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Karen Adler

Lecturer, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I am a historian of twentieth-century France, and am working on a study of French-occupied Germany after 1945. This book, France in Germany: A Social and Cultural History of Occupation, builds on my earlier books about occupied France - Jewish and Gender in Liberation France - and the gendered history of domesticity and nation, Homes and Homecomings.

At present, I am particularly interested in the intersections between gender and military history. I am a member of the editorial boards of the journals Gender & History and Who Do You Think You Are? (transmission summer 2015), and regularly provide expert introductions to films at film festivals, cinemas and on television, and I lead historical walks in Paris in English, French or German. I welcome enquiries if you are interested in any of these.

Jew and Gender in Liberation France

Expertise Summary

I welcome enquiries from potential doctoral students in the history of twentieth-century France, European Jewish history and gender history.

Teaching Summary

I teach in three broad, but often overlapping, areas: modern French history, gender history and Jewish history. The modules I run are France 1940-44 and Beyond (final year option); The History of a… read more

Research Summary

My current research, funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Foundation, is for my book, France in Germany: A Social and Cultural History of Occupation. This explores the social and cultural history… read more

Selected Publications

I teach in three broad, but often overlapping, areas: modern French history, gender history and Jewish history. The modules I run are France 1940-44 and Beyond (final year option); The History of a Relation: Jews in Modern Europe (final year special subject); Occupied France on Film (MA option).

I also teach on Matilda -- the International Masters in Gender and Women's History.

I encourage students to explore the past through a variety of means, including films and fiction, as well as more conventional sources.

Current Research

My current research, funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Foundation, is for my book, France in Germany: A Social and Cultural History of Occupation. This explores the social and cultural history of the period after 1945 when France was one of the four allies that occupied Germany. I am particularly interested in the encounter between the various settled and transitory populations in the French Zone of Occupation in south-west Germany and its sector in northern Berlin.

This work builds on themes I developed in Jews and Gender in Liberation France and in Homes and Homecomings: Gendered Histories of Domesticity and Return. Here, I was interested in the intersection of ideas about nation, gender and race, and the meanings attached to home.

These questions also preoccupied me as editor of the journal, Gender & History, a position I held between 2004 and 2010. I continue to serve on its editorial board, and am a member of the editorial board of the journal, Genre et histoire.

Jew and Gender in Liberation France

Supervision

I can offer supervision in the twentieth-century history of France, the history of Jews in France and elsewhere in the same period, and studies in gender history. I am currently supervising a doctoral study of the psychoanalyst, Françoise Dolto. In the past I have supervised a successful thesis on refugees from Hungary and Egypt in Britain and France in 1956.

Conferences

I have given public lectures and papers at conferences in Belgium, Canada, France, Israel, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the USA and Britain. These include the launch of the CNRS Gender Studies initiative, Paris, 2010, the SOMA/CEGES 40th anniversary conference, Brussels, 2009, the conference to mark the 70th Anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's 18 June 1940 Appel in London, June 2010, and the 70th anniversary conference to mark Liberation and D-Day, London, June 2014.

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