Dr Marco Duranti

BA Harvard PhD Yale
Lecturer in Modern European and International History

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

I’m a historian of late modern Europe specialising in the origins of international law, norms, and organisations. I’ve published widely on the history of human rights, European integration, and conservative internationalism. I’m also director of the Nation Empire Globe Research Cluster.

I recently authored my first book, The Conservative Human Rights Revolution: European Identity, Transnational Politics, and the Origins of the European Convention (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017), 528 pages. It explores the foundations – cultural, intellectual, and political – of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) across the first half of the 20th century. In its pages, I investigate the involvement of British and French conservatives, among them Winston Churchill, in the ethical dimensions of the European project. The Conservative Human Rights Revolution has been reviewed in Dissent and Lawfare.

I’ve been a member of the Department of History since 2011. I received my BA in history from Harvard University in 2002 and my PhD in history from Yale University in 2009. I’ve been a Fulbright Scholar at the European University Institute in Florence (2005-06), a Fox Fellow at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (2006-07), and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Max Planck Research Group on History and Memory at the University of Konstanz (2010).

In Semester 2, 2017, I will be on sabbatical leave. I will spend Michaelmas term (Oct-Dec) at the University of Cambridge as a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law.

Research interests

  • 20th-Century Europe (esp. Britain, France and Italy)
  • Conservatism (esp. Christian democracy and neoliberalism)
  • European identity, integration and memory culture
  • Human rights and humanitarianism (esp. the ECHR and UDHR)
  • International justice, law and organisations (esp. the European Court of Human Rights and United Nations)
  • Intersection of nationalism, imperialism, and internationalism
  • Right-wing intellectuals and movements

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • HSTY1044: Twentieth-Century Europe
  • HSTY2605: Contemporary Europe
  • HSTY2616: The Human Rights Revolution
  • HSTY2626: Fascism and Antifascism
  • HSTY2652: Genocide in Historical Perspective
  • HSTY2659: Nationalism
  • HSTY7001: The History of Human Rights

Supervision

Topics in late modern Western European history, international history, history of human rights and humanitarianism, history and memory

Current research students

Project title Research student
A Tale of Two Republics: Black configurations of rights and citizenship between French Empire and American Exceptionalism, 1919-1962. Sarah DUNSTAN

Current projects

  • The origins of the European and UN human rights systems
  • The cultural and sociopolitical dimensions of international law
  • The ethical foundations of European identity and European integration
  • The entanglement of free-market and Catholic conservatism
  • Human rights and decolonisation in the British and French Empires

Conferences and Workshops Convened

‘Medieval Legacies of Human Rights in Australasia, Europe, and the Muslim World,’ University of Sydney (20 June 2016).
'Nation and Empire in the Age of Internationalism,' University of Sydney (21 July 2014).
'Human Rights and Imperialism in Historical Perspective,' University of Sydney (10-11 August 2012).
'Political Reconciliation and Civil Society in 20th-century Europe,' University of Konstanz, Germany (9-11 December 2010).

Invited Presentations

Rice University (May 2017), University of Virginia (Mar 2017), Harvard University (Mar 2017), University of Copenhagen (Dec 2016), Free University of Berlin (Nov 2016), Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne (Nov 2016), Institut des Études avancées, Paris (Nov 2015), Columbia University (Oct 2013), University of California, Berkeley (Feb 2013), Princeton University (Dec 2012), University of Jena (Jun 2012), University of Helsinki (Oct 2011), Boston College (Apr 2011), University of Chicago (Jan 2011), Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam (Dec 2010), Oxford University (Nov 2010), Schloss Wartegg, Switzerland (Oct 2010), University of Groningen (Sep 2010), Institut de France, Paris (Jun 2007).

Other Presentations

Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law (Jun 2017), American University (May 2017), European Union Studies Association (May 2017), Society for French Historical Studies (Apr 2017), University of Melbourne (Aug 2016), University of Auckland (Apr 2016), University of Adelaide (Sep 2015), American Historical Association 128th Annual Meeting, Washington (Jan 2014), University of California, Los Angeles (Oct 2013), University of New South Wales (Aug 2012), North American Conference on British Studies, Denver (Nov 2011), Columbia University (Oct 2010), Oxford University (Sep 2010), University of St Andrews (Jun 2010).

