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CHRISTIAN DAMM PEDERSEN is an assistant professor in modern history. I teach in the departments of English Studies, History, and Business, Culture and Language Studies.

I am a historian of Britain and the British Empire.

I joined the History Department of the University of Southern Denmark after having completed a Ph.D. in History at the University of Copenhagen, where I was involved in the research project Embers of Empire: The Receding Frontiers of Post-Imperial Britain, funded by the Danish Velux Foundation. I have previously been a visiting researcher at the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, and a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Global History, University of Oxford.

I chair the SDU Political History Group. I am also affiliated with the international network Anglophone Political Cultures Research Group and the CEMES research group on Europe as a Global Process at the University of Copenhagen. I am a member of the advisory board for History and Archaeology at Folkeuniversitetet in Odense and a member of the Danish Society for Contemporary History as well as the Danish Historical Association.

I appear regularly on TV, radio, podcasts, and other media outlets, commenting on British politics and history, the impact of Brexit, the legacies of the British Empire and Commonwealth, the British monarchy, and more.

Research areas

Modern and contemporary British history. Political history. Cultural history. Imperial and post-imperial history. The uses of history. Political ideas and rhetoric. Memories of empire. Sustainability and Green New Deal.

Research interests

I examine the causes and impact of decolonisation on the British World since the Second World War. I recently published THE BREAK-UP OF GREATER BRITAIN (co-edited with Stuart Ward) with Manchester University Press, and is currently finishing a monograph about African decolonisation, the cold war and the changing contours of Britishness.

Another project, titled IN EMPIRE'S SHADOW, examines the afterlives of empire in British politics and memory culture by way of a rhetorical examination of prime ministers' use of the imperial past in their publics speeches and writings.

Lastly, I'm researching the potential of history in green transition, focusing on the Green New Deal.


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