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WARREN BRECKMAN
Curriculum Vitae

Department of History 182 Benezet Street

College Hall Philadelphia, PA 19118

University of Pennsylvania h. 215-247-1208

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6228

w. 215-898-8518

fax 215-573-2089

email breckman@sas.upenn.edu




PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2008-2009: Academic Director, Berlin Consortium for German Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

2009-: Occasional Columnist for Lapham’s Quarterly online

2007-: Editorial Board, Lapham’s Quarterly

2005-: Executive Co-Editor, Journal of the History of Ideas (with Anthony Grafton, Ann Moyer, and Martin Burke)

2006-: Founding member of the editorial group (Arbeitskreis), Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte

2004-05: Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Research Fellow, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster

2001: Member, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study

1999-: Associate Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

1998: Visiting Scholar, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

1994-99: Assistant Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

1993-95: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

EDUCATION

1993: Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Modern European History

1988: M.A. University of California, Berkeley, Modern European History

1986: B.A. (Honours) University of Winnipeg, History

HONOURS AND AWARDS

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Research Fellowship, 2004

Selma V. Forkosch Prize for the Best Article Published in the Journal of the History of Ideas, 2001


Princeton Institute for Advanced Study Fellow, 2001


University of Pennsylvania Faculty Fellowship, 2000

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 1998


Richard S. Dunn Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1997

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral

Fellowship, 1993-95


Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, 1986-90

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral

Fellowship, 1988-89

Ira and Abraham Konig Fellowship, 1989

Humanities Graduate Research Grant of the University of California, Berkeley,

1989


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Special M.A.

Scholarship (declined), 1986




PUBLICATIONS

Books


Adventures of the Symbolic: Post-Marxism and Radical Democracy. New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2012
European Romanticism: A Brief History with Documents. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008
Marx, the Young Hegelians and the Origins of Radical Social Theory: Dethroning the Self. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999 (paperback edition, 2001; Chinese-language edition in preparation)
Edited Volumes
Saupreußen’, Theme issue of Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte, vol. 5, no. 4 (Winter 2011), eds. Warren Breckman, Jonas Maatsch, and Thorsten Valk
Idioten’, Theme issue of Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte, vol. 4, no. 2 (Sommer 2010), eds. Warren Breckman, Jost Philipp Klenner, and Wolfert von Rahden
The Modernist Imagination: Intellectual History and Critical Theory. Essays in Honor of Martin Jay, eds. Warren Breckman, Peter E. Gordon, A. Dirk Moses, Samuel Moyn, and Elliot Neaman. New York: Berghahn Books, 2009

Book Chapters


“Žižek, Laclau und das Ende des Postmarxismus,” in Unbedingte Demokratie, ed. Andreas Hetzl. Baden-Baden: Nomos-Verlag, 2011, 199-214
“Politics, Religion, and Personhood: The Left Hegelians and the Christian German State,” in Politics, Religion and Art: Divisions and Debate in the Hegelian School, ed. Douglas Moggach. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2011, 96-117
“History and Indeterminacy: Making Sense of Pasts Imperfect,” Indeterminacy: The Mapped, the Navigable, and the Uncharted, ed. Jose V. Ciprut. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2009, 267-287
“The Return of the King: Hegelianism and Post-Marxism in Žižek and Nancy,” in The Modernist Imagination: Intellectual History and Critical Theory. Essays in Honor of Martin Jay, eds. Warren Breckman, Peter E. Gordon, A. Dirk Moses, Samuel Moyn, and Elliot Neaman. New York: Berghahn Books, 2009, 117-136
“Die Rückkehr des Königs: Radikaldemokratische Adaptionen eines hegelianischen Motivs bei Jean-Luc Nancy und Slavoj Žižek,” Der französische Hegel, ed. Ulrich Johannes Schneider. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 2007, 205-218
“Politik in symbolischer Tonart: Pierre Leroux, der romantische Sozialismus und die Schelling-Affäre,” Hegelianismus und Saint-Simonismus, eds. Hans-Christoph Schmidt am Busch, Ludwig Siep, Hans-Ulrich Thamer, Norbert Waszek. Paderborn: Mentis Verlag, 2007, 201-228 (A French version of this volume is in preparation by Paragon.)
“The Symbolic Dimension and the Politics of Young Hegelianism,” The New Hegelians. Politics and Philosophy in the Hegelian School, ed. Douglas Moggach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, 67-90
“The Post-Marx of the Letter,” After the Deluge: New Perspectives on Postwar French Intellectual and Cultural History, ed. Julian Bourg. New York: Lexington Books, 2004, 73-100
“Democracy Beyond Nation and Rule? Reflections on the Democratic Possibilities of Proceduralism,” After National Democracy: Rights, Law and Power in America and the New Europe, ed. by Lars Tragardh. Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2004, 143-169
“Emancipation and the Bounds of Meaning: Reading, Representation and Politics in Young Hegelianism,” European Culture in a Changing World: Between Nationalism and Globalism, ed. by Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe. Amersham: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2004, 75-85
“Diagnosing the ‘German Misery’: Radicalism and the Problem of National Character, 1830-1848,” Between Reform and Revolution: Studies in the History of German Socialism and Communism, ed. by D.E. Barclay and E.D. Weitz. Oxford: Berghahn, 1998, 33-61

