Dr Laura Forster
(email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am a historian of ideas and political cultures. Particularly I am interested in the social, emotional and spatial contexts in which political ideas are developed and exchanged. I completed my PhD at King's College, London and was a postdoctoral fellow at Birkbeck before taking up my post at Durham.
I work primarily on the influence of European radical politics on British radical and socialist ideas in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. My book-in-progress is concerned with the political exiles of the Paris Commune of 1871 and the longer intellectual and cultural afterlives of the Commune in Britain. More broadly I am interested in histories of transnational radicalism, informal cultures of political and intellectual exchange, the social history of ideas, political exile, and queer spaces past and present. I am a fellow of the Raphael Samuel History Centre and an editorial fellow at History Workshop Online.
- Modern Britain and Europe
- Social history of ideas
- Spatial and transnational histories
- Histories of friendship
- Political exile
- Queer spaces past and present