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Prof. Dr. Till van Rahden

Prof. Dr. Till van Rahden
Address Université de Montréal
Canada Research Chair in German and European Studies
3744, rue Jean-Brillant, bureau 525
Montréal, Quebec
Canada, H3T 1P1
Phone +1-514-343 6763
Fax +1-514-343 7187
E-Mail till.van.rahden@umontreal.ca
Homepage http://www.littlm.umontreal.ca/
 

Academic Career

Current Activities

Apr.-Jul. 2016
Senior Research Fellow, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen. Vienna, Austria. Principal Investigator.

Feb.-Aug. 2015
Senior Research Fellow, Cluster of Excellence "The Emergence of Normative Orders" and the "Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften" (Institute for Advanced Studies en sciences humaines) Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany. Principle Investigator.

Study

1988-1991
History, Sociology and Literature, Universität Bielefeld

Graduation / Academic Degrees

1999
Universität Bielefeld, Ph.D. in Modern History (“summa cum laude”)
1993
The Johns Hopkins University, M.A. in American History

Current Position(s)

since Oct. 2006
Canada Research Chair in German and European Studies, Université de Montréal
Associate Professor, Department of Literature and Modern Languages (now Department of Literatures and World Languages), with a cross-appointment in the History Department (tenure since June 1, 2009)

Position(s) Held

2002-2003
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Chicago
2000-2006
Assistant Professor (“Wissenschaftlicher Assistent”), Department of History, Universität zu Köln
1999
Assistant Professor (“Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter”), Department of History, Universität Bielefeld

Relevant (International) Research Experience

2016
Senior Research Fellow, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen; Vienna (Austria), principal investigator
2016
Senior Research Fellow, Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG), Mainz, Germany
2015
Senior Research Fellow, Cluster of Excellence "The Emergence of Normative Orders" and the "Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften" (Institute for Advanced Studies, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany), principle investigator
2012-2013
Research Fellow, Morphomata: International Center for Advanced Studies on the Genesis, Dynamics and Mediality of Cultural Figurations, Universität zu Köln
2010-2011
Senior Research Fellow in the School of History, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg i. Br.
2010
Research Fellow, Cluster of Excellence “Formations of Normative Orders” at the “Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften” (Institute for Advanced Studies, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
2009
Research Fellow, Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
2009
Short Term Visiting Professor, Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society, University of Haifa, Israel
since 2005
Editorial Board, “Year Book of the Leo Baeck Institute”

Major Research Grants, Scholarships and Awards

2016
Conference Grant, German Historical Institute, Washington
2016
Conference Grant, from the Faculty of Arts and Science, Université de Montréal
2014
Conference Grant, Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, University of Cologne, for the Workshop "Forms, Style and Manners: Democracy as a Way of Life"
2012‐2017
Canada Research Chair in German and European Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
2009
Conference Grant from the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation for the Humboldt-Kolleg “Happy Birthday ‘BRD’: Transatlantic Reflections on Six Decades Full of Wonder,” McGill University/Université de Montréal, May 20-23, 2009
2006-2011
Canada Research Chair in German and European Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
2005-2007
Research Award, NRW-Exzellenzwettbewerb "Geisteswissenschaften gestalten Zukunftsperspektiven" [Humanities for the Future]
2005-2007
Research Grant, Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation

List of Publications

a) Publications in refereed journals and book publications
2016
(co-edited with Oliver Kohns and Martin Roussel) Autorität: Krise, Konstruktion und Konjunktur (Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink).
2011
“Clumsy Democrats: Moral Passions in the Federal Republic”, German History 29:3, 485-504.
2010
(co-edited with Daniel Fulda, Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann and Dagmar Herzog) Demokratie im Schatten der Gewalt: Geschichten des Privaten im deutschen Nachkrieg (Göttingen: Wallstein).
2008
Jews and other Germans: Civil Society, Religious Diversity, and Urban Politics in Breslau, 1860 to 1925 (Madison, WI: The University of Wisconsin Press).
2005
Verrat, Schicksal oder Chance: Lesarten des Assimilationsbegriffs in der Historiographie zur Geschichte der deutschen Juden, in: Historische Anthropologie. Kultur – Gesellschaft – Alltag 13 (2005), 245-264.
2005
“Jews and the Ambivalences of Civil Society in Germany, 1800 to 1933: Assessment and Reassessment”, The Journal of Modern History 77:4, 1024-1047.
2001
(co-edited with Andreas Gotzmann and Rainer Liedtke) Juden, Bürger, Deutsche: Zur Geschichte von Vielfalt und Differenz 1800–1933 (Tübingen: J.C.B. Mohr).

