In June 2018 Prof. Marc Lazar (SciencesPo Paris) steps down as President of the Association for Political History. We asked him to reflect on the first 4 years of the APH and the future of political history in general.
Prof. Dr. Carlotta Sorba is professor in Contemporary European History within the Department of History, Geography and the Ancient world at the University of Padua, Italy.
Since 2012 Sorba is director of the CSC (Interuniversity Center of Cultural History), founded by a convention between the University of Padua, Bologna, Venice, Pisa and Verona.
Her research interests include the cultural history of 19th century Europe, especially the relationship between cultural productions (music, theatre, proto-mass culture), society and politics.
Recent publications are Il melodramma della nazione. Politica e sentimenti nell’eta del Risorgimento (Rome: Laterza 2015), which focused on the relationship between melodramatic imagination and national movement in the Italian Risorgimento. The book was awarded the Senior Prize 2016 from the Italian Society of studies on contemporary history.
Prof. Dr. Norbert Götz is Professor of Contemporary History at Södertörn University in Stockholm, Sweden.
He has a wide range of research interests including political culture, international relations, democracy, welfare state, nationalism, peace and conceptual history. He has worked on Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, the Baltic republics and the Baltic Sea region at large, as well as on international relations in general, in particular the United Nations and to some extent European integration.
He is currently directing the following research projects: “The Moral Economy of Global Civil Society: A History of Voluntary Food Aid” and “Spaces of Expectation: Mental Mapping and Historical Imagination in the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Region” .
Prof. Dr. Pasi Ihalainen is Professor of Comparative European History at the University of Jyväskylä.
He has a wide range of research interests concentrating especially on the history of political and social discourse in the long term from comparative and transnational perspectives. He cooperates with political historians, political theorists and language policy researchers to produce multidisciplinary, comparative and transnational analyses of past political discourses and cultures in Finland, Sweden and major European powers.
Pasi Ihalainen is Director of the research center of Comparative Studies on Political Cultures and involved in various research centers and groups.
Recent publications are Language Policies in Finland and Sweden: Interdisciplinary and Multi-sited Comparisons (2015, with others) and Parliament and Parliamentarism: Comparative History of a European Concept (2016, with others).
Prof. Dr. Giovanni Orsina is Professor of History at Luiss-Guido Carli University, Italy.
He has published extensively, mostly but not only in Italian, on the political history of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His research interests include the relationship between ideologies, institutions and political struggle, with a particular focus on liberalism.
At Luiss-Guido Carli University Giovanni Orsina is deputy director of the School of Government and director of the Master in European Studies. He is also research fellow of IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, where he is the coordinator of the PhD in Political History.
Prof. Dr. Marc Lazar is Professor of History and Political Sociology at Sciences Po Paris, France.
His research interests focus on political parties, the transformations of contemporary democracies and the relations between history and political science.
In Sciences Po Marc Lazar is Head of the History Center, Head of the graduate program in the History department since 2007, Dean of the History department and President of the scientific Council since 2010. At the Luiss-Guido Carli University in Roma he is affiliated professor since 2007 and President of the School of Government since 2010.
His research projects include work in the socialist and social-democrat left in Europe; the radical lefts in Europe; the changes in politics in France and Italy; and the relations between the French left and the public service.
Marc Lazar has been President of the Association for Political History from 2014-2018.