eligibility and How to Apply 

  • Participants should be students of history, the social sciences and related fields, of any nationality. Participants should be graduates or students in their last year. Enrolment numbers are limited and admission is based on merit.
  •  The deadline for sending applications is now over (29 April 2016).

Fee and Insurance

  • Registration fee for selected participants: 200 €
  • Travel expenses are not paid.
  • Participants must have their own medical insurance and pay any medical fees themselves.

Attendance and Certificate of Participation

Participants must stay in Florence for the entire duration of the course. Attendance at all lessons is obligatory.

A certificate of participation is issued at the end of the course.


Francesca Parenti
Department of History and Civilization
Via Bolognese 156 - 50139 Florence -  Italy
Tel. [+39] 055 4686 541
email: francesca.parenti@eui.eu


Miriam Felicia Curci
Department of History and Civilization
Via Bolognese 156 - 50139 Florence -  Italy
Tel. [+39] 055 4686 391
email: miriam.curci@eui.eu




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