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.
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.
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.
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."
"(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.
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.