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Prof. Dr. Kathleen Canning

University of Michigan, USA

Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
School of History


Kathleen Canning is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History at the University of Michigan where she teaches modern German history and transnational history of gender, sexuality, and social movements. She was the director of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies from 2006-2009; during her term as director she organized thematic programs on the topics of “history and the visual;” “topographies of violence;” and “thinking and teaching in global dimensions.” She currently serves on the board of editors of the Journal of Modern History and Central European History and is a member of the executive board of the German Studies Association. Her publications include: Weimar Publics/Weimar Subjects: Rethinking the Political Culture of Germany in the 1920s, co-edited with Kerstin Barndt and Kristin McGuire (forthcoming, Berghahn Books); Gender History in Practice (Cornell, 2006); Gender, Citizenships, and Subjectivities, co-edited with Sonya Rose (Blackwell, 2002); Languages of Labor and Gender (Cornell, 1996).



Books, Proceedings, Editions, and Articles (10 selected)

  • Weimar Subjects/Weimar Publics, co-edited with Kerstin Barndt and Kristin McGuire essay collection (in press with Berghahn Books, forthcoming winter 2010), with the introductory essay: “Subjects, Publics, and the Gender of Weimar History,” pp. 1-43
  • “The Ambiguities of Suffrage and Revolution in Germany, 1918-1920,” in Alexander Gallus, Die vergessene Revolution von 1918/19 (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2009), in progress
  • “Gender and Sexuality in Weimar Germany,” for Weimar Germany, Short Oxford History of Germany, ed. Anthony McElligott, Weimar Germany. Short Oxford History of Germany (Oxford, 2009), pp. 146-74
  • “Sexual Crisis and the Writing of Citizenship: Reflections on States of Exception in Germany, 1914-1920,” in Alf Lüdtke and Michael Wildt, eds. Ausnahmezustand und Polizeigewalt, volume in series Göttinger Gespräche zur Geschichtswissenschaft. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2009, pp. 168-211
  • “Reflections on the Vocabulary of Citizenship in Twentieth-Century Germany,” in Geoff Eley and Jan Palmowski, eds., Citizenship and National Identity in Twentieth-Century Germany. Stanford University Press, 2007, pp. 214-32



FRIAS Research Project

"Citizenship and Sexual Crisis in the Aftermath of War and Revolution in Germany 1914-1930"

Citizenship and Sexual Crisis is conceived as a full-scale empirical study of the emergence of citizenship as a new language of politics in Germany during the First World War, its proclamation in the aftermath of revolution in November 1918, and the process of its enactment through the writing of the Weimar constitution in 1919. This study of citizenship and sexual crisis approaches the last years of the war, defeat, revolution, and the founding of the Republic as a period in which significant ruptures in relations between civil society and state, masculinity and femininity, men and women took place. Citizenship is defined in this study not only in terms of its legal prescriptions but also as marking a new subject position or social identity that took shape as citizens appropriated, contested or redefined these new rights in arenas beyond the spheres of formal politics. This project pursues the meanings of citizenship into the middle and later years of the Weimar Republic as the terrain of citizenship expanded into the spaces constituted by new practices of welfare, social and sexual hygiene and into the realms of consumption and mass culture, which were increasingly politicized during the later years of the Republic.