Dr Dan Gordon

Senior Lecturer in European History
Dept of English and History
Main Building, Room S3
01695 584276
gordond@edgehill.ac.uk


Biography

Daniel did his first degree in Modern History at Oxford University, before moving to Sussex University to do an MA in Contemporary History (including a dissertation on the killings of Algerian demonstrators in Paris in 1961), and a DPhil on ‘Immigrants and the New Left in France, 1968-1971’.  As the recipient of an Entente Cordiale Scholarship from the French Cultural Service in the UK, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Nice in 2001-2002. He was then the Alistair Horne Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and temporary Lecturer in History at Jesus College, Oxford, before his appointment at Edge Hill University in 2003.

Since 2012 he has worked on the advisory board of a project by Génériques, the French immigration history NGO, which collects oral testimony from activists involved in immigration issues and promotes the public use of these interviews.

He regularly gives talks to A Level History students, is currently writing an article for Teaching History magazine, will be speaking to students and teachers of A Level French at the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France conference in Hull in September 2015, and welcomes enquiries from teachers looking for external speakers.

He writes for a wide readership, including activists, with reviews and articles appearing in academic and non-academic publications, and gives talks in a range of venues, for example, Housmans Bookshop in London, and Les Reclusiennes, a five day open air festival in south-western France. He was invited by the Mayor of Paris to attend the re-naming of a Parisian square after the human rights activist, Saïd Bouziri, and by the British Ambassador to France to attend commemorative events for the twentieth anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel.

Between 2012 and 2015, he has given over 20 conference and seminar papers in the UK and abroad, at St Antony’s College, Oxford, the University of Paris 10 – Nanterre, Leicester University, York University, the Maison Française, Oxford, the Institute of Historical Research, London, the University of Paris 8 – St Denis, the Maison de l’Europe, Paris, Harvard University, Cardiff University, Sciences Po – Bordeaux, the University of Bordeaux 2, the University of Oldenburg, Manchester University, Durham University, Southampton University, Lancaster University, Queen’s University, Belfast, Portsmouth University, St Andrews University, and Newcastle University.

Daniel is the author of over 20 articles and contributions to edited volumes, and his book Immigrants And Intellectuals: May ’68 And The Rise of Anti-Racism in France, published in paperback by Merlin Press in 2012, has been acclaimed in reviews in both the UK and France.

His research interests include: the history of social movements, especially the international movements of 1968; intertwined histories of migration, racism and anti-racism in France from the 1930s to the present day; New Left parties in France and Italy; reactions of the Right to 1968 in France; transnational relations between anti-racist movements in Britain and France; and the history of transport and mobility.

He is currently working on a new history from below of how passengers have interacted with public transport and state authorities in postwar France, with particular reference to the suburban commuters’ revolt of 1970, and the introduction of free transport in some French towns since 1971. This is a multi-layered study, examining the impact of class, gender and regional inequality, and includes the outer suburbs of Paris; provincial cities including Bordeaux, Limoges and Toulouse; and the rural departments of Corrèze, Dordogne and Lot.

From 2005 to 2009 he served on the Executive Committee of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF), and he has been Chair of ASMCF’s North West Regional Group since its launch at Edge Hill University in 2006. In 2012 he was appointed to the Editorial Board of the journal Modern and Contemporary France, to which he was reappointed for a second three year term in 2015. In 2009 he was elected to the Steering Committee of History UK (HE), and was re-elected for a second three year term in 2012.

Alongside his undergraduate and MA teaching, and pastoral and administrative roles as Second Year Tutor, Third Year Tutor, Study Abroad Tutor and Erasmus Tutor, he is Director of Studies of one PhD student, Mason Norton, who is working on a social history of Resistance in Upper Normandy.

Having experienced a range of different institutions, he is very aware of what is special about what History at Edge Hill has to offer students: the unusual combination of a proud record of widening access to higher education with a level of individual support comparable to that of more traditional universities.

