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Dr. Jan Eckel

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg


Born 1973; 1996-2003 Fellow and Doctoral Fellow of Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes; 2003-2004 Research Fellow, University of Freiburg; since 2004 Assistant Professor, University of Freiburg; 2005 Gerhard Ritter Prize (University of Freiburg, Best Historical Thesis in 2004 and 2005); 2008-2009 Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, New York (Fellowship of the German National Research Council, DFG); 2008-2009 Fellowship of the German National Research Council (DFG)

2008 Walter Laqueur Prize (Journal of Contemporary History, Best Article in 2007); 10/2010-09/2011 FRIAS fellowship

Publikationen (Auswahl)

  • Geist der Zeit. Zur Geschichte der deutschen Geisteswissenschaften seit 1870 (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008).
  • Hans Rothfels. Eine intellektuelle Biographie im 20. Jahrhundert (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2005).
  • Universalisierung des Holocaust? Erinnerungskultur und Geschichtspolitik in internationaler Perspektive (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2008), ed. together with Claudia Moisel (= Beiträge zur Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus, vol. 24).
  • Neue Zugänge zur Geschichte der Geschichtswissenschaft (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2007), ed. together with Thomas Etzemüller.
  • "Human Rights and Decolonization. New Perspectives and Open Questions,” Humanity 1, 2010, forthcoming.
  • "’Unter der Lupe’. Die internationale Menschenrechtskampagne gegen Chile in den siebziger Jahren”, in: Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (ed.), Moralpolitik. Geschichte der Menschenrechte im 20. Jahrhundert (Göttingen, 2010), 368-396
  • “Utopie der Moral, Kalkül der Macht. Menschenrechte in der globalen Politik seit 1945”, Archiv für Sozialgeschichte 49, 2009, 437-484.
  • “Hans Rothfels – An Intellectual Biography in the Age of Extremes”, Journal of Contemporary History 42 (2007), 421-46.
  • “Deutsche Geisteswissenschaften 1870-1970. Institutionelle Entwicklungen, Forschungskonzeptionen, Selbstwahrnehmung,” Neue Politische Literatur 51 (2006), 353-95.



"History of International Human Rights Politics from the 1940s through the 1990s."

The project deals with the genesis and evolution of international human rights politics in the second half of the 20th century. It examines how and to what extent the language of human rights brought about – or reflected – a substantive transformation in international relations.
More specifically, the study concentrates on five broader topics: the establishment of international human rights regimes in the wake of the Second World War; the process of decolonization; the profound transformation of the 1970s when almost overnight human rights acquired a new quality in various contexts; the conflictual relationship between the “First” and “Third Worlds” in the 1970s and 1980s; and finally the new departures in international human rights politics in the 1990s.
The project is based on the premise that the evolution of the human rights idea in the 20th century cannot be considered as a continuous, linear and mostly successful process. Rather, the project frames the history of human rights as one marked by discontinuity; as a polycentric history; and as the history of an immensely flexible and malleable concept, which therefore cannot be seen as intrinsically "good" in moral terms.