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Sylvia Necker

Research Fellow, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

Dr Sylvia Necker is historian, curator and sound artist. Educated at the University of Hamburg (M.A. German Modern History 2006), she wrote her PhD thesis on Nazi Architecture in Hamburg and the involvement of architects as experts in the NS regime (2007-2010). She taught at the University of Kiel (2011 to 2014) and, from 2008, at different German and Austrian universities like Hamburg, Hannover, Kiel, Linz, and Munich, teaching modules on Modern German history, Jewish history, the history of urban planning, and the history of architecture. In 2013, she was part of a research project on Public Spaces in the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic in comparative perspective at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS) in Erkner near Berlin. In 2014, she was appointed by the Institute of Contemporary History (IfZ) in Munich as research associate and curator. In January 2018, Necker took up her current role as research associate with the AHRC project "Photography as Political Practice in National Socialism" at the History Department of the University of Nottingham.

For further details see http://sylvianecker.com/ and https://soundcloud.com/neckersound.

Expertise Summary

Currently she is research associate with AHRC project Photography as Political Practice in National Socialism at the History Department. Her research focuses on the history of National Socialism and German-Jewish History, but she also works on public spaces and urban planning in the 19th and 20th centuries. For four years (2014-2017), Necker was involved, as a curator and historian, in the re-designing process of the permanent exhibition at the Obersalzberg Documentation Centre in Berchtesgaden. As part of it she was research associate at the Institute of Contemporary History (IfZ) in Munich. In 2012, she published "Konstanty Gutschow (1902-1978). Modernist thought and the utopia of a National Socialist 'Volksgemeinschaft'." That same year, she also curated an exhibition at the City Museum in Linz entitled, "'Hitlerbauten' in Linz: Wohnsiedlungen zwischen Alltag und Geschichte. 1938 bis 2012" about the National Socialist public housing programme in Upper Austria.

Teaching Summary

Necker taught at the University of Kiel (2011 to 2014) and, from 2008, at different German and Austrian universities like Hamburg, Hannover, Kiel, Linz, and Munich, teaching modules on Modern German… read more

Research Summary

As part of the AHRC project Photography as Political Practice in National Socialism Necker prepares a monograph on German-Jewish Family Albums and the Narration of Identities from imperial Germany to… read more

Necker taught at the University of Kiel (2011 to 2014) and, from 2008, at different German and Austrian universities like Hamburg, Hannover, Kiel, Linz, and Munich, teaching modules on Modern German history, Jewish history, the history of urban planning, and the history of architecture.

Current Research

As part of the AHRC project Photography as Political Practice in National Socialism Necker prepares a monograph on German-Jewish Family Albums and the Narration of Identities from imperial Germany to the post-war years, based on the collections of Jewish Museums in Berlin, Frankfurt/Main and Vienna, as well as collections of German City Museums and at USHMM in Washington and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. The saturation of the public sphere with officially produced images posed particular challenges for people considered 'undesirables' by the regime, most notably Jews. I ask how they responded to this challenge: did they reject the medium of photography altogether, or did they mobilise older traditions of conspicuously private and domestic photography to create oppositional visual narratives?

For further information see the project website: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/history/research/projects/photography-as-political-practice-in-national-socialism.aspx

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