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Elizabeth Harvey

Professor of History, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I joined the University of Nottingham in 2005, having previously held posts at the Universities of Liverpool, Salford and Dundee. In 2004 I held a visiting professorship at the University of Vienna and in 2008 I was again at the University of Vienna as a visiting scholar.

I am currently (since September 2014) Chair of the German History Society.

Since 2013 I have been a member of the Historikerkommission appointed by the German Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to investigate the history of the Reich Labour Ministry during the National Socialist era. Within this project I have embarked on research on forced labour from the perspective of gender history.

I am a member of the Wissenschaftlicher Beirat of the Institute of Contemporary History Munich-Berlin. In spring 2015 I spent three months as a visiting researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich as part of the collaborative project funded by the Leibniz-Gesellschaft 'Private Life in Nazi Germany'.

Together with Maiken Umbach, I am involved in a project on the history of photography in 20th-century Germany, looking particularly at the relationship between professional and amateur photography in Nazi Germany and at the photographic documentation of population transfers and the experience of displacement.

Expertise Summary

Areas of supervision for prospective research students: twentieth-century Germany; comparative perspectives in twentieth-century European social and cultural history, particularly in relation to gender, nationalism and imperialism; youth and youth movements; gender, war and reconstruction; the history of visual culture; the comparative history of welfare.

Teaching Summary

I teach a year 2 module on European Fascisms, comparing the rise of fascism in Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Romania and Britain, exploring the relations between state and society in Fascist Italy… read more

Research Summary

I am an historian of twentieth-century Germany and Europe with a focus on gender history and on the period of the Second World War.

My current research involves applying a gender history perspective to the history of forced labour in Second World War Europe. This has developed in conjunction with the wider project being carried out by the research team based at the Humboldt University, Berlin under the aegis of the Unabhaengige Historikerkommission zur Geschichte des Reichsarbeitsministeriums in der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus (Independent Historians' Commission on the History of the Reich Labour Ministry during the National Socialist Era) appointed in 2013.

I am also currently involved in a collaborative project with the Institute for Contemporary History Munich-Berlin on 'The Private in Nazi Germany' funded by the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft ('Das Private im Nationalsozialismus') and co-organized a conference 'The Private in Nazi Germany' at the University of Nottingham in June 2016.

A further strand of my research focuses on the history of photography in 20th-century Germany. I have co-organized two workshops on the history of amateur and professional photography and on the use of 'perpetrator photographs' in museums and exhibitions. This forms part of the ongoing project funded by Nottingham's Centre for Advanced Studies on 'Living For the Camera' (with Prof. Maiken Umbach). My own research on the history of photography has involved work on female photojournalists in Nazi Germany and is now focusing on the photographic documentation of the Nazi resettlement of ethnic Germans from eastern and southeastern Europe 1939-41.

My current research-related activities and institutional affiliations:

  • Chair, German History Society (germanhistorysociety.org)
  • member of the editorial board of the journal Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften
  • member of the scholarly advisory committee (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat) of the Institute of Contemporary History Munich-Berlin
  • member of the editorial advisory board of the Vierteljahreshefte fuer Zeitgeschichte
  • member of the editorial advisory board of Women's History Review

Supervision

Areas of supervision for prospective research students: twentieth-century Germany; comparative perspectives in twentieth-century European social and cultural history, particularly in relation to gender, nationalism and imperialism; youth and youth movements; gender, war and reconstruction.

I have supervised doctoral work on the history of consumer culture in Britain and Germany and on the history of women's organisations in the Nottingham region. This has included a Collaborative Doctoral Award partnership with Nottingham City Museums and Galleries which focused on the John Player Advertising Archive: the project focused on the promotional and advertising campaigns undertaken by Player's between the 1950s and the 1980s and the holder of this award, Daniel O'Neill, graduated with his PhD in August 2015.

The PhD student I am currently supervising on a Midlands 3 Cities (M3C) PhD studentship is George Neumann, who is exploring the history of students and politics in post-war Austria.

