Dr Dina Gusejnova
B.A., M.A., M.Phil, PhD (Cantab), Marie Curie European doctorate
Lecturer in Modern History
20th century intellectual and cultural history; transnational history; Europe in global contexts; modern German history; Russian and Soviet history; history of citizenship, statelessness and displacement; history of modern punishment and internment; comparative imperial and colonial history; history of emotions; postsocialism
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On Maternity Leave 2018/19
I am a Lecturer in Modern History, currently working on the intellectual and cultural history of statelessness and forced displacement in British and transnational contexts. I have previously taught at Queen Mary University of London, UCL, where I was based at the Centre for Transnational History, and at the University of Chicago. Having got my university degrees in Cambridge, (BA in History, MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History, and a PhD), I also spent time as a Marie Curie and DAAD visiting scholar at the Universities of Groningen, Stanford, and UC Berkeley.
My research profile is at the intersection between political, cultural, and intellectual history. My first book, European Elites and Ideas of Empire, 1917-57 (Cambridge UP), is now available open access here.
International Officer and Erasmus Tutor in the Department.
External Examiner, Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.
Co-convener of Passionate Politics, a three-year long interdisciplinary research project on the History of Emotions based at UCL.
German Studies Association
German History Society
International Society for Cultural History
European Network in Universal and Global History
L’histoire sociale des idées politiques en perspectives (Paris Ouest, Nanterre and Sciences-Po)
My research lies at the intersection between the intellectual, social and cultural history of twentieth-century Germany and Central Europe. I am particularly interested in moments of political transition as well as the social contexts in which ideas and ideologies emerge. My current research deals with the history of civilian internment during the Second World War, with a particular focus on the cultural and intellectual history of knowledge communities which were affected by this experience.
Areas of research supervision
I welcome research students wishing to work on any aspect of intellectual history from the early modern to the modern period, on modern European history (especially the German and Russian empires and Austria-Hungary, as well as their twentieth-century successors), twentieth-century transnational, imperial and global history, and the history of non-governmental organisations. If you seek to integrate interdisciplinary approaches to history in your work, such as concentrating on sources from the visual arts and music in social and political contexts, I would also be happy to advise you.
Sabine Hanke: 'Staging Local, Acting Global. A History of the German and British Circus (1890-1945)'
Full list of Publications
European Elites and Ideas of Empire, 1917-1957 (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
(Editor): Cosmopolitanism in Conflict: From the Seven Years' War to the Cold War (Palgrave Macmillan, in preparation)
'Jazz anxiety and the European fear of cultural change: towards a transnational history of a political emotion’', Cultural History (forthcoming, April 2016)
'Keyserling's keywords: the challenges of translating Europe', in Comparativ, Issue on Transfer and Translation (November 2015)
(with Olga Smith) 'Fotografie des letzten sowjetischen Jahrzehnts: Boris Michajlov als Auto-Phänomenologe der Stagnationszeit', Fotogeschichte, 35: 136 (2015)
'Der Prophet als Parfum: Das Spenglersche am europäischen und amerikanischen Modernismus' ['The Prophet as a perfume: Spenglerianism in European and American modernism'], in Zeitschrift für Weltgeschichte [Journal of World History], Issue 2 (2014)
'The Internet as a Potemkin Village of Modern Russian Penal Practice', Laboratorium 5: 3 (December 2013), pp. 56-83.
'Politicheskaia teoria ot pervogo litsa. Ot « kluchevogo perezhivania» k otkryvaniu obshestva' ['Political theory from the first person perspective. From «key experience » to open society'], in Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie [The New Literary Review], special issue on 'Closed Societies', 100 (Moscow, 2009), pp. 55-75.
'Concepts of culture and technology in Germany, 1916 – 1933: Ernst Cassirer and Oswald Spengler', Journal of European Studies, 36 (March 2006), pp. 5-30.
'Sympathy and synaesthesia: the production of cosmopolitan sentiments in Tolstoy's writings on the Crimean war', in Gavin Williams and Roger Parker (Eds.), The Sounds of the Crimean War (Oxford University Press, in preparation)
'Count Harry Kessler's cultural cosmopolitanism in Switzerland during World War I', in Daniel Laqua and Grace Brockington (Eds.), Imagined Cosmopoleis: Internationalism and Cultural Exchange at the Fin de Siècle (Peter Lang, 2015)
'Die russophile Fronde: Mit Kesslers zur bibliographischen Internationale', in Roland Kamzelak (ed.), Kessler, der Osten und die Literatur (Mentis, 2015)
'Noble Continent? German-speaking nobles as theorists of European identity in the interwar period', in Mark Hewitson and Matthew D’Auria (Eds.), European Crisis. Intellectuals and the European Idea, 1917-1957 (Oxford and New York: Berghahn, 2012, paperback out in 2015)
'Olympian or Pathologist? Cassirer, Gundolf and the Hero Myth', in Cultural Studies and the Symbolic, Paul Bishop and R.H. Stephenson (Eds.) (Glasgow: Northern University Press, 2008)
For Cambridge Anthropology, Laboratorium, English Historical Review, Contemporary European History, South African Journal of Philosophy.
BBC Radio 4 authored programme 'Tarpaulin- a Biography'
School visits and public talks: Isle of Man, collaboration with the Ramsey Grammar School and the Young Walter Scott Prize
'Democracy in the Age of Economic Crisis', at the Democracy and Dictatorship study day for The Training Partnership.
TedEx talk on the topic of 'Missing citizenship' for the themed event on The Missing Link at Goodenough College in London (15 May).
Previously, I have been an invited speaker at public events linking artistic practice to issues of social activism and historical research, including Tate Modern, London ('Cosmopolitan Moments', panel on 'Future citizenship', 29 March 2014), the National Media Museum (with Dr Olga Smith), and the Musée d´Orsay in Paris (Conference on 'Le Comte Harry Kessler, penser l'Europe à travers les arts', organised by the German Art Historical Forum in Paris and the Université Paris, Musée d´Orsay, April 2008). I have also hosted and been involved in public events at the Sakharov Centre for Human Rights in Moscow (where I convened a workshop on Politics and Emotions on 24 December 2012). As an author of features and reviews, I have contributed to the BBC World Service radio and Deutschlandradio.
During my last research project on wartime histories of cosmopolitan thought, I have organised a large conference on linkages between war and cosmopolitanism at UCL. As part of the programme, I curated a virtual platform on the history of the digital media, as well as a concert at the Warburg Institute in London, with a live themed concert on the Gombrichs' grand piano featuring pianist and composer David Owen Norris, broadcast on WEFT.org on the personal radio show hosted by historian Craig Koslofsky at the University of Illinois.
Erasmus and Study Abroad Tutor in History