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Dr. Gregor Feindt

Member of the academic staff, Department of History
Room: 04-18, Diether-von-Isenburg-Str. 9-11, 55116 Mainz (Besucheranschrift)
Phone: +49 6131 39 39369
Fax: +49 6131 39 30154

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Personal Details:

Gregor Feindt joined the Leibniz Institute of European History in 2014. Since November 2021, he is also an associated member of special research area 1482 human differentiation. In 2015/2016, he was Visiting Professor for history and culture of East Central Europe with a focus on Poland at the University of Bremen.
Gregor studied Eastern European and Modern History, and Slavonic Studies in Bonn and Cracow (Jagiellonian University) and completed a PhD at Bonn on national discourse in Central European Samizdat. His thesis was awarded the Fritz Theodor Epstein-Preis of the Verband der Osteuropahistorikerinnen und –historiker in 2014 and the Johannes-Zilkens-Promotionspreis of the German Academic National Foundation in 2015.

Research Interest:

Gregor is a historian of Central Europe and studies the transnational history of Czechoslovakia and Poland in twentieth century. In his new project, he enquires into the cultural history of social engineering and the making of "new (wo)men" in the Czechoslovak shoe company Baťa and the factory town of Zlín. Gregor also works on European Memory and its impact on the integration and disintegration of Europe as a political project. Beyond this, he is interested in processes of human differentiation and contributes to the special research area 1482 human differentiation.

Selected Publications:

Auf der Suche nach politischer Gemeinschaft. Oppositionelles Denken zur Nation im ostmitteleuropäischen Samizdat 1976–1992 [Seeking Political Community: Oppositional Political Thought towards the Nation in Eastern Central European Samizdat] (Ordnungssysteme 47), Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg 2015
Cultural Sovereignty beyond the Modern State: Space, Objects, and Media, edited with Bernhard Gißibl and Johannes Paulmann, Theme Issue: European History Yearbook 21 (2020), Open Access https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/9783110679151/html
"Europe’s Europes: Mapping the Conflicts of European Memory," together with Félix Krawatzek, Friedemann Pestel and Rieke Trimçev, Journal of Political Ideologies 25 (2020), S. 51–77
Sport under Unexpected Circumstances. Violence, Discipline, and Leisure in Penal and Internment Camps, edited with Anke Hilbrenner and Dittmar Dahlmann, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2018, Open Access https://www.vr-elibrary.de/isbn/9783525310526
"Making and Unmaking Socialist Modernities. Seven Interventions into the Writing of Contemporary History on Central and Eastern Europe," European History Yearbook 19 (2018), pp. 133–154, Open Access https://www.degruyter.com/downloadpdf/books/9783110581508/9783110581508-008/9783110581508-008.xml
"Eine »ideale Industriestadt« für »neue tschechische Menschen«: Baťas Zlín zwischen Planung und Alltag, 1925–1945" ["An »Ideal Industrial Town« for »New Czechoslovak Men«: Baťa’s Zlín between Planning and Every-Day Life"], in: Kulturelle Souveränität – Politische Deutungs‐ und Handlungsmacht jenseits des Staates im 20. Jahrhundert [Cultural Souvereignty: Epistemic and Perfomative Power beyond the Nation State in the 20th Century], edited by Gregor Feindt, Bernhard Gißibl and Johannes Paulmann, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2017, pp. 109–131

Research projects:

Making and Becoming "New (Wo)Men": Rationalisation, Subjectification, and Materiality in the Industrial Town of Zlín and the Baťa Company, 1920–1950

Making and Becoming "New (Wo)Men" enquires into the history of social experiments in industrial capitalism. It studies private-industry planning, subjective appropriation and urban materiality in the Czechoslovak industrial town of Zlín and the shoe company Baťa. The project analyses the history of Zlín as a factory town from the establishment of an independent Czechoslovak state after the First World War to early state socialism (1920–1950), i.e. it includes the consecutive economic and political ruptures. With a focus on disciplinary action towards workers and clerks in the Baťa company the project raises the question, how the rationalisation of production extended towards workers and how these workers should be made "new (wo)men". Furthermore, the project studies the working people as subjects and carves out, how these individuals appropriated the social experiment, expressed their Eigen-Sinn and became "new (wo)men" or avoided any appropriation. Finally, the project analyses the material and social infrastructure of Zlín that became both a product and a tool of social planning and fostered the dynamics of discipline and appropriation. The analysis of a private-industry experiment in social engineering introduces Czechoslovakia to a broader European history of industrial and radical social planning in the first half of the twentieth century.
The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2020 to 2023.