Modern Europe Colloquium

The Modern Europe Colloquium is a community of Yale faculty and graduate students interested in the study of modern European history. Convening monthly during the academic year, it invites eminent and emerging scholars in the field from outside of the university to present their research and host a discussion. We welcome faculty and advanced students from Yale and nearby universities from all disciplines to attend and participate. The Modern Europe Colloquium is generously sponsored by the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund and the European Studies Council of the MacMillan Center.

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2021-2022 Speakers

speaker date & presentation title  
Faith Hillis,  Professor of Russian History, University of Chicago

4:00 pm ET, Thursday, February 17, 2022

“Utopia’s Discontents: Russian Emigres and the Quest for Freedom 1830s-1930s”

Dirk Moses,        Frank Porter Graham Distinguished Professor of Global Human Rights History, University of North Carolina

4:00 pm ET, Thursday, March 10, 2022, HQ, Rm 136

The Problems of Genocide: Writing the History of a Concept”

Co-Sponsored with the Global and International History Workshop

Lauren Stokes, Professor of History, Northwestern University

4:00 ET, Thursday, April 7, 2022,   HQ, Rm 207

“ ‘Harlem in Germany’: Race, Migration and the American Analogy in the Federal Republic”

Camille Robcis, Professor of History and French, Columbia University

4:00 ET, Thursday, April 21, 2022, location tbd.

“Disalienation: Politics, Philosophy and Radical Psychiatry in Postwar France”

Previous Speakers

Speaker Date & Presentation Title  
Jessica Namakkal, Associate Professor of the Practice of International Comparative Studies, Duke University

4:30 pm ET, Thursday, February 3, 2022

South Asian Studies Council Colloquium Series: Book Panel:

Unsettling Utopia: The Making and Unmaking of French India
A book panel discussion with Rohit De, SASC & History, Yale; Kelvin Ng, History, Yale; and Ali Touilila, French Department, Yale

Tiffany Florvil, Associate Professor of History, University of New Mexico

4:00 pm ET, Thursday, November 18, 2021

Rediscovering May Ayim

Terence Renaud, Lecturer, Humanities Program and Department of History, Yale University

4:00 pm ET, Thursday, October 14, 2021 

European New Lefts

In Person, Open to the Yale Community Only:

Luce Hall, Rm 203, 34 Hillhouse Ave. 

All were welcome on zoom, link, please register:

Recording of the Colloquium

Dominique Kirchner Reill, Associate Professor of Modern European History, University of Miami

4:00 pm ET, Thursday, October 7, 2021 

Can Social History Out-Story Charisma? The Fiume Crisis as Counter-Narrative

Zaib un Nisa Aziz, Yale Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History

12:00 pm ET, Monday, April 19

Chapter Workshop: “Lenin’s MomentGlobal Revolution and the Historical Case for Universal Self-Determination

with commentary from Professor Jennifer Allen (Yale University)

Anna Duensing,  Yale Ph.D. Candidate, Departments of History and African American Studies

12:00 pm ET, Monday, April 5 

Chapter Workshop: “‘Like a Smile Which Dies on the Lips’: Black Radical Exile and the Limits of Soviet Bloc Solidarity

with commentary from Dr. Terence Renaud (Yale University)

Pamela Ballinger,  University of Michigan, Professor of History and Fred Cuny Chair in the History of Human Rights

12:00 pm ET, Monday March 22 

Discussion of an excerpt from 

The World Refugees Made: Decolonization and the Foundation of Postwar Italy (2020)

with commentary from Orel Beilinson and Charlotte Kiechel (Yale University)

Marta Kalabinski, 
Yale Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History

12:00 pm ET, Monday, March 8

Chapter Workshop: “Weaving the Port into the Socialist City:  Fluid Connections and Transgressive Movements in Gdansk and Gdynia

with commentary from Prof. Pamela Ballinger (University of Michigan)

All meetings this semester on zoom.
Kira Thurman, Assistant Professor of History and Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan

4pm, February 24, 2020

Singing Like Germans: Black Musicians in the Land of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms

Alon Confino, Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies & Professor of History and Judaic Studies, UMASS Amherst

4pm, February 3, 2020

What Would Palestine Look like? Zionists’ Imagination and the Nakba, 1948 (joint lecture with Judaic Studies)

Peter Holquist, Ronald S. Lauder Endowed Term Associate Professor of History; Graduate Studies Chair, University of Pennsylvania

4pm, November 11, 2019

 The Code of Land Warfare at the 1899 Hague Conference: Russia’s Role and the European Setting

