Welcome to the Pierre du Bois Foundation for Current History (Fondation Pierre du Bois pour l’histoire du temps présent) created in 2008, in accordance with the wishes of Pierre du Bois, who outlined its objectives long ago. The mission of the Pierre du Bois Foundation is to stimulate research in current history and to support researchers and students in this field.


Papiers d’actualité / Current Affairs in Perspective

Merkeldämmerung: The German Federal Elections of 2021

New | Nouveau – No 8, September 2021

Dr Bernhard Blumenau, Lecturer in International Relations, Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews

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The Pierre du Bois Prize 2021

Dr. Geoffroy Legentilhomme

Award | Prix – September 2021

The Annual Pierre du Bois Prize was awarded to Dr Geoffroy Legentilhomme on the 17 of September 2021 for his thesis entitled, “Mutualisme, concurrence et science actuarielle: Contributions à l’historiographie du système suisse d’assurance-maladie (1865-1970)”. The thesis was defended at the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

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The Annual Pierre du Bois Conference 2020/2021

Political Proteus: Nationalism’s Entangled Histories

Event | Événement – 26-27 August 2021

The Annual Pierre du Bois Conference, organized by the Graduate Institute in partnership with the Pierre du Bois Foundation and with support from the Swiss National Science Foundation, took place at the Maison de la Paix from 26-27 August. A Keynote Lecture titled, Being in Time: The Experience of Nationhood was given by Bernard Yack, the ‘Lerman Neubauer Professor of Democracy and Public Policy’ at Brandeis University.

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