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Scholarly Interest Report
Lora Wildenthal
Professor of History
  • Ph.D. History (1994) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Primary Department
   Department of History
Department Affiliations
  • Department of History
    Research Areas
     modern Germany, European colonialism, gender, labor, human rights, European women's history
    Teaching Areas
     modern Germany, European colonialism, gender, labor, human rights, European women's history
    Selected Publications

    Lora Wildenthal, The Language of Human Rights in West Germany (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).

     Editor of books
     Cologne: Böhlau Verlag, 2005
     Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005.
     Book chapters

    self; vol. ed. by Wolfgang Schmale and Christoph Treiblmayr "The Reincarnations of the German League for Human Rights in Occupied and West Germany." Human Rights Leagues in Europe (1898-2016), n/a (2017) : 95-122.Unknown


    Lora Wildenthal "“Imagining Threatened Peoples: The Society for Threatened Peoples (Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker) in 1970s West Germany.”." Imagining Human Rights (2015) : 101-117.


    “Human Rights Debates in the Early German Federal Republic,” in Toward a New Moral

    World Order? Menschenrechtspolitik und Völkerrecht seit 1945, 105-115. Ed. Norbert Frei

    and Annette Weinke. Göttingen: Wallstein, 2013.


    Lora Wildenthal, “Humanitarianism in the Postcolonial Context: Some West European Examples from the

    1960s to the 1980s,” in Colonialism and Beyond. Race and Migration from a Postcolonial

    Perspective, 104-122. Ed. Elisabeth Engel and Eva Bischoff. Münster: LIT-Verlag, 2013.


    “Rudolf Laun and the Human Rights of Germans in Occupied and Early West Germany,” in A History of Human Rights in the Twentieth Century, ed. Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann  (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press., 2010), 125-144. 

    This essay also appeared in German (as did the entire volume), as “Rudolf Laun und die Menschenrechte der Deutschen im besetzten Deutschland und in der frühen Bundesrepublik,” in Moralpolitik.  Geschichte der Menschenrechte im 20. Jahrhundert, ed. Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2010), 115-141.  Trans. Moritz Deutschmann.


    ed. Antoinette Burton "¿Notes on a History of ¿Imperial Turns¿ in Modern Germany¿." After the Imperial Turn. Critical Approaches to ¿National¿ Histories and Literatures (2003) : 144-156.


    "¿Rasse und Kultur. Koloniale Frauenorganisationen in der deutschen Kolonialbewegung des Kaiserreichs.¿." Phantasiereiche. Zur Kulturgeschichte des deutschen Kolonialismus (2003) : 202-219.

     Book reviews

    author of reviewed book: Ulrike Hamann "review of: Prekaere koloniale Ordnung. Rassistische Konjunkturen im Widerspruch. Deutsches Kolonialregime 1884-1914." German Studies Review, 40 (2017) : 648-651.Unknown


    author of reviewed book: Ulrike Hamann "review of: Prekaere koloniale Ordnung. Rassistische Konjunkturen im Widerspruch. Deutsches Kolonialregime 1884-1914." German Studies Review, 40 (2017) : 648-651.Unknown


    Lora Wildenthal "Review of: Britta Schilling. Postcolonial Germany. Memories of Empire in a Decolonized Nation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Reviewed for , ." European History Quarterly, 45 (2015) : 796-797.


    Lora Wildenthal "Review of: Livia Loosen. Deutsche Frauen in den Südsee-Kolonien des Kaiserreichs. Alltag und Beziehungen zur indigenen Bevölkerung, 1884-1919. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2014. ." Neue Politische Literatur, 59 (2014 (they are behind)) : 473.


    Lora Wildenthal "Review of: Susan Slyomovics. How to Accept German Reparations. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. ." German History, 33 (2015) : 341-343.


