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Benjamin Thorpe

Teaching Associate, Faculty of Social Sciences

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My research looks at the shaping and expression of an internationalist political imagination in the early twentieth century. It thus strays into historical, political, cultural and economic… read more

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My research looks at the shaping and expression of an internationalist political imagination in the early twentieth century. It thus strays into historical, political, cultural and economic geography, and draws inspiration from the history of ideas and political theory.

I have worked in particular on how 'Europe' began to be thought of as a (potential) political entity in its own right. My PhD looked at the role of Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi's 'Pan-European Union' in the 1920s and 30s, and the way in which it transposed a distinctly geopolitical way of thinking into a political campaign for a united Europe.

I am also very interested in how these forms of internationalism are practised and represented. I have looked at the role of international conferences as a key technology of internationalism, and collaborated with Steve Legg, Mike Heffernan and Jake Hodder on the AHRC project 'Conferencing the International'. I am interested in the visual, material and cartographic cultures of internationalism, and the ways in which these adopt, adapt and depart from more traditional ways of doing and representing politics.

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