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Dr. Eveline G. Bouwers

Member of the academic staff, head of the research group "Battles over Belief"
Room: 03-03, Diether-von-Isenburg-Str. 9-11, 55116 Mainz (Besucheranschrift)
Phone: +49 6131 39 39345
Fax: +49 6131 39 35326


Personal Details:

Born in 1981 in Hilversum (The Netherlands). Eveline Bouwers studied History, Art History and Political Science at Utrecht, Leuven and Amsterdam (2000-2005). She holds a doctoral degree from the European University Institute in Florence (2009) and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Bielefeld University (2009-2012) as well as a visiting scholar at the universities of York (2007) and Harvard (2011); since 2013 she is affiliated with KADOC Leuven. Since 2013, Eveline Bouwers has been a member of the academic staff at IEG; since November 2013, she has been head of the Emmy Noether Research Group »Battles over Belief: Religion and Violence in Catholic Europe, 1848-1914«. In 2015 she was included in AcademiaNet.

Research interests

Belgian, French and German history in the long 19th century; British and Italian history during the revolutionary era (1789-1848)
Comparative history and transfer; microhistory
Social history (esp. history of everyday life, history of violence and protest, regional history)
Cultural history (esp. political iconography, visual history, memory studies)
History of political conservatism and Catholicism as well as liberalism and anticlericalism

Selected Publications

»Das Nationaldenkmal als Projektionsfläche: Eine großdeutsche Geschichtsidee von der Romantik bis zur Wiedervereinigung«, Historische Zeitschrift 304:2 (2017).
»‘Catholic and Breton forever’: violence and the visual in early-twentieth century France«, Writing Political History Today, Hgg. Ingrid Gilcher-Holtey, Heinz-Gerhard Haupt & Willibald Steinmetz (Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag, 2013), S. 259-92.
»Il culto degli italiani illustri nella Roma pre-risorgimentale, Memoria & Ricerca 45:1 (2014) S. 127-155.
Public Pantheons in Revolutionary Europe. Comparing Cultures of Remembrance, c. 1790-1840 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
»Voorbeelden voor het volk? Heldenverering in Groot-Brittannië en Italië, 1792-1820«, Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis 124:2 (2012), S. 89-102.

Current research projects:

Battles over Belief: Religion and Violence in Catholic Europe (1848–1914)

The Emmy Noether research group undertakes the first systematic analysis of the use of protest and violence in conflicts pertaining to religious culture and Church power in late-nineteenth-century and early-twentieth-century Europe.

Blasphemy in Europe from 1500

Blasphemy, heresy and the freedom of expression: on the boundaries of the sayable and the visible in early-modern and modern Europe.

Negotiating religious difference: protest and violence in Bavaria, Brittany and Flanders, 1864-1914

The project of Eveline G. Bouwers offers a social history of how Catholics confronted the 'struggle over God' and probes what role violence - be it physical, visual or verbal - played in shaping and structuring such conflicts.