I studied Modern History, Politics and Peace and Conflict Studies at the Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany) and the Háskóli Íslands (University of Iceland, Reykjavík), graduating from Marburg with a Magister Artium degree. After my graduation I worked self-employed as an editor. In October 2016, I started my PhD at the University of Warwick, funded by a 'Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship'. My doctoral project examines the relationship between criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism in the Federal Republic of Germany (1949 to 2005) from the perspective of cultural history. Preparation for this project (funded by both the 'Prof. Dr. Adolf Schmidtmann Stiftung' and the 'Stiftung Zeitlehren') included a research stay in Israel as a visiting scholar at the 'Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History' (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and archival research at the 'Institut für Zeitungsforschung' (Dortmund/Germany).
- Research on anti-Semitism.
- History of the Shoah.
- Commemorative culture and the politics of remembrance in the Federal Republic of Germany, relating specifically to the Shoah: the (West) German engagement with the crimes of National Socialism in the realms of politics of memory, state, institutions, memorial culture, political culture, civil society and social psychology.
- History of the Federal Republic of Germany.
- History of German-Israeli relations.
- Approaches to the phenomenon of 'school shootings' from the perspective of Conflict Theories.
My PhD project examines the relationship between criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) from the perspective of cultural history.
The central questions are: How do criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism correlate with each other? In the broad spectrum of different forms of criticism of Israel and Israeli policies, at what point does legitimate criticism of specific state policies turn into a form of critique that clearly reproduces and transforms older anti-Semitic patterns, and what are the criteria to distinguish between the two? My period of investigation lasts from 1949 to 2005; I will focus on five case studies: 1. The debate regarding the reparations agreement between Israel and the FRG (1949 to 1953); 2. The perception of the Six-day war (1967); 3. The debate regarding the Lebanon war (1982); 4. The debate regarding the Second Gulf War (1990/1991); 5. The perception and evaluation of the second Intifada (2000 to 2005). The corpus of sources consists of plenary protocols of the (West) German 'Bundestag' and the results of the relevant demoscopic studies, complemented with newspaper articles, caricatures and a variety of different sources of the area of everyday culture and high culture.
Scholarships and Grants
- 08/2007 to 09/2008: 'Free-Mover'-Scholarship (funding of a study abroad at Háskóli Íslands, Reykjavík/Iceland).
- 01/2016 to 02/2016: Research scholarship of the 'Prof. Adolf Schmidtmann Stiftung' (research scholarship to conduct research as a visiting scholar at the 'Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History' in Jerusalem/Israel).
- 09/2016: Research scholarship of the 'Stiftung Zeitlehren' (research scholarship to conduct archival research at the 'Institut für Zeitungsforschung' in Dortmund/Germany).
- 10/2016 to 10/2019: 'Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities' (PhD funding).
- 11/2016: Travel Grant from the 'Godfrey Carr Fund', University of Warwick (funding of a research stay in Israel subsequent to participating in a Yad Vashem-based Workshop for PhD students who are focusing on Holocaust-related topics).
Participation in Conferences/Workshops and presentations
- University of Warwick, 03/11/2016: Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Workshop 'Reflections on Insiders and Outsiders' with Prof. em. Steven Aschheim from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (Brief presentation: research proposal 'Criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1949 to 2005'.)
- Yad Vashem (Jerusalem), 21/11/2016 to 24/11/2016: 'Joint Workshop of the Wiener Library and Yad Vashem for advanced PhD students who are focusing on Holocaust-related topics'. (Presentation: 'Criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1949 to 2005'.)
Office Hour: Wednesdays 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon (H2.13)
Teaching Academic Year 2017/2018: GE201 Modern German Language 2 (oral class)