- 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 thesis investigates the changing perceptions of Israel in (West-) German political discourse between the foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the first years of the new millennium, focusing on a number of significant historical events that generated intense public debate.
My guiding questions are: How did (West-) German discourses on Israel change with changing political and historical contexts and agendas? How was public discourse informed by the perceived taboos generated by the Nazi past? In the broad spectrum of different forms of engagement with Israel and Israeli policies: At which points did legitimate criticism of specific state policies turn into a form of critique that reproduced or transformed older anti-Jewish and antisemitic patterns?
I will primarily focus on the debates surrounding four crucial historical events: 1. The reparations agreement between Israel and the FRG (1949 to 1953); 2. The Six-day War (1967); 3. The Lebanon War (1982); 4. The Second Gulf War (1990/1991). Based on my findings, I will look at the period from 1991 to today in a concluding chapter.
The corpus of sources consists of plenary protocols of the (West-) German Bundestag and the results of demoscopic studies, complemented by an extensive survey of press coverage across the political spectrum, photographs, cartoons and other contributions to the public debate.
- 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: Travel Grant from the 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).
- 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)