Tehila Sasson, Assistant Professor Department of History, Emory University

4pm, September 30, 2019

 The Myth of the Market: Humanitarianism, Capitalism and the End of Empire

Andreas Killen, Professor, City College of New York

12pm, September 26, 2018

 The Prisoner’s Cinema: Interrogation and Indoctrination in the Age of Brain Exploration 

Leonard Smith, Frederick B. Artz Professor of History, Oberlin College and Conservatory

4pm, November 27, 2018 ~

Problematizing the Nation-State: France at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 

*co-sponsored with the Department of French

Paul Hanebrink, Professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Federico Finchelstein, Professor, The New School

Bruno Chaouat, Professor, the University of Minnesota

Carolyn J. Dean, Charles J. Stille Professor of Hitsory and French, Yale University

4pm, March 4, 2019

Populism Then and Now: A Symposium

*co-sponsored with the Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism, and the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund

Camille Robcis,
Associate Professor of French and of History, Columbia University

4pm, March 26, 2019

 The Gender of Question

*co-sponsored with the Department of French

Carolyn J. Dean (Yale); Adam Stern (Yale); Cathy Caruth (Cornell);  Thomas Keenan (Bard); Hannah Pollin-Galay (Tel Aviv); and Michael Roth (Wesleyan)

Moderated by Samuel Moyn (Yale)

5pm, April 22, 2019

 The Moral Witness: Trials and Testimony after Genocide

*co-sponsored with the Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism


Holly Case, Associate Professor of History, Brown University

The Age of Questions in its Federative Aspect (with commentary by Sara Silverstein)

Claire Zalc, Director of the Institut d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine, Paris

Denaturalized? The History of Loss of Nationality under Vichy France (1940-1944)

Charlotte Kiechel, Yale University

Raphael Lemkin and the First Global History of Genocide

Kathleen McCrudden, Yale University

“The Dying of the Light: Sophie de Grouchy and the Afterlives of the Enlightenment”

Kate Brackney, Yale University

At Modernity’s Horizon: the Emergence of Planet Auschwitz during the Cold War

Carolyn J. Dean, Charles J. Stille Professor of History & French, Yale University

From the Survivor to the Activist: A History of Bearing Witness in the Twentieth Century

Sara Silverstein, Yale University

Reinventing International Health in East Central Europe: The League of Nations, State Sovereignty, and Universal Health

Enzo Traverso, Susan and Barton Winokur Professor in the Humanities, Cornell University

Rethinking Left-Wing Melancholia

Quinn Slobodian, Associate Professor of History, Wellesley University

Racial Science against the Welfare State: Richard Lynn, Charles Murray, Thilo Sarrazin


Anna von der Goltz, Georgetown University

The Other ‘68ers: Activism of the Center-right in West Germany’s Age of Campus Protest

Dagmar Herzog - The Graduate Center, City University of New York On Aggression: Psychoanalysis as Moral Politics in Post-Nazi Germany
Scott Spector, University of Michigan Intoxications of the Blood:  Sex, Murder, and the Self in Modern Central Europe
Rita Chin,  University of Michigan

The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Europe

Monica Black, University of Tennessee Healer, Messiah, Rock Star: Bruno Gröning & Early West German History Image result for monica black tennessee
Kimberly Lowe, Lesley University The League of Red Cross Societies and International Committee of the Red Cross: a re-evaluation of American influence in the interwar Red Cross movement Image result for Kimberly Lowe, lesley university
Jeffry Diefendorf, University of New Hampshire  The Past is not a Foreign Country: Urban History as Engagement between Past and Present Image result for Jeffry Diefendorf u new hampshire
Padraic Kenney, Indiana University  The Prison has Become a Political Battlefield’: How World War I Transformed Political Imprisonment in Europe. Padraic Kenney
Devin Pendas, Boston College Law and Democracy: Transitional Justice in German Courts, 1945-1950 Image result for Devin Pendas boston co0
Ruth Ben-Ghiat, New York University The Long War of Italian POWs, 1940-1950: What We Learn from Studying Defeat Image result for ruth ben-ghiat
Stephen Kotkin, Princeton University Stalin: Geopolitics, Ideas, Power Image result for kotkin
Grey Anderson, Yale University The French Army on Trial, 1961-1962
David Petruccelli, Yale University Policing the Drug Trade in Interwar Europe Image result for David Petruccelli, Yale University
Larry Wolff, New York University The Singing Turk: Ottoman Themes in European Operatic Culture in the Long 19th Century Larry Wolff
Stephen Gross, New York University Informal Empire in the Balkans, 1920’s-1930’s
Marci Shore, Yale University It Was My Choice: A Phenomenology of the Ukranian Revolution Image result for marci shore
Jay Winter, Yale University Photographing War: The Eye of the Amateur Image result for Jay Winter, Yale University