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PD Dr. John Carter Wood

Academic Coordinator, Project NFDI4Memory
Room: 03-08, Diether-von-Isenburg-Str. 9-11, 55116 Mainz (Besucheranschrift)
Phone: +49 6131 39 39480
Fax: +49 6131 39 35326


Personal Details:

Born in 1970 in La Grange, Illinois, USA. 1988-2001: studied Modern European History with a concentration on Great Britain at Northern Illinois University (BA 1992) and the University of Maryland, College Park (MA 1994, PhD 2001). 1992-1994: MA Fellowship, University of Maryland, College Park. 1994–1997: teaching assistant, University of Maryland, College Park. 2001: visiting lecturer, University of Maryland, College Park. 2005-2011: research fellow in Criminal Justice History at The Open University (Milton Keynes, UK), Department of History and International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR).
John C. Wood has been a researcher (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the IEG since 2011, between 2012 and 2017 as primary investigator in the DFG-funded project Christian notions of the social order in Great Britain in reaction to the European Crises of the 1930s and 1940s. After completing this project he began researching Christian perspectives on the technological challenges of modernity and their social consequences between the 1940s and the 1960s. In 2019, John C. Wood took up the post of academic coordinator for the project NFDI4Memory, which is aimed at developing a digital research infrastructure.

Research Interests:

The history of crime and justice in modern Europe (e.g., violence, police, trials and their portrayal in the media)
Britain and "Europe" in the twentieth century; British attitudes (whether religious or secular) towards the process of European unification
Culture and media of the inter-war period, especially in Britain.

Selected Publications:

This is your hour: Christian Intellectuals in Britain and the Crisis of Europe, 1937–1949 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019). Publisher
»When Personalism Met Planning: Jacques Maritain and a British Christian Intellectual Network, 1937–1949«, in Rajesh Heynickx und Stéphane Symons (Hgs.), So What’s New about Scholasticism? How Neo-Thomism Helped Shape the Twentieth Century (Berlin/London: Walter De Gruyter, 2018), 77–108. Publisher
(Hg.) Christianity and National Identity in Twentieth-Century Europe. Conflict, Community, and the Social Order (Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz: Beihefte 111), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2016. OPEN ACCESS and Publisher
The Most Remarkable Woman In England: Poison, Celebrity and the Trials of Beatrice Pace (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012). Review
Violence and Crime in Nineteenth-century England: The Shadow of Our Refinement (London: Routledge, 2004). Publisher

Research projects:

"Christian Social Thought in Britain as a Reaction to the European Crises of the 1930s and 1940s"

In this DFG-financed project, John Carter Wood researched the plans for a new social and political order that were developed within a mainly Anglican and Presbyterian intellectual group in the 1930s and 1940s in response to economic crises, totalitarianism and war.

Christianity, Technology, and Society in the Great Britain of the 1940s–1960s

There were many urgent discussions across Europe in the wake of the Second World War about the need to build new, "modern" societies. Christians – whether they were clergy or lay intellectuals – played active roles in such debates and sought ways of bringing the aims and practices of post-war social reconstruction in line with their faith. Tendencies towards secularisation in this period were often accompanied by principles that stood in competition with Christian worldviews, such as a faith in science and technology, a commitment to individualism and personal fulfilment, and the ideologies of the Cold War.

Research Training Group: "The Christian Churches and the Challenge of 'Europe'"

The research training group examined reactions in the process of European unification, as well as the repercussions and activities that the process gave rise to in the area of the churches. The project also focused on the efforts of the churches to insert religious concepts of values into the political processes.