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Professor Dorothee Wierling, Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor

Research and Recent Publications

Dorothee Wierling studied History and English Studies at the Ruhr University, Bochum. She gained her doctorate at the University of Essen in 1986 with a dissertation on the everyday experience of housemaids: “Girl for Everything. Biography and Working Day of Urban Housemaids around the Turn of the Century” (“Lebensgeschichte und Arbeitsalltag städtischer Dienstmädchen um die Jahrhundertwende”). In 2000 she completed her Habilitation at the University of Potsdam with the study “Born in Year One. 1949 as a Birth Year in the GDR. An Attempt at a Collective Biography” (“Geboren im Jahr Eins. Der Geburtsjahrgang 1949 in der DDR. Versuch einer Kollektivbiographie”). From 1990 to 1993 she built up an external branch of the Essener Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts NRW in Leipzig. This was followed by a DAAD Professorship at the University of Washington, Seattle, and several other Fellowships and Visiting Professorships, at institutions such as the University of Tel-Aviv, the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Since 2003 she has been Deputy Director of the Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg (FZH) and Professor at Hamburg University. Her research interests are in the sphere of social history and the history of mentalities in the late 19th and 20th centuries, with special reference to the links between gender, generation and class, and the relationship between biography and history. As an “oral historian” she has looked in great detail at the methodological and theoretical problems of personal recollections and narratives as a historical source.

Teaching and Supervision

 HY443: Class, Gender and Generation in 20th Century Germany|

Contact Details

 Office No.: E395
 Email: D.Wierling@lse.ac.uk

Office Hours

 Thursday, 11:00-12:00


  Professor Dorothee Wierling