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 perceptions of Israel 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).
I am a member of the British Association for Jewish Studies and the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland.
- 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.
Perceptions of Israel in the Federal Republic of Germany (1949 to 2005): changes in attitudes and shifts in patterns of prejudice (working title)
My PhD project examines perceptions of Israel in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) from the perspective of cultural history. The central questions are: How was Israel perceived in the FRG and how did (West) German perceptions of Israel change with changing political and historical contexts? 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 criteria are needed to distinguish between the two? My period of investigation runs from 1949 to today and I will focus primarily on four 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). Based on my findings, I will look at the period from 1990/1991 to today, including the Second Intifada, in a concluding chapter. The corpus of sources consists of plenary protocols of the German Bundestag and the results of the relevant demoscopic studies, complemented with newspaper articles, cartoons and other contributions to the public debate.
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).
- 05/2018: Travel Grant from the Godfrey Carr Fund, University of Warwick (funding of participation in the conference 'ISRAEL: A CASE STUDY', Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sde Boqer Campus, 14/05/2018 to 16/05/2018).
- 12/2018 to 01/2019: Godfrey Carr Fund, University of Warwick (funding of archival research at the British Library in London/UK and funding of archival research at the Institut für Zeitungsforschung in Dortmund/Germany).
- 02/2020: Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland Travel Scholarship (funding of a research stay in Israel).
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'.)
- Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Sde Boqer Campus), 14/05/2018 to 16/05/2018: 'ISRAEL: A CASE STUDY. The Jewish State through the Prism of Social Sciences and Humanities. International Conference on the Occasion of Israel’s 70th Anniversary.' (Presentation: 'Criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1949 to 2005 – first findings'.)
- British Academy (London), 11/07/2018: 'Wolfson Postgraduate Scholars in the Humanities Symposium'. (Project presentation: 'Criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1949 to 2005'.)
- 'Third German-Israeli Archival Exchange Colloquium 2019/2020 Encounters' (jointly organized by the Hamburg-based Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden and Tel Aviv University), 21/07/2019 to 27/07/2019. Part I, Germany: Staatsarchiv der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg (Hamburg), Jüdisches Museum Berlin/Leo Baeck Institut Berlin (Berlin), Bundesarchiv (Berlin), Politisches Archiv des Auswärtigen Amts (Berlin), Zentralarchiv zur Erforschung der Geschichte der Juden in Deutschland (Heidelberg), Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt (Frankfurt am Main).
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)