Prof. Dr. Till van Rahden
Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
School of History
Born 1967; 1999 Dr. phil. In Modern History at the University of Bielefeld; 1999 Assistant Professor (“Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter”), Department of History, University of Bielefeld; 1999 Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, Institute of Contemporary History and Wiener Library, London; 2000-2006 Assistant Professor (“Wissenschaftlicher Assistent”), Department of History, University of Cologne; 2002-2003 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Chicago; 2002 Feodor-Lynen Research Scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung; since 2006 Associate Professor (Canada Research Chair) at the University of Montreal, Canada; 2005 Research Award, NRW-Exzellenzwettbewerb "Geisteswissenschaften gestalten Zukunftsperspektiven" [Humanities for the Future]; 2009 Research Fellow, Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin; 2010 Research Fellow, Cluster of Excellence “Formations of Normative Orders,” at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften (Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities), Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main; 2010-2011 FRIAS Senior Fellowship
- With Daniel Fulda, Stefan Hoffmann and Dagmar Herzog eds., Demokratie im Schatten der Gewalt: Geschichten des Privaten im deutschen Nachkrieg (Göttingen: Wallstein-Verlag, 2010).
- Jews and other Germans: Civil Society, Religious Diversity and Urban Politics in Breslau, 1860 to 1925, George L. Mosse Series in Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History, (Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2008)
- With Andreas Gotzmann and Rainer Liedtke eds., Juden, Bürger, Deutsche: Zur Geschichte von Vielfalt und Differenz 1800-1933, Schriftenreihe wissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen des Leo Baeck Instituts Vol. 63 (Tübingen: J.C.B. Mohr, 2001)
- “Jews and the Ambivalences of Civil Society in Germany, 1800 to 1933 – Assessment and Reassessment,” Journal of Modern History 77 (2005): 1024-1047
“Words and Actions: Rethinking the Social History of German Antisemitism—Breslau, 1870 - 1914,” German History 18 (2000): 413-438
- “Verrat, Schicksal oder Chance: Lesarten des Assimilationsbegriffs in der Historiographie zur Geschichte der deutschen Juden,” Historische Anthropologie. Kultur – Gesellschaft – Alltag 13 (2005): 245-264
- “Demokratie und väterliche Autorität: Das Karlsruher "Stichentscheid"-Urteil von 1959 in der politischen Kultur der frühen Bundesrepublik,” Zeithistorische Forschungen 2 (2005): 160-179
- “Fatherhood, Rechristianization, and the Quest for Democracy in Postwar West Germany,” Raising Citizens in the “Century of the Child:” Child-Rearing in the United States and German Central Europe in the Twentieth Century (Studies in German History, vol. 12), ed. Dirk Schumann (New York: Berghahn Books, 2010), 141-164
- “‘Germans of the Jewish Stamm’: Visions of Community between Nationalism and Particularism, 1850 to 1933,” German History from the Marginst, Mark Roseman, Nils Roemer and Neil Gregor eds. (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2006), pp. 27-48
- “Ideologie und Gewalt: Neuerscheinungen über den Antisemitismus in der deutschen Geschichte des 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhunderts,” Neue Politische Literatur 41 (1996): 11-29
“Bringing Democracy to Daddy: Changing Conceptions of Paternal Authority in West Germany, 1945-1979”
Conceptions of fatherhood occupy a key site within a history of West Germany’s “democratic moment”, a history of how a democratic way of life came about in a German society whose citizens were emerging from a murderous past and desperately trying to navigate the tensions between democracy and authority in order to construct a better polity. Within the search for a “democratic family,” debates about fatherhood occupied a critical place because the “father” had embodied the idea of authority both within the Judeo-Christian tradition, Classical and Atlantic Republicanism as well as nineteenth-century liberal conceptions of patriarchy. Given the experience of National Socialism and the Holocaust, West German political culture of the 1950s and 1960s was intensely concerned with the question of “authority,” and the figure of the father soon occupied an emblematic status within these public debates. The question of which form of paternal authority was indispensable to the making and survival of a democratic polity took on an almost startling urgency in postwar West Germany.