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 in Contemporary History from the University of Sussex (UK), where he also took his PhD in 2006. He joined the University of Brighton in 2014, having previously held posts at the University of Sussex and at Queen’s University (Canada).
The main focus of his work is on south-eastern Europe, working particularly on the history, memory and politics violence, on questions of representation, popular and academic discourses and on transnational themes. He has researched all major conflicts that have taken place in the region since the end of the 19th century, and has published on the shifting Western European attitudes to and representations of 'Balkan violence'. He has worked extensively on British-Balkan relations, from the level of official policies, academic expertise and media discourses, to personal experiences built through travelling, holidaying or war-fighting. His publications have challenged the assumption of the Balkans as a long-forgotten European backyard, integrating instead the history of the region within the wider history of Europe, and of European inter-cultural links and trends.
He is currently working on western European reactions to the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s. In particular, he is examining how the timing and nature of the conflicts facilitated a radical reconsideration of European history on a number of hitherto taboo topics, such as the uses of nationalism, the lessons of the Second World War, and the uniqueness of the Holocaust. He is arguing that to understand the current dominant but unstable consensus on Europe's political and historical identity we have to look back to the shifts that took place in the 1990s.
Contemporary Greek history is a parallel continuous interest of his. Here he is for now focusing on the Resistance and the Civil War of the 1940s and their memory all the way to today. The recent 'refugee crisis' of 2015 found him on the Greek-Turkish border, and he is currently exploring ways in which academic history can prove useful to the affected communities.
Michail's postgraduate supervisions cover all the above themes. Recently supervised theses include work on: British representations of acts of mass killing before the Second World War; British-Turkish relations at the time of the First World War; memories of conflict in Northern Ireland and sites of memory in France.
He is a member of the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories, and of the research cluster Understanding Conflict: Forms and Legacies of Violence.
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)
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