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Transnational history: researching mobilities in the 19th-century global space

Explore 19th-Century transnational mobilities, contacts and exchanges, bringing together academics and researchers from different geographical areas and diverse fields of scholarly interest.

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Master's
  • Phd
Field of studies
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Short-term
Course dates
18 - 20 July 2022

In recent years, transnational studies have gained ground within humanities and social sciences. Historians have also developed a growing interest in this perspective and integrated it in their research. The main goal has been to transcend the nation-state as the main framework of analysis and focus on circulation, transfer, contact and movement of people, texts, goods, and ideas. The 19th century was a period of intense contacts and political, cultural, economic, and scientific exchanges among various societies and regions, exchanges that have not been fully analyzed yet.

The CIVIS Network is a great opportunity for deepening our knowledge on 19th-Century transnational mobilities, contacts and exchanges, bringing together academics and researchers from different geographical areas and diverse fields of scholarly interest. This is the main goal of this CIVIS School. Experts on Ottoman and Sinologist Studies, European and Atlantic History, French Art and Literature, Travel Studies, Political Sciences, Cultural History, Modern History and History of Science and technology from six universities of the network will join forces in their aim to give an extensive overview on these topics to students of the Network. Attention will be placed on theoretical and methodological issues as well as on case studies to discuss the possibilities, challenges and problems surrounding this perspective.

Main topics addressed

  1. Transnational, global, comparative studies in the 19th Century: methodological and theoretical questions.
  2. Travellers, migrants, exiles: individual and social mobilities.
  3. Global politics: circulation of political ideas, practices, projects.
  4. Culture: transnational trends in Arts and Literature.
  5. Science and technology: circulation of experts, knowledge, know-how, and institutional models.
  6. Economy: the configuration of Global Capitalism.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding the usefulness of a transnational approach.
  • Getting acquainted with the plurality of transnational methodologies.
  • Collaborative work in an international academic environment.
N° of CIVIS scholarships: 21 Dates: 18 - 20 July 2022
Weekly study: 25 hours Language: English (B2)
Location: Madrid, Spain Format: Blended
Contact: Florencia ECTS: 1

The recognition of ECTS depends on your home university. Reach out to the CIVIS contact point within your university for further information.

This is a presence-based course. However, some activities will be held online. Further information will be published soon. 

Selected students will receive a grant to support their travel and stay in Madrid, Spain. 


This CIVIS course is open to Master's and PhD students enrolled in one of the CIVIS member universities.

Application process

Applicants should send a short CV and a motivation letter to by 28 February 2022. 

Selected students will be notified on 30 March 2022.


The assessment of participants will be based on:

  • Active participation
  • Teamwork in mixed groups (nationality, gender)
  • A short essay defining a transnational research topic

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Irini Apostolou

Irini Apostolou is Associate Professor of French Cultural History, Department of French Language and Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Paris-Sorbonne University, DEA, PhD 2003. Areas of Research: Travel writing and iconography, Orientalism, Antiquarianism, History of French Art, Iconography and French Cultural History. Irini Apostolou has mostly worked in eighteenth and nineteenth-century France. Her research examines the relationship between West and East and focuses on the French Travelers perception of the East.

Andrea Carteny

Andrea Carteny, PhD in History of Europe, is enabled as Full Professor and he is Associate Professor of History of International Relations at Sapienza University of Rome (SARAS Department, Faculty of Letters and Philosophy). He is Director of CEMAS (Research Center for Cooperation with Eurasia, Mediterranean and Sub-Saharan Africa) and Board Member of H2CU (Honors Center of Italian Universities) for Italy-USA Scientific and Academic Collaboration. He teaches "International History of Nationalisms and Identities", "History of Euro-Asian Relations" and "History, Cultures and Identities" at the Faculty of Letters and the Faculty of Political Sciences. He is Director of Hungarian Studies Review (RSU "Rivista di Studi Ungheresi") and Alumni Fulbright (Fulbright "distinguished Chair" at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, as Professor of "Identities in Modern Europe").

Pierre-Marie Delpu

Pierre-Marie Delpu is a specialist of the Southern European revolutions in the 19th century. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Université Paris 1 and Università degli Studi « Federico II » di Napoli (2017) and teaches 19th and 20th-century History at Aix-Marseille Université since 2016. He is an Associate Sesearcher of TELEMMe (Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, Aix-en-Provence) and a former fellow of the Casa de Velázquez (Madrid). He is currently a fellow of the Madrid Institute for Advanced Study. His research, mainly focused on Italy and Spain, deals with political martyrdom.

Silvia Marton

Silvia Marton is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest. She received her PhD in political science from the University of Bologna (2007) and University of Bucharest (2006). She is an Associate Researcher at the Centre Norbert Elias (France). Since 2009, she co-organizes the monthly focus-group “Political and Social History of the 18th and 19th century” within the New Europe College – Institute for Advanced Studies, Bucharest. She is currently a member of the CNRS-funded network of European social scientists and historians “Politics and corruption: history and sociology” (GDRI CNRS 840). Her research is focused on the history and politics of corruption, and on the nation- and state-building in Eastern Europe.

