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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:

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:

European history (especially the period 1750-1914)
Comparative and transfer history
Political history as well as social and cultural history (especially the history of protest and violence, memory studies as well as political iconography)
History of religion and secularism in modern society

Selected Publications:

(ed.), Glaubenskämpfe: Katholiken und Gewalt im 19. Jahrhundert (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2019). Open Access: https://www.vr-elibrary.de/doi/pdf/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).
Voorbeelden voor het volk? Heldenverering in Groot-Brittannië en Italië, 1792-1820, Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis 124:2 (2012), 89-102.

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.