Teaching

  • Special Subject: 1968 And All That: Protest in Western Europe
  • Identity and Diversity: Contemporary France from 1968 to the Present
  • France: The Clash of Left and Right, 1934-1968
  • Communism in Eastern and Central Europe After 1945

Publications

For more details about my publications please visit the Edge Hill Research Archive.

Books

Articles and chapters

  • ‘L’économie morale des banlieusards : aux origines de la ‘‘crise des transports’’ en France des années 1970?, Vingtième Siècle, forthcoming, October 2015
  • ‘Is there a Split in the French Anti-Racist Movement? An Historical Analysis’, in James Renton and Ben Gidley, eds, Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe(Basingstoke: Palgrave, forthcoming, 2015)
  • ‘Sans Frontière et la fin des années 68 en France’ in Caroline Rolland-Diamond, Xavier Landrin, Anne-Marie Pailhès and Bernard Lacroix, eds, Les contrecultures: genèses, circulations, pratiques (Paris: Syllepse, forthcoming, 2015)
  • ‘Les marches vues du Royaume Uni’ in François Brun and Ahsène Zehraoui, eds, Les Marches pour l’Egalité et contre le racisme de 1983 à 1985, special issue of Migrations Société, no. 159-160 (May-August 2015)
  • ‘Le 17 octobre 1961 et la population française: la collaboration ou la résistance?’ in Aïssa Kadri, Moula Bouaziz and Tramor Quemeneur, eds, La guerre d’Algérie revisitée: nouvelles générations, nouveaux regards (Paris: Karthala, 2015), pp. 339-350
  • ‘French and British Antiracists Since the 1960s: a rendez-vous manqué?’, in Maud Bracke and James Mark, eds, Between Decolonisation and the Cold War: transnational activism and its limits in Europe, 1950s-1990s, special issue of theJournal of Contemporary History, published online 25 February 2015
  • ‘From Militancy to History: Sans Frontière and Immigrant Memory at the Dawn of the 1980s’ in Emile Chabal, ed, France since the 1970s: history, politics and memory in an age of uncertainty (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), pp. 115-128
  • Sans Frontière et Race Today, vecteurs parallèles de l’héritage de l’immigration’, in Louisa Zanoun, ed, La patrimoine de l’immigration en France et en Europe: enjeu social et culturel, special issue of Migrance (Hors série 2013), pp. 43-56
  • ‘Reaching Out to Immigrants in May ’68: Specific or Universal Appeals?’ in Julian Jackson, Anna-Louise Milne and James Williams, eds, May ’68: Rethinking France’s Last Revolution (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011), pp. 93-108
  • ‘A ‘Mediterranean New Left’? Comparing and Contrasting the French PSU and the Italian PSIUP’, Contemporary European History, vol 19, no 4 (November 2010), pp. 309-330
  • ‘Memories of 1968 in France: Reflections on the 40th Anniversary’ in Sarah Waters and Ingo Cornils, eds, Memories of 1968: International Perspectives(Bern: Peter Lang, 2010), pp. 49-78
  • ‘Le PSU et les luttes de l’immigration: perspectives nationales et internationales’ in Tudi Kernalegenn, François Prigent, Gilles Richard and Jacqueline Sainclivier, eds, Le PSU vu d’en bas. Réseaux sociaux, mouvement politique, laboratoire d’idées (années 1950-années 1980) (Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2009), pp. 327-336
  • ‘Liquidating May ’68? Generational Trajectories of the 2007 Presidential Candidates’, Modern and Contemporary France, vol 16, no 2 (May 2008), pp. 143-159
  • ‘Daniel Guérin et le mouvement des travailleurs immigrés en France après 1968’, in David Berry, ed, Daniel Guérin, révolutionnaire en movement(s),Dissidences, vol 2 (March 2007)
  • ‘Controlling the Streets in May 1968’ in Jessica Wardhaugh, ed, Paris and the Right in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge Scholars’ Publishing, 2007), pp. 104-121
  • ‘La crise en banlieue’, The Virtual Stoa, 16 November 2005
  • ‘The Back Door of the Nation State: Political Expulsions and Continuity in Twentieth Century France’, Past and Present, no 186 (February 2005), pp. 201-232
  • ‘The Tower of Babel Comes to North London: Reflections from the European Social Forum’, The Voice of the Turtle, October 2004
  • ‘ ‘‘A Nanterre, ça bouge’’: immigrés et gauchistes en banlieue, 1968 à 1971’,Historiens et Géographes, no 385 (January 2004), pp. 75-86
  • ‘Acteurs transméditerranéens dans un quartier cosmopolite: juifs et musulmans, entre tolérance et conflit, à Belleville (Paris XXe)’, Cahiers de la Méditerrannée, no 67 (December 2003), pp. 287-298
  • ‘ ‘‘Il est recommandé aux étrangers de ne pas participer’’: les étrangers expulsés en mai-juin 1968’, Migrations Société, vol 15, no 87-88 (July-August 2003), pp. 45-65
  • ‘Soggy Consensuses, National Republicans and neo-Bolsheviks’, The Voice of the Turtle, April 2002
  • ‘World Reactions to the 1961 Paris Pogrom’, University of Sussex Journal of Contemporary History, no 1 (Sep 2000)
  • ‘The Pollock Family Papers’, Bulletin of the Friends of Cambridge University Library, 1996