Conferences

'Die Konstruktion der "Minderwertigkeit" in der NS-Fotografie', lecture given to summer school at Ravensbrueck concentration camp memorial site, August 2014

'Geschlechterordnung und "Volksgemeinschaft", paper at conference 'Die deutsche Gesellschaft im Nationalsozialismus: Forschungspositionen und -perspektiven'. Zentrum fuer Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam, September 2013

''Das Reichsarbeitsministerium und die deutsche Arbeitsverwaltung in den okkupierten Gebieten Osteuropas', lecture at symposium 'Geschichte des Reichsarbeitsministeriums, Berlin, June 2013

'Documenting Heimkehr: Photography, Displacement and "Homecoming" in the Nazi Resettlement of the Ethnic Germans, 1939-40', paper at conference 'The Ethics of Seeing: 20th-century German documentary photography reconsidered, German Historical Institute London, May 2013

'Frauen und Volksgemeinschaft', lecture at conference on 'Volksgemeinschaft - Ausgrenzungsgemeinschaft' organized by Bundeszentrale für politische BIldung, Berlin, January 2013

'Documenting displacement: Public and private perspectives on the resettlement of the ethnic Germans', paper given at German History Society Annual Conference, September 2012, Edinburgh

'Gender, space and dislocation in Nazi-occupied Eastern and South-Eastern Europe', keynote address at conference on 'Dynamization of Gender Roles in Wartime', German Historical Institute Warsaw, March 2011

'Comrades and rivals: Women and men in the expanding 'Volksgemeinschaft', conference on 'Volksgemeinschaft' at the German Historical Institute London, March 2010

'Women as perpetrators', paper presented at conference organized by Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, 'Perpetrator Research in Global Context', Berlin, Gender Relations in German HistoryJanuary 2009

'Organisierte Gemeinschaft: Vergnügen, Konformität, Zwang', lecture at conference 'Geschlecht und Erinnerung: Weiblichkeitsbilder in der Erinnerung an das Dritte Reich', organized by Verein Gedenkdienst, University of Vienna, November 2008

'Cultural missionaries and home-grown fascists: student activism and the ethnic Germans of Romania and Yugoslavia in the 1930s', paper presented at the University of Dundee, November 2008

Commentator on panel 'Racial Research and the Generalplan Ost' at conference on 'Science, Planning, Expulsion: The National Socialist General Plan for the East', University of Toronto, October 2008

'Studentischer Aktivismus und die Radikalisierung von Volkstumsarbeit in Jugoslawien und Rumänien 1933-1941', paper presented at conference 'Mitteleuropa' und 'Südosteuropa' als Planungsraum: Deutsche und österreichische Expertisen im Zeitalter der Weltkriege, University of Vienna, June 2008

'BDM und Osteinsatz während des Kriegs', lecture at book launch: Die BDM-Generation: Weibliche Jugendliche in Deutschland und Österreich im Nationalsozialismus (edited by Dagmar Reese), in series 'Topographie des Terrors', Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, May 2008

'Women, Gender and Fascist Movements in Europe 1919-1945: Problems and Perspectives', lecture at University St Klement Ohridski, Sofia, April 2008

'Was heißt politisch werden? Partizipationsformen und Partizipationsräume von Frauen in Deutschland im 20. Jahrhundert', keynote presentation at conference '"Lieschen Müller wird politisch": Partizipation von Frauen in Deutschland im 20. Jahrhundert', Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Munich, October 2007.

' "Wir kamen in vollkommenes Neugebiet rein" - NS-Frauenschaft, BDM und Reichsarbeitsdienst für die weibliche Jugend im "Osteinsatz"', paper presented at 8. Dachauer Symposium zur Zeitgeschichte, 'Sie waren dabei. Mitläuferinnen, Nutznießerinnen, Täterinnen im Nationalsozialismus', Dachau, October 2007

'Seeing the World: Photography, Photojournalism and Visual Pleasure in the Third Reich', paper presented at conference on 'Pleasure, Power and Everyday Life under National Socialism', German Historical Institute, Paris, September 2007

'Cities transformed: photography, civic identities and urban destruction and reconstruction in the final phase of the war and its aftermath in Germany', paper presented at 76th Anglo-American Conference of Historians, Institute of Historical Research, London, July 2007

'"Womany work" in Nazi-occupied Poland: gender, labour and Germanization', paper presented at Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien, Holocaust Studies Tagung 'Arbeit und Vernichtung', Vienna, June 2007 Please see conference information and video of presentation.