b) Other publications
2016
“Unbeholfene Demokraten: Moralische Leidenschaften in der Bundesrepublik”, in: Wolfram Pyta/Carsten Kretschmann (eds.), Bürgerlichkeit: Spurensuche in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart (Stuttgart: Steiner), 151-177.
2015
“History in the House of the Hangman: How Postwar Germany Became a Key Site for the Study of Jewish History”, in: Steven E. Aschheim/Vivian Liska (eds.), The German-Jewish Experience: Contested Interpretations and Conflicting Perceptions (Berlin: de Gruyter), 171–192.
2014
"Juden und die Ambivalenzen der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft in Deutschland von 1800 bis 1933", in: Werner Meiners/Herbert Obenaus (eds.), Juden in Niedersachsen auf dem Weg in die bürgerliche Gesellschaft (Göttingen: Wallstein), 231-258.
2013
"Families Beyond Patriarchy: Visions of Gender Equality and Child Rearing among German Catholics in an Age of Revolution", in: Nancy Christie et al. (eds.), The Sixties and Beyond: Dechristianization as History in North America and Western Europe (Toronto: The University of Toronto Press), 270-293.
2013
“Situational Ethnicity versus Milieu Identity: Jews and Catholics in Imperial Germany”, in: Nils Roemer (ed.), German Jewry: Between Hope and Despair, 1871-1933 (Brighton: Academic Studies Press), 45-74.
2010
"Fatherhood, Rechristianization, and the Quest for Democracy in Postwar West Germany", in: Dirk Schumann (ed.), Raising Citizens in the “Century of the Child:” Child-Rearing in the United States and German Central Europe in the Twentieth Century (New York: Berghahn Books), 141-164.
2006
“‘Germans of the Jewish Stamm’: Visions of Community between Nationalism and Particularism, 1850 to 1933”, in: Mark Roseman et al. (eds.), German History from the Margins (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press), 27-48.

Training of Young Researchers

Dissertations Currently Supervised

Yannick Cormier: La perception du passé nazi en zone française: entre opinion publique allemande et occupation étrangère (1945-1949) (since 2009)

Christine Whitehouse: The Free Germany Movement: Jewish Exiles in Transnational Perspective, 1938-1961 (Department of History, Carlton University Ottawa, since 2012, Co-Supervisor)

Martina Chumova: Corps et pudeur vers 1800, à travers le prisme d'egodocuments (since 2013, Co-Supervisor)

Emilie Malendant: Vieillesse, assistance sociale et vie quotidienne: les femmes âgées sous l'Allemagne nazie (1933-1939) (since 2015, Co-Supervisor)

Finished Dissertations

Kathryn Steinhaus: Valkyrie: Gender, Class, European Relations, and Unity Mitford’s Thirst for Fascism (Department of History, McGill University, 2011, Co-Supervisor)

Marie-Josée Lavallée: Hannah Arendt, lectrice de Platon: L’Antiquité grecque dans la pensée politique et sociale de l’émigration allemande au XXe siècle (2014, Co-Supervisor)

Philip Lenhard: Rasse, Volk und Stamm: Jüdische Ethnizitätsmodelle in Frankreich und Deutschland, 1789-1848 (2014, Co-Supervisor; current position: Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Historisches Seminar, Ludwig Maximilians-Universität)

Specific Qualification as Participant of the IRTG

Till van Rahden is an expert in German-Jewish history. His most significant publication to date has been Jews and other Germans (2008), a work, which has been received as a major contribution to Modern Jewish history and Modern European history. The book is the first social and cultural history to probe the parameters of Jewish integration in the half century between the founding of the German Empire in 1871 and the early Weimar Republic. The study illuminates Breslau’s multicultural fabric and tells the story of this remarkable city as one of cultural and religious conflict and co-existence. Questioning received wisdom about German-Jewish assimilation and the pervasiveness of anti-Semitism in Imperial Germany, the book restores some of the complexity and openness of relations between Protestants, Catholics, and Jews before World War I. It was awarded the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History as well as the Kommunalwissenschaftliche Prämie (Stiftung der deutschen Städte, Gemeinden und Kreise) for the best study in Urban History. The book has received positive reviews in more than forty scholarly journals. According to “European History Quarterly” the book “will serve as a major point of reference not only for historians of Jewish life in Imperial Germany but also a wider range of scholars interested in how German—or, indeed, any—society dealt with the tension between modernity’s homogenizing impulse and recognition of difference.” Closely related is another book, La civilité et ses ambivalences: Les juifs dans la société civile en Europe centrale, 1800-1933, under contract with Les Presses de l’Université Laval. In this book, van Rahden explores languages of diversity in nineteenth-and early twentieth-century Germany and Austria. A study of key concepts of nineteenth-century politics – such as the nation, equality, humanity, virtue, and civility – allows an analysis of civil society’s fundamental duality: its simultaneous tolerance and intolerance; the elastic, always potentially inclusive aspects as well as its continually contested and renegotiated exclusions.

During his time at the Universität zu Köln’s Department of History between 2000 and 2006, van Rahden was actively involved in the graduate program and co-supervised over 50 graduate students. Since October 2006, he has been actively engaged in undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral training at the Université de Montréal. In 2009/2010, he served as Director of Graduate Studies and reorganized and reformed the curriculum for an M.A. in German Studies. As research co-ordinator at the Centre canadien d’études allemandes et européennes, he has helped to attract and to supervise three postdoctoral researchers to the Université de Montréal.

Till Van Rahden has recently held research fellowships at the Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and at the Cluster of Excellence “Formations of Normative Orders”; at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften (Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities), Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt/Main; and at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. He is also widely connected in the field of German-Jewish history, notably as a member of the Academic Board of the Leo Baeck Institute. His networks in the fields of moral history and Jewish history will provide invaluable contacts for students working on questions of civility within diverse societies as well as on relations among religious communities and minorities.
 
 
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