Juan Pan-Montojo

Juan Pan-Montojo, BA in Modern History and in Economics, PhD in Modern History (UAM), is a Professor of Modern History at the UAM. His main fields of research are agrarian history and the history of public economics. He has been visiting researcher at the LSEPS, the NSSR and Erlangen-Nürnberg and visiting professor at the Universidad de la República and the EHESS. He has participated in different research projects and a European NoE (Cliohres). He has been the editor Historia Agraria between 2010 and 2014 and is currently the editor of Ayer, the journal of the Spanish Association for Modern History.

Ander Permanyer-Ugartemendia

Ander Permanyer-Ugartemendia (PhD History UPF; BA East Asian Studies UAB) specializes in the study of the Spanish trade in Asia in the 18th-19th centuries, particularly in the Spanish involvement in the opium economy. He has been a visiting researcher in the Department of History at the University of Chicago, in the Institute of Modern History (Academia Sinica, Taiwan), and in the John Carter Brown Library, Providence. He has been a recipient of a Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Fellowship and of the XXVII Ramón Carande Award (Spanish Association of Economic History). He currently teaches at the Modern History Department, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Florencia Peyrou

Florencia Peyrou, PhD in Modern History (UAM), is Associate Professor of History at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). She has been visiting researcher at the London School of Economics, EHESS, Università Roma Tre and ISCTE (Lisbon) Her research focuses on 19th Century Liberal/Radical Spanish Political Cultures from a Gender, comparative, and transnational perspective. She has participated in different research projects including the Leverhulme Trust-funded Re-Imagining Democracy in the Mediterranean (1750-1800)  and a European NoE (Cliohres). Besides several journal articles, she is the author of the book Tribunos del pueblo. Demócratas y republicanos en el período isabelino (Madrid, CEPC, 2008). She is currently the co-editor of Journal of Feminist, Gender and Women Studies.

Darina Martykanova

Darina Martykanova is Associate Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her research in the cultural history of science and technology focuses mostly on Spain and on the Ottoman Empire. She is author of Reconstructing Ottoman Engineers. Archaeology of a Profession (1789-1914), Pisa 2010. She has published on scientific professions and political power in the European Journal of Turkish Studies, in Engineering Studies or in Historia y Política. She is chair of the ICOHTEC Turriano Prize Committee for the best early-stage work in the history of technology.

Juan Luis Simal

Juan Luis Simal is an Associate Professor of History at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). In 2012-2014 he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Historisches Institut - Universität Potsdam. His research interests include the history of revolutions, political cultures and exile in Spain, Europe and the Americas in the nineteenth century, and the history of international financial markets. Besides several journal articles, he is the author of the book Emigrados. España y el exilio internacional, 1814-1834 (Madrid, CEPC, 2012) and La era de las grandes revoluciones en Europa y América, 1763-1848 (Madrid, Síntesis, 2020).

Donatella Strangio

Donatella Strangio is a Full Professor of Economic History at the Faculty of Economics at Sapienza Università di Roma. Author of numerous books and articles in national and international journals. Her more quoted works are on the famine in the pre-industrial age, migration, public finance, colonization and decolonization, institutions and long-run economic growth, the history of tourism. She was a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, and research visiting in CVCE (Luxembourg), UBA (Buenos Aires), Columbia University (NYC). Actually a member of some European research projects: Perceptions, COVINFORM, Jean Monnet Project Past and Present Migration Challengers.

Guest Teachers

Maurizio Isabella

Maurizio Isabella, Reader in Modern History, Queen Mary-University of London. He specialises in intellectual, political and cultural history, with a focus on Southern Europe, the Mediterranean and Italy in the nineteenth century, and on transnational connections and exchanges. He is currently completing a history of the 1820s revolutions of Southern Europe in global context, to be published with Princeton University Press. His research interests include Southern Europe and the Mediterranean and their relationship with the rest of the world in the nineteenth century; Transnational and global intellectual history; The Italian Risorgimento.

Houssine Alloul

Houssine Alloul is an Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam. His main areas of research are Euro-Ottoman interstate contacts, diplomats and their habitus, finance capitalism and Leopoldian colonialism. His work has been supported by the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz and the Research Foundation Flanders. He has been a visiting fellow at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and a Fulbright visiting scholar and B.A.E.F. honorary fellow at Columbia University. His research has appeared in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, European History Review and Journal of Belgian History. With Edhem Eldem and Henk de Smaele, he edited To Kill A Sultan: A Transnational History of the Attempt on Abdülhamid II (1905) (London: Palgrave, 2017). He is currently working on a monograph on the relations between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Ottoman Empire, with a special focus on the intertwining of small power diplomacy, the global expansion of Belgian capital and transnational sociabilities.