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Dr. N. (Natalie) Scholz

Modern History
Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis
Photographer: onbekend

Visiting address
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
  • Room number: D 0.08
Postal address
  • Postbus 1610
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Natalie Scholz is Assistant Professor (tenured) of modern and contemporary history at the historical department of the University of Amsterdam. She has done her Ph.D. at the University of Münster, Germany. Previously, she worked as a Humboldt guestresearcher at the Free University Amsterdam and as a Lise-Meitner-fellow at the University of Cologne. She held a research fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz in 2012 and at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in 2013-14.

    Personal research statement

    My research focusses on the cultural history of the political in modern Europe (France and Germany) with a special interest in popular representations, including visual, material and memory culture. I have published on the imaginations of the restoration monarchy in early nineteenth century France and more recently on the connection between commodity culture and the political in the postwar period. In my work, I try to understand the culturally and emotionally mediated intersection between modern political regimes and national, ethnic and gender identities.

    Currently I am finishing a book manuscript entitled: Redeeming Objects. A West German Mythology (1945-1960).

     

    Research interests

    Cultural history of the political in 19th and 20th century Europe (especially France and Germany), symbolic representations, material culture, memory studies, gender history, visual culture and film.

     

    Recent publications

    ‘Grauzone des Heroischen. Der Volkswagen als Gründungsmythos’, Die Neue Rundschau 1 (2021), special issue Braucht Demokratie Helden?

    Ghosts and Miracles. The Volkswagen as Imperial Debris in Postwar West Germany (Comparative Studies in Society and History 62:3, 2020, open access).

     

    Recent lecture

    “The Un/Homeliness of Postwar Cosmopolitanism. The Case of West Germany”, keynote lecture, international colloquium “Aesthetics in the Center IV. Aesthetics of Travel”, June 21, 2021, Brasília (online).

    Books 

     

    "Die imaginierte Restauration" on the publisher's website.

    Reviews

    Tim Blanning, English Historical Review, April 2008 : 

    "How to legitimate the monarchy in Restoration France is the subject of this imaginative and stimulating dissertation. (...) This is an important, original, scholarly and well-written monograph that should attract the attention of all historians working on French history of theperiod 1770-1830."

    Jens Ivo Engels, sehepunkte, September 2006:

    "Die Studie widmet sich einem spannenden und viel versprechendenThema, das in der Monarchieforschung bisher erstaunlicherweise recht wenig Beachtung gefunden hat. (...) Insgesamt ergibt sich das Bild einer materialreichen, in sich schlüssig argumentierenden und in weiten Teilenüberzeugenden Arbeit, die einen bemerkenswerten Beitrag zur Geschichte der Monarchie im 19. Jahrhundert leistet."

    genus (ed.), Kultur, Geschlecht, Körper, Münster: agenda-Verlag 1999 (as co-editor).

  • Teaching
  • Publications

    2022

    • Scholz, N. (Accepted/In press). 'A Final Solution for Humanity'? Modern Design and the Ambivalence of Redemption in Postwar West Germany . Cultural History, 12(1).

    2020

    2014

    • Scholz, N. (2014). Genre et éthique des objets dans le cinéma de l’Allemagne d’après-guerre. Clio, 40, 89-113. https://doi.org/10.4000/clio.12122 [details]
    • Scholz, N. (2014). Reordering the material of the past: gender and the morality of things in early postwar Germany. Clio, 40(2), 89-113. [details]

    2013

    • Scholz, N. (2013). Der erinnerte Abschied: Versuch über die Melancholie der französischen Restauration. In P. Hoeres, A. Owzar, & C. Schöer (Eds.), Herrschaftsverlust und Machtverfall (pp. 157-174). München: Oldenbourg. [details]

    2012

    • Lok, M., & Scholz, N. (2012). The return of the loving father: masculinity, legitimacy and the French and Dutch Restoration monarchies (1813-1815). Bijdragen en Mededelingen betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden, 127(1), 19-44. [details]
    • Scholz, N., & Veenis, M. (2012). Cold War Modernism and Post-War German Homes. An East-West Comparison. Studies of the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation, 5, 155-180. [details]

    2022

    2021

    • Scholz, N. (2021). Reclame en het culturele Archief. Skript: historisch tijdschrift, 41(4).