Review articles

  • ‘Review article: Pomp and Circumstance’, Modern and Contemporary France, vol 23, no 2 (April 2015), pp. 249-255
  • ‘Review article: History at Last? 1968-2008’, Modern and Contemporary France, vol 17, no 3 (August 2009), pp. 335-342
  • ‘Review article: Three New Works by Azouz Begag’, H France Review, vol 7 (October 2007), no. 118
  • ‘Review article: From May to October: Reassessing the 1968 Generation’, Modern and Contemporary France vol 13, no 2 (May 2005), pp. 229-233

Book reviews

  • Review of The Transport Debate by Jon Shaw and Iain Docherty, Political Quarterly, forthcoming, October-December 2015
  • Review of Against Old Europe: Critical Theory and Alter-Globalization Movements by Raphael Schlembach, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, forthcoming, 2015
  • Review of The Thinking Space: The Café as a Cultural Institution in Paris, Italy and Vienna edited by Leona Rittner, Scott Haine and Jeffrey Jackson, Modern and Contemporary France, vol 23, no 1 (January 2015), pp. 125-127
  • Review of Europe’s 1968: Voices of Revolt edited by Robert Gildea, James Mark and Anette Warring, Modern and Contemporary France, vol 22, no 3 (August 2014), pp. 411-413
  • ‘Integration, Again: the Frenchness of a British Nationalist’, review of The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-War Immigration by David Goodhart, Political Quarterly, vol 84, no 4 (October-December 2013), pp. 551-553
  • Review of The Republic and the Riots: Exploring Urban Violence in French Suburbs, 2005-2007 by Matthew Moran, French Studies, vol 67, no 1 (January 2013), p. 141
  • Review of Memories of May ’68: France’s Convenient Consensus by Chris Reynolds, Modern and Contemporary France, vol 20, no 2 (May 2012), pp. 276-277
  • Review of Paris 1961: Algerians, State Terror and Memory by Jim House and Neil MacMaster, English Historical Review, vol 124, no 509 (August 2009), pp. 1014-1016
  • Review of Intercities by Stefan Hermans and Beneath the Paving Stones: Situationists and the Beach, May 1968, texts collected by Dark Star, AA Files, no 44 (2002), pp. 85-87
  • Review of Les Juifs d’extrême gauche en mai 68. Cohn-Bendit, Krivine, Geismar. Une génération révolutionnaire marquée par le Shoah by Yaïr Auron, Modern and Contemporary France, vol 9, no 1 (February 2001), p. 99

Film reviews

  • ‘Olivier Assayas’ Après mai‘, Fiction and Film for French Historians, vol 5, no 2 (November 2014)

 

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