12 April
2024

Political Commissars as a Transnational Phenomenon in Civil Wars, 1917-1949

École Française d’Athènes (EFA)

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9 November
2023

Transnational Connections of the Spanish Civil War

Queen’s University Belfast

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28 / 29 September
2023

The Spanish Civil War in its European and Global Contexts

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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13 March
2023

Transnational Mobilities in an Age of Civil Wars:
Europe, 1917-1949

13 March 2023
Clinton Institute, University College Dublin

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2 February
2023

The Civilianization of Warfare and the History of Refugees in Europe’s Age of (Civil) Wars

Davide Rodogno (Geneva Graduate Institute) 
Laura Robson (PennState)
Jay Winter (Yale)

In the first half of the twentieth century, civilians became deliberate targets of violence during both inter-state wars and civil wars. In fact, more non-combatants than combatants lost their lives during this extraordinarily violent period, while tens of millions of people were forcibly displaced. This mini-workshop explores why this may have been the case despite significant efforts of the international community to introduce normative rules for military conduct and the emergence of sizeable humanitarian organization to assist victims of war and expulsions.  

We have invited three leading scholars in the filed: Davide Rodogno is Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a widely published expert on the history of humanitarianism in the twentieth century. Laura Robson is the Oliver-McCourtney Professor of History at Penn State University. Her most recent books have focused on mass violence in the Middle East and the history of Partitions while her current book project is about statelessness. Jay Winter is the Charles J. Stille Professor of History (emeritus) at Yale University and one of the world’s leading cultural historians of war.


9 September
2022

Humanitarianism in an Age of Civil Wars:Europe, 1917-1949

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10 – 11 September
2021

Civil Wars in History


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To be announced