Oxford Centre for European History (previously, Modern European History Research Centre)

The Oxford Centre for European History (OCEH), based in Oxford University’s History Faculty, was set up in 1999 to generate new and exciting research projects in European and British history from the Renaissance to the present, to build research networks with research institutes and universities in the UK, Europe and worldwide, to provide opportunities for research collaboration and facilities for Visiting Researchers, and to train new generations of research students in the field of modern European and British History.

The Centre encourages international collaboration between research students through annual graduate workshops held in conjunction with the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Paris, the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Humboldt University, Berlin, and with  Geneva University. It is supported by around forty leading historians at Oxford, from which it draws its management committee. This is headed by the Chair, Professor Peter Wilson, and the Centre's Research Director, Professor David Priestland.


 

Modern European History Research Centre
Graduate courses in this field

The OCEH has established networks with other research universities and research institutes from Princeton to Sydney. It currently has partnerships with Oslo University’s Forum for Contemporary History exploring aspects of the foundation of the modern world, with Uppsala University investigating state-formation, nation and gender, and with Bielefeld University. It is part of EurHistXX - European Network of Contemporary History, funded by the French CNRS, which links ten major historical research centres in Europe, from Dublin to Budapest, and is developing a comparative project on the three postwar periods (1918, 1945 and 1989).

This centre has a number of seminars and events that run throughout the year. To see when these will next be running, please check the following pages:

The October Revolution

 

THE OCTOBER REVOLUTION AFTER 100 YEARS

 

Wednesday October 11th, 3 - 5 p.m.

St Stephen's Chapel Conference Centre

Radcliffe Humanities Centre,

Woodstock Road

‘Event, Memory, Legacy’

Professor Catriona Kelly, Professor David Priestland and Professor Steve Smith

 

Thursday October 12th, 2 pm

Doctorow Hall, St Edmund Hall

‘The House of Government.

A Saga of the Russian Revolution’

Professor Yuri Slezkine (University of California, Berkeley) will lead a discussion of his new book

 

Please click here to see events and seminars at TORCH, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.

The Centre welcomes expressions of interest from postdoctoral scholars and senior academics who are working in areas related to its own research interests. Academic Visitors are provided with research facilities, and encouraged to participate in seminars & workshops and contribute to the intellectual and social life of the Faculty during their visit. Visits would normally last between a term and one academic year.   

Applicants must secure independent funding for accommodation and living expenses for the period of their proposed visit and are asked to pay a termly charge of £250 per 3-month term or £800 for 12 months as a standard bench fee. We are unable to assist with finding accommodation, college association, travel or visa arrangements.

Please note that space available within the Faculty is very limited, and provision of a dedicated desk cannot be guaranteed. There is a charge for provision of desk-space with IT equipment. The current charge is £750 per 3-month term or £2,500 for 12 months. Please note that the bench fee mentioned above is absorbed within this fee.

Prospective applicants should complete the form below which should be read in conjunction with the visitor's agreement and e-mailed to the OCEH Administrator.

 

Research Students

We do not participate in co-tutelle arrangements, and there are only limited opportunities for History graduates who are currently enrolled in another institution to come to Oxford on a short-term visit:

Recognised Student Status - This status is given to (a) graduate research students registered with another university and admitted by an Oxford faculty to undertake research for their degree for a minimum of one and maximum of three terms; and (b) to early career researchers admitted to work with an Oxford academic. It does not involve membership of a College or an Oxford qualification. If this is the status you need, please do not fill in the OCEH Academic Visitor Application Form, but instead apply for admission as a Recognised Student via the form here. Please note that we do not require support from our Head of Department to be included with your application.

Erasmus   - check whether your institution participates in this.

Cachan exchange this is particularly suitable for students working on French history post 1789. The contact for Oxford History is Professor Gildea.

Dr Ana Valdez, University of Évora, Portugal

Clément Claret, Sciences Po - Centred'Études Européennes

 

Dr Robert Saunders, Queen Mary University of London 

Prof Taku Eriguchi, Seinan Gakuin University, Japan

Dr Xu Zhiqiang, Yangzhou University, China

Dr Andrea Franc, University of Basel, Switzerland

Prof Giulia Albanese, University of Padua, Italy

Dr Vittoria Feola, University of Padua, Italy

Dr Steven L.B. Jensen, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark 

Prof Renee Poznanski, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Dr Andrew Buchanan, University of Vermont, USA

Dr Einar Wigen, University of Oslo, Norway

Dr Eric Storm, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Dr Søren Feldtfos Thomsen, Aarhus University, Denmark

Dr Doron Avraham, Bar Ilan University, Israel

Dr Yaacov Falkov, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

Prof Paul Shore, University of Manitoba, Canada

Dr Gonzalo Butron, University of Cadiz, Spain

Dr Johanna Rainio-Niemi, University of Helsinki, Finland

Dr Kim Christiaens, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, Belgium

Dr Atina Nihtinen (2014-2015), Abo Akademi University, Finland

Mr Valentin Wendebourg, University of Goettingen, Germany

Dr Giulia Albanese, University of Padua, Italy

Dr Juan Pablo Domínguez Fernández, University of Navarra, Spain

Ms Laia Portet, Universitat Pompeu i Fabra, Spain

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