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.
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. From September 2017 I will be pursuing this research supported by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship.
From September 2014 to September 2017 I was Chair of the German History Society.
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'. I have also recently joined the advisory committee for the English translation of the multi-volume documents edition project 'Verfolgung und Ermordung der europäischen Juden durch das nationalsozialistische Deutschland'.
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.
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.
I will be on research leave starting in September 2017 in order to take up a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship.
I regularly 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.
I have regularly offered a Special Subject, entitled 'From Racial State to Reconstruction: Women and Gender Relations in Germany 1933-1949', examining the history of Nazi Germany and Germany under post-war Allied occupation from a perspective of gender.
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 Unabhängige 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:
- 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 für Zeitgeschichte
- member of the editorial advisory board of Women's History Review
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 organizations 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.
'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, January 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 Weltkrieg' (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
HARVEY, E.R., 2017. Arbeitsverwaltung und Arbeitskräfterekrutierung im besetzen Europa: Belgien und das Generalgouvernement. In: ALEXANDER NÜTZENADEL, ed., Das Reichsarbeitsministerium im Nationalsozialismus: Verwaltung, Politik, Verbrechen Wallstein. 348-386
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,
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