Manfred Berg (Heidelberg University)
16 May

Woodrow Wilson and His Domestic Critics: The United States and World Order after the Great War.

 When U.S. President Woodrow Wilson returned from the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, he implored the American people to embrace their new international responsibility and join the League of Nations. His domestic critics, however, rejected the League Covenant as a betrayal of time-honored principles of U.S. foreign relations and American sovereignty. Eventually, the U.S. Senate failed to ratify the Peace Treaty, and the United States never joined the League. This talk will take a fresh look at the “League Fight” by reframing it as a contest between different varieties of American nationalism.


Manfred Berg is the Curt-Engelhorn Professor of American History and a member of the Board of Directors of the Heidelberg Center for American Studies at Heidelberg University. Before he came to Heidelberg he taught at the Free University of Berlin and was a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. His research includes the history of U.S. foreign relations, the African American civil rights movement, Lynching and mob violence, and U.S. political history. Most recently, he has published a biography of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, which also reassesses the United States' role in forging a new world order after 1919.


Date: Thursday 16 May

Time: 4:30 PM

Venue: K114, Newman Building

Steffen Rimner (Utrecht)
8 March

Liberalism's Original Sin: The Global Backlash against Racism after 1919

Steffen Rimner is currently Assistant Professor of the History of International Relations at Utrecht University. His area of specialization is the Asia Pacific region and its changing global influence from the late nineteenth century to the present.

He was educated at the University of Konstanz (B.A.), Yale University and Harvard University (A.M., Ph.D.) He was formerly the John Clive Fellow at Harvard University where he was affiliated with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He has held fellowships at Yale (International Security Studies), with SIASSI at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the National Humanities Center in North Carolina. He was a Transregional Research Junior Scholar of the InterAsian Contexts and Connections program of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in New York, a fellow at the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University and a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (Tobunken) at the University of Tokyo.

His research was supported by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, the Harvard University Asia Center, the Committee on Australian Studies at Harvard, the American Philosophical Society, Columbia University, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and others.

In 2018, he was awarded an Early Career Seed Fund Grant by the British Academy, following an invitation by the British Academy to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to pursue interdisciplinary work on the theme of violence. 

Date: Friday 8 March

Time: 4:30 PM

Venue: K114, Newman Building

International Conference
28 March

Post-War Transitions in Europe: Politics, States and Veterans (1918-1923)

The CWS is pleased to host a 2-day international conference to commemorate the end of the centenary of the First World War. The conference aims to appraise how European WWI ex-service men and officers contributed to the creation of new states in Europe and participated through associative or political activism to the peace process.

28 - 30 March 2019

Papers will broadly deal with the following themes:

  • WWI ex-service men and transnational networks in Europe
  • WWI ex-service men and the peace process
  • WWI ex-service men and politics
  • WWI ex-servicemen and paramilitary violence in Europe
  • WWI ex-service men and the creation of nation states throughout Europe

Click here to see the full Programme - March 2019.

This conference is entirely funded by the Irish Research Council.

Dr Edward Burke (Nottingham) & Dr Huw Bennett (Cardiff)
17 January

Dr Edward Burke (University of Nottingham) and Dr Huw Bennett (Cardiff University) will present a joint symposium on the topics of 'An Army of Tribes? British Army Small Unit Cohesion and Deviancy in Northern Ireland'; and 'British military strategy in Northern Ireland, 1966-75' respectively.

Edward Burke is Assistant Professor and the Director of the Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism in the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham. His research specialises in insurgency, terrorism and British/EU foreign and defence policy and he is currently researching the effect of the UK's exit from the EU on the British-Irish security relationship.

Edward is a regular media commentator on British foreign policy, security and the EU. He has been interviewed by the BBC, RTE, the Financial Times, Irish Times and the Economist. He has published opinion pieces in the New York Times, The Guardian, and Irish Times. Edward has been invited as an expert witness to the Houses of Parliament, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the European Parliament.

Huw Bennett is a faculty member in the Department of Politics and International Relations Cardiff University. He specialises in strategic studies, the history of war, intelligence studies, and work on both historical and contemporary issues concerning the use of military power.

