Historian Prof. Dr. Lutz Raphael, recipient of the 2013 Leibniz Prize, will deliver first in an annual series of lectures

In the latest in a series of high-profile activities organised by the DAAD-Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies, the University of Cambridge will on Thursday 23 February welcome historian Professor Lutz Raphael.

The winner of the most important research award in Germany, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, Professor Raphael will address the subject of “Imperial violence and mobilised nations: patterns of European history in the first half of the 20th century.”

This will be the first in an annual series of lectures featuring winners of the Leibniz Prize, which was established in 1985 and aims to reward outstanding German contributions to research. The lecture series is being jointly supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office, and by the German Research Council (DFG).

Professor Rafael will be introduced by Dr. Priya Bondre-Beil, Director of International Affairs at the German Research Council, and by Professor Sir Chris Clark, Cambridge’s Regius Professor of History.

Known for his insights into the history of scientific knowledge, Professor Raphael’s influential work has significantly altered perspectives on the contemporary history of Europe. He has consistently championed a European view of history –as opposed to a state-nation centred view.

He is well known for his collaboration with the French school of history for the journal Annales, and his deployment of the philosophical, sociological, and anthropological methods of his teacher Pierre Bourdieu. He further developed these methods with his own studies dedicated to the concept of "longue durée".

Professor Raphael is recognised as an expert in modern historiography, and as one of the leading representatives of a new generation of historians driving forward a critical and methodical self-reflection of their field.

The lecture “Imperial violence and mobilised nations: patterns of European history in the first half of the 20th century” will take place at 5.15pm on Thursday 23 February in Room 2 at the Mill Lane Lecture Theatres.  All are welcome to this free event.

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