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David Hopkin

Knowledge Exchange Fellow


David Hopkin is Professor of European Social History and Senior Tutor at Hertford College, Oxford.  In his research he uses oral cultural sources ― such as riddles, folksongs, legends and tales ― to explore the social and imaginative worlds of the vast mass of people in the past who have otherwise left little trace in the historical archive: soldiers, sailors, servants, farm labourers...  His first book, Soldier and Peasant in French Popular Culture won the Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone Prize in 2002; his second, Voices of the People in Nineteenth-Century France, won the Folklore Society’s Katharine Briggs Prize in 2012.  With colleagues Éva Guillorel and Will Pooley he has recently finished editing Rhythms of Revolt: European Traditions and Memories of Social Conflict in Oral CultureIn 2015-16 he held a Leverhulme Fellowship to study the work culture of lacemakers in France, Belgium and Italy.  This project extends that work to examine English lacemakers’ songs and their relationship to their craft.  With Nicolette Makovicky (Russian and East European Studies, Oxford) he runs a website dedicated to the study of lace and lacemakers.  He is editor of the Manchester University Press series ‘Studies in Modern French History’.