Moritz Foellmer

Senior Lecturer in Modern European History, University of Leeds

I grew up in Zurich and Bonn before studying history, philosophy and constitutional law at the universities of Bonn, Göttingen and Paris-Sorbonne, where I pursued my interest in modern France. After graduating with an MA I moved to Berlin, the major hub for historians in Germany, to conduct doctoral work. I received my PhD from Humboldt University in 2000 and subsequently taught there for five years. In 2004/05, I was a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago on a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. I joined the School of History in 2006.
I am the review editor of the journal German History and joint speaker of the Arbeitskreis Geschichte und Theorie.

I am a cultural historian of twentieth-century Germany, France and Europe more generally, with a particular focus on individuality, urban life and nationalism. What interests me is how people defined themselves as nations, cities or individuals, how these often conflicting self-definitions were mediatised and how they interacted with social relations. I attempt to explore these issues through a variety of sources, namely newspaper articles, novels, the files of public institutions or companies and ego-documents such as diaries and suicide notes. My aim is to analyse and connect several themes from gender history to Jewish history, periods from the turn of the century to the 1950s and cities from Lyon to Berlin, combining a micro-historical approach with the study of discourses as well as with broader comparative perspectives.

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