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PD Dr. Felix Wiedemann

Research Associate

Phone: +49 (0)30 838-52484

Address: Otto-von-Simson-Straße 7, 14195 Berlin

Felix Wiedemann studied Modern History, Political Sciences and Philosophy at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf and at Freie Universität Berlin (FU-Berlin). He received his Ph.D. (2007) and his habilitation (2018) in Modern History at FU-Berlin. After his Ph.D he worked as a researcher for the Archives of the Israeli Holocaust Memorial Yad Vashem in several Berlin archives. His post-doc research projects on migration narratives in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (2013-2016), and on the anthropological reading of ancient Egyptian works of art in the race-sciences of the 19th and early 20th centuries (2018-2022) were funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Since 2018 he is lecturer (Privatdozent) for Modern History at the department of history of the FU-Berlin. His academic interests include the history of the humanities and the history of historiography, the theory of history, German and European Orientalism, the history of anti-Semitism, racism, and right-wing-extremism, the history of migration and the history of modern social and religious movements.

Selected Publications


2020. Am Anfang war Migration. Wanderungsnarrative in den Wissenschaften vom Alten Orient im 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.

2007. Rassenmutter und Rebellin. Hexenbilder in Romantik, völkischer Bewegung, Neuheidentum und Feminismus. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.

Edited Books

2018 (with Susanne Grunwald, Kerstin P. Hofmann and Daniel Werning). Mapping Ancient Identities. Kartographische Identitätskonstruktionen in den Altertumswissenschaften. Berlin: Topoi.

2017 (with Kerstin P. Hofmann and Hans-Joachim Gehrke). Vom Wandern der Völker. Migrationserzählungen in den Altertumswissenschaften. Berlin Studies of the Ancient World 41. Berlin: Topoi.

Recent Articles

2022. "Cradle, Frontier, and Contact: The Mediterranean in Geohistorical Narratives of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries." In Mediterranean Europe(s). Rethinking Europe from the Mediterranean Shores, edited by Fernanda Gallo and Matthew D'Auria, 76-93. London: Routledge.

2021. "Visual anthropology. The "Expedition to Study Foreign Peoples" of 192/13 and the Photographic Recording of Human Figures from Ancient Egyptian Monuments." In The Empirical Gaze. Interpretations of Scientific Expedition Photography, edited by Gisela Parak and Elke Bauer, 146-153. Halle: Mitteldeutscher Verlag.

2020. "Migration and Narration. How European Historians in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries Told the History of Human Mass Migrations or ‘Völkerwanderungen." History and Theory 59 (1), 42-60.

2020. "Zwischen Mimesis und Typus. Die rassenanthropologische Lektüre altägyptischer Menschendarstellungen im 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert." Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 43 (1): 28-47. 

Open access:

2018. "The Aryans. Ideology and Historiographical Narrative Types in the 19 th and Early 20th Centuries." In Brill’s Companion to the Classics, Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, edited by Kyriakos Demetriou and Helen Roche, 31-59. Leiden: Brill.

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