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Prof Julian Wright

Head of Department

Department: Humanities

Julian is acting as Deputy Faculty Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts Design and Social Sciences, having been Head of the Department of Humanities since 2017. He is a historian of modern Europe who has worked extensively on French intellectual, political and cultural history. The author of two books with Oxford University Press, on regionalism and socialism, he is particularly fascinated by the idea and experience of time in the present. Working with colleagues from other disciplines, he is leading a project called 'Time on a Human Scale' which puts the human present back into the cultural, philosophical and literary history of Europe between 1860 and 1930.

Julian's new project on the experience of ordinary people who were living 'outside of time' in the era of the Second World War demands a focus on the practices of the everyday, from writing to performing to familial relationships, and how people tried to reconstruct these ordinary temporal rhythms in difficult conditions, from those living under siege to prisoners in camps or people living in secrecy in occupied Europe.

Before appointment to Northumbria University in 2017, Julian taught in the History Department at Durham University for thirteen years. Earlier in his career he was a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church Oxford and prior to that a Senior Scholar of the Modern History Faculty in Oxford, where he was educated as an undergraduate and DPhil student. He has held a visiting professorship at the École des hautes Études en Sciences sociales, Paris. 

Julian is co-editor of the journal French History.

He has a wider role in the region's music life as musical director of the adult chamber choir The Durham Singers:https://www.durham-singers.org/

 

Julian Wright

Campus Address

Office: Lipman 108



Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

The author of two books with Oxford University Press, on regionalism and socialism, Julian is particularly fascinated by the idea and experience of time in the present. Working with colleagues from many other institutions and disciplines, he is leading a project called 'Time on a Human Scale' which puts the human present back into the cultural, philosophical and literary history of Europe between 1860 and 1930.

Julian's new project on the experience of ordinary people who were living 'outside of time' in the era of the Second World War demands a focus on the practices of the everyday, from writing to performing to familial relationships, and how people tried to reconstruct these ordinary temporal rhythms in difficult conditions, from those living under siege to prisoners in camps or people living in secrecy in occupied Europe.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Times of Tyranny and Democracy. A Reflection on Élie Halévy and Twentieth-century Concepts of Time, Wright, J. 8 Feb 2019, Élie Halévy et L'Ère des tyrannies, Paris, Editions Les Belles Lettres
  • Socialism and the Experience of Time: Idealism and the Present in Modern France, Wright, J. 6 Jul 2017
  • A lesson in revolution: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, 'The Communist Manifesto', Wright, J. 22 Oct 2015, Revolutionary Moments, London, Bloomsbury
  • Socialism and political identity: Eugene Fourniere and intellectual militancy in the Third Republic, Wright, J. Jul 2013, In: French Historical Studies
  • Les réformistes au secours d’une femme en deuil. Une petite histoire de réseaux et de recherches socialistes à la veille de la Grande Guerre, Wright, J. 2012, In: Cahiers Jaurès
  • Pluralism and the Idea of the Republic in France, Wright, J., Jones, H. 2012
  • Réformisme et historiographie révolutionnaire: Georges Renard et Eugène Fournière, historiens du XIXe siècle, Wright, J. 2012, In: Mil neuf cent. Revue d'histoire intellectuelle
  • Vision and reality: Joseph Paul-Boncour and Third Republic pluralism, Wright, J. Jul 2012, Pluralism and the Idea of the Republic, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan
  • After the Affair: the Congrès de la Jeunesse and intellectual reconciliation in 1900, Wright, J. Dec 2009, In: French History
  • One mind at Locarno? Aristide Briand and Gustav Stresemann, Wright, J., Wright, J. 2008, Mental Maps in the Era of Two World Wars, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan

Qualifications

  • Modern History DPhil July 01 2002
  • Fellow Royal Historical Society 2017


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