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Clarisse Berthezène

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Title : Professor of Modern British History


Research Themes :

  • Modern British History
  • Conservatism and the British Conservative Party in transnational perspective
  • Women’s movements, gender and politics
  • Volunteering and the voluntary sector
  • Religion and politics

Current Project :

My current project explores the political mobilisation of Conservative women in the period from 1918 to 1990 and the links between gender, politics and voluntary action. I co-edited with Julie Gottlieb a volume entitled Rethinking right-wing women. Gender and the Conservative Party, 1880s to the present (Manchester University Press, 2017). One of our aims is to publish a volume on the history of right-wing women and social action from a European perspective. I’m also interested in the role Conservative women played in the creation of the European Union of Women in 1953 and the links between the British Conservative Party and the Christian Democratic Parties on the continent.

I am currently a co-investigator, with Laura Lee Downs, for a project funded by the European University Institute examining "European Trajectories in the Quest for Welfare and Democracy : Voluntary Associations, Families and the State, 1870s – 1990s." The network brings together some 35 scholars from across Europe who seek to question our understanding of European social welfare both historically and socially, by examining the numerous ways in which families, churches, trade unions, municipalities and other private or semi-public associations have interacted with each other and with the state in the identification of social problems and the creation of solutions.

I am also involved, with Jean-Christian Vinel, in a project on populism and its roots at the heart of liberal democracies. This project is a sequel to our book on Postwar Conservatism, a transnational investigation. Britain, France and the United States 1930-1990, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Education and Academic Positions :

  • 1993, Entered the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay/St Cloud (ENS)
  • 1995, MA in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • 1996, Agrégation in English
  • 1997, DEA in history at the Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po.
  • 2003, Ph.D., University Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle. Dissertation Title : “Les conservateurs britanniques dans la bataille des idées. Le Ashridge Bonar Law Memorial College : des ‘conservateurs fabiens’ à la conquête des esprits, 1929-1954”
  • 2017, Habilitation à diriger des recherches, Université de Bourgogne. Title : “Vers une histoire transnationale des conservatismes. Mobilisations politiques et transformations de la société civile, 1883 à nos jours”
  • 2004-2017, Lecturer, Université Paris-Diderot
  • 2017-2018 : Research, Higher Education and Innovation Attachée at the French Embassy in London
  • 2018 to the present : Professor, Université Paris-Diderot

Administrative Responsibilities :

  • 2017-present : Head of the Political History Group of the LARCA, UMR 8225
  • 2011-2014 : Elected member of the CNU (Conseil national des universités)
  • 2011-present : Elected member of the Council of the LARCA, UMR 8225
  • 2014-present : Elected member of the Scientific Council of the Department of Anglophone Studies

Research Supervision :

I welcome applications from students interested in researching the following areas of twentieth-century British history :

  • popular politics
  • the history of Conservatism and the Conservative Party
  • women’s movements, gender and sexuality
  • volunteering and the voluntary sector

Selected Publications :

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