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Roundtable Discussion: A Vanishing Century: The State of 19th Century European Studies

January 24, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This roundtable explores from multiple perspectives the often-stated impression that the nineteenth century is “vanishing” from German and European history. It asks how one can explain this trend, what consequences it has for the development of historiography and public historical knowledge, if and why the nineteenth century matters for the present, and what the future of nineteenth-century history might be. Five experts on different regions and historiographical approaches to European history discuss these questions.

Moderation: Karen Hagemann (UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of History)


  • Karen Auerbach (UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of History), History of Eastern Europe
  • Cemil Aydin (UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of History), Global History
  • David Blackbourn (Vanderbilt University, Department of History), German Central European History
  • Lloyd Kramer (UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of History), French History
  • Jakob Norberg (Duke University, Department of Germanic Languages and Literature), German Studies

See also: “Discussion Forum: The Vanishing Nineteenth Century in European History?” ed. by Karen Hagemann and Simone Lässig, in Central European History: Volume 51, Issue 4, December 2018 , pp. 611-695

In cooperation with the UNC Chapel Hill Center for European Studies and Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, the Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill Departments of History, and the French Studies and Slavic Studies Seminar. This event is part of the North Carolina German Studies Workshop and Seminar Series. Access the PDF of the event flyer.

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Event flyer for 21st century roundtable on January 24 2020, PDF and details available on web event.


January 24, 2020
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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301 Pittsboro St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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