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James Casteel

Associate Professor – Modern and Contemporary European History

Degrees:Ph.D. (Rutgers University), M.A. (University of Chicago), B.A. (Tulane University)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1934
Email:james.casteel@carleton.ca
Office:3306 Richcraft Hall (former River Building)

Research Interests Relates to European, Russian and Eurasian Studies:

Professor Casteel’s research interests include transnational relations between Germany and Russia from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries, nations and empires in central and eastern Europe, diasporic cultures and belonging, European Jewish history including the Holocaust, and transnational and global approaches to the European past.

Current Research Projects:

Parallel Diasporas, Divergent Memories: Jewish and German Post-Soviet Migrants and Changing Memory Regimes in Germany, 1989-2015

Areas of Current Teaching

  • EURR 5201 / RELI 4850/5850 Religion, Migration, & Diaspora (Fall 2017)
  • EURR 5001: Interdisciplinary Seminar in European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (team taught MA core course, Fall 2017)
  • EURR 5010: Research Design and Methodology in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (team taught MA core course, Winter 2018)
  • EURR 4303/5303 / HIST 4606 Contemporary Europe: From Postwar to the E.U.
  • EURR 4202/5202: Nazism and Stalinism (co-taught course with Jeff Sahadeo)
  • RELI  3140 / HIST 3714: Holocaust Encounters
  • RELI 3141 / HIST 3718: Germans and Jews
  • EURR 4201/5201: Europe in Transnational Perspective
  • EURR 4100/5100 Nation Building in Central and Eastern Europe
  • RELI 4851/5851: Jews and Modern Civil Society

Selected Publication relating to European, Russian and Eurasian Studies:

Books:

Journal articles and book chapters:

Recent Papers Presented (selected):

  • “Transcultural Memories and Diasporic Identities among Russian German and Jewish Migrants from the former Soviet Union to Germany,” for international conference “Russian Germans in a Comparative Context: New Research Perspectives,” Federal Institute for Culture and History of the Germans from Eastern Europe, Berlin, Germany, November 18-19, 2015.
  • “Remembering the Soviet Union: Jewish and German Post-Soviet Migrants to Germany,” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, San Antonio, Texas, November 20-23, 2014.
  • “Post-Soviet Migration and Changing Memory Regimes in Germany: Narratives of Soviet Times among Jewish Quota Refugees and ethnic German Aussiedler,” for international conference Post-Soviet Diasporas: Identity Construction, Linkages and Transformation, Carleton University, March 20-21, 2014
  • ”Siberia: the Far Eastern Front of Germany’s Imperial Imaginary” for seminar “Not So Quiet on the Eastern Front: New Directions in World War I Studies,” German Studies Association, Denver, Colorado, October 3-6, 2013.
  • “Colonizing the Wilderness: Siberia in Interwar German Captivity Narratives” part of panel “Between Germany and Russia: History, Music, Literature, and the Construction of Cultural Myth in the Early Twentieth Century,” German Studies Association, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 4-7, 2012.
  • “Revolutionary Encounters: Traveling to the Soviet Union in Weimar Germany,” Cultural Transfers Workshop, Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture and the Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis, Carleton University, March 6, 2012.
  • “Searching for the ‘New World,’ Finding ‘Asia’: German Travelers to the Soviet Union between the Wars”, German Studies Association, Oakland, CA, October 7-10, 2010
  • “On the Civilizing Mission of the Global Economy: German Observers of the Colonization and Development of Siberia, 1900-1918,” 15th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, Columbia University, New York, April 15-17, 2010.
  • “Exploring the Eastern Frontier of the Global Economy: German Observers of the Colonization and Development of Siberia, 1905-1914,” Workshop on “The Nation State and Beyond: Governing Globalization Processes in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century” sponsored by the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows”, University of Heidelberg, Germany, December 3-5, 2009.
  • “Beyond Linear Narratives of National Development: Transnational Approaches to Nation-Building in Modern Central and Eastern European History,” 34th Annual European Studies Conference, University of Nebraska at Omaha, October 1-3, 2009.

Selected Information:

James Casteel is a historian of modern and contemporary Europe and is cross-appointed between the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies and the program in Religion in the College of the Humanities. He currently serves as Co-Undergraduate Supervisor of EURUS together with Professor Martin Geiger. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Max and Tessie Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies (Carleton University Research Centre).

Professor Casteel holds a B.A. in German and Philosophy from Tulane University (1994), an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago (1997) and a Ph.D. in modern European history from Rutgers University (2005).  He spent significant time studying in Germany at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, the Universität Hamburg, and the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz.  He has held fellowships from Fulbright and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).