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Dr Clare Copley

Lecturer in Modern European History
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies

Clare is a historian of modern Germany specialising in memory politics, the built environment and the history of Berlin. She teaches across a variety of subjects in modern European history and is interested in supervising research projects on topics including the legacies of fascism and state socialism, everyday life and cultural production under dictatorship, and contested heritage.

Clare’s forthcoming monograph, ‘Nazi Buildings, Cold War Traces and Governmentality in Post-Unification Berlin’ (Bloomsbury, 2020), brings together approaches from cultural and urban history as well as German Studies and political theory in order to examine power, legitimacy and memory politics in the Berlin Republic.

Her research has been funded by (amongst others) the AHRC and the Institute of Historical Research (Scouloudi Research Award). Clare was awarded the Dyos Prize for Urban History (2016) and the German History Society / Royal Historical Society Postgraduate Essay Prize (2015).

She has given invited talks at the Freie University (Berlin), University of Cambridge, Institute of Historical Research (London), Humboldt University (Berlin), and the Centre for Urban History (Leicester).

Clare is module leader for:

  • HYC101: Introduction to History
  • HY1117 European States and Societies (c. 1815 – 1914)
  • HY 2006 Europe in an Age of Extremes (c. 1914 – 2000)
  • HY 3007 Dictatorship, Division and Democratisation: Germany 1933 - 1965
  • HY 4011 Sources and Methods in Historical Research (co-convened with Jack Southern)

Clare gained her AHRC-funded PhD from the University of Manchester. Prior to joining the history department at the University of Central Lancashire in 2016, she taught at the Universities of Bristol, Sheffield, Manchester and Birkbeck College, University of London. Her teaching and research interests focus on the social and cultural history of modern Europe, particularly twentieth century Germany.