'Pictures for your bunker: Public and Private Uses of Photography in the Wartime Career of Liselotte Purper', paper presented at conference on 'Visual Culture in Twentieth-Century Germany', Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol, June 2007

´"I was everywhere": the travels of a female photojournalist in Nazi-occupied Europe´, paper presented at Department of Gender Studies, Central European University Budapest, January 2005

'Fallbeispiel Grossbritannien: Kriegsfolgen, Geschlechterverhältnisse und das öffentliche Engagement von Frauen in Grossbritannien nach dem ersten Youth and The Welfare State in Weimar GermanyWeltkrieg' (joint presentation with Helen Jones, Goldsmiths College), presentation at conference 'Times of Trouble: Transformationen von Geschlechterordnungen in Nachkriegszeiten des 20. Jahrhunderts', University of Hannover, December 2005

'Gendered perspectives on Nazi Germanization policies in occupied Poland', presentation for workshop 'Gendered Perspectives on the German Occupation of Eastern Europe: Volk, Space, Violence, Gender', Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung, Hamburg, September 2004

'Doing women's history/gender history in the United Kingdom: transforming the mainstream?', keynote presentation at 7th Austrian Women Scholars' Conference, Vienna, November 2003.

'Zeitgeschichte und Geschlechtergeschichte: Vom Nutzen subjektiver Perspektiven' ('Contemporary history and gender history: the benefits of subjectivity?'), paper presented at workshop 'Grenzen der Zeitgeschichte', Institut für Zeitgeschichte, University of Vienna, November 2003.

'Travels in Nazi-occupied Europe: The Wartime Career of Photojournalist Liselotte Purper', paper presented at the 2003 German Studies Association. New Orleans, September 2003

'Management and manipulation: Nazi settlement planners and ethnic German settlers in occupied Poland', paper presented at workshop on 'Settler Colonialism', Center for European Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., October 2002.

'"We soon forgot all Jews and Poles": German Women and the "Ethnic Struggle" in Poland', paper presented to Department of Modern History seminar, Trinity College Dublin, March 2001

Recent Publications

  • HARVEY, E.R., 2016. Last resort or key resource? Women workers from the Nazi-occupied Soviet territories, the Reich Labour Administration and the German War Effort Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. 26, (In Press.)
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2015. Geschlechterordnung und 'Volksgemeinschaft' im Nationalsozialismus. In: WINFRIED NERDINGER, ed., Muenchen und der Nationalsozialismus: Katalog des NS-Dokumentationszentrums Muenchen C. H. Beck. 490-496
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2015. Housework, domestic privacy and the 'German home': Paradoxes of private life during the Second World War. In: RUEDIGER HACHTMANN and SVEN REICHARDT, eds., Detlev Peukert und die NS-Forschung Wallstein. 115-131
  • HARVEY, E. R. and UMBACH, M., 2015. Introduction: Photography and Twentieth-Century German History Central European History. 48(3), 287-299

I teach a year 2 module on European Fascisms, comparing the rise of fascism in Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Romania and Britain, exploring the relations between state and society in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, and examining Fascist and Nazi warfare, conquest and genocide.

My Special Subject, entitled 'From Racial State to Reconstruction: Women and Gender Relations in Germany 1933-1949', examines the history of Nazi Germany and Germany under post-war Allied occupation from a perspective of gender.

In 2015-16 I am convening the team-taught first-year survey module 'Roads to Modernity 1789-1945', which explores the transformation of societies in Britain, Europe and the wider world from the French Revolution to the end of the Second World War.

Past Research

My areas of research hitherto have included the history of the welfare state in Weimar Germany; youth organizations and political culture in inter-war Germany; gender and nationalist movements in central and eastern Europe; and women's involvement in National Socialist expansionism in eastern Europe and the implementation of Germanization policies in occupied Poland.

Future Research

In addition to my work on twentieth-century Germany, my broader interests in 20th-century gender history and cultural history have fed into collaborative projects based in the Nottingham region, notably the partnership with Nottingham City Museums and Galleries to develop the John Player's Advertising Archive. This was supported by AHRC-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership (2009-11) and continued with an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (October 2011 -) held by Daniel O'Neill, who graduated in August 2015. The PhD project examines the promotional and sponsorship campaigns undertaken by John Player's in the 1960s and 1970s in the context of a critical history of smoking, advertising and consumer culture.

