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Dr James Connolly - personal details

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Role: Simon Research Fellow

Tel: 0161 275-6055

Location: Samuel Alexander Building-S2.25
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




I am a specialist of modern European, especially French, history.  My interest in these subjects began when I studied for my BA (Hons.) History and my MA Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London. I was especially influenced by the classes of Professor Pamela Pilbeam, who supervised my BA and MA dissertations.  I then moved to King's College London for my PhD, carried out under the supervision of Professor Richard Vinen and awarded in February 2013.  My thesis was entitled 'Encountering Germans: the Experience of Occupation in the Nord, 1914-1918' and I am currently working on a monograph based on this.

I was delighted to start working at Manchester in September 2014 as Lecturer in Modern European History.  I am currently a Simon Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2015-18) working on the Allied occupation of the Rhineland in the inter-war period.  Prior to my arrival at Manchester, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Co-ordinator (April 2013-August 2014) for the research axis 'War and Traces of War in Europe' at the Sorbonne (SIRICE, Paris I and IV Universities), part of the project LabEx 'Writing a New History of Europe' (Écrire une histoire nouvelle de l'Europe).  Before that, I was Temporary Lecturer in Modern European History (part-time) at King's College London (2012-13), a visiting staff member at Royal Holloway (January 2012-March 2013), and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at King's College London (2010-11).

My research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (MA and full doctoral awards), the Institute of Historical Research (Scouloudi Junior Research Fellow 2011-12), the Historial de la Grande Guerre (Laureat 2012), and King's College London.

I am a member of the International Society for First World War Studies, the French History Network, and an associate researcher of LabEx EHNE.

I have co-organised conferences/workshops on the military occupations of the First and Second World Wars, and am co-organiser of a series of conferences, in association with the Institut Français, commemorating the First World War.  I am currently co-editing an edited volume of conference procedings entitled Les occupations de la Grande Guerre et leurs héritières: en territoire ennemi, 1914-1954, due to be published by Presses Universitaires du Septentrion in 2017.