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Prof Julian Wright


Department: Humanities

Julian is interested in the ideas and experiences of time, and in history, culture and music. He has published widely on European history, particularly the history of France. His recent volume with the Proceedings of the British Academy, Time on a Human Scale, puts the human present back into the cultural, philosophical and literary history of Europe between 1860 and 1930. 

Julian is working on a book about how people living in the era of the Second World War wrote themselves back into time. He focuses on practices of the everyday, from writing to performing music, to the work of maintaining familial relationships; and is fascinated by the time-experiences of people living under siege, prisoners in camps or people living in secrecy in occupied Europe.

Julian was Head of Humanities at Northumbria from 2017 to 2022 with a period as Deputy Head of Faculty during that time. After a Junior Research Fellowship at Christ Church Oxford, he taught at Durham University for thirteen years. He has held a visiting professorship at the École des hautes Études en Sciences sociales, Paris and a Leverhulme Fellowship. 

Julian is a Council Member and Secretary for Professional Engagement of the Royal Historical Society.

Julian Wright

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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, his project '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 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.

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  • 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

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

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