  • HARVEY, E.R., 2016. Last resort or key resource? Women workers from the Nazi-occupied Soviet territories, the Reich Labour Administration and the German War Effort Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. 26, (In Press.)
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2015. Geschlechterordnung und 'Volksgemeinschaft' im Nationalsozialismus. In: WINFRIED NERDINGER, ed., Muenchen und der Nationalsozialismus: Katalog des NS-Dokumentationszentrums Muenchen C. H. Beck. 490-496
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2015. Housework, domestic privacy and the 'German home': Paradoxes of private life during the Second World War. In: RUEDIGER HACHTMANN and SVEN REICHARDT, eds., Detlev Peukert und die NS-Forschung Wallstein. 115-131
  • HARVEY, E. R. and UMBACH, M., 2015. Introduction: Photography and Twentieth-Century German History Central European History. 48(3), 287-299
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2012. Weibliche Gemeinschaft als 'Volksgemeinschaft': Vergnügen, Konformität und Zwang. In: DETLEF SCHMIECHEN-ACKERMANN, ed., 'Volksgemeinschaft': Mythos, wirkungsmächtige soziale Verheißung oder soziale Realität im ‘Dritten Reich’? Zwischenbilanz einer kontroversen Debatte Schöningh. 249-264
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2012. Homelands on the move: gender, space and dislocation in the Nazi resettlement of German minorities from Eastern and Southeastern Europe. In: ROEGER, M. and LEISEROWITZ, R., eds., Women and men at war: a gender perspective on World War II and its aftermath in Central and Eastern Europe fibre Verlag. 35-57
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2011. Emissaries of Nazism: German student travellers in Romania in the 1930s Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften. 22(1), 135-160
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2011. Seeing the world: photography, photojournalism, and visual pleasure in the Third Reich. In: SWETT, P.E., ROSS, C. and ALMEIDA, F. D'., eds., Pleasure and power in Nazi Germany Palgrave Macmillan. 177-204
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2010. Mobilisierung oder Erfassung? Studentischer Aktivismus und deutsche 'Volkstumsarbeit' in Jugoslawien und Rumänien 1933-1941. In: SACHSE, C., ed., "Mitteleuropa" und "Südosteuropa" als Planungsraum: wirtschafts- und kulturpolitische Expertisen im Zeitalter der Weltkriege Wallstein. 363-390
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2010. Chronicles of Disconnection: Gendered Narratives and the Aftermath of the Second World War. In: HELMUT KONRAD and STEFAN BENEDIK, eds., Mapping Contemporary History II: 25 Jahre Zeitgeschichte an der Universität Graz Böhlau. 179-191
  • HARVEY, E. R., 2009. 'Der Osten braucht dich!': Frauen und nationalsozialistische Germanisierungspolitik Hamburger Edition.
  • HARVEY, E. R., 2008. ‘Wir kamen in vollkommenes Neugebiet rein’: Der ‘Einsatz’ von Mitgliedern nationalsozialistische Frauenorganisationen im besetzten Polen. In: MARITA KRAUSS, ed., Sie waren dabei: Mitläuferinnen, Nutzniesserinnen, Täterinnen im Nationalsozialismus Wallstein. 83-102
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2008. Raum und Partizipation: Zum Verhältnis von Frauen und Politik in Deutschland im 20. Jahrhundert. In: CHRISTINE HIKEL, NICOLE KRAMER and ELISABETH ZELLMER, eds., Lieschen Müller wird politisch: Geschlecht, Staat und Partizipation im 20. Jahrhundert Oldenbourg. 13-26
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2007. ‘Ich war überall': die NS-Propagandaphotographin Liselotte Purper. In: STEINBACHER, S., ed., Volksgenossinnen: Frauen in der NS-Volksgemeinschaft. (Beiträge zur Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus, 23) Göttingen: Wallstein. 138-153
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2007. 'Osteinsatz' des Bundes Deutscher Mädel im Krieg. In: REESE, D., ed., Die BDM-Generation: Eine weibliche Generation in der deutschen Geschichte des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts Verlag Berlin-Brandenburg. 289-318 (In Press.)
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2007. Autonomía, conformidad y rebelión: movimientos y culturas juveniles en Alemania en el periodo de entreguerras Hispania. 57(no. 225), 103-126
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2006. The cult of youth. In: MARTEL, G., ed., A companion to Europe, 1900-1945 Oxford: Blackwell. 66-81
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2005. Management and manipulation: Nazi settlement planners and ethnic German settlers in occupied Poland. In: ELKINS, C. and PEDERSEN, S., eds., Settler colonialism in the twentieth century: projects, practices, legacies New York: Routledge. 95-112
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2005. Contemporary history, gender history and being a historian of one's own times: some perspectives from the UK Zeitgeschichte. 32(5), 287-300
