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dr. N. (Natalie) Scholz

Nieuwste geschiedenis
  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis
  • Visiting address
    Oost-Indisch Huis
    Kloveniersburgwal 48  Room number: D 0.08
  • Postal address:
    Kloveniersburgwal  48
    1012 CX  Amsterdam
  • N.Scholz@uva.nl
    T: 0205258192
    T: 0205254464

Natalie Scholz is Assistant Professor 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. Together with Josef Früchtl I also coordinate the research group “Emotions and Democracy” at the University of Amsterdam/ASCA.

Currently I am working on a book manuscript provisionally entitled: Transitional Objects. Apprehending the Political in Postwar West Germany.

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.

Books 

 

Reviews

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).

Reviews

"(De-)Historicizing Timeless Modernity. Modern design, the Nazi past and the political in postwar West Germany", Cultural History Seminar Series, Utrecht University, 15 March 2018.

Abstract:

In the postwar period, modern design became a symbol of western consumer democracy. This was especially true for West Germany where modern design also symbolized a new orientation of the country away from the Nazi past. The lecture will attempt to complicate this view by claiming that there existed a, usually unspoken, undercurrent in the way modern design was given political meaning in West Germany after the Second World War. The coding of modern design as both “timeless” and the shape of “the new” made it possible to blur any clear historical understanding of how modern notions of everyday aesthetics had become closely intertwined with organicist and metaphysically loaded ideas of the German people before and during the Third Reich. The lure of the modern consisted precisely in its inbuilt capacity to obscure its own history and de-historicize itself. This phenomenon, however, cannot be separated from the transatlantic context out of which the promotion of postwar modernity arose.

2014

  • Scholz, N. (2014). Genre et éthique des objets dans le cinéma de l’Allemagne d’après-guerre. Clio, 40, 89-113. DOI: 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. DOI: URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-109769  [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] 

2010

  • Scholz, N. (2010). Past and pathos: symbolic practices of reconciliations during the French Restoration. History and Memory, 22(1), 48-80. DOI: 10.1353/ham.0.0032  [details] 

2008

  • Scholz, N. (2008). The 'modern home' during the 1950s: West German cultural reconstruction and the ambivalent meanings of Americanization. Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 121(3), 296-311, 338. [details] 
  • Scholz, N. (2008). Vereinskultur, Demokratie und die Frage der Gefühle: Überlegungen im Anschluss an Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmanns 'Civil society'. De Negentiende Eeuw, 32(2), 136-139. [details] 

2007

  • Scholz, N. (2007). La monarchie sentimentale: un remède aux crises politiques de la Restauration? In N. Scholz, & C. Schröer (Eds.), Représentation et pouvoir: la politique symbolique en France (1789-1830): actes du colloque de Paris, 24 et 25 juin 2004 Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes.

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] 

2006

  • Scholz, N. (2006). Die imaginierte Restauration. Repräsentationen der Monarchie im Frankreich Ludwigs XVIII. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.

2014

  • Scholz, N. (2014). [Review of: B. Rieger (2013) The people's car: a global history of the Volkswagen Beetle]. German History, 32(4), 667-669. DOI: 10.1093/gerhis/ghu040  [details] 

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] 

2010

  • Scholz, N. (2010). [Review of: D. Turrel, et al.. Signes et couleurs des identités politiques: du Moyen Âge à nos jours]. English Historical Review, 125(514), 696-698. DOI: 10.1093/ehr/ceq151  [details] 

2007

  • Scholz, N. (2007). [Review of: J. von Moltke (2005) No place like home: locations of Heimat in German cinema]. Werkstatt Geschichte, 46, 10.

2006

  • Scholz, N. (2006). [Review of: Hermann Kappelhoff, Matrix der Gefühle. Das Kino, das Melodrama und das Theater der Empfindsamkeit]. Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft, 51, 315-321.

Award

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

Media appearance

  • Scholz, Natalie (08-11-2017): Machtsmisbruik is een probleem dat we niet willen zien [Print] Folia. Machtsmisbruik is een probleem dat we niet willen zien.
  • Scholz, Natalie (15-02-2017): Abuse of Power and Neoliberal Academia [Web] Going Human. A Blog, an Experiment, a Life. Abuse of Power and Neoliberal Academia.
  • Scholz, Natalie (15-01-2017): How it Hits You, Again and Again. A Story from Academia, Part II [Web] Going Human. A Blog, an Experiment, a Life. How it Hits You, Again and Again. A Story from Academia, Part II.
  • Scholz, Natalie (12-11-2016): Academische Vrijheid [Web] Society for Women in Philosophy NL. Academische Vrijheid.
  • Scholz, Natalie (22-03-2016): These Things Can Break You. A Story from Academia [Web] Going Human. A Blog, an Experiment, a Life. These Things Can Break You. A Story from Academia.

Talk / presentation

  • Scholz, Natalie (speaker) (5-3-2016): „Everyday objects and the imagination of the political in postwar West Germany", „Reconsidering the Political" , Berlin, Germany.
  • Scholz, Natalie (speaker) (2-12-2015): ‘“How Many Jews …?” Driving the Volkswagen through Time and Space’, University of Warwick, Department of History.

Others

  • Scholz, Natalie (participant) & Früchtl, J. (organiser) (20-10-2017): Shame and Citizenship in Democracy (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Scholz, Natalie (participant) & Früchtl, J. (participant) (20-10-2017): Does Democracy Need Unashamed Citizens? (other).
  • Scholz, Natalie (examiner) (7-7-2017): Ph.D. defense Willem Flinterman (examination).
  • Scholz, Natalie (participant) (7-3-2017): Vox-Pop, “Close-up #2: The Art of Visual Politics” (other).
  • Scholz, Natalie (participant) (29-9-2016 - 2-10-2016): German Studies Association’s 40th Annual Conference (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Scholz, Natalie (participant) (27-5-2016 - 29-5-2016): „Gestern und Morgen. Erinnerung im Diskurs“ (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
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