Eugene Michail works on contemporary European history, with special interests in transnational themes, popular culture, and conflict studies. He is currently researching on the political imaginary of the Greek resistance during the Nazi occupation, and on its postwar afterlives, while he is also working on a larger project on Western reactions to the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. He is also working on the Greek euro-crisis and the recent 'Refugee Crisis'. He is course leader for the new Critical History BA and for the MA in War: History and Politics.
Michail received his BA in History and Archaeology from the University of Athens (Greece), and his MA and PhD in Contemporary History from Sussex University (UK). He joined the University of Brighton in 2014, having previously held posts at the University of Sussex and at Queen’s University (Canada).
His main research has been on the Western representations of the Balkans from the end of the 19th century until the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. He has worked extensively on British-Balkan relations, from the level of official policies, academic expertise and media discourses, to personal experiences of travelling and war-fighting. His publications have challenged the assumption of the Balkans as a long-forgotten European backyard, integrating instead the region within a wider transnational history of shifting European self-perceptions.
Contemporary Greek history is a parallel interest of his. Currently he is working on the ‘visions of liberation’ that motivated various resistance efforts to the Axis during the Second World War, and on the postwar memory and uses of these visions all the way to today. He has also worked and published on the post-2010 Greek crisis. Since the start of the 'refugee crisis' in 2015 he has been engaged in a local history project, exploring ways in which academic history can prove useful to the affected local communities on the Greek-Turkish border, focusing on the island of Chios.
Michail's postgraduate supervisions cover all the above themes. Recently supervised theses include work on: British representations of the Armenian genocide; British-Turkish relations at the time of the First World War; memories of conflict in Northern Ireland; memorial sites of forgotten memories in France.
He is member of the Migrant And Refugee Solidarity network of workers and students at the University of Brighton, and of the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories.
He is course leader for the Critical History BA, and for the War: History and Politics MA.
address: School of Humanities, University of Brighton, 10-11 Pavilion Parade, Brighton BN2 1RA, UK
'The Balkan Wars in Western Historiography, 1912-2000’, in Katrin Böckh (ed.), The Balkan Wars 1912-1913: Experience, Perception, Remembrance (Brill, 2017), 319-40
‘Western Attitudes to War in the Balkans and the Shifting Meanings of Violence, 1912-1991’, Journal of Contemporary History, 47/2(spring 2012), 219-239
The British And The Balkans: Forming Images Of Foreign Lands, 1900-1950 (Continuum, 2011)
‘“A Sting of Remembrance!”: Collective Memory and its Forgotten Armies’, in Jessica Meyer (ed), First World War and Popular Culture (Brill, 2008), 237-57
‘Between Solidarity and Opposition: Responses to the Refugees in an Aegean Host Community’, for Unsettled Europe: Refugees, states and politics in Southeastern Europe, University of Graz - Center for Southeast European Studies (27-29 January 2017)
‘Visions of Liberation: Greece 1941-1944’, for Radical Histories/Histories of Radicalism, Raphael Samuel History Centre, Queen Mary University of London (1-3 July 2016)
‘“Welcome to Greece, F**k the Police”: The Syrian Refugee “Crisis” and the Breaching of the Aegean Border’, for Association for the Study of Nationalities conference, Columbia University – United States (14-16 April 2016)
'“Belsen 92”: the historiographical link between the Holocaust and the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s', for British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies Annual Conference, Cambridge University (28-30 March 2015)
‘Who won the war? The politics of remembering in Greece, from the 1940s to today’, for Occupation/Liberation: Cultural Representations of 1944-45 - The Annual Conference of the Group for War and Culture Studies, University of Bristol (10-12 September 2014)
National Identities (2018) - review of Rodanthi Tzanelli, ‘Nation-building and identity in Europe: The dialogics of reciprocity’ (2008)
Social History, 42/4 (2017), 573-4 – review of Dimitris Dalakoglou, ‘The Road: an ethnography of (im)mobility, space, and cross-border infrastructures in the Balkans’ (2017)
Labour History Review, 81/2 (2016), 175-7 – review of Nikolaos Papadogiannis, 'Militant Around the Clock? Left-Wing Youth Politics, Leisure, and Sexuality in Post-Dictatorship Greece, 1974–1981' (2015)
Slavonic & East European Review, 92/3 (2014), 564-5 – review of Mark Biondich, 'The Balkans: Revolution, War, and Political Violence since 1878. Zones of Violence' (2011)
Funding Bodies: Oesterreichischer Wissenschaftsfonds - FWF
Journals: Journal of European Studies, East European Politics and Societies and Cultures, Contemporary British history, Diplomacy & Statecraft
Publishing Houses: Allen Lane, Routledge