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Visiting Professor Dena Goodman, University of Michigan

EMECC is happy to host Visiting Professor Dena Goodman (University of Michigan) in June 2023.

Professor Dena Goodman is Lila Miller Collegiate Professor of History and Women’s Studies (emerita) at the University of Michigan and co-director of ‘The Encyclopedia of Diderot and d’Alembert Collaborative Translation Project’. She is a cultural historian of eighteenth-century France, with particular interests in women and gender, material culture, writing and sociability. Her current project involves a family history during the French Revolution. It explores Enlightenment legacies in the domains of science and technology, intellectual sociability and state service. During her visit, she will work with cultural historians and literary scholars interested in conceptualising the links between sociability and political change

Events surrounding her visit include

A lecture, ‘Peace Dividends: Why French Scientists Travelled to Britain during the Peace of Amiens (1802-1803) and What They Brought Home’ (tba)

A keynote address for a conference on sociability: ‘Exploring the Political Implications of the Family/Friendship Binary for the History of Sociability, 1750-1850’ (June 9)

A meeting with PGRs and Postgraduates - open to all Humanities departments (tba)

A meeting with IAS Fellows (tba)

If you would like to meet with Professor Goodman to discuss research, please feel free to contact

Thu 02 Feb 2023, 12:27

Call for Papers, Sociability in Politics, Food and Travel in the Early Modern Era

The Early Modern and Eighteenth-Century Centre at the University of Warwick, together with GIS Sociabilités/Sociability network in France, aims to explore the intersection of sociability with the themes of food, politics and travel in the early modern period (1550-1850). The conference coincides with the Visiting Professorship of Dena Goodman (University of Michigan), who has devoted much of her career to studying sociability in eighteenth-century France. In her keynote, she will reflect on the political implications of the family/friendship binary for the history of sociability between 1750 and 1850.

Wed 23 Nov 2022, 14:53

Midlands4Cities Collaborative Doctoral Award with Lord Leycester Hospital

Funding call for full Midlands4Cities Collaborative Doctoral Award studentship at Warwick History for 'Almshouse, Guild & Town Community: The Lord Leycester Hospital in its Urban Setting.' In partnership with The Lord Leycester Hospital. Co-supervised by Dr Naomi Pullin, Prof. Beat, & Dr Heidi Allen. Deadline 11 January 2023.

Tue 25 Oct 2022, 14:10

Exhibitions & Displays, Tiny Traces: African & Asian Children at London's Foundling Hospital

Explore newly uncovered stories of African and Asian children in the care of the eighteenth-century Foundling Hospital.
Hannah Dennett is co-curator

30 Sep 2022 - 19 Feb 2023

Wed 28 Sep 2022, 11:21

Dr Henry Cohn (1936-2021)

"The History Department is deeply saddened by the passing of its Emeritus Reader, Dr Henry J. Cohn. Henry grew up in London and entered University College, Oxford, as a scholar, in 1954. Having taken his BA in 1957 and DPhil in 1963 (with a thesis on the government of the Rhine Palatinate in the fifteenth century), he moved on to a temporary post at Glasgow and a Lectureship in History at Leicester before coming to Warwick in 1967, two years after the foundation of the university​. Here, he immediately gained the respect of his colleagues, serving as acting head in 1969 when still a lecturer and leading the department formally from 1986-89. As he told Bernard Capp and Fred Reid respectively, the latter proved a 'doddle' early on but then turned into a demanding job that required all his managerial and administrative skills. He convened a second-year module on ‘Germany in the Age of the Reformation’ and a Year 3 special subject on ‘The German Peasants’ War 1524-25', taking all his academic duties extremely seriously and setting exacting standards in all student-facing activities right up to his retirement in​ 2003. At the same time, however, Henry remained a distinguished researcher, drawing not least on his knowledge of multiple languages. He had particular interests in the political history of the Holy Roman Empire on the eve of the Reformation (the subject of a monograph on The Government of the Rhine Palatinate in the Fifteenth Century, translated into German in 2013), the German Peasants’ War of 1525 (where he identified anticlericalism as a central factor in a seminal 1979 Past & Present article) and latterly the Imperial Diet (the subject of several recent essays). As a recognized authority in the field of Reformation studies, he served as external examiner to Lyndal Roper, now Regius Professor of History at Oxford. Alongside, Henry took a life-long interest in Jewish history, most recently with a focus on the contested pontificate of Pius XII. At this moment, our thoughts are with his wife Loretta, family and friends. The History Department will remember Dr Henry J. Cohn as an esteemed colleague, dedicated teacher and eminent scholar."
For personal recollections by friends and former colleagues see:
Fri 05 Feb 2021, 09:05

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