Jackson has co-edited a collection of essays about cafés in European culture titled The Thinking Space: The Café as a Cultural Institution in Paris, Italy, and Vienna. This book collects research from an international group of scholars about the role that cafés have played in shaping intellectual debate, creative endeavors, and the urban settings of which they are a part. Authors look at cafés as sites of intellectual discourse from across Europe during the long modern period. Drawing on literary theory, history, cultural studies and urban studies, the contributors explore the ways in which cafes have functioned and evolved at crucial moments. Choosing these sites allows readers to understand both the local particularities of each café while also seeing the larger cultural connections between these places.
Jackson also recently co-edited with Elinor Accampo a special issue of French Historical Studies, the leading North American journal in the field, on the theme of "Disaster in French History." This issue brings together a series of articles by US and French authors to explore how cultures of risk and catastrophic episodes have been experienced in France from the 1500s to the present. Questions of disaster and risk are not normally present in the scholarship on French history, therefore this special issue was designed to introduce a new category for analysis among scholars of France.
ived h is B.S. in history summa cum laude with High Honors from Vanderbilt University in 1993 and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Rochester in 1999. At Rhodes College, he teaches courses in modern European history, cultural history, French history, and interdisciplinary humanities.
For more informa
tion about Jackson, visit his website: jeffreyhjackson.blogspot.com and his site on the Pari s flood, www.ParisUnderWater.com.