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Dr. Anne Friedrichs

Member of the academic staff, Department of History, CRC Principal Investigator of the project B05 From 'Displaced Persons' to 'Refugee'
Room: 05 312
Phone: +49 6131-39 39415
Fax: +49 6131 39 35326


Personal Details:

Anne Friedrichs joined the Leibniz Institute of European History in 2018; since 2020 she has been an associated researcher at the Centre Marc Bloch. She studied cultural studies (Kulturwissenschaften) and history at Leipzig University as well as political science and urban and regional planning at the Université Lumière Lyon 2 and the Institut d’études politiques Lyon. After fellowships at the University of Cambridge and the Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine in Paris, she completed her PhD in 2010 with a dissertation on academic historiography in Great Britain and France and its relationship to changes of these two imperial nation-states between 1919 and 1968. This book was awarded the Johannes Zilkens-Promotionspreis by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation in 2012. After working in the Presidential Committee at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg (2010–2015) and completing research fellowships at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw and Paris, she was a research associate at Bielefeld University (2015–2018) and an assistant professor at Justus Liebig-University Giessen (2017/18). In July/August 2019 Anne Friedrichs worked at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and from October until December 2019 as a fellow at the Centre Marc Bloch. Since 2021 she joins the Collaborative Research Center (SFB 1482) on "Human Categorization" as Principal Investigator of a project on "Legal-Bureaucratic Categorization in the Postwar Period. From 'Displaced Persons' to 'Refugee'".

Research Interests:

History of Europe in global, imperial and transatlantic contexts (19th -21st century)
History of migration, mobility and sedentariness
History of historiographies, of the humanities and of knowledge

Selected Memberships:

Commission on "migration" of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts

Selected Publications:

»Tracer les limites des sociétés dans une perspective transeuropéenne : Les ›Polonais de la Ruhr‹ à la fin du XIXe et au début du XXe siècle«, Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales 76, 3 (2021) : 489–529.
Ed. Special issue »Migrations and Border Processes: Politics and Practices of Belonging and Exclusion from the 19th to the 21st Century «, Journal of Borderlands Studies 43, 4 (2019) (with Margit Fauser and Levke Harders). Unchanged reprint, London: Routledge 2021.
Ed. special issue »Migration, Mobilität und Sesshaftigkeit«. Geschichte und Gesellschaft 44, 2 (2018).
»Zwischen Nationalisierung und Universalisierung. Die britische und die französische Geschichtswissenschaft im Vergleich (1919–1939).« Historische Zeitschrift 304, 1 (2017), pp. 90–122.
»Imperial History.« In: Matthias Middell and Lluis Roura y Aulinas (ed.), Transnational Challenges to National History Writing, London: Palgrave-Macmillan 2013, pp. 164–201 (with Mathias Mesenhöller). Paperback 2015.
Das Empire als Aufgabe des Historikers. Historiographie in imperialen Nationalstaaten. Großbritannien und Frankreich 1919–1968. Frankfurt a. M.: Campus 2011.

Research projects:

Migration and sociation (Vergesellschaftung) beyond the national paradigm. A relational history of the "Ruhr Poles" (1860–1950)

This project treats the Ruhr Valley from 1860 to 1950 as a region of growing European mobility and contact.