  • GEHMACHER, J., HARVEY, E.R. and KEMLEIN, S., eds., 2004. Zwischen Kriegen: Nationen, Nationalismen und Geschlechterverhältnisse in Mittel- und Osteuropa 1918-1939 Osnabrück: Fibre Verlag.
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2004. National icons and visions of modernity: asserting and debating gender identities in new national contexts. In: GEHMACHER, J., HARVEY, E.R. and KEMLEIN, S., eds., Zwischen Kriegen: Nationen, Nationalismen und Geschlechterverhältnisse in Mittel- und Osteuropa 1918-1939 Osnabrück: Fibre Verlag. 305-315
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2003. Women and the Nazi East: agents and witnesses of Germanization New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2002. Remembering and repressing: German women's recollections of the 'ethnic struggle' in occupied Poland during the Second World War. In: HAGEMANN, K. and SCHÜLER-SPRINGORUM, S., eds., Home/front: the military, war and gender in twentieth-century Germany Oxford: Berg. 275-296
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2002. Erinnern und verdrängen: deutsche Frauen und der 'Volkstumskampf' im besetzten Polen. In: HAGEMANN, K and SCHÜLER-SPRINGORUM, S., eds., Heimat-Front: Militär und Geschlechterverhältnisse im Zeitalter der Weltkriege Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag. 291-310
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2001. "We forgot all Jews and Poles": German women and the 'ethnic struggle' in Nazi-occupied Poland Contemporary European History. 10(3), 447-462
  • HARVEY, E.R., 2001. "Man muß bloß einen unerschütterlichen Willen haben": deutsche Kindergärtnerinnen und der nationalsozialistische "Volkstumskampf" im "Distrikt Galizien" L'Homme: Zeitschrift für Feministische Geschichtswissenschaft. 12(1), 98-123
  • HARVEY, E.R., 1998. Die deutsche Frau im Osten: 'Rasse', Geschlecht und öffentlicher Raum im besetzen Polen 1940-1944 Archiv für Sozialgeschichte. 38, 191-213
  • HARVEY, E.R., 1997. Youth welfare, social crisis and political reaction: correctional education in the final phase of the Weimar Republic. In: SÜNKER, H. and OTTO, H.-U., eds., Education and fascism: political identity and social education in Nazi Germany Brighton: Falmer Press.
  • HARVEY, E.R., 1997. Culture and society in Weimar Germany: the impact of modernism and mass culture. In: FULBROOK, M., ed., German history since 1800 London: Arnold. 279-297
  • ABRAMS, L. and HARVEY, E.R., eds., 1996. Gender relations in German history: power, agency and experience from the sixteenth to the twentieth century London: UCL Press.
  • HARVEY, E.R., 1995. La Polonia sotto la Germania nazista: il ruole delle donne nella colonizzazione delle provincie annesse Italia Contemporanea. 423-436
  • HARVEY, E.R., 1995. Gender, generation and politics: young Protestant women in the final years of the Weimar Republic. In: ROSEMAN, M., ed., Generations in conflict: youth revolt and generation formation in Germany 1770-1968 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. xiii, 314
  • HARVEY, E.R., 1993. Youth and the welfare state in Weimar Germany Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • HARVEY, E.R., 1992. Zwischen Reformpädagogik und der 'Hygiene des Geisteslebens': die öffentliche Jugendfürsorge in Hamburg während der Weimarer Republik. In: GLENSK, E. and ROTHMALER, C., eds., Kehrseiten der Wohlfahrt: die Hamburger Fürsorge auf ihrem Weg von der Weimarer Republik in den Nationalsozialismus Hamburg: Ergebnisse Verlag. 98-119
  • HARVEY, E.R., 1992. Serving the Volk, saving the nation: 'women in the German youth movement and the public sphere in the Weimar Republic'. In: RETALLACK, J. and JONES, L.E., eds., Elections, mass politics and social change in modern Germany: new perspectives Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 201-221
  • BIRKETT, J. and HARVEY, E.R., eds., 1991. Determined women: studies in the construction of the female subject, 1900-90 London: Macmillan.
  • HARVEY, E.R., 1991. 'Private fantasy and public intervention: girls' reading in Weimar Germany'. In: BIRKETT J. and HARVEY, E.R., eds., Determined women: studies in the construction of the female subject, 1900-90 London: Macmillan. 38-67
  • HARVEY, E.R., 1988. 'Weg von der Strasse? Die Hamburger Volks- und Berufsschulen und die Jugendarbeitslosigkeit 1918-1933'. In: LORENT, H.-P. DE. and ULLRICH, V., eds., Der Traum von der freien Schule: Schule und Schulpolitik in der Weimarer Republik Hamburg: Ergebnisse. 179-194
  • HARVEY, E.R., 1987. Youth unemployment and the state: public policies towards unemployed youth in Hamburg during the world economic crisis. In: EVANS, RICHARD J. and GEARY, DICK, eds., The German unemployed: experiences and consequences of mass unemployment from the Weimar Republic to the Third Reich London: Croom Helm. 141-171

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