My name is Alix Green. After 7 years at the University of Hertfordshire, firstly as Head of Policy in the Vice-Chancellor’s office, then as Lecturer in History and Policy, I’ve just joined the University of Central Lancashire. This blog is a way of bringing together the different aspects of my work and exploring the interfaces and intersections between history, policy, education and public life (and many others besides).
My research is concerned with questions of identity, citizenship and the public-political sphere in Europe. I seek to understand how political voice and agency are conceived and expressed and how these relate to the state and the nation. I am particularly interested in comparative and transnational approaches; my work focuses on Germany and Britain, but follows the routes taken by people and ideas – and the comparisons and connections made by people in the past – to draw on perspectives from further afield.
These interests have led me into two areas of work. I’ve recently been focused on the political process itself, in particular how historians as a professional community can have a place and status as experts, building on the discipline’s nineteenth-century conceptions of its ‘public purpose’. I’m currently writing a book for the Palgrave Pivot series, provisionally entitled Historians on the inside: talking history in the corridors of power. I’m always looking for ways to develop students’ sense of the distinctive resources they have as historians and the ways in which they can contribute to contemporary life – public policy being just one of many settings in which they can do so.
I have also been concerned with access to political rights and how the claims to these are presented. Building on my earlier studies, Jewish history is my primary focus here, particularly the Jewish press in Europe and the connections between scholarship, journalism, emancipation and religious reform. Jewish museums and the presentation of the Jewish past to different audiences is a new interest, which has emerged from my engagement with public history. I’m hoping to have some time to turn to this side of my work in the near future.
I’m also keen to put together project on the public history of parliamentary buildings, which are symbols of the state but also settings for political process and sites for tourism of various kinds. Potential collaborators welcome!
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