ABOUT US

Prof. Dr. Claudia Bruns is Professor of "Historical Anthropology and Gender Studies" at the Department for Cultural History and Theory at the Humboldt University Berlin. Her research focuses on the history of the body and sexuality as part of a cultural history of the political. Her monograph on the Politics of Eros dealt with male-bonding formations of the political at the beginning of the 20th century. Her research also explores antisemitic as well as racist discourses from a postcolonial and transfer-analytical perspective. At the intersection of racism, gender, and spatial studies, her work on the borders and boundaries of Europe is a discourse history, which traces an arc from antiquity to the present and seeks to connect dimensions of race, gender, and religion intersectionally. She was spokesperson for the DFG Research Training Group "Gender as a Category of Knowledge" and the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at Humboldt University and is a member of the advisory board of the Interdisciplinary Berlin Center for Transnational Border Research "Border Crossings - Crossing Borders" at HU.

Selected Publications:

Europas Grenzdiskurse: Karten, Körper, Kollektive seit der Antike, Köln u.a.: Böhlau (im Erscheinen); Wissen - Transfer - Differenz. Transnationale und interdiskursive Verflechtungen von Rassis­mus ab 1700, hg. zus. mit Michaela Hampf, Göttingen: Wallstein 2018; Rasse' und Raum. Topologien zwischen Kolonial-, Geo- und Biopolitik. Geschichte, Kunst, Erinnerung, Wiesbaden: Reichert 2017; Politik des Eros. Der Männerbund in Wissenschaft, Politik und Jugendkultur. 1880-1934, Köln u.a.: Böhlau 2008.

Contact: claudia.bruns@culture.hu-berlin.de; Homepage

Cornelia von Einem has been research associate at Prof Claudia Bruns' professorial chair at the Department of Cultural History and Theory at the Humboldt University Berlin since November 2018. With a particular focus on Imre Kertész' work, her dissertation explores the entangled relationship between the extreme trauma of the shoah, testimony and fiction. From 2008 to 2013, she was lecturer for modern political theory and the history of ideas at the professorial chair of Prof Hajo Funke at the Free University Berlin. Her research and teaching focus are situated in the fields of memory studies, Holocaust studies, postcolonial studies, and genocide studies. She is particularly interested in the history of National Socialism, the history and memory of the Shoah, theories of testimony, cultural trauma theories, critical theory, as well as vulnerability as a political category. In 2018, she was fellow of the Foundation Zeitlehren.

Recent publications:

Tagungsbericht "Sprachhandeln". Reflexionen über die deutsche Sprache nach dem Holocaust auf H-Soz-Kult (20. März 2020) https://www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/tagungsberichte-8701?title=sprachhandeln-reflexionen-ueber-die-deutsche-sprache-nach-dem-holocaust

Contact: einemcor (at) hu-berlin.de

Janine Fubel studied cultural history and theory and gender studies in Berlin. As a PhD student at the Department of History at the Humboldt University Berlin and fellow of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, she explores the final phase of the concentration camp Sachsenhausen. At the interface between Holocaust and genocide research and critical military history, she explores dynamics of violence in the evacuation and liquidation of the camp in 1945, with a particular focus on the SS garrison in Oranienburg. Her research focus include national socialist systems of concentration camps and deportations as well as the battleground 'Ostfront'. In addition, she explores contemporary photographic representations of war crimes in the Second World War. She is member of the research group and blog 'Space in Holocaust Research'. Since 2019, she is associated member of the Selma Stern Centre for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg and council of the Henri-Perrin Foundation. Since 2018, she has participated in the coordination of the postgraduate colloquium of the Stanley Burton Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies between the University Leicester and the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University Berlin. From 2010 to 2014, she was undergraduate assistant at the Department of Cultural History and Theory at the Humboldt University Berlin. From 2009 to 2014, she was also freelance teamer for the association Cultures Interactive e.V., Berlin, which organizes project days at schools in the context of political education and the prevention of right-wing radicalism. Since 2010, she has been engaged with cultural and migration policies. As DJ and organizer, she is also active in the Berlin club scene and beyond.

Recent publications:

»Körper« und »Raum« im Kontext der Holocaust- und Genozidforschung. Eine multiperspektivische Einführung (zusammen mit Annika Wienert), in: "Körper" und "Raum" im Kontext der Holocaust- und Genozidforschung, Special Issue der Zeitschrift für Genozidforschung 19. Jg. 2021/2, S. 159-188.

Contact: fubeljan@cms.hu-berlin.de

Sanna Stegmaier is a Joint PhD student at the Department of Cultural History and Theory at the Humboldt-University Berlin and at the German Department at King's College London. In her interdisciplinary and binational PhD project, she develops a theoretical and methodological recontextualization of testimony in an imminent post-witness era and in the digital age. Having conducted a participatory study on the Dimensions in Testimony project of USC Shoah Foundation, she is particularly interested in contemporary engagements with transnational and transgenerational transmission of testimony and memory of the Shoah. She is a fellow of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and her project has also been funded by the Foundation Zeitlehren. Her research focuses on the interrelation between transnational and transgenerational history and memory of the Shoah, theories of testimony, memory studies, as well as digital humanities. Moreover, she is interested in the didactic use of testimonies in museal and didactic contexts. Since 2020, she is member of the DFG research network Testimony meets Technology at the LMU Munich. After receiving the Honorable Mention Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Genocide Research at the University of Southern California, she conducted the first German-language interactive interview with Anita Lasker-Wallfisch in London. Together with Prof Christina Brüning from the University of Marburg, she has led the first empirical study of the interactive testimony in German classrooms. At King's College London, she was co-founder of the postgraduate network of cultural memory studies at the Department for Culture, Media and Creative Industries. Since 2016, she has been part of cultural and political initiatives in Vienna, London, and Berlin. She has contributed to the blog of the Wiener Library as well as conducted oral history interviews for exhibitions at the Migration Museum in London.

Recent Publications:

'Digital Archiving and Teaching with Testimony in the 21st Century' (with Verena Lucia Nägel, and Christina Brüning), in Culture and Testimony for Practitioners and Researchers, ed. by Sara Jones and Roger Woods (UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2022).

'The Production of German- and Russian-Language Interactive Biographies: (Trans)National Holocaust Memory between the Broadcast and Hyperconnective Ages' (with Svetlana Ushakova), in Digital Holocaust Memory, Education and Research, ed. by Victoria Walden (UK: Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2021), pp. 61-96.

'From the "Posttraumatic" to the "Transtestimonial" - Doron Rabinovici's Die Letzten Zeugen (2013) as a Corporeal Topography of Discursive and Emotive Holocaust Memory.' German Life and Letters, 72 (2019), 522-40.

Contact: sanna.stegmaier@kcl.ac.uk