Short CV/Education and training

Academic training

  • 1978 – 1982
    Studied history, political science and American studies at the University of Cologne and LMU Munich, Germany, and at the University of Maryland, USA

  • 1982
    Master of Arts, modern history, University of Maryland

  • 1984 – 1988
    Doctoral studies in modern history, LMU Munich

  • 1998
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification), Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany

Academic positions

  • 1988 – 1989
    Research associate, German Historical Institute in Paris, France

  • 1989 – 1994
    Lecturer, FU Berlin

  • Since 1998
    C4 professor of modern history and gender history, Bielefeld University, Germany

  • 2005 – 2006
    Visiting professor of German and European History, University of Toronto, Canada

Selected publications

  • Westeuropa und die deutsche Teilung. Englische und französische Deutschlandpolitik auf den Außenministerkonferenzen von 1945 bis 1947, München: Oldenbourg, 1989.

  • (Hg., mit Christoph Conrad), Geschichte schreiben in der Postmoderne. Beiträge zur aktuellen Diskussion, Stuttgart: Reclam, 1994.

  • Balance der Gefühle. Langeweile im 19. Jahrhundert, in: Historische Anthropologie 4 (1996), 234-255.

  • Mentalitätengeschichte, in: Christoph Cornelißen (Hg.), Geschichtswissenschaften. Eine Einführung, Frankfurt a.M.: Fischer, 2000, 235-246.

  • Langeweile. Zum Umgang mit Zeit und Gefühlen in Deutschland vom späten 18. bis zum frühen 20. Jahrhundert, Göttingen: Wallstein, 2001.

  • Die Angst vor dem Scheintod im 18. Jahrhundert. Körper und Seele zwischen Religion, Magie und Wissenschaft, in: Thomas Schlich, Claudia Wiesemann (Hg.), Tod im Kopf: Geschichte des Hirntodes und Kulturen des Todes, Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp, 2001, 133-166.

  • The 'whole man'. The longing for a masculine world in Germany in the nineteenth century, in: Gender & History 15 (2003), 1-31.

  • Ein Lebenslauf in absteigender Linie? Sebastian Hensel – Bildungsbürger, Landwirt, Hoteldirektor, in: Sylka Scholz, Stefan Zahlmann (Hg.), Scheitern und Biographie. Die andere Seite moderner Lebensgeschichten, Gießen: Psychosozial, 2005, 71-87.

  • Laughing about death? 'German humour' and death in the two world wars, in: Paul Betts, Alon Confino, Dirk Schumann (Hg.), Mass death and individual loss in modern Germany, New York: Berghahn, 2008, 197-218.

  • Keine Heimat für Hybrides. Mamitschka und die Politik der Gefühle im Film der fünfziger Jahre, in: Tel Aviver Jahrbuch für deutsche Geschichte, 38, 2010, 183-198.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Selected academic activities:

  • Reviewer for the German Research Foundation (DFG), etc.

  • Vice rector for international affairs and communication at Bielefeld University, since April 2011

  • Member of the scientific advisory committee to the German Historical Institute in Paris, since 2009

  • Subproject leader in the DFG Collaborative Research Centre 584 "The Political as Communicative Space in History"

  • Co-applicant for the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology, Excellence Initiative 2007

  • Applicant and head of the DFG Research Training Group 1049 "Archives, Power, and Knowledge. Organising, Controlling, and Destroying Stored Knowledge from Antiquity to the Present", 2005 – 2009

  • Coordinator of the DAAD student exchange between Bielefeld University and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 2002 – 2005

  • Member of the Lise Meitner selections committee, Ministry of Education, Düsseldorf (Habilitation (postdoctoral) fellowship awarded by the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia), 2000 – 2004

Memberships:

  • Verband der Historikerinnen and Historiker Deutschlands (VHD – Association of German Historians)

  • American Historical Association, USA

  • German Studies Association, USA

  • German Working Group for Research on Women's History and Gender Studies (AKHFG)

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