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Interrogating Integration

Sports, Celebrity, and Scandal in the Making of New Germany

Examining integration discourse through the lens of public debates and sporting events in Germany

Socialist Subjectivities

Queering East Germany under Honecker

Reexamining how East Germans constructed their present and future subjectivities

Dancing with the Modernist City

Metropolitan Dance Texts around 1900

Combining urban experiences and modern dance to develop metropolitan dance texts

Uncanny Creatures

Doll Thinking in Modern German Culture

How dolls have fascinated writers, thinkers, and artists alike in Modern German culture

Staging Blackness

Representations of Race in German-Speaking Drama and Theater

Examining how Blackness has been historically staged in German theater and how it should be represented today

Life, Earth, Colony

Friedrich Ratzel's Necropolitical Geography

A critical exploration of Friedrich Ratzel and the relationship between colonial and fascist necropolitics

Women in German Expressionism

Gender, Sexuality, Activism

Literary scholarship questions and challenges the limited and fossilized gender narrative of German Expressionism

Ethnic Drag

Performing Race, Nation, Sexuality in West Germany

An exploration of the West German attempt to repress and refashion concepts of "race" after the Holocaust

Queer Livability

German Sexual Sciences and Life Writing

Reveals how queer and trans life writers use narrative strategies to create the possibility for a livable queer life

Moderate Modernity

The Newspaper Tempo and the Transformation of Weimar Democracy

A history of “Germany’s most modern newspaper” through the rise of the Nazis and the collapse of Germany’s first democracy

African Students in East Germany, 1949-1975

Describes the lived experiences of African students in communist East Germany to shed new light on the history of Germany, Africa, and decolonization

The Apocalypse in Reformation Nuremberg

Jews and Turks in Andreas Osiander’s World

Illuminates the impact of Jews and Turks on the life and work of influential reformer Andreas Osiander

The Apocalypse in Reformation Nuremberg

Jews and Turks in Andreas Osiander's World

Illuminates the impact of Jews and Turks on the life and work of influential reformer Andreas Osiander

Open Wounds

Holocaust Theater and the Legacy of George Tabori

Explores the irreverent theater of George Tabori and its enduring legacy within Holocaust theater

The Arts of Democratization

Styling Political Sensibilities in Postwar West Germany

How postwar West German democracy was styled through word, image, sound, performance, and gathering

Decolonizing German and European History at the Museum

How do museums confront the violence of European colonialism, conquest, dispossession, enslavement, and genocide?

The Right to Difference

Interculturality and Human Rights in Contemporary German Literature

Develops a theory of intercultural literature to reconcile diversity with traditional notions of German identity

Spaces of Honor

Making German Civil Society, 1700-1914

Traces the development of German civil society through collective actions of honor

Bankruptcy and Debt Collection in Liberal Capitalism

Switzerland, 1800–1900

Debt as a social relation at the intersection of history and anthropology in the precarious economies of nineteenth-century liberalism

Ottoman Eurasia in Early Modern German Literature

Cultural Translations (Francisci, Happel, Speer)

Europe and the Ottoman Empire through three 17th-century writers

The Politics of Military Force

Antimilitarism, Ideational Change, and Post-Cold War German Security Discourse

Examines the dynamics of discursive change that made participation in military operations possible against the background of German antimilitarist culture

Marking Modern Movement

Dance and Gender in the Visual Imagery of the Weimar Republic

The dynamics between gender and body in Weimar Germany explored through images and case studies

Anti-Heimat Cinema

The Jewish Invention of the German Landscape

Jewish filmmakers inspire New German Cinema within the discursive landscape of the German “Heimat”


Plundering German Jewry, 1933-1953

Comparative context for understanding the experience of the German Jewry in the wake of Nazi plundering, racism, and genocide