Profile: Jennifer V. Evans

Profile: Jennifer V. Evans

Jennifer Evans

Jennifer V. Evans - Associate Professor

My undergraduate teaching revolves around contemporary German and European history, and I also teach transnational histories of sexuality and everyday life. At the graduate level, I am responsible for the core MA seminar, which integrates critical theory and interdisciplinary research methods into historiographical discussion. My main research interests lie in the history of sexuality and visual culture, especially the role of photography and social media as agents of historical meaning. My book, Life Among the Ruins: Cityscape and Sexuality in Cold War Berlin (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), is a cultural history of reconstruction and traces the rebirth of the city’s various subcultures in the aftermath of World War II. I have written about same-sex sexuality in post-1945 Germany and am co-editing a book with Matt Cook (Birkbeck) entitled Queer Cities, Queer Cultures: Europe Since 1945 (Continuum, 2013). Current projects include “Hate 2.0” on the role and potential of social media as a form of digital activism and I am also exploring the function of erotic photography as a claim to desire, personhood, and sexual freedom in the era before AIDS.

I currently supervise a growing number of MA and PhD students with wide-ranging interests in the social and cultural history of 20th and 21st century Germany. I am particularly interested in theoretically informed approaches to the history of the body, gender, and sexuality, visual culture, public memory, and the everyday.

Research Interests

  • contemporary Germany and East Central Europe
  • history of sexuality; visual culture, including social media and photography; social theory
  • historical subjectivity; the spatial and visual turn; “other victims” of the Holocaust; the Sexual Revolution

Honours and Awards

2013-15 SSHRC Insight Grant, “Photography and the Sexual Revolution”
2011 SSHRC Insight Development Grant, “Hate 2.0: Combating Right-Wing Extremism in the Age of Social Technology” Research Blog:
2003-06 SSHRC Standard Research Grant, “The Persecution of Homosexuals in Nazi and Postwar Germany”.
2003 Carleton University Students Association Teaching Award
2002 SSRC Berlin Program Postdoctoral Fellowship

Select Publications

Queer Cities, Queer Cultures: Europe Since 1945 (Continuum, 2013), with Matt Cook.

“Seeing Subjectivity: Erotic Photography and the Optics of Desire” American Historical Review vol. 118, no. 2 (2013): 430-462.

“Forum: Cultural History and the Holocaust” German History, vol. 31, no. 1 (March 2013): 61-85, with Monica Black.

“Queer Temporalities: Herbert Tobias und das Bild des schamlosen Selbst in der Zeit vor Stonewall” in Susanne Regener and Katrin Köppert (eds.), Privat/Öffentlich. Visuelle Selbstentwürfe. Mediale Szenarien von Homosexualität (Vienna/Berlin: Turia+Kant Verlag, 2012),  111-130.

“Historicizing the Visual” German Studies Review vol. 35 no. 3 (Fall 2012): 485-489.

“Rethinking Sexual Modernity in 20th Century Germany” Social History vol.37 no. 3 (August 2012): 314-327, with Jane Freeland.

“The 1950s as Radical In-Between”  in Matt Cook and Heike Bauer (eds.), Queer 50s (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012),  13-28.

Life Among the Ruins: Cityscape and Sexuality in Cold War Berlin (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)

“The Violence of Survival and the Cost of War” German History vol. 29 no. 2 (Spring 2011): 305-310.

“Life Among the Ruins: Sex, Space, and Subculture in Postwar Berlin,” in Sabine Hake and Philip Broadbent (eds.), Berlin Divided City, 1945-89 (New York: Berghahn, 2010), 11-22.

“Decriminalization, Seduction, and ‘Unnatural Desire’ in the German Democratic Republic” Feminist Studies vol 36.3 (October 2010): 553-77.

“The Moral State: Men, Mining, and Masculinity in the Early GDR” German History, Special Issue on the History of Sexuality), vol. 23, no. 3 (August 2005): 355-370.

“Bahnhof Boys: Policing Male Prostitution in Post-Nazi Berlin,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 12, no. 4 (October 2003), 605-636.

Recent Graduate Supervisions

Erin Connell, “Sexual Education and Social Citizenship in Canada” Department of Sociology. Ph.D. Committee member, 2008.

Sean Eedy, “Narrating the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Nostalgia and the Negotiation of Memory 20 Years After.” MA Thesis, 2011.

Erica Fagen, “Staging the Holocaust in Web 2.0: Sachsenhausen in Public Memory.” MA Research Essay, Public History, 2012.

Jane Freeland, “Saying ‘I’: Women, Desire and Their Depiction in East Germany” Institute of European and Russian Studies. MA Thesis, 2010.

Mandy Koroniak, “Imagery and Identity: Film and National Identity in the German Democratic Republic and Canada in the 1960s”  MA Research Essay, Public History, 2007.

Maggie Lecroix, “Child Care Policy in Post 1989 Germany” Institute for European and Russian Studies, Carleton University. MA Thesis, 2005.

Natalie Spagnuolo, “Minority Masculinity in Turn-of-the-Century German Jewish Mysticism.” MA Thesis, 2011.

Jan-Mark van der Leest, EURUS, “Space and Identity in post-1989 Berlin.” MA Thesis, 2008.

Christine Whitehouse, “Stolpersteine: Moral Restitution After the Holocaust.” MA Research Essay, 2011.

Christine Chisholm, MA, “Advertising, Family Policy, and Women’s ‘Return to Normalcy’ During the Adenauer Years”

Current Graduate Supervisions

Ottilie Grisdale, MA EURUS, “Populist Cultural Production: Part of the Dutch Radicalization Puzzle?”Sarah Hunt, MA, “A Cultural History of Prostitution in Weimar Germany, 1925-30”

Katarzyna Janiga, MA, “Male Prostitution in Hitler’s Reich.”

Meghan Lundrigan, MA Public History, “Holocaust Denial in the Social Mediascape.”

Christine Whitehouse, PhD, “The “Free Germany” Movement: Jewish Exiles in Transnational Perspective, 1938-1961” (together with Till van Rahden, Université de Montréal).

Sarah Doerksen, MA, “Conceptualizing Schizophrenia: Perspectives of Psychiatry, the Public, and Patients, 1883-2012” (together with Dominique Marshall).

Sean Eedy, PhD, “East German Comic Book Culture”

Jane Freeland, PhD, “Domestic Violence in East and West Berlin, 1969-89.”

Emmanuel Hogg, PhD, “Football Fan Culture in Divided Berlin, 1961-1989”

Karin Abma, MA EURUS, “Women in the GDR: Consumerism and the Political, 1953-70”