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Dr Daniel Laqua

Head of History; Associate Professor in European History

Department: Humanities

Daniel Laqua works on 19th/20th-century European history, with a particular emphasis on transnational movements and international organisations.

Daniel LaquaBefore joining Northumbria University in 2009, he taught at University College London (UCL), where he had previously conducted his doctoral research. Daniel’s teaching covers the history of Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, sustained by his research on phenomena such as pacifism, socialism, humanitarianism and student activism. His commitment to his students has been recognised via a Provost’s Teaching Award at UCL (2009) and two Student-Led Teaching Awards at Northumbria (‘Best Lecturer’ category, 2013; ‘Committee Highly Commended Award’, 2016). Before becoming a lecturer, Daniel worked for several international initiatives, including projects of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL).

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PhD in History, University College London (UCL), 2009
M.St. in Modern History, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, 2003
BA (Hons) in History, Wadham College, University of Oxford, 2002

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Daniel’s research deals with transnational movements and associations in 19th/20th-century Europe. He is particularly interested in competing conceptualisations of global order, the role of peace groups and the relationship between nationalism and internationalism. His first monograph examines European internationalism through the prism of congresses, conferences and campaigns that took place in Belgium. Daniel’s second book (forthcoming with Palgrave) traces political ‘campaigns beyond borders’ between 1889 and 2001. His research on these themes underpins his teaching, especially his final-year module ‘Peace, Love and Understanding: International Political Activism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries’. More recently, Daniel has begun to work on the history of student activism in the period from the interwar years to the early Cold War.

Sponsors and Collaborators

Daniel’s research has been supported by fellowships and grants from a variety of institutions, including the European Union (Marie Curie Fellowship), the German Historical Institute in Paris, the Special Research Fund of Ghent University (Visiting Fellowship), the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz (Senior Research Fellowship) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). He is the International Secretary of the Society for the Study of Labour History (SSLH) and was a strand convenor for the Social History Society, whose 2014 congress at Northumbria he co-organised. He is on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Belgian History and of the AHRC-funded project ‘Conferencing the International’. Together with Georgina Brewis (UCL Institute of Education), he runs the project ‘British Ex-Service Students and the Rebuilding of Europe, 1918–1926’, which is based on a partnership with the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and the National Union of Students (NUS).

Key Publications

‘Activism in the “Students’ League of Nations”: International Student Politics and the Confédération Internationale des Étudiants, 1919 – 1939’, The English Historical Review, vol. 132, no. 356 (2017), pp. 605–637.

'Democratic Politics and the League of Nations: The Labour and Socialist International as a Protagonist of Interwar Internationalism', Contemporary European History, vol. 24, no. 2 (2015), pp. 175-192

'Freethinkers, Anarchists and Francisco Ferrer: The Making of a Transnational Solidarity Campaign', European Review of History, vol. 21, no. 4 (2014), pp. 467-484.

'Pacifism in Fin-de-Siècle Austria: The Politics and Limits of Peace Activism', The Historical Journal, vol. 57, no. 1 (2014), pp. 199-224.

The Age of Internationalism and Belgium, 1880–1930: Peace, Progress and Prestige (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013).

[as editor, with Christophe Verbruggen and Gita Deneckere] Beyond Belgium: Encounters, Exchanges and Entanglements, 1900–1925 : a themed issue of the Revue belge de philologie et d’histoire / Belgisch tijdschrift voor filologie en geschiedenis, vol. 90, no. 4 (2012).

[as editor] Internationalism Reconfigured: Transnational Ideas and Movements Between the World Wars (London: I.B. Tauris, 2011).

‘The Tensions of Internationalism: Transnational Anti-Slavery in the 1880s and 1890s’, The International History Review, vol. 33, no. 4 (2011), pp.  705-726.

‘Transnational Intellectual Cooperation, the League of Nations, and the Problem of Order’, Journal of Global History, vol. 6, no. 2 (2011), pp. 223-247.

'Laïque, démocratique et sociale'? Socialism and the Freethinkers' International', Labour History Review, vol. 74, 3 (2009), pp. 257-73.

To view my full list of publications, please consult my Northumbria Research Link page: click here


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