Chaire Pierre du Bois “Europe and the World” – Professeur Michael Goebel

In September 2018 the Graduate Institute in partnership with the Pierre du Bois Foundation inaugurated a new position titled Pierre du Bois Chair Europe and the World. The new position is an illustration of the commitment the Pierre du Bois Foundation has to the advancement of historical research and teaching at the Graduate Institute.




Current and Future events:

Autumn of 2019 – Professor Michael Goebel teaches two courses at the Graduate Institute, one on Approaches to Global History and the other on Empire and Anti-Imperialism in Latin American.

Published in September of 2019, Michael Goebel wrote a review of Colonial Suspects: Suspicion, Imperial Rule, and Colonial Society in Interwar French West Africa, by Kathleen Keller. The review can be read here.

Published in July of 2019, Michael Goebel wrote a review of Global History, Globally, eds. Sven Beckert and Dominic Sachsenmaier. The review can be read here.

At the end of July 2019 Michael Goebel participated in a conference at LSE titled “Global Social History: Class and Social Transformation in World History.” He spoke on “Density and Differentiation: Cities in Global Social History.” The program of the event can be found here.

In the middle of July 2019 Michael Goebel participated in a conference at University of Leicester titled “The Pursuit of Global Urban History: A Dialogue Between Two Fields.” He spoke on “Urban Patchworks: Ethnic Segregation in the Global South’s Port Cities During the Age of Steam.” The program of the event can be found here.

In June 2019 Michael Goebel gave a talk at University of Lisbon titled “Historians and the City: The Prospects and Pitfalls of a Global Urban History.”


About the Chair

Professor Michael Goebel is the first holder of the Pierre du Bois Chair. When recently asked about the transition and motivation to come to Geneva and the Graduate Institute, Michael replied, “I believe there are many people here who I can speak to in order to “fill in the blanks” of my own research as well as make forays into other areas of research I enjoy but without having sufficiently grounded knowledge on those subjects. All of this is important to my work and so is the exposure to the kind of cosmopolitan environment and flow of persons in this city and the Institute. The International History Department offers a spectrum of global, international and transnational history in its widest manifestations, which is very rare, at least in Europe.” The rest of the interview can be read here.

Prior to joining the Institute in 2018, Michael Goebel was Associate Professor of Global History at Freie Universität Berlin. His latest book, Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.  The book examines the relationship between nationalist movements and their leaders many of whom spent their intellectually formative years in European centers. An interview about the book can be viewed here. Additionally, the book won the Jerry Bentley Prize in World History from the American Historical Association in 2016.

Michael Goebel began as an intellectual historian of Latin America, but he has grown increasingly interested in the intersection of global and urban history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In July 2014 he received his Habilitation in Modern History. In 2012–13 he was a John F. Kennedy Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University and in 2008–11 Marie Curie Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. The latter led to his first book titled Argentina’s Partisan Past: Nationalism and the Politics of History published in 2011 by Liverpool University Press.

His articles on the history of migration and the global history of nationalism have appeared in journals such as The American Historical ReviewPast and Present, and Geschichte und Gesellschaft. Additionally, Professor Michael Goebel is a co-founder of the Global Urban History blog.

His publications and full Curriculum Vitae are viewable here.


Past events:

Michael Goebel published an article in the Journal of Modern History, entitled “Spokesmen, Spies, and Spouses: Anticolonialism, Surveillance, and Intimacy in Interwar France.” The article can be found here.

Michael Goebel has published an article (in Spanish) about Latin American students in interwar Paris, who later became leading proponents of the Third World idea. The introduction and table of contents of the edited volume (ed. Martín Bergel), in which the article appeared, can be found here.

Tuesday 26 March 2019 Professor Goebel gave a lunch lecture at the Graduate Institute titled: Is Nationalism Contagious? Please read his interview here.

Tuesday 26 February 2019 Professor Goebel gave the opening spring lecture to The International History Forum at the Graduate Institute titled: After Empire: Technology, Nation-States, and Imperial Breakup