Articles


“Forum: History of Political Thought,” German History, vol. 30, no. 1 (2012), 75-99
“Ein Fetisch in London,” Gegenworte: Hefte für den Disput über Wissen. Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 24 (Herbst 2010), 37-39
“A Matter of Optics,” Lapham’s Quarterly, vol. III, no. 4 (Fall 2010), 177-185
“Times of Theory: On Writing the History of French Theory,” Journal of the History of Ideas, vol. 71, no. 3 (July 2010), 339-361
“Les hégéliens de gauche et l'État chrétien germanique: politique, religion et personnalité,” La Revue française d' histoire des idées politiques, no 31 (1er Semestre, 2010), 57-80
“Secular Revival,” Lapham’s Quarterly, vol. III, no. 1 (Winter 2010), 203-212
“Die deutschen Radikalen und das Problem des Nationalcharakters 1830–1848,” Marx-Engels Jahrbuch, (2009), 176-207
“The Uses of ‘Creatio ex nihilo’: On the Postmodern Revival of a Theological Trope,” Ideas in History, vol. IV, no. 2(2009), 39-61
Creatio ex nihilo: Zur postmodernen Wiederbelebung einer theologischen Metapher,” Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte, vol. 1, no. 2, (Summer 2007), 13-28
“Konzeption und Geschichte des Journal of the History of Ideas,” Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte, vol. 1, no. 1 (Spring 2007), 106-113
“Demokratie zwischen Entzauberung und politischer Theologie: Zur Rückkehr der Religion im französischen Postmarxismus,” Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie, 30, 3 (2005), 293-315
“Democracy Between Disenchantment and Political Theology: French Post-Marxism and the Return of Religion,” New German Critique, 94 (Winter, 2005), 72-105
“Zwischen postmoderner Melancholie und postmarxistischer Trauerarbeit: Ernesto Laclau und Chantal Mouffe,” Dialektik. Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie, 1 (2005), 51-78

“Politics in a Symbolic Key: Pierre Leroux, Romantic Socialism and the ‘Schelling Affair’,” Modern Intellectual History, vol. 2, no. 1 (Apr. 2005), 61-86


“Emancipation and the Bounds of Meaning: Reading, Representation and Politics in Young Hegelianism,” The European Legacy, vol. 8, no. 4 (August 2003), 425-439
“The Sign of Humanity: Reading, Representation and Politics in Young Hegelianism,”

Proceedings of the Eighth Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of

European Ideas, ed. Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe (Aberystwyth, 2003; CD-ROM)
“Die Entthronung des Selbst: Marx, die Junghegelianer und der Streit um den

Begriff der Persönlichkeit,” Dialektik: Enzyklopädische Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie, 1 (2002), 5-30


“Eduard Gans and the Crisis of Hegelianism,” Journal of the History of Ideas, vol. 62, 3 (July 2001), 543-564 [Winner of the Selma V. Forkosch Prize for the Best Article published in the Journal of the History of Ideas]
“Democratic Theory Between ‘Autonomy’ and ‘Life-World’: Cornelius Castoriadis and Claude Lefort,” Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, (Haifa, 2001; CD-ROM)
“Imgelemin Oznesi,” Tarih Yaziminda Yeni Yaklasimlar: Kuresellsme ve Yerellesme, (Istanbul, 2000), 236-247 (“The Subject of the Imaginary”)
“Cornelius Castoriadis contra Postmodernism: Beyond the ‘French Ideology’,” French Politics and Society, vol. 16, 2 (Spring, 1998), 30-42
“Nationalism, Individualism and Capitalism: Reflections on Liah Greenfeld’s ‘Worth of Nations’,” Critical Review, vol. 10, 3 (Summer, 1996), 389-408 [co-authored with Lars Tragardh, followed by a response from Liah Greenfeld]
“The National Discourse of Radical Internationalism in Vormärz Germany,” Selected Papers from the 1995 Consortium on Revolutionary Europe. Florida,

