Professor Holger Nehring

Chair in Contemporary European History

History University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Holger Nehring

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About me

I am a contemporary historian of Europe (including Britain) who believes that all good history is in some shape or form contemporary history. I also work a lot with theories and concepts fropm the social sciences, especially sociology and International Relations. I work on two themes: the transnational history of social movements (especially peace movements) and the history of the Cold War (in particular the history of military infrastructure).

Together with Dr Sam Alberti at National Museums Scotland (PI), I am currently working on a large project 'Materialising the Cold War', generously funded by the AHRC (AH/V001078/1). The project analyses museum collections and displays across the UK and Europe - covering everything from military and social history to technology, art and design - to understand how the Cold War materialised in a specific national context and ask exactly how it features in museums today (

My biography has prepared me for this interdisciplinary journey. I received my training in contemporary history, political science, and philosophy. Before joining Stirling's Division of  History and Politics in September 2013, he was based in various positions at the University of Sheffield. I hold a DPhil from Oxford which I had the pleasure to attend with very generous funding from a Rhodes scholarship.

I have held a number of visiting research fellowships at universities in Europe and north America: at the Forum for Contemporary History, Oslo and the Norwegian Nobel Institute (2007 and 2008); at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Columbus, OH, USA (2009); at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research (2009); at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris (as professeur invité in 2010); at the History Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA (2012); and at CISAC-TEC at Stanford (2019).

Divisional / Faculty Contribution

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Other Academic Activities

Co-Convenor, Research Programme in Human Security, Conflict and Co-Operation

Co-Director, Centre for Policy, Conflict and Co-Operation Research…erationresearch/

Co-Editor, Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements

Co-Editor, Studies in Civil Society…in-civil-society

Professional membership

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Fellow, Royal Historical Society

University Contribution

Member of Academic Council

Member of University Court

Member of University EDI Working Group

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