Biographies of Queer Lives

by Levke Harders

Since more than a decade, I am working on biography – in research as well as in teaching. I am currently searching for academic publications on marginalized subjects for an overview of biographies in the field of history. While I know good studies of women or of transnational lives, I had not yet found many books on ‘queer lives’. (Note: I am more interested in biographies than in autobiographies though the concept of life writing does not necessarly distinguish these genres.).


CfP: Contested Borders? Practising Empire, Nation and Region in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Polnisch-deutsche Grenze auf Usedom/Uznam (Foto: Levke Harders, 2016) CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 DE

Conference at the German Historical Institute London, 26–28 April 2018

by Levke Harders (Bielefeld University) and Falko Schnicke (German Historical Institute London)

Brexit, the Basque country, Kashmir – the drawing of social and spatial boundaries, the question of belonging, and the creation of identity are at the heart of many current debates. They are based on general political, social, and economic developments and the historical experience of individuals. This is why the drawing and negotiating of borders is a relevant topic for historical research. Although borders (are intended to) define geographical and cultural spaces and possibly also political communities, there is nothing ‘natural’ about them. Rather, they are the outcomes of specific historical conditions.


Race, Gender, and Questions of Belonging

InterDisciplines. Journal of History and Sociology Vol 7, No 1 (2016) Race, Gender, and Questions of Belonging

von Levke Harders

Im Herbst 2015 habe ich erste Ergebnisse des Forschungprojektes auf der Jahrestagung der German Studies Association (GSA) in Washington, DC präsentiert – auf dem Panel „Race, Gender, and Questions of Belonging“, das ich zusammen mit meiner Bielefelder Kollegin Bettina Brockmeyer organisiert hatte. Obwohl sie zur Kolonialgeschichte und ich zur Migrationsgeschichte arbeite, stellten wir fest, dass wir uns teilweise mit ähnlichen Fragen – nämlich mit Inklusion und Exklusion bestimmter Menschen – beschäftigen. Wir haben versucht, diese mit der Kategorie belonging empirisch und theoretisch zu fassen.