Modern French History @IHR – Science and Technology in 19C France

On Monday 18 October we will be in conversation with Thomas Dodman (Columbia) and Richard Taws (UCL) on the vast topics of science and technology in nineteenth-century France. The session will be chaired by Ludivine Broch (Westminster).

Thomas Dodman (Columbia) Histories of nostalgia and race: self-critical reflections

Richard Taws (UCL) Under the Sign: Telegraphic Style in Post-Revolutionary France

You must register via the IHR site to join us next Monday (17h30-18h30 UK time) via Zoom. We would also strongly recommend that you view the papers in advance of the session.

Thomas Dodman is a historian of Modern Europe and an Assistant Professor in the Department of French at Columbia University. He is the author of What Nostalgia Was: War, Empire and the Time of a Deadly Emotion (Chicago, 2018) and the coeditor of Une Histoire de la guerre du XIXe siècle à nos jours (Seuil, 2018). He has recently published a special issue of French Historical Studies on epistolary exchanges and another on the affects of money for Sensibilités: Histoire, critique & sciences sociales (Anamosa), a journal he coedits. He is currently working on a social biography tentatively titled When Emile Went to War. Thomas Dodman read history at University College London and obtained his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2011. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 2016-17 and is currently a fellow at the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University.

Richard Taws is Reader in the History of Art Department at UCL. He is the author of The Politics of the Provisional: Art and Ephemera in Revolutionary France (Penn State University Press, 2013), co-author, as a member of the “Multigraph Collective,” of Interacting with Print: Elements of Reading in the Era of Print Saturation (University of Chicago Press, 2018), and co-editor of Time, Media, and Visuality in Post-Revolutionary France (with Iris Moon; Bloomsbury, 2021) and Art and Technology in Early Modern Europe (with Genevieve Warwick; Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). He is currently completing a book about art and telegraphy in nineteenth-century France, to be published by MIT Press.


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