Selected grants

2012

  • Human Rights and Empire; Duranti M, Moyn S; Office of Global Engagement/IPDF Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Duranti, M. (2017). The Conservative Human Rights Revolution: European Identity, Transnational Politics, and the Origins of the European Convention. New York: Oxford University Press. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Duranti, M. (2016). European Integration, Human Rights, and Romantic Internationalism. In Nicholas Doumanis (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of European History, 1914-1945, (pp. 440-458). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Duranti, M. (2013). Conservatives and the European Convention on Human Rights. In Norbert Frei, Annette Weinke (Eds.), Toward a New Moral World Order Menschenrechtspolitik und Volkerrecht seit 1945, (pp. 82-93). Weimar: Wallstein Verlag.
  • Duranti, M. (2013). Holocaust Memory and the Silences of the Human Rights Revolution. In Aleida Assmann, Jan Assmann (Eds.), Schweigen: Archaologie der literarischen Kommunikation XI (Silence: Archeology of literary communication, vol. 11), (pp. 89-100). Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag.
  • Duranti, M. (2012). "A Blessed Act of Oblivion": Human Rights, European Unity and Postwar Reconciliation. In B Schwelling (Eds.), Reconciliation, Civil Society, and the Politics of Memory: Transnational Initiatives in the 20th and 21st Century, (pp. 115-139). Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag.

Journals

  • Duranti, M. (2012). Curbing Labour's Totalitarian Temptation: European Human Rights Law and British Postwar Politics. Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, 3(3), 361-383. [More Information]
  • Duranti, M. (2012). The Holocaust, the legacy of 1789 and the birth of international human rights law: revisiting the foundation myth. Journal of Genocide Research, 14(2), 159-186. [More Information]
  • Duranti, M. (2006). Utopia, Nostalgia and World War at the 1939–40 New York World's Fair. Journal of Contemporary History, 41(4), 663-683. [More Information]

2017

  • Duranti, M. (2017). The Conservative Human Rights Revolution: European Identity, Transnational Politics, and the Origins of the European Convention. New York: Oxford University Press. [More Information]

2016

  • Duranti, M. (2016). European Integration, Human Rights, and Romantic Internationalism. In Nicholas Doumanis (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of European History, 1914-1945, (pp. 440-458). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. [More Information]

2013

  • Duranti, M. (2013). Conservatives and the European Convention on Human Rights. In Norbert Frei, Annette Weinke (Eds.), Toward a New Moral World Order Menschenrechtspolitik und Volkerrecht seit 1945, (pp. 82-93). Weimar: Wallstein Verlag.
  • Duranti, M. (2013). Holocaust Memory and the Silences of the Human Rights Revolution. In Aleida Assmann, Jan Assmann (Eds.), Schweigen: Archaologie der literarischen Kommunikation XI (Silence: Archeology of literary communication, vol. 11), (pp. 89-100). Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag.

2012

  • Duranti, M. (2012). "A Blessed Act of Oblivion": Human Rights, European Unity and Postwar Reconciliation. In B Schwelling (Eds.), Reconciliation, Civil Society, and the Politics of Memory: Transnational Initiatives in the 20th and 21st Century, (pp. 115-139). Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag.
  • Duranti, M. (2012). Curbing Labour's Totalitarian Temptation: European Human Rights Law and British Postwar Politics. Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, 3(3), 361-383. [More Information]
  • Duranti, M. (2012). The Holocaust, the legacy of 1789 and the birth of international human rights law: revisiting the foundation myth. Journal of Genocide Research, 14(2), 159-186. [More Information]

2006

  • Duranti, M. (2006). Utopia, Nostalgia and World War at the 1939–40 New York World's Fair. Journal of Contemporary History, 41(4), 663-683. [More Information]

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