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

January 24, 2020 at 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.

This event is moderated by Karen Hagemann, James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor in the 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

This event is presented 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.


January 24, 2020
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States