Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany (Series)

Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany is a showcase for the best work in German Studies across the disciplines, drawing cutting-edge scholarship from the fields of history, cultural and literary studies, visual culture and film. It seeks to address central questions of the history of German-speaking cultures with no restrictions of period, approach, or region/locale. The series is aimed at the points of intersection of history, culture, and political possibility, offering a venue for the best of recent research and discussion.

Series Editor

Kathleen Canning, Dept. of History, University of Michigan

Editorial Board

Kerstin Barndt, Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan
Rita Chin, Dept. of History, University of Michigan
Tracie Matysik, Dept. of History, University of Texas - Austin
Elizabeth Otto, Dept. of Visual Studies, University at Buffalo
Uta Poiger, Dept. of History, Northeastern University
Helmut Puff, Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan
Mark Roseman, Dept. of History, Indiana University, Bloomington
Eli Rubin, Dept. of History, Western Michigan University
Annemarie H. Sammartino, Dept. of History, Oberlin College
Scott Spector, Dept. of History and Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan
Tara Zahra, Dept. of History, University of Chicago
Andrew Zimmerman, Dept. of History, George Washington University


Authors interested in submitting their work for possible publication in the series are requested to send materials as email attachments rather than via postal mail. Please send a message plus attachments to the Press editor for the series, Katie D. LaPlant, Ph.D.

Kindly include a prospectus, c.v., table of contents, and three sample chapters, preferably the first three chapters of the work.

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Uncanny Creatures

Doll Thinking in Modern German Culture

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

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 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?

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

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

Sex between Body and Mind

Psychoanalysis and Sexology in the German-speaking World, 1890s-1930s

A groundbreaking cross-disciplinary account of how sex became an object of scientific study in modernity

Imperial Fictions

German Literature Before and Beyond the Nation-State

Rethinks German literature by challenging the notion that national literature is the narrative of a spiritually united people

White Rebels in Black

German Appropriation of Black Popular Culture

Investigates the appropriation of black popular culture as a symbol of rebellion in postwar Germany

Not Straight from Germany

Sexual Publics and Sexual Citizenship since Magnus Hirschfeld

Investigates the role of sex and sexuality in early 20th-century German culture, and how this past continues to shape the present

Passing Illusions

Jewish Visibility in Weimar Germany

Challenges the notion that Weimar Jews sought to be invisible or indistinguishable from other Germans by “passing” as non-Jews


Cosmopolitanisms and the Jews

The first conceptual history of the development and evolution of the image of Jews and Jewish participation in modern German-speaking cosmopolitanist thought


Bodies and Ruins

Imagining the Bombing of Germany, 1945 to the Present

Explores visual representations of the Allied bombing war on Germany to reveal how Germans remembered and commemorated WWII

The Jazz Republic

Music, Race, and American Culture in Weimar Germany

Reveals the wide-ranging influence of American jazz on German discussions of music, race, and culture in the early twentieth century

The War in Their Minds

German Soldiers and Their Violent Pasts in West Germany

A pathbreaking study of the psychic afflictions of German soldiers returning from the Second World War

Three-Way Street

Jews, Germans, and the Transnational

Tracing Germany’s significance as an essential crossroads and incubator for modern Jewish culture

Beyond the Bauhaus

Cultural Modernity in Breslau, 1918-33

Reclaims the essential role that the city of Breslau played in the origins of aesthetic modernism in the Weimar era

Stop Reading! Look!

Modern Vision and the Weimar Photographic Book

Examines the connections between the emergence of Weimar photographic books and modern conceptions of photographic meaning