First Year Core Seminar

Deparmental Seminar

Group A: Prof Regina Grafe
Thursdays 11:00-12:50
Starts on 6 October 2020, Sala degli Stemmi
Admin. Assistant: Laura Borgese

Group B: Prof Glenda Sluga 
Tuesdays, 9:00‐10:50
Starts on 6 October 2020, Sala degli Stemmi
Admin. Assistant: Laura Borgese


Seminar description

The Core introductory seminar is designed to introduce first year doctoral researchers to fundamental elements of historical method while integrating them into the intellectual culture of our department. The distinctiveness of this culture lies above all in our shared commitment to the comparative, transnational and global history of Europe in the world. This common commitment is expressed and realized in very diverse ways in the research pursued by the faculty researchers with whom you will be working over the next four years. 

Equally important, the seminar also aims to promote a common culture of discussion and intellectual engagement among researchers who, like the EUI faculty, come from very different academic cultures. Only through dialogue and exchange can we begin to understand the concepts that underlie our particular languages of scholarship and think in rich and comparative/transnational ways about how these different research traditions can engage each other.

With these goals in mind, the seminar revolves on sessions intended to introduce researchers to the Department, its fields of research and diverse approaches through concrete discussion of ongoing faculty research.


6 October: COMBINED SEMINAR, Introduction

Combined meeting of all new researchers. [via zoom, Tuesday, 9-10.50 am]

What does a PhD look like? To some extent it depends on where you are. What about at the EUI?
In this first seminar meeting you get to ask your questions, and we try to answer them. We also introduce you to some unusual resources to help you navigate the coming years, and this seminar!

  • The HEC guide to HistoryArlette Farge, The Allure of the Archive (Yale University Press, 2013) sections : Gathering and Haandlig the Documents; Writing.
  • Hua Hsu, A Guide to thesis writing that is a guide to life
  • Doctoral Education in Europe today. 
  • Doctoral studies and qualifications in Europe and the United States: status and prospects (n.b. 2004)

13 October (Group B), 15 October (Group A): Faculty Presentations

Presentation by Regina Grafe on Writing Global Economic History & Giorgio Riello, The Object of Early Modern Global History.

  • Grafe, R. (forthcoming 2020). An Empire of Debt? The Spanish Empire and its colonial realm. A World of Public Debts: A Global Political History. N. Barreyre and N. Delalande, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Riello, G., ‘The “Material Turn” in Global History”, Journal of World History, forthcoming 2021

20 October (Group B), 22 October (Group A): A Conversation with Visiting Fellows

Presentation by Dominique Reill (Associate Professor – University of Miami) on Writing the history of Fiume & Roberta Biasillo (Max Weber Fellow), on Writing Environmental History, Across borders.

  • D. Reill, “The Fiume Crisis. Life in the Wake of the Hasburg Empire”. The Belknap press of Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts. London, England 2020
  • R. Biasillo, “The very grounds underlying twentieth-century authoritarian regimes: building soil fertility in Italian Libya and the Brazilian Cerrado” [Forthcoming]

27 October: COMBINED SEMINAR - Faculty Presentations

Presentation by Stéphane Van Damme, Towards A Global History of Science? & Benno Gammerl, Ultra Sensitive? How the history of emotions can benefit the history of homosexualities.

  • Van Damme S., "What (good) is cultural history for history of science today? Perspectives, challenges, concerns", Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 2018, 1-7.
  • Gammerl, Benno. Affecting Legal Change. How Laws Impacted Same-Sex Feelings and Relationships in West Germany since the 1950s. In: Mark Seymour and Sean Brady, eds. From Sodomy Laws to Same-Sex Marriage: International Perspectives since 1789. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019, pp. 109-121.

3 November (Group B), 5 November (Group A): Faculty Presentations

Presentation by Giancarlo Casale, Global Renaissance? The Ottoman test case & Federico Romero, Approaches to late 20th century international history.

  • Casale G., "Mehmed the Conqueror between Sulh-i Kul and Prisca Theologia" (unpublished)
  • Federico Romero, “Socialism between détente and globalisation,” in Angela Romano and Federico Romero (eds.), European Socialist Regimes’ Fateful Engagement with the West: National Strategies in the long 1970s (London: Routledge, 2020).
  • Federico Romero, ‘Mindset, Training and Serendipity’

10 November: COMBINED SESSION - Faculty Presentations

Presentation by Corinna Unger, Development and Decolonization, & Nicholas Guilhot, Intellectual History.

  • Corinna R. Unger, “Postwar European Development Aid: Defined by Decolonization, the Cold War, and European Integration?,” in Stephen Macekura and Erez Manela, eds., The Development Century: A Global History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 240-260
  • N. Guilhot, “ The First Modern realist: Felix Gilbert’s Machiavelli and the Realist Tradition in International Thought’, Modern Intellectual History, February 2015, pp 1 – 31.

17 November (Group B), 19 November (Group A) : Faculty Presentations

Presentation by Glenda Sluga, Writing the History of Climate and Capital & Pieter Judson, Writing the History of Nations and Nationalism.

  • Sluga, G. 'Climate and Capital: Barbara Ward, Margaret Mead and the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment’ draft for chapter in forthcoming collection The Rise of the International: International Relations meets History, Edited by Richard Devetak and Tim Dunne, CUP.
  • Judson, "Nationalism and Indifference" in Johannes Feichtinger/Heidemarie Uhl (Hg.), Habsburg Neu Denken Vielfalt Und Ambivalenz In Zentraleuropa 30 Kulturwissenschaftliche Stichworte (Böhlau Verlag Wien Köln Weimar, 2016)

24 November (Group B), 26 November (Group A): Faculty Presentations

Presentation by Alexander Etkind, Conspiracy Histories of Global Crises & Lucy Riall, Global Italy/Italy and the Americas.

  • Etkind A. and Yablokov I., “Global Crises as Western Conspiracies: Russian Theories on Oil Prices and the Ruble Exchange Rate”, JSPPS 3:2 (2017)
  • L. Codignola, ‘Relations between North America and the Italian peninsula, 1763-1799: Tuscany, Genoa and Naples,’ in S. Marzagalli et. Al (eds), Rough Waters. American Involvement with the Mediterranean in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Liverpool, 2018),pp.25-42
  • M. Franchina, ‘Atlantic ripples in the Mediterranean: Early 19th-Century patriotic readings of Haiti in the Italian peninsula,’ Atlantic Studies. Global Currents, 2020
  • L. Riall, ‘Hidden spaces of Empire: Italians in 19th-century Peru’ [unpublished article]

1 December (Group B), 3 December (Group A)

Reading to be confirmed.




















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