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Dr. Eveline G. Bouwers

Member of the academic staff, Department of History, spokesperson for Research Area 1 "Pluralisation and Marginality"
Room: 01 212/108
Phone: +49 6131 39 39345
Fax: +49 6131 39 35326


Personal Details:

* Hilversum (The Netherlands). Eveline Bouwers studied History, Art History and Political Science at Utrecht, Leuven and Amsterdam (2000–2005). In 2009, she obtained a doctorate from the European University Institute in Florence with a comparative analysis of remembrance cultures in Europe between 1790 and 1840. This was followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship at Bielefeld University (2009-2012) as well as a stints as visiting scholar at the universities of York (2007) and Harvard (2011) and affiliated scholar at KADOC Leuven (since 2013). Since 2013, Eveline Bouwers has been senior fellow at IEG as well as lecturer at Bielefeld University and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. From 2013 to 2019 she was moreover head of the Emmy Noether Research Group "Battles over Belief: Religion and Violence in Catholic Europe, 1848-1914", financed by the German Research Council. She was included in AcademiaNet in 2015.

Research Interests:

Modern European History
Comparative and transnational history
Cultural and social history (especially memory studies, visual history, history of violence and protest, religious history)

Selected Publications:

Not so Parallel Lives: the ‘Exempla Virtutis’ in the German and Italian Tradition, Journal of Modern Italian Studies 25:3 (2020), 372-386.
(ed.), Glaubenskämpfe: Katholiken und Gewalt im 19. Jahrhundert (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2019). Open Access: https://www.vr-elibrary.de/doi/book/10.13109/9783666101588
Challenging the Republic from the Provinces: An Analysis of Crowd Action after the French Separation Law (1905), Eveline G. Bouwers and Niall Whelehan (eds.), Homelands and Hostlands: Political Mobilization among Migrant and Religious Communities in Europe and the World, 1900s-1910s (= Immigrants & Minorities 35:3 (2017)) 157-176.
Das Nationaldenkmal als Projektionsfläche: Eine großdeutsche Geschichtsidee von der Romantik bis zur Wiedervereinigung, Historische Zeitschrift 304:2 (2017). 332-369.
Gotteslästerung in Europa. Religionsvergehen und Religionskritik seit 1500. Materialien für den Unterricht (Schwalbach im Taunus: Wochenschau Verlag, 2017).
Public Pantheons in Revolutionary Europe. Comparing Cultures of Remembrance, c. 1790-1840 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

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.

Catholic crowd action: the violent protest over public religion in Europe, 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.