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

Cold Warriors Meet in Geneva

New | Nouveau – No 6, July 2021

Dr Vassily A. Klimentov, European University Institute, Florence

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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, will take place at the Maison de la Paix from 26-27 August (The conference which was scheduled to take place in October 2020, was postponed due to Covid 19). A Keynote Lecture titled, Being in Time: The Experience of Nationhood. will be given by Bernard Yack, the ‘Lerman Neubauer Professor of Democracy and Public Policy’ at Brandeis University.

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Pierre du Bois Chair Public Lectures

Disclosing The Problem of Empire in the International Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois

Lecture |Conférence – 12 April 2021

The lecture was given by Adom Getachew, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. The lecture argued that, W. E. B Du Bois, whose international writings span the decades when an image of the international world came to be dominant, productively illuminates its blind spots and offers conceptual resources to move beyond its limits. The lecture was part of a series of public lectures addressing Europe’s role in the nineteenth-and twentieth-century world organized by Pierre du Bois Chair Michael Goebel.

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