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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 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 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.




    -- H-Soz-u-Kult

    -- Revue d'Histoire du XIXe siècle

    -- French History

    -- Espaces

    -- H-France Review (march 2010)

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


    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).



    -- KulturPoetik

  • Teaching

    Courses taught in 2019/20

    Semester 1

    Kernvak Master Geschiedenis: Concepten

    Semester 2

    "The West". Cultural and intellectual history of a contested concept

    Verdiepingsvak II: Concepten in de geschiedenis (Onderwerp: "Ras en reclame. Consumptiecultuur in een postkoloniaal perspectief")

    Wetenschapsfilosofie (Historische wetenschappen)

  • Publications


    • Scholz, N. (Accepted/In press). Ghosts and Miracles: The Volkswagen as Imperial Debris in Postwar West Germany. Comparative Studies in Society and History.


    • Scholz, N. (2014). Genre et éthique des objets dans le cinéma de l’Allemagne d’après-guerre. Clio, 40, 89-113. [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]


    • 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]


    • 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]



    • 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]


    • 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.


    • Koks, L., & Scholz, N. (2019). Shame and the Challenges of Postwar Western Democracies. Krisis : Journal for contemporary philosophy, 2019(1), 49-55.


    • 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]


    • 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]


    • Scholz, N., & Schröer, C. (2007). Représentation et pouvoir. La politique symbolique en France (1789-1830). Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes.


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



    • 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]


    • 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. [details]


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


    • 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.


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

    Media appearance

    • Scholz, N. (25-05-2019). Angst en vrijheid. Observaties uit de universiteit in tijden van marktradicalisme [Web] Rethink UvA Blog. Angst en vrijheid. Observaties uit de universiteit in tijden van marktradicalisme.
    • Scholz, N. (12-05-2019). A Clean Record – Fictions of Innocence in Academia Going Human. A Blog. An Experiment. A Life. A Clean Record. Fictions of Innocence in Academia.
    • Scholz, N. (08-11-2017). Machtsmisbruik is een probleem dat we niet willen zien [Print] Folia. Machtsmisbruik is een probleem dat we niet willen zien.
    • Scholz, N. (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, N. (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, N. (12-11-2016). Academische Vrijheid [Web] Society for Women in Philosophy NL. Academische Vrijheid.
    • Scholz, N. (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, N. (speaker) (5-3-2016). „Everyday objects and the imagination of the political in postwar West Germany", „Reconsidering the Political" , Berlin, Germany.
    • Scholz, N. (speaker) (2-12-2015). ‘“How Many Jews …?” Driving the Volkswagen through Time and Space’, University of Warwick, Department of History.


    • Scholz, N. (participant) & Früchtl, J. (organiser) (20-10-2017). Shame and Citizenship in Democracy, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Co-organizor and convener of the workshop (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Scholz, N. (participant) & Früchtl, J. (participant) (20-10-2017). Does Democracy Need Unashamed Citizens? (other).
    • Scholz, N. (examiner) (7-7-2017). Ph.D. defense Willem Flinterman (examination).
    • Scholz, N. (participant) (7-3-2017). Vox-Pop, “Close-up #2: The Art of Visual Politics” (other).
    • Scholz, N. (participant) (29-9-2016 - 2-10-2016). German Studies Association’s 40th Annual Conference, San Diego, United States. Paper presentation: „How many Jews. Driving the Volkswagen through Space and Times“ (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Scholz, N. (participant) (27-5-2016 - 29-5-2016). „Gestern und Morgen. Erinnerung im Diskurs“, Heilsbronn, Germany. „Erinnerung ohne Erinnerung? Der Volkswagen als ambivalentes Symbol der jungen Bundesrepublik“, (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
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