Suzanne Levin

suzannemichelle.levin-ssm[at]unina.it

Assegnista in: GLOBAL HISTORY AND GOVERNANCE (GHG)

Project title: Revolutionary Lorient: An Atlantic Port at the Crossroads of Global History


EDUCATION

Nov. 2019 – Doctorate in Early Modern History – Université Paris Nanterre (Nanterre, France)

Dissertation title: “Défendre une République de droit naturel. Prieur de la Marne et ses missions, 1792-an III” (Defending a Republic of Natural Rights: Prieur of the Marne and his Missions (1792-Year III))

Jury: Marc Belissa (director), Dominique Godineau (president), Michel Biard and Hervé Leuwers (reporters); Yannick Bosc and Edmond Dziembowski

2014 – Master in History – Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (Nanterre, France)

First and second year master’s theses under the direction of Marc Belissa, respectively intitled “République et référence à l’Antiquité dans la presse patriote lors de la crise de Varennes, avril-septembre 1791” (2014, mention Très bien) and “La référence à l’Antiquité dans les Révolutions de France et de Brabant de Camille Desmoulins, novembre 1789-août 1791” (2013, mention Très bien)

2012 – BA in French and History with Highest Honors, minor in Latin – Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio, USA)

Honors thesis in History under the direction of Leonard Smith, intitled “Shades of Cato and Brutus. Classical References in the Révolutions de Paris and the Rise of Republicanism (June-October 1791)”

 

AWARDS, QUALIFICATIONS AND GRANTS

2021 – Doctoral thesis prize in Legal History, Éditions L’Harmattan

2020 – Qualified for the fonctions of “maître de conférences,” section 22 of the CNU (early modern and contemporary history)

2014-2017 – Grant for doctoral research, Université Paris Nanterre

2012 – Mardie Wheatley Blanchard Scholarship, Oberlin College

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2021 – Université Paris Nanterre, UFR d’Histoire (History Department)

“L’Europe des Réformes (1519-1648)” (Reformation Europe, 1519-1648) (Spring 2021, undergraduate (Licence 2), one section)

2019-2021 – Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin, IECI (Institut des études culturelles et internationales)

Introduction to United States History (Fall 2021, undergraduate (Licence 1), two sections)

The United States Today: Institutions and Society (Spring 2020, undergraduate (Licence 1), two sections)

Various English language and French-English translation courses (Fall 2019-Spring 2021, undergraduate to Master’s level)

2018-2019 – Université de Picardie Jules Verne, UFR des Langues (Language department)

Introduction to British Civilization (Fall 2018, undergraduate (Licence 1), four sections)

Various English language and translation classes (Fall 2018-Spring 2019, undergraduate (Licence 1-3))

 

LANGUAGES

English, French, Italian, Latin

The last several decades have seen greater scholarly interest in both the French Revolution’s integration into a larger “Age of Revolutions” — increasingly considered as a global phenomenon in its impacts and influences — and the role of republican and natural rights themes within that Age of Revolutions. This project proposes to articulate this research with ongoing studies on the concrete application of revolutionary legislation and the role of popular movements in that application, through the case study of the French Atlantic port of Lorient.

The main objective consists in better understanding the practical application of revolutionary policy by situating it in a larger European, Atlantic and global context. As an Atlantic naval port, the base of the Compagnie des Indes until 1793, and the site of a particularly vibrant popular movement during the height of the democratic phase of the French Revolution, revolutionary Lorient is a prime candidate for a study of Global History on a micro scale.

This research will prioritize the democratic phase of the French Revolution, focusing first on Lorient in 1793-1794. From this starting point, it will be possible to expand to other case studies and to extend the time period considered to include the entirety of the revolutionary era.

