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Prof Julian Wright

Head of Department

Department: Humanities

Julian is Head of the Department of Humanities, and 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.

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



Qualifications

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

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, Wright, J. 6 Jul 2017
  • A lesson in revolution: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, 'The Communist Manifesto', Wright, J. 2015, Revolutionary Moments: Reading Revolutionary Texts, London, Bloomsbury
  • 'Socialism and political identity: Eugene Fourniere and intellectual militancy in the Third Republic', Wright, J. 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. 2012, Pluralism and the Idea of the Republic, Basingstoke, Palgrave
  • 'After the Affair: the Congrès de la Jeunesse and intellectual reconciliation in 1900', Wright, J. 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
  • 'Regionalism and the state in France and Prussia', Wright, J., Clark, C. 2008, In: European Review of History/Revue Europeenne d'Histoire
  • Aristide Briand et les problèmes d’un socialiste indépendant, Wright, J. 2007, Aristide Briand, la Société des Nations et l’Europe, 1919-32, Strasbourg, Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg
  • 'Joseph Paul-Boncour: regionalism, syndicalism and the Third Republic', Wright, J. 2005, In: Nottingham French Studies
  • 'Social reform, state reform and Aristide Briand's moment of hope in France, 1909-10', Wright, J. 2005, In: French Historical Studies
  • The Regionalist Movement in France: Jean Charles-Brun and French Political Thought, Wright, J. 2003


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