Dr Marco Duranti

BA Harvard PhD Yale
Lecturer in Modern European and International History

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 9662
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Biographical details

Marco Duranti is a historian of late modern Western Europe in imperial, global and transnational perspective. He has been a Fulbright fellow at the European University Institute, a Fox fellow at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, and a postdoctoral fellow in the Max Planck research group on history and memory at the University of Konstanz. He is currently director of the Nation Empire Globe research cluster at the University of Sydney.

Research interests

  • Late Modern Western Europe (including Britain)
  • Human rights and humanitarianism
  • International justice, law and organisations
  • Conservatism, esp. Christian democracy and neoliberalism
  • Fascism and Anti-Fascism
  • European integration, identity and memory culture
  • History and memory of wars and genocides
  • Relationship between nationalism, imperialism, and internationalism

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • HSTY1044: Twentieth-Century Europe
  • HSTY2616: The Human Rights Revolution
  • HSTY2652: Genocide in Historical Perspective
  • HSTY2659: Nationalism
  • HSTY7001: The History of Human Rights

Supervision

Topics in late modern Western European history, international history, history of human rights and humanitarianism, history and memory

Current projects

  • The origins of the European and UN human rights systems (esp. the ECHR and UDHR)
  • The cultural and sociopolitical dimensions of international law
  • The ethical and religious foundations of European integration
  • The entanglement of Catholic and neoliberal politics
  • Human rights and empire

Conferences and Workshops Convened

'Nation and Empire in the Age of Internationalism,' University of Sydney (21 July 2014).

'Human Rights and Imperialism in Historical Perspective,' University of Sydney (10-11 August 2012).

'Political Reconciliation and Civil Society in 20th-century Europe,' University of Konstanz, Germany (9-11 December 2010).

Invited Presentations

Columbia University (Oct 2013), University of California, Berkeley (Feb 2013), Princeton University (Dec 2012), University of Jena (Jun 2012), University of Helsinki (Oct 2011), Boston College (Apr 2011), University of Chicago (Jan 2011), Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam (Dec 2010), Oxford University (Nov 2010), Schloss Wartegg, Switzerland (Oct 2010), University of Groningen (Sep 2010), Institut de France, Paris (Jun 2007).

Other Presentations

University of Adelaide (Sep 2015), American Historical Association 128th Annual Meeting, Washington (Jan 2014), University of Los Angeles, California (Oct 2013), University of New South Wales (Aug 2012), North American Conference on British Studies, Denver (Nov 2011), Columbia University (Oct 2010), Oxford University (Sep 2010), University of St Andrews (June 2010).

Online pieces

The Human Rights Restoration-Revolution,” Oxford Human Rights Hub (3 September 2013)

The Strasbourg court is anti-democratic, just as its founders intended,” openDemocracy (31 July 2013)

"Clarification in response to readers’ comments", openDemocracy (5 August 2013)

Curbing Labour’s totalitarian temptation: European human rights law as a Conservative political project,” History & Policy (July 2013)

With Tempe McMinn: “Human Rights and Imperialism in Historical Perspective”, H-Soz-u-Kult / H-Net Review (November 2012)

Selected grants

2012

  • Human Rights and Empire; Duranti M, Moyn S; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Duranti, M. (2013). Conservatives and the European Convention on Human Rights. In Norbert Frei, Annette Weinke (Eds.), Toward a New Moral World Order Menschenrechtspolitik und Volkerrecht seit 1945, (pp. 82-93). Weimar: Wallstein Verlag.
  • Duranti, M. (2013). Holocaust Memory and the Silences of the Human Rights Revolution. In Aleida Assmann, Jan Assmann (Eds.), Schweigen: Archaologie der literarischen Kommunikation XI (Silence: Archeology of literary communication, vol. 11), (pp. 89-100). Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag.
  • Duranti, M. (2012). "A Blessed Act of Oblivion": Human Rights, European Unity and Postwar Reconciliation. In B Schwelling (Eds.), Reconciliation, Civil Society, and the Politics of Memory: Transnational Initiatives in the 20th and 21st Century, (pp. 115-139). Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag.

Journals

  • Duranti, M. (2012). Curbing Labour's Totalitarian Temptation: European Human Rights Law and British Postwar Politics. Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, 3(3), 361-383. [More Information]
  • Duranti, M. (2012). The Holocaust, the legacy of 1789 and the birth of international human rights law: revisiting the foundation myth. Journal of Genocide Research, 14(2), 159-186. [More Information]
  • Duranti, M. (2006). Utopia, Nostalgia and World War at the 1939–40 New York World's Fair. Journal of Contemporary History, 41(4), 663-683. [More Information]

2013

  • Duranti, M. (2013). Conservatives and the European Convention on Human Rights. In Norbert Frei, Annette Weinke (Eds.), Toward a New Moral World Order Menschenrechtspolitik und Volkerrecht seit 1945, (pp. 82-93). Weimar: Wallstein Verlag.
  • Duranti, M. (2013). Holocaust Memory and the Silences of the Human Rights Revolution. In Aleida Assmann, Jan Assmann (Eds.), Schweigen: Archaologie der literarischen Kommunikation XI (Silence: Archeology of literary communication, vol. 11), (pp. 89-100). Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag.

2012

  • Duranti, M. (2012). "A Blessed Act of Oblivion": Human Rights, European Unity and Postwar Reconciliation. In B Schwelling (Eds.), Reconciliation, Civil Society, and the Politics of Memory: Transnational Initiatives in the 20th and 21st Century, (pp. 115-139). Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag.
  • Duranti, M. (2012). Curbing Labour's Totalitarian Temptation: European Human Rights Law and British Postwar Politics. Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, 3(3), 361-383. [More Information]
  • Duranti, M. (2012). The Holocaust, the legacy of 1789 and the birth of international human rights law: revisiting the foundation myth. Journal of Genocide Research, 14(2), 159-186. [More Information]

2006

  • Duranti, M. (2006). Utopia, Nostalgia and World War at the 1939–40 New York World's Fair. Journal of Contemporary History, 41(4), 663-683. [More Information]

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