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Prof Dr Christina von Hodenberg

Christina von Hodenberg took over as Director of the GHIL on 1 September 2018. Professor von Hodenberg specialises in the social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe. From 2006 to 2018, she taught European History at Queen Mary University London.

Her first two monographs explored nineteenth-century Prussian history, specifically the role of Prussian judges during the revolution of 1848-49 and Germany’s most famous working-class protest, the 1844 revolt of Silesian weavers. She then moved to the contemporary history of media and political protest. Her survey of post-1945 political journalism in West Germany asked how authoritarian traditions of political culture were overcome. A comparative study on the impact of German, British and American television on the Sixties cultural revolution followed. Most recently, her account of late sixties protest in West Germany (‘Das andere Achtundsechzig’) has generated much discussion in academia and beyond

Email: c.hodenberg(ghi)ghil.ac.uk

Research Interests

  • ageing and the elderly in Germany and Britain after 1945
  • political culture in 19th and 20th century Germany
  • popular protest and revolutions
  • generations in contemporary history
  • research-generated social science data as historical sources
  • digital humanities methods for historians
  • the history of journalism, mass media, television
  • value change, sexuality, family, gender and youth since 1960
  • comparisons and transnational links between Germany, the UK and the US
  • legal history and the role of lawyers
  • the history of concepts (Begriffsgeschichte)
  • coming to terms with the Nazi past
Academic Background
2012-2018 Professor of European History, Queen Mary, University of London
2007-2012 Reader in European History, Queen Mary, University of London
2006-2007 Senior Lecturer in European History, Queen Mary, University of London
2004 Habilitation for Modern and Contemporary History, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
2002-2005 DAAD Visiting Assistant / Associate Professor of History, University of California at Berkeley
2000-2001 John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
1995-2002 Assistant Professor of History, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
1992-1995 PhD in Modern History, Universität Bielefeld
1987-1991 MA in Modern History, Eastern European History and German Literature, Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Scholarships, Prizes, Distinctions
2014 Humboldt-Forschungspreis
2009 Leibniz Summer Fellowship, Zentrum für Zeitgeschichtliche Forschung Potsdam
2009 First prize, "Das Historische Buch" (H-Soz-u-Kult) for Konsens und Krise in category ‘media history'
2000-2001 John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
5/1998 DAAD-Kurzzeitprofessur, The Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, Université de Montréal
1996 Dissertation prize, Westfälisch-Lippische Universitätsgesellschaft
1990 Research grant, GDR and FRG Inner-German Cultural Exchange
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Modern European History (external link)
  • Editorial Board, German History (external link)
  • Advisory Council, Zentrum für Zeitgeschichtliche Forschung Potsdam
  • Board member, Leo Baeck Institute
  • Advisory Council, Institute for Historical Research, London (2010-2014)
  • Board member, German History Society (2006-2011)

Publications

Monographs

Edited volumes

Selected articles

  • ‘Writing women's agency into the history of the Federal Republic: '1968', historians and gender’, in: Central European History (forthcoming March 2019)
  • ‘Gesellschaftsgeschichtliche Perspektiven auf das westdeutsche 'Achtundsechzig'’, in: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 38/39 (forthcoming 2018)
  • ‘Square-Eyed Farmers and Gloomy Ethnographers. The Advent of Television in the West German Village’, in: Journal of Contemporary History 51 (2016), 839-865
  • ‘Expeditionen in den Methodendschungel: Herausforderungen der Zeitgeschichtsforschung im Fernsehzeitalter’, in: Journal of Modern European History (external link) 10 (2012), 24-48
  • ‘Ekel Alfred und die Kulturrevolution: Unterhaltungsfernsehen als Sprachrohr der 68er-Bewegung?’, in: Geschichte in Wissenschaft und Unterricht (external link) 62 (2011), 557–572
  • ‘Mass Media and the Generation of Conflict: West Germany’s Long Sixties and the Formation of a Critical Public Sphere’, in: Contemporary European History (external link) 15, 3 (2006), 367-395
  • ‘Of Nazi Werewolves, German Fräuleins, and Iraqi Insurgents: The American Fascination with Hitler’s Last Foray’, in: Central European History (external link) 41, 1 (2008): 71-92
  • ‘Media: Government versus Market’, in: Kiran Klaus Patel and Christof Mauch, eds., The United States and Germany during the Twentieth Century: Competition and Convergence, Cambridge University Press (external link) 2010 (together with Philipp Gassert), 227-244
  • ‘The Protest of Silesian Weavers in 1844: Household Strategies and Moral Concepts’, in: Jan Kok, ed, Rebellious Families: Household Strategies and Collective Action in the 19th and 20th Centuries, International Studies in Social History (external link), vol 3 (Oxford and Providence: Berghahn, 2002), 39-56
  • ‘Politische Generationen und massenmediale Öffentlichkeit: Das Beispiel der Fünfundvierziger in der Bundesrepublik’, in: Ulrike Jureit and Michael Wildt, eds., Generationen: Zur Relevanz eines sozialwissenschaftlichen Grundbegriffs (external link) (Hamburg: Hamburger Edition, 2005), 266-294
  • ‘Der Fluch des Geldsacks: Der Aufstieg des Industriellen als Herausforderung bürgerlicher Werte’, in: Manfred Hettling and Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann, eds., Der bürgerliche Wertehimmel: Innenansichten des 19. Jahrhunderts (external link) (Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2000), 79-104
  • ‘Mit dem Rotstift gegen die soziale Frage: Die preußische Pressezensur und der schlesische Weberaufstand 1844’, in: Forschungen zur Brandenburgischen und Preußischen Geschichte (external link) NF 9 (1999), 91-122