    "book review of Elizabeth Harvey, _Women and the Nazi East. Agents and Witnesses of Germanization_, Yale University Press, 2003." Central European HistoryIn Press


    "book review of Patricia M. Mazon, _Gender and the Modern Research University. The Admission of Women to German Higher Education, 1865-1914_, Stanford University Press, 2003.." H-German (2004)


    Lora Wildenthal. “The Perception of Suffering:  On Patricia Skinner’s ‘The Gendered Nose’,” Journal of Women’s History, vol. 26, no. 1 (2014): 81-84. 

    DOI: 10.1353/jowh.2014.0019

    "book review of Ulrich van der Heyden and Joachim Zeller, eds., _Kolonialmetropole Berlin_, Berlin Edition 2002." Central European History (2004) In Press

     Invited Papers

    “Group Rights and State Power: The Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker (Society for

    Threatened Peoples) in the 1970s.” For conference “The Imagination of Human Rights.”

    Hosted by Profs. David Kim and Susanne Kaul, and the Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre

    Forschung at Universität Bielefeld, 27-29 June 2013.


    “Menschenrechtsdebatten in der frühen Bundesrepublik.” For conference “Toward a New Moral World Order,” Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany, 29 June 2012. Hosts Prof. Norbert Frei and Prof. Annette Weinke.


    ""The Origins of the West German Human Rights Movement, 1945-1961"." University of Connecticut, Dept. of Modern Languages and Human Rights Institute, Storrs, CT. (5 April 2004)


    "Untitled paper on German womens history in interdisciplinary context.." annual conference of Women in German, General Butler State Park, Kentucky. (17 October 2003)


    "¿Frauen in der kolonialen Krankenpflege und die Geschlechterordnung des Kaiserreichs.¿." ¿Das Kaiserreich transnational. Deutschland in der Welt 1871-1914,¿ Hosts Sebastian Conrad and J¿rgen Osterhammel, Blankensee bei Berlin, Germany. (27-29 March 2003)

     Invited Talks

    “Writing the History of Human Rights: The Case of West Germany.” Sponsored by the

    Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages and the Peace

    and Justice Studies Program. Michigan State University, 14 March 2013. Hosted by Prof.

    David Kim. With accompanying workshop on Gustav Radbruch’s “Five Minutes on Legal

    Philosophy” and “Statutory Lawlessness.”


    presented invited paper.  "Human Rights and the Public Sphere in the Early Federal Republic ." Changing Perceptions of the Public Sphere, Rice University. (15 December 2005)


    "no title yet." Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. (5 April 2004)


    "¿The Origins of the West German Human Rights Movement¿." Department of History, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. (16 October 2003)

     Keynote Speaker

    “A Historian’s View of Human Rights.” Keynote address for the Phi Alpha Theta and Oklahoma Assocation of Professional Historians Conference, University of Oklahoma, 13 April 2012. Hosted by Prof. Jane Wickersham.


    Commentator on panels “Intercultural Fantasies: German-Speaking Europe and Latin America” and “Germans in East Africa (3): Not So Postcolonial: Germans in East Africa after World War II,” German Studies Association Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 5 and 6 October 2012.


    “Human Rights as Domestic Politics: Amnesty, the Humanist Union, and the International League for Human Rights Confront Adenauer’s West Germany ca. 1961,” German Studies Association Annual Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, 24 September 2011.


    "commentary for panel "Pagan Women of Ireland, Temple Prostitutes of India and Activist Women of Early Twentieth Century France"." Southwestern Social Science Association, Corpus Christi. (18 March 2004)

    Editorial Positions
     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Women’s History. Johns Hopkins University Press. (2011 - 2015)

     Member of the Editorial Board, History Compass. Blackwell. (2013 - 2013)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Women in German Yearbook. (2004 - 2004)

     Member of the Editorial Board, History Compass. Blackwell. (2004 - 2004)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Lena Silva, BA Points of Contact: Contact Improvisational Dance and Feminism. (2013) (Thesis Director)