    2015

    • Früchtl, J., & Scholz, N. (2015). Emotional Democracy in Practice. Krisis, 2015(2), 34-42. [details]
    • Scholz, N. (2015). Gênero e moralidade das coisas nos primeiros anos do pós-guerra na Almenha. Trama Interdisciplinar, 6(1), 18-36. [details]

    2014

    • Scholz, N. (2014). La démocratie et ses objets ou repenser la représentation symbolique du politique à l'époque contemporaine. Les Cahiers du CEVIPOF, 57, 69-85. [details]

    2021

    • Scholz, N. (2021). Grauzone des Heroischen: Der Volkswagen als Gründungsmythos. Neue Rundschau, 132(2021/1), 43-60. [details]

    2014

    2011

    • Scholz, N. (2011). Het Valkhof tussen heden en verleden [Bespreking van: S. Langereis (2010) Breken met het verleden: herinneren en vergeten op het Valkhof in de Bataafse revolutiejaren]. Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 124(3), 281-283. [details]

    Award

    • Scholz, N. (2013). NIAS fellowship.
    • Scholz, N. (2012). Research fellowship Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz.

    Media appearance

    Talk / presentation

    • Scholz, N. (speaker) (2-9-2021). “A final solution for humanity?” Modern Design and the Political Imaginary of Postwar West Germany, Memory Full? Reimagining the Relations between design & history, Basel.
    • Scholz, N. (keynote speaker) (29-6-2021). The Un/Homeliness of Postwar Cosmopolitanism. The Case of West Germany, international colloquium Aesthetics in the Center IV. , Brasília. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fIlkC6pSSY
    • Scholz, N. (speaker) (10-6-2021). At Home in Globalizing Germany. The ethno-cultural boundaries of West Germany’s “economic miracle", Studies of Belonging, Amsterdam. https://nias.knaw.nl/events/conference-on-studies-of-belonging/
    • Scholz, N. (speaker) (9-10-2019). De Volkswagen Kever als schuldig ontwerp, Historisch Cafe, Amsterdam, Amsterdam.
    • Scholz, N. (speaker) (27-8-2019). Hidden Desires, Haunted Dreamscapes. Postwar West Germany’s Consumer Culture in Postcolonial Perspective, IUAES 2019 Inter-Congress, Poznan.
    • Scholz, N. (speaker) (26-6-2019). The Modern Home and its Other in West Germany, Global Cultural History, Tallinn.
    • Scholz, N. (speaker) (3-5-2019). Die Gute Form und ihr Anderes. Über die Neuerfindung der Design-Moderne in der jungen Bundesrepublik, Evangelische Akademie Tutzing. https://www.ev-akademie-tutzing.de/veranstaltung/wahr-gut-schoen/
    • Scholz, N. (speaker) (26-9-2018). (De-)Historicizing Timeless Modernity. Modern design, the Nazi past and the political in postwar West Germany.
    • Scholz, N. (speaker) (15-3-2018). (De-)Historicizing Timeless Modernity. Modern design, the Nazi past and the political in postwar West Germany, University of Utrecht, Utrecht. https://culturalhistory.sites.uu.nl/2017/09/18/cultural-history-seminar-series-natalie-scholz-uva-de-historicizing-timeless-modernity-modern…
    • Scholz, N. (speaker) (7-12-2017). The Volkswagen. West Germany’s Post-Colonial Ghost, Materialities of Post Colonial Memory, amsterdam. http://www.ahmpostcolonialmemory.humanities.uva.nl/
    • Scholz, N. (speaker) (2-10-2017). Lecture: "A Final Solution for Humanity? Disentangling Design and Democracy", Democracy and Difference. The Delicate Art of Decency, Montrael.
    • Scholz, N. (speaker) (5-3-2016). „Everyday objects and the imagination of the political in postwar West Germany", „Reconsidering the Political" , Berlin.
    • Scholz, N. (invited speaker) (2-12-2015). "How Many Jews …?" Driving the Volkswagen through Time and Space, invited lecture, History Research Seminar, University of Warwick, Department of History. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/research/seminars_readinggroups/historyseminar/
    • Scholz, N. (invited speaker) (25-2-2015). ’How many Jews...?’ Driving the Volkswagen through Space and Time, invited lecture, Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA. https://cms.uflib.ufl.edu/Portals/Judaica/Scholz%20flyer%20with%20image.pdf
    • Scholz, N. (speaker) (18-1-2012). Selbstvergessene Moderne. Die Ästhetik der Alltagsdinge und ihre politische Bedeutung in der frühen Bundesrepublik, Research seminar, Prof. Margit Szöllösi-Janze, University of Munich, Department of History.
    • Scholz, N. (invited speaker) (14-10-2011). The Political and the Melodramatic. Creating Emotional Authenticity in Post-Revolutionary France, Conference: Spectacle and Society, NIAS, Wassenaar.
    • Scholz, N. (invited speaker) (25-5-2011). L'imaginaire politique. Entre la représentation officielle et le quotidien, Conference: Représentation du politique en science politique et ailleurs, CEVIPOF/Science Po, Paris, France.
    • Scholz, N. (speaker) (20-5-2011). Everything new? Forgetting Mass Consumption's Uncomfortable German Past, Conference: Social Forgetting. Coping with a Problematic Past in Modern European History, University of Amsterdam.
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