1996, 616-628


“Ludwig Feuerbach and the Political Theology of Restoration,” History of

Political Thought, vol. 13, 3 (Autumn, 1992), 437-462
“Disciplining Consumption: The Debate About Luxury in Wilhelmine Germany, 1890-1914,” Journal of Social History, vol. 24, 3 (Spring, 1991), 485-505
Web Articles
“A Man of Parts,” Lapham’s Quarterly Online:

http://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/roundtable/a-man-of-parts.php
“Canadian Rules,” Lapham’s Quarterly Online:

http://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/roundtable/canadian-rules.php
“The Wall Came Tumbling Down,” Lapham’s Quarterly Online:

http://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/roundtable/the-wall-came-tumbling

down.php
“Archiving the Future,” Lapham’s Quarterly Online:

http://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/roundtable/warren-breckman-post.php

Articles Forthcoming

“Claude Lefort and the Symbolic Dimension,” Constellations. An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory


“Politique en Tonalité Symbolique: Pierre Leroux, Le Socialisme Romantique et l’Affaire Schelling,” Hegelianisme et Saint-Simonisme, eds. Hans-Christoph Schmidt am Busch, Ludwig Siep, Hans-Ulrich Thamer, Norbert Waszek. Paris: Paragon
Responses, Intellectual History: 5 Questions for 25 Intellectual Historians, eds. Frederik Stjernfelt, Morten Haugaard Jeppesen, Mikkel Thorup. Copenhagen: Automatic Press
“Intellectual History and the Interdisciplinary Ideal,” Rethinking Modern European Intellectual History for the Twenty-First Century, eds. Darrin McMahon and Samuel Moyn. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Reviews

Unfinished Projects: Decolonization and the Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. By Paige Arthur,” Journal of Modern History (forthcoming)


Means and Ends: The Idea of Capital in the West, 1500-1970. By Francesco Boldizzoni,” American Historical Review, vol. 115, no. 1 (February 2010), 190-191

From Revolution to Ethics: May 1968 and Contemporary French Thought. By Julian Bourg,” Journal of Modern History, vol. 81, no. 1 (March 2009), 207-209


The Idea of the Self. Thought and Experience in Western Europe Since the Seventeenth Century. By Jerrold Seigel,” Journal of British Studies, vol. 46, 1 (Jan. 2007), 158-161
The Philosophy and Politics of Bruno Bauer. By Douglas Moggach,” European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 14, 1 (April 2006), 117-121
Defining Germany: The 1848 Frankfurt Parliamentarians and National Identity. By Brian E. Vick,” American Historical Review, vol. 108, no. 5 (December 2003), 1541-1542
Empire of Ecstasy: Nudity and Movement in German Body Culture, 1910-1935. By Karl Toepfer,” Journal of Social History, vol. 36, 2 (Winter 2002), 467-469
Paris Fin de Siècle: Politique et Culture. By Christophe Charle,” Journal of

Social History, vol. 33, 4, (Summer 2000), 978-980
Reading Berlin 1900. By Peter Fritzsche,” Journal of Social History, vol. 31, 3 (Spring, 1998), 716-718
The Origins of the Authoritarian Welfare State in Prussia: Conservatives,

Bureaucracy, and the Social Question, 1815-1870. By Hermann Beck,”

Journal of Social History, vol. 30, 3 (Spring, 1997), 769-771
Am Beginn der Konsumgesellschaft: Mangelerfahrung, Lebenshaltung,

Wohlstandshoffnung in Westdeutschland in den fünfziger Jahren. By Michael

Wildt,” Journal of Social History, vol. 29, 2 (Winter, 1995), 179-180


Berlin Cabaret. By Peter Jelavich,” Journal of Social History, vol. 29, 1 (Fall, 1995), 416-417
Time and Money. The Making of Consumer Culture. By Gary Cross,” Journal of Social History, vol. 28, 3 (Spring, 1995), 659-660
Durchbruch zum modernen Massenkonsum. Edited by Hans-Jürgen Teuteberg,” Journal of Social History, vol. 25, 4 (Summer, 1992), 886-888
Lebenswelt und Kultur der unterbürgerlichen Schichten im 19. und 20.

Jahrhundert. By Wolfgang Kaschuba,” Journal of Social History, vol. 25, 4

(Summer, 1992), 905-907


After the Wall. East Meets West in the New Berlin. By John Borneman,” Toronto Star, April 13, 1991

Encyclopedia Entries


“Castoriadis, Cornelius,” