Prof. Dr. Michael Goebel
Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut / Frankreich-Zentrum
Einstein Professor of Global History / Co-Director Frankreich-Zentrum
Erasmus Coordinator / Bafög Coordinator
Global History, Social History, Urban History, Nationalism
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Erasmus: Applications are usually due January 31 of every year. Please familiarize yourself with the procedure here. Feel free to send Learning Agreements that require my signature by email. For Credit Transfers (Anrechnungen), usually if you are a returnee, please prepare all the documentation you feel I need, pre-complete all the forms, so they only require my signature, then make an appointment for my office hour, and bring along the entire batch. If you need an official translation of a Transcript of Record, the Prüfungsbüro usually initiates the translation request and re-routes it onto my desk.
Bafög: If you need my confirmation and signature on "Formblatt 5," please prepare all the documentation you feel I need in order to confirm what you want me to confirm, pre-complete all the forms, so they only require my signature, then make an appointment for my office hour, and bring along the entire batch.
Michael Goebel is the Einstein Professor in Global History and the Co-Director of the Frankreich-Zentrum. Prior to his arrival at Freie Universität Berlin in 2021, he was the Pierre du Bois Chair “Europe and the World” at the Geneva Graduate Institute. Since the completion of his Ph.D. at University College London in 2006, he also held positions at the Institute of Historical Research, London, the European University Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, and Harvard University.
Michael Goebel is the Principal Investigator of the SNSF-funded research project Patchwork Cities, which investigates the history of ethnic segregation in port cities. A podcast about this project can be found here. He is a member of the Arbeitskreis für Moderne Sozialgeschichte, of the board of directors of the Global Urban History Project, and of the advisory board of the ZEIT Foundation's program Beyond Borders. Together with Tracy Neumann and Joseph Prestel, he is an editor of the Cambridge Elements in Global Urban History.
Outreach and Public Lectures
The French translation of Anti-Imperial Metropolis has formed the basis of a French TV documentary, aired by France 5 in 2020, which can be watched here.
In August 2021, the Pierre du Bois Conference took place at the Graduate Institute Geneva, concerning the global history of nationalism. Most of the roundtables are viewable on the Graduate Institute's Youtube channel, for example here.
Michael Goebel supervises B.A. and M.A. theses, as well as Ph.D. dissertations.
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Michael Goebel's main research interests lie in the histories of nationalism, of migration, and of cities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His first book (2011), based on his Ph.D. at University College London (2006), concerned the relationship between historiography and nationalism in twentieth-century Argentina. His second book (2015), which at the same time was his Habilitation at Freie Universität Berlin (2014), but was written mainly during stays at the European University Institute (2008–10) and Harvard University (2012–13), explored the question of why and how interwar Paris became such an important site for the global spread of anticolonialism. The book won the Jerry Bentley Prize in World History in 2016. A French translation appeared in 2017.
More recently, though piqued by an older article (2009) about the history of European immigration to Uruguay, he has grown interested in the global history of the relationship between ethnicity and urban space. He is the Principal Investigator of Patchwork Cities, a four-year project about the history of segregation in port cities, which is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. More broadly he has been invested for several years in establishing the field of global urban history, first through the Global Urban History Blog, then through the Global Urban History Project, and more recently as a co-editor of the Cambridge Elements in Global Urban History.
He is currently writing two books. The first, commissioned by Cambridge University Press, charts the rise and fall of European hegemony in global urban history during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Though a monograph-length survey, the book at the same time ponders the origins and implications of Europe's outsized, and increasingly outdated, impact on theory building in urban studies and urban history. The second is a micro-history of urban space and real estate in nineteenth-century Buenos Aires. Charting the Europeanization of homeownership in the city, the book will be an Atlantic history of inequality and urban capitalism in the nineteenth century.
A selection of his publications can be found here.
Reviews: American Historical Review, Essays in History, Genèses, Global Histories, Global Intellectual History, HSozKult, Journal of Modern History, Journal of the History of Ideas, International Newsletter of Communist Studies, New Left Review, Relações Internacionais, Sehepunkte.
(Translation of Anti-Imperial Metropolis by Pauline Stockman)
A French TV documentary was made on the basis of this book, aired in 2020 by France 5.
(Translation of Argentina's Partisan Past)As Editor
(with Nicola Foote), Immigration and National Identities in Latin America (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014).
(with Christian Jones, Yorim Spoelder, and Xinge Zhai), Bridgeheads and Breakwaters: The Socio-Environmental History of Port Cities After the Global Turn (submitted as a proposal for a Past & Present supplement).
(with Lila Caimari), Dossier on the fortieth anniversary of Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities, special issue of Prismas: revista de historia intelectual (forthcoming, fall 2023).Journal Articles (Selection)
"Density and Differentiation: Cities in Global Social History." Submitted to The Historical Journal (special issue on global social history, edited by Christof Dejung and David Motadel).
Articles in Edited Books (Selection)
"The National and the Colonial in the Anticolonial Transnational," in: The Anticolonial Transnational: Imaginaries, Mobilities, and Networks in the Struggle Against Empire, ed. Erez Manela and Heather Streets-Salter (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2023): 292–305 (in press).
"Anticolonialism and Anti-Imperialism," in: The Routledge History of the Interwar World, ed. Heidi Tworek und Andrew Denning (London: Routledge, 2023): 569–582 (in press).
“Immigrant Cities Since the Late Nineteenth Century,” in: The Cambridge History of Global Migrations, vol. 2, ed. Marcelo Borges and Madeline Hsu (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2023): 481–499 (in press).
"Paris: capitale de l'anti-impérialisme," in: Colonisations. Notre histoire, ed. Pierre Singaravélou et.al. (Paris: Seuil, 2023): 163–165 (in press).
“Anticolonialism and Nationalism in the French Empire,” in: The Cambridge History of Nationhood and Nationalism, vol. 1, ed. Matthew D’Auria, Cathie Carmichael, and Aviel Roshwald (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2022): 376–398.
"Migration and Nation in Latin America," in: The Routledge Handbook of Latin American Migration, ed. Xóchitl Bada, Jorge Durand, Andreas E. Feldmann, and Stephanie Schütze (London: Routledge), 81–92.
“Forging a Proto-Third World? Latin America and the League against Imperialism,” in: The League against Imperialism: Lives and Afterlives, ed. Michele Louro, Carolien Stolte, and Heather Streets-Salter (Leiden: Leiden University Press, 2020), 53–78.
“Una sucursal francesa de la Reforma Universitaria: jóvenes latinoamericanos y antiimperialismo en el París de entreguerras,” in: Los viajes latinoamericanos de la Reforma Universitaria, ed. Martín Bergel (Rosario: Hya Ediciones, 2018), 177–200.
“Settler Colonialism in Postcolonial Latin America,” in: The Routledge Handbook of the Global History of Settler Colonialism, ed. Edward Cavanagh and Lorenzo Veracini (London: Routledge, 2017), 139– 151.
“Fighting and Working in the Metropole: The Nationalizing Effects of WWI Throughout the French Empire, 1916–1930,” in: The World During the First World War, ed. Helmut Bley (Essen: Klartext, 2014), 99–109.
“Reconceptualizing Diasporas and National Identities in Latin America and the Caribbean, 1850– 1950,” in: Immigration and National Identities in Latin America, ed. Nicola Foote and Michael Goebel (Gainesville: University Press of Florida: 2014), 1–27.
“Italian Fascism and Diasporic Nationalisms in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay,” in: Immigration and National Identities in Latin America, ed. Nicola Foote and Michael Goebel (Gainesville: University Press of Florida: 2014), 235–255.