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Christian Damm Pedersen

PhD (History)

  • Campusvej 55

    5230 Odense M

    Denmark

20132020
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Personal profile

Curriculum

CHRISTIAN DAMM PEDERSEN is an assistant professor in modern history. I teach in the departments of English Studies and History. I am a historian of Britain and the British Empire. I joined the History Department of the University of Southern Denmark in 2018 after having completed a PhD 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 (2013) and a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Global History, University of Oxford (2014).

EMPLOYMENT: Assistant Professor, University of Southern Denmark (2018-); Research Assistant, University of Copenhagen (2017-2018); Research Assistant, University of Southern Denmark (2016-2017); PhD Fellow, University of Copenhagen (2013-2016)

EDUCATION: BA, History and Political Science (2008), University of Copenhagen; MA, History (2012), University of Copenhagen (including a visiting graduate studentship at New York University); PhD, History (2016/2017), University of Copenhagen.

 

Research information

My RESEARCH INTERESTS lie in modern British history, connections between Britain and Africa, and the history of the British world. I also have a broader interest in the comparative history of empires, rights and citizenship in imperial contexts, historiography, political ideas and political rhetoric, and memories of empire.

PRIMARY FIELDS OF INTEREST: British history; African history; Imperial and post-imperial history; History of rights, citizenship and belonging; Political and civic communities; Memory cultures; Prime ministers; Denmark's colonial past.

CURRENT RESEARCH: The first research project is an edited volume titled The Break-Up of Greater Britain (co-edited with Stuart Ward) which examines the global causes, dynamics and impact of decolonisation on the British world since the Second World War. This book is forthcoming with Manchester University Press (Studies in Imperialism series) and sheds new light on the global ramifications of the end of empire across multiple communities of self-styled ‘Britons’, from India to China, Southern Africa, Australasia, the West Indies, the Falklands, Gibraltar and Britain itself. The second project is about the afterlives of empire. In Empire’s Shadow? Prime Ministerial Rhetoric in Post-Imperial Britain problematizes legacies of empire in British politics and memory culture by way of a rhetorical examination of prime ministers’ use of the imperial past in their public speeches and writings – from Harold Macmillan to Theresa May. I’m particularly interested in how the imperial past function as an ideological frame of reference, a moral compass and political capital in post-imperial Britain. The broader purpose of this project is to explore the meaning and function of the use of the imperial past by national leaders as well as prime ministers’ role as agents of contested memories. The project is not about the British Empire or British decolonisation; rather it deals with how political leaders construct, remember and communicate (or forget, obscure and suppress) specific views and attitudes to the past to enhance their power and achieve their aims. The ambition is to add to the growing body of recent cultural studies on empire and memory struggles from the angle of political contestation and prime ministerial rhetoric.

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Research Output 2015 2020

Introduction: The Break-Up of Greater Britain

Pedersen, C. D. & Ward, S. J., 2020, (In preparation) The Break-Up of Greater Britain. Manchester: Manchester University Press, (Studies in Imperialism).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

The Break-Up of Greater Britain

Pedersen, C. D. (ed.) & Ward, S. J. (ed.), 2020, (In preparation) Manchester: Manchester University Press. (Studies in Imperialism).

Research output: Book/anthology/thesis/reportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

White Republics and the Eclipse of Greater Britain: The 1960s and Republican Referenda in South Africa and Rhodesia

Pedersen, C. D., 2020, (In preparation) The Break-Up of Greater Britain. Pedersen, C. D. & Ward, S. (eds.). Manchester: Manchester University Press, (Studies in Imperialism).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

African decolonisation and the fate of Britishness 1959-1965

Pedersen, C. D., 2016, Copenhagen: University of Copenhagen. 303 p.

Research output: Book/anthology/thesis/reportPh.D. thesisResearch

The Question of Rights in a Colour-Conscious Empire: The Danish West Indies and the Global Age of Revolutions (1800-1850)

Pedersen, C. D., 2015, Ports of Globalisation, Places of Creolisation: Nordic Possessions in the Atlantic World during the Era of the Slave Trade. Weiss, H. (ed.). Leiden: Brill, p. 154-190 (Studies in Global Slavery, Vol. 1).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Activities 2013 2019

Empire's political afterlives

Christian Damm Pedersen (Participant)
26 Sep 2019

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses or seminars

Global orden og uorden

Christian Damm Pedersen (Participant)
12 Jun 2019

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses or seminars

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, English Studies

Christian Damm Pedersen (Censor)
3 Jun 2019

Activity: ExaminationExternal examination

International History Review (Journal)

Christian Damm Pedersen (Peer reviewer)
30 May 2019

Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

Projects 2013 2018

Teaching & Supervision

British History

Christian Damm Pedersen

01/02/201830/06/2018

Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

British History

Christian Damm Pedersen

04/02/201928/06/2019

Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

British History

Christian Damm Pedersen

01/02/201730/06/2017

Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

British History

Christian Damm Pedersen

01/02/201630/06/2016

Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

Core Concepts and Research Practices in the Humanities

Christian Damm Pedersen

01/09/201631/01/2017

Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching