Simon Macdonald was a Max Weber Fellow in the History department at the European University Institute, Florence, from 2015-2016. He is an historian of European and global exchange from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. He received his PhD from Cambridge University, and has undertaken research and teaching work through prestigious fellowships at McGill University, Edinburgh University, and University College London, where he continues to be an Associate at the UCL Centre for Transnational History. He was awarded the William L. Mitchell Prize by the Bibliographical Society of America in 2015 for his work on the English-language press in revolutionary France.
The transnational and cultural history of Europe from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries; Franco–British links and larger questions of European and global interconnections; foreigners in revolutionary France; cultural transfer and changing patterns of cross-border conjunctures; the history of cosmopolitanism
Cosmopolitanism in eighteenth-century Europe: concepts, networks and practices
This project considers the ways in which ‘cosmopolitanism’ constitutes a salient term for investigating cross-border interchange in eighteenth-century Europe, and in particular for studying the diversity of activities in which historical actors identified, debated and valorized the negotiation of difference. This research sets out to historicize cosmopolitanism by interlinking approaches drawn from the history of ideas, the history of political concepts, and the wider history of society. While cosmopolitanism has traditionally been studied as an elite phenomenon, this project highlights the wider social appeal of cosmopolitan ideas. By exploring the varieties of practice of cosmopolitanism, and examining how people who crossed borders perceived and justified their experiences, this study aims to contribute to transnational history writing, while also positing new ways of conceptualizing transnational history’s intellectual genealogy.
“Identifying Mrs Meeke: another Burney family novelist”, Review of English Studies, n° 64, 2013.
« Les journaux anglophones sous la Révolution française », Études Épistémè, n° 26, 2014 (prem. éd. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2013)
“To ‘shew virtue its own image’: William Hodges’s The Effects of Peace and The Consequences of War, 1794–1795”, British Art Journal, n° 9, 2008.
‘Transnational history: a review of past and present scholarship’, UCL Centre for Transnational, 2013