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Dr Jane Freeland

Jane Freeland joined the GHIL in July 2019. She is an historian of feminism and gender in modern Germany. Her research examines the impact and meaning of 1960s feminism on contemporary discussions of gender and women’s rights. Prior to joining the GHIL, she worked at Queen Mary, University of London as a lecturer in Modern German History. She holds an MA in European Studies and a PhD in History from Carleton University, Canada.

Email: j.freeland(ghi)

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Post-1945 German history
  • History of gender and sexuality in Europe
  • Social and cultural histories of East Germany
  • History of feminism and women’s activism
  • Gender-based violence and violence against women
  • Gender and sexuality in the legal system

Current Research

Medialization and Empowerment

Academic Appointments
2019- Research Associate, German Historical Institute London
2018-2019 Lecturer in Modern German History, Queen Mary University of London
2017-2018 Teaching Fellow in Modern European History, University of Sheffield
2016-2017 Newton International Fellow, University of Bristol
2016 PhD in History, Carleton University (Canada)
2010 MA in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Carleton University (Canada)
Selected Scholarships and Awards
2016 Newton International Fellowship
2015 Marta Danylewycz Memorial Award, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women
2015 Doctoral Fellowship, German Historical Institute, Washington DC
2014 Travel Grant, Central European History Society
Visiting Fellowship, Centre for Contemporary History, Germany
2013 Research Grant, German Academic Exchange Service

Selected Publications

“Creating Good Socialist Women: Continuities, Desire and Degeneration in Slatan Dudow’s The Destinies of Women,” Journal of Women’s History, Vol. 29(1) (2017): 87-110.

“Domestic Abuse, Women’s Lives and Citizenship: East and West Policies during the 1960s and 1970s,” Gendering Post-1945 German History: Entanglements. Edited by Friederike Brühöfener, Karen Hagemann and Donna Harsch (New York: Berghahn): 253-273.

“Women’s Bodies and Feminist Subjectivity in West Germany,” New Subjectivities: The Politics of Authenticity across the Iron Curtain. Edited by Joachim Häberlen, Mark Keck-Szajbel and Kate Mahoney (New York: Berghahn): 131-150.

“Rethinking Sexual Modernity in Twentieth Century Germany” Social History, Vol. 37(3) (2012): 314-327 (co-author with Jennifer Evans).

“Communism and Queers in Europe,” Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History, edited by Howard Chiang, Anjali Arondekar, Marc Epprecht, Jennifer Evans, Ross Forman, Hanadi al-Samman, Emily Skidmore and Zeb Tortorici (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2018): 399-403.

“Homosexuality and the Science of History in Anglo-American Perspective,” Was ist Homosexualität: Forschungsgeschichte, gesellschaftliche Entwicklung und Perspektiven, edited by Florian Mildenberger, Jennifer Evans, Rüdiger Lautmann and Jakob Pastoetter (Hamburg: Männerschwarm Verlag, 2014): 305-318.