Daniel Laqua

Head of History and Senior Lecturer in European History at Northumbria University

Daniel is Head of History and Senior Lecturer in European History at Northumbria University. His work explores the workings of transnational movements as well as the different manifestations of internationalism in 19th/20th-century Europe. He has written The Age of Internationalism and Belgium, 1880–1930: Peace, Progress and Prestige (Manchester, 2013) and edited the volume Internationalism Reconfigured: Transnational Ideas and Movements between the World War (I.B.Tauris, 2011). Daniel has co-edited themed journal issues on the history of humanitarianism (Journal of Modern European History, 2014), transnational solidarities (European Review of History, 2014) and Belgium as a site of transnational exchanges (Revue Belge de Philologie et d’Histoire, 2012).

Daniel’s current research deals with internationalism among university students. His project ‘Worlds of Student Activism, 1919–1958’ seeks to highlight the diversity of students’ transnational efforts – from their involvement in global political movements to their role in running travel schemes, in promoting educational exchanges as well as in championing the academic, social and economic interests of their peers. Linked to this broader undertaking, Daniel is currently leading a project, ‘British Ex-Service Students and the Rebuilding of Europe, 1919–1926’, funded by Hertfordshire’s AHRC World War One Engagement Centre and run in collaboration with Georgina Brewis (IOE/UCL), the National Union of Students (NUS) and the North East branch of the Workers’ Educational Association. Daniel is also currently completing a manuscript on the history of transnational activism in Europe, as part of Palgrave’s European History in Perspective series.

Daniel co-edited a recent volume on the history of the Union of International Associations (UIA), a Brussels-based organisation that has sought to document and promote internationalism since the early twentieth century – Daniel Laqua, Wouter Van Acker and Christophe Verbruggen (eds), International Organisations and Global Civil Society: Histories of the Union of International Associations (London: Bloomsbury, 2019).