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Durham University

The Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies

Laura O'Brien

Head of Postgraduates, Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies

Laura O'Brien is Lecturer in Modern European History at Northumbria University. Her research interests are primarily focused on the cultural and social history of modern Europe, with a particular interest in nineteenth and twentieth-century France. Her doctoral research studied questions of republican identity in the French revolution of 1848 via the medium of political caricature, and it forms the basis for her book The republican line: Caricature and French republican identity, 1830–52 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015). Her current research looks at the memory and commemoration of the revolution of 1848 in France from perspectives of both left and right. This research examines the construction of the problematic memory of the revolution, and the efforts of subsequent republican regimes in France to remember the events of 1848, in the period between 1848 and the centenary in 1948. In addition, Laura's research interests also include the cultural history of European Catholicism, the history of socialism and the history of Paris. Laura has published Cette nouvelle transformation du gamin de Paris: the figure of the Mobile Guard and vivandieres in popular culture in 1848. French History, 25 (3) 2011. pp. 337-361 andEcrire, calculer, classer. Comment une revolution de papier a transforme les societes contemporaines (1800-1940). French History, 23 (1) 2009. pp. 130-132.