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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Gender as a Category of Knowledge

Falko Schnicke

PhD Project:

Eunuchs, Princesses, and Penetration: Masculinities and Body Politics in German Historiography (1780 – 1900)


 

Description of the Project

 

According to popular opinion, the discipline of history was established within Germany as a masculine discipline. What does that mean in specifically? In considering this problem the PhD project aims to specify this thesis and also to differentiate it: which disciplinary elements and which masculinities are involved in the discipline’s masculinization?

In this project two types of sources are consulted: texts answering the question what academic history was or should be, and portraits of individual historians. These are used to explore which disciplinary knowledge was intertwined with knowledge of gender and the body.

In so doing, the project broadens the existing research in four senses:

(1) it defines the space of the historical discipline more precisely and revises it partial;

(2) it adds aspects of body history missing in the history of historiography so far;

(3) it takes the under-represented visualisations of social realities seriously; and

(4) it contributes to body history in general as single results are put into a systematic approach in order to identify general ways of addressing, placing, and defining the body.

                                                      

Particulars

 

   

Selected Publications

Prinzipien der Entindividualisierung. Theorie und Praxis biographischer Studien bei Johann Gustav Droysen, Wien/Köln/Weimar 2010 (Beiträge zur Geschichtskultur 36).

zus. m. Ann-Kristin Düber (Hg.): Perspektive – Medium – Macht. Zur kulturellen Codierung neuzeitlicher Geschlechterdispositionen, Würzburg 2010.

»Obrigkeit ist männlich«. Zur Systematik kultureller Suspendierung von Frauen in Treitschkes »Vorlesungen über Politik«. In: Das Geschlecht der Wissenschaften. Zur Geschichte von Akademikerinnen im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert, hg. v. Ulrike Auga, Claudia Bruns, Levke Harders u.a., Frankfurt a. M. 2010. S. 219 – 236.

Deutung vor der Deutung. Hermeneutische und geschlechtergeschichtliche Aspekte historiographischer Epochenbildung. In: Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 32 (2009). S. 159 – 175.

   

Contact

http://www.geschichte.uni-hamburg.de/personal/schaser1_/schnicke.html

falko.schnicke@uni-hamburg.de