Within the field of “Modern History and Gender History” our research concerns the history of Germany, Europe and the US from the late 18th century to the present. Main research interests are the history of the world wars, violence and the modern, transnational history, migration history and religious history, including theoretical questions and global perspectives.
In general, we are interested in how people 'produce' and give meaning to the modern world. Our research focusses on processes of inclusion and exclusion, identity formation, the use of language and images as well as the agency of historical actors. The category of gender plays an important role in all these processes. On the one hand, gender organizes social inequality. On the other hand, it serves as a symbolic system that helps to establish, strengthen or change power relations and, among other things, influences the allocation of social status.
Our research interests are also reflected in our teaching. Courses have dealt with National Socialism in the context of 20th century German history, temporality as a historical problem, the connection between war, violence, and gender or religious movements in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Additionally, we offer classes on theory, historiography and methods.
We maintain international contacts that students and Ph.D. candidates can profit from, both in Europe and the United States and Canada. We established a co-operation with the National Graduate School of History in Sweden, particularly the Department of History in Lund, and the Department of History at the University of York, England, with whom we organize yearly Ph.D. conferences and a desk-exchange. International co-operations help to improve and professionalize Ph.D. programs and allow the exchange of ideas among researchers.