This research will consider everything from the sources of revolutionary legislation to the various actors and material factors shaping its execution. Various actors figure into this complex puzzle, including refugees and merchants from Europe, the Americas and beyond, civilian or naval administrators, representatives on mission, extraordinary agents, recalcitrant or militant populations, all of them maneuvering within layered and evolving socio-economic and ideological structures. The project therefore implies the integration of political, cultural and social history, drawing on sources from the French National Archives, as well as departmental, municipal and naval archives.

Books

La République de Prieur de la Marne. Défendre les droits de l’homme en état de guerre, 1792-an II, Paris, Éditions L’Harmattan, collection “Prix scientifiques,” in press

 

Refereed Journal Articles

2019 – “Au risque du sacrifice ? Le journaliste entre danger et devoir dans les Révolutions de France et de Brabant,” Annales historiques de la Révolution française, 398, October-December 2019, p. 2-23

2018 – “Le législateur en voyageur politique. Le cas du représentant en mission Prieur de la Marne,” Viaggiatori, 2-1, September 2018, p. 14-37

2016 – “La magistrature de la presse au miroir de l’Antiquité selon Camille Desmoulins,” Annales historiques de la Révolution française, 384, April-June 2016, p. 55-81

 

Thesis Presentation

2020 – “Défendre une République de droit naturel. Prieur de la Marne et ses missions, 1792-an III. Position de thèse,” Annales historiques de la Révolution française, 400, 2020-2, p. 181-191

 

Conference Proceedings

2021 – “Un républicanisme qui ne dit pas son nom. Pierre-Louis Prieur dans la crise de Varennes” in La république avant la République, 1788-1792, actes du colloque des 24 et 25 novembre 2017, Lille, Geai Bleu Éditions, 2021, p. 111-125

2020 – “Un enlèvement auquel personne ne croit, ou comment sortir de la crise de Varennes ?” Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes, 39, 2020-1, p. 195-209

2019 – “From King Log to Despot. The Turning Point of Varennes in the Republican Press” in Myriam-Isabelle Ducrocq and Laïla Ghermani, eds., Le Prince, le Tyran, le Despote : figures du souverain en Europe de la Renaissance aux Lumières, Paris, Honoré Champion, coll. “Les Dix-Huitièmes Siècles,” 2019, p. 269-284

2018 – “L’impossible exécution de la loi du 30 avril 1793. La mission de Prieur de la Marne et Lecointre dans la Manche (juin 1793)” in Alexandre Guermazi, Jeanne-Laure Le Quang and Virginie Martin, eds., Exécuter la loi : 1789-1804, Paris, Éditions de la Sorbonne, 2018, p. 93-106

 

Dictionary Entries and Round Table Participation

2021 – “PRIEUR (DE LA MARNE), Pierre Louis,” Michel Biard, Philippe Bourdin et Hervé Leuwers, éd., Dictionnaire des conventionnels, Centre international d’étude du XVIIIe siècle, in press (with Matthieu de Oliveira)

2021 – “‘Michel Vovelle ne veut pas affirmer et imposer, il suscite la discussion.’ Une œuvre dans le laboratoire des jeunes chercheurs,” Annales historiques de la Révolution française, 404, Apr.-June 2021, p. 137-156

 

Book Reviews

2019 – “Pascal Lefèvre, Adrien Duport, L’enfant gâté de la Révolution,” Annales historiques de la Révolution française, 398, October-December 2019, p. 194-196

2017 – “Yannick Bosc, La terreur des droits de l’homme. Le républicanisme de Thomas Paine et le moment thermidorien,” Annales historiques de la Révolution française, 390 | 2017, p. 271-273

2016 – “La non-violence révolutionnaire,” review of Micah Alpaugh, Non-Violence and the French Revolution. Political Demonstrations in Paris, 1787-1795, Révolution-française.net, 27 December 2016

2014 – “Guillaume Faroult, Christophe Leribault et Guilhem Scherf, (dir.), L’Antiquité rêvée : innovations et résistances au XVIIIe siècle,” Annales historiques de la Révolution française, 376 | 2014, p. 201-202