Dominique Kalifa

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Dominique Kalifa

Dominique Kalifa (12 September 1957 – 12 September 2020)[1] was a French historian.

Early life[edit]

Kalifa was born in Vichy and attended the local École normale supérieure at Saint-Cloud. Under the supervision of Michelle Perrot he undertook postgraduate research and received his doctorate in 1994.[2]

Career[edit]

Kalifa was professor at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and director of the Centre of 19th Century History[3][4] and member of the Institut universitaire de France. A student of Michelle Perrot, he specialised in the history of crime, transgression, social control, and mass culture in 19th and early 20th century France and Europe. He also taught at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) from 2008 to 2015, and was several times visiting scholar at New York University,[5] Brigham Young University and the University of St Andrews. From 1990, he was also columnist (historical reviews) for the French newspaper Libération. His study about the underworld and its role in the Western imagination is now translated into Portuguese (EDUSP), Spanish (Instituto Mora) and forthcoming in English (Columbia University Press). His Véritable Histoire de la Belle Epoque, published in 2017, won the Eugène Colas Prize from the Académie française. He also worked on a project about love, Paris and the topographical imagination. He has been described as a specialist in the bas fonds and social imagination.[6]

Death[edit]

Immense tristesse. l'historien Dominique Kalifa n'est plus. Je n'évoquerai pas son oeuvre, on y reviendra beaucoup. Mais à l'Université aussi, dans la discrétion et la robustesse, il a fait tant avancer. Salut et merci, de très profond, Dominique, on n'oubliera rien de rien.[7]



'Immense sadness. The historian Dominique Kalifa is no more. I won't bring up his work, we'll all return to it many times. But at the University as well, in his discretion and his robustness, he had brought forth so many advances. So long and thank you, most deeply, Dominique, we'll forget nothing: nothing.'

Nicolas Offenstadt, university colleague

Kalifa died in Brugheas,[8] his home town, at the age of 63;[2] the following day, Libération reported the cause to be suicide.[9]

Selected works[edit]

  • L’Encre et le Sang. Récits de crimes et société à la Belle Époque, Fayard, Paris, 1995.
  • Naissance de la police privée, Plon, Paris, 2000.
  • La Culture de masse en France, tome 1 1860–1930, La Découverte, Paris, 2001.
  • Vidal le tueur de femmes. Une biographie sociale (with Philippe Artières), Perrin, Paris, 2001.
  • Imaginaire et sensibilités au xixe siècle (with Anne-Emmanuelle Demartini), Creaphis, Paris, 2005.
  • Crime et culture au xixe siècle, Perrin, Paris, 2005.
  • L'Enquête judiciaire en Europe au xixe siècle (ed), Creaphis, Paris, 2007.
  • Le Commissaire de police au xixe siècle (ed), Publications de la Sorbonne, 2008.
  • Crimen y cultura de masas en Francia, siglos XIX-XX, Instituto Mora, Mexico, 2008.
  • Biribi. Les bagnes coloniaux de l'armée française, Paris, Perrin, 2009.
  • La Civilisation du journal. Histoire culturelle et littéraire de la presse au XIXe siècle (ed), Nouveau Monde, Paris, 2011.
  • Les bas-fonds. Histoire d'un imaginaire, Seuil, Paris, 2013.
  • Atlas du crime à Paris, du Moyen Age à nos jours (with J.-C. Farcy), Paris, Parigramme, 2015.
  • La Véritable histoire de la Belle Époque, Paris, Fayard, 2017.
  • Tu entreras dans le siècle en lisant Fantômas, Paris, Vendémiaire, 2017.
  • Paris. Une histoire érotique d'Offenbach aux sixties, Paris, Payot, 2018.

In English : “Crime Scenes: Criminal Topography and Social Imaginary in Nineteenth Century Paris”, French Historical Studies, vol. 27, n° 1, 2004, p. 175-194 ; “Criminal Investigators at the Fin-de-siècle”, Yale French Studies, n° 108, 2005, p. 36-47 ; “What is now cultural history about?”, in Robert Gildea and Anne Simonin (eds), Writing Contemporary History, London, Hodder Education, 2008, p. 47-56; « The Press », in E. Berenson, V. Duclert & C. Prochasson (eds), The French Republic. History, Values, Debates, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2011, p. 189-196; “Minotaur”, Journal of Modern History, vol. 84, n° 4, 2012, p. 980-982; "Naming the Century: Chrononyms of the 19th Century", Revue d'histoire du XIXe siècle, n° 52, 2016;[10] “An Informal History of Herbert Asbury's Underworld“, Medias19, 2018;[11] Vice, Crime, and Poverty. How the Western Imagination Invented the Underworld, Columbia University Press, 2019.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Décès de l'historien Dominique Kalifa". Le Point (in French). 13 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b "L'historien Dominique Kalifa, spécialiste des imaginaires sociaux, est mort à l'âge de 63 ans". Le Monde.fr. September 13, 2020 – via Le Monde.
  3. ^ Lagadic, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - Marc-Olivier. "Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne: CRHXIX - Centre d'histoire du XIXe siècle (EA 3550)". crhxix.univ-paris1.fr.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-03-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ https://as.nyu.edu/faculty/dominique-kalifa.html
  6. ^ "Dominique Kalifa est mort. Il nous avait raconté l'époque où Paris était la capitale du crime". L'Obs. 13 September 2020.
  7. ^ @Offenstadt (13 September 2020). "Immense tristesse. l'historien Dominique Kalifa n'est plus. Je n'évoquerai pas son oeuvre, on y reviendra beaucoup…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "La mort de l'historien Dominique Kalifa". LeMonde.fr. September 14, 2020.
  9. ^ "Mort de Dominique Kalifa, historien et fidèle contributeur de "Libération"". Liberation.fr. September 13, 2020.
  10. ^ Kalifa, Dominique; Holding, Robin. "Introduction. Naming the Century: The Nineteenth Century and its 'Chrononyms'". Revue d'histoire du XIXe siècle. No 52 (1).
  11. ^ "The Informal History of Herbert Asbury's Underworld".