Dr Felix Schulz
Senior Lecturer in Mod European History
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6466
- Address: School of History, Classics, and Archaeology
Office Hours, 2015/16 Semester 2:
Tuesdays 2 to 4 and Fridays 1 to 2.
Or email me to arrange an alternative time.
My interest spans the contemporary history of the German-speaking countries, with a particular focus on sepulchral cultures, regional and national memorialisation, as well as the link between landscape and identity.
PhD, University of York (2006)
MA by Research (Dissertation), University of York (2001)
BA (hons.) in History, University of Kent at Canterbury (1996-1999)
In the past I have taught at Lancaster University, the University of York, and Sunderland University.
Roles and Responsibilities
Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching and PGT Director for the School of History, Archaeology and Classics;
My first monograph explores East German sepulchral culture (i.e. cemeteries and their design, organisation of disposal, private and public burial ceremonies, propagation of cremation, communal areas for the internment of urns, gravestone design, etc.) in the second half of the twentieth century, with particular emphasis on the effects of modernisation, secularisation, and the policies of a socialist state, whose regulatory approaches oscillated between administrative disinterest and grand schemes that in turn were regularly resisted and contested by individuals and institutions.
However, my interest is not limited to the GDR or Germany as the field of death, dying, and disposal allows for, indeed necessitates a deeply comparative approach.
I am continuing my research into death after 1945. I am currently working on Socialist thanatology, tragic deaths and accidents in the GDR, as well as the changes to cemeteries in Germany after 1990. In addition, I have for the last four years pursued a second research strand that focuses on the Alps. This work reflects my interest in the relationship between spaces and identities in Central Europe, and the intricate and fascinating relationship between the German-speaking peoples.
I welcome proposals from postgraduates who are interested in any aspect of the political, cultural and social history of Modern Germany, the history of death in Modern Europe and the role of place, space and landscapes in history and identity formation.
HIS1027 Themes in European History
HIS2126 The difficult Fatherland: Remembering Germany's Pasts
HIS3020 Writing History
In postgraduate teaching I generally concentrate on the following three fields:
- "Streetfighting in inter-war Central Europe"
- "Death, Rape and Suicide in Germany in 1945"
- "Poitical Violence in Germany, 1968-1977".
- Schulz FR. Death in East Germany, 1945-1990. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2013.
- Schulz FR. The Disappearing Gravestone: Changes in the Modern German Sepulchral Landscape. In: Aaron, M, ed. Envisaging Death: Visual Culture and Dying. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, pp.10-25.
- Penitston-Bird CM, Rohkrämer T, Schulz FR. Glorified, Contested and Mobilized: The Alps in the Deutscher und Österreichischer Alpenverein from the 1860s to 1933. Austrian Studies 2010, 18(1), 141-158.
- Schulz FR, Rohkraemer T. Space, Place and Identities. History Compass 2009, 7(5), 1338-1349.
- Schulz FR. Disposing of the Dead in East Germany, 1945-1990. In: Betts, P; Confino, A; Schumann, D, ed. Between Mass Death and Individual Loss: The Place of the Dead in Twentieth-Century Germany. New York; Oxford: Berghahn, 2008, pp.113-128.
- Schulz FR. In Search of Rationality and Objectivity: Origins and Development of East German Thanatology. In: Betts, P and Smith, SA, ed. Science, Religion and Communism in Cold War Europe. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp.205-224.