School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Felix Schulz

Head of History & Senior Lecturer in Modern European History



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)

Previous Positions

In the past I have taught at Lancaster University, the University of York, and Sunderland University.

Roles and Responsibilities 

History Dissertation Coordinator


Research Interests

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.

Current Work

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. 

Postgraduate Supervision

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.


Undergraduate Teaching

His1027 European History 

His2242 Researching History (with Ben Houston)

His3195 Weimar Republic

His3000 Reading History (one group)

His3020 Writing History (Module Leader and one Group) 

Postgraduate Teaching

In postgraduate teaching I generally concentrate on the following three fields: 

- "Death, Rape and Suicide in Germany in 1945"

- "Poitical Violence in Germany, 1968-1977".