Huw-BennettHis research focuses on the experiences of the British Army since 1945, in the contexts of British politics, the Cold War, the end of empire, and the War on Terror. Huw has published on the conflicts in Malaya, Kenya, Aden, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan and his research examines how strategy is formed and evolves, and its impact upon society. His current projects include several articles on psychological warfare in the Cold War, and a book manuscript for Cambridge University Press called The British Army's War in Northern Ireland, 1966-79.

Date: Thursday, 17 January

Time: 4:30 PM

Venue: Room K114, Newman Building

Linda Colley, the Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History (Princeton)
1 November

'Inscribing a Modern World: Constitutions, Literature, and Print'

Professor Colley presents UCD's annual Arts & Humantities Lecture.

Linda Colley, the Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History, is an expert on Britain since 1700. She favors cross-disciplinary history, and in both her writing and teaching examines Britain’s past in broader European, imperial, and global contexts. Born in Britain, she graduated from Bristol University with First Class Honors in history (1972) and completed her Ph.D. in history at Cambridge University (1977).

The first female Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge, she moved to Yale University in 1982. Her first book, In Defiance of Oligarchy: The Tory Party 1714-1760 (1982), challenged the then dominant view by arguing that the Tory party remained active and potent during its years out of power, exploring the consequences of this in regards to ideas, electoral and popular politics and political action. Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837 (1992), which won the Wolfson Prize for History and which has been re-issued in a revised 5th paperback edition, investigated how - and how far - the inhabitants of England, Scotland, and Wales came to see themselves as British over the course of the 18th and early 19th centuries. 

Date: Thursday 1 November 2018

Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Lecture Theatre Q, Newman Building, UCD

Booking is essential: Click here to register

12 October

Writing the History of Civil War

In this seminar, some of the leading scholars of civil wars will discuss their unique approaches to the subject.

Time: 4:00 PM

Venue: K114, Newman Building

Prof. David Armitage (Harvard)

David Armitage, MA, PhD, LittD, CorrFRSE, FRHistS, FAHA, is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and former Chair of the Department of History at Harvard University, where he teaches intellectual history and international history. He is also an Affiliated Professor in the Harvard Department of Government, an Affiliated Faculty Member at Harvard Law School, an Honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, an Honorary Professor of History at the University of Sydney and an Honorary Professor of History at Queen's University Belfast.

Anne D 175Dr Anne Dolan (Trinity College)

Anne is Associate Professor in Modern Irish History. Her research has examined the nature and the legacy of the Irish civil war and is currently working on an examination of violence and killing throughout the revolutionary period in Ireland.

She is particularly interested in the consequences of violence at a political and at a personal level and in placing the Irish experience in a wider context. This work stems from a broader interest in the nature of the two states in Ireland in the inter-war period. Her research is also moving into the area of popular experience in twentieth century Ireland.

Glenda G 175Prof. Glenda Gilmore (Yale / UCD)

Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore is the Peter V. and C. Van Woodward Professor of History, African American Studies, and American Studies.  She earned her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Her most recent book, These United States:  A Nation in the Making, 1890 to the Present, coauthored with Thomas Sugrue, appeared as a trade book in October, 2015, published by W. W. Norton. It was published as two textbooks in the spring of 2016, one on 1890 to the present, and the other on 1945 to the present.  Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950, was one of the American Library Association’s Notable Books of 2008, and the Washington Post’s Best Books of 2008. She is the editor of Who Were the Progressives? and co-edited Jumpin’ Jim Crow: Southern Politics from Civil War to Civil Rights.  Her first book, Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920, published in 1996, won Frederick Jackson Turner Award, the James A. Rawley Prize, the Julia Cherry Spruill Prize, and the Heyman Prize.

Stathis K 175Prof. Stathis Klayvas (Oxford)

Stahis is the Gladstone Professor of Government at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and a fellow of All Souls College. Until December 2017, he was the Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he also founded and headed the Program on Order, Conflict and Violence.

His research includes the dynamics of polarization and civil war, ethnic and non-ethnic violence, and the formation of cleavages and identities. He has also researched party politics and political institutions in Europe. He has published extensively, in English, Greek, French, Italian, and Spanish and has been awarded the Gregory Luebbert Award for the best article in comparative politics published in 1998-1999. He is the author of The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe (Cornell University Press, 1996) which received the J. David Greenstone Prize and is presently completing a book on The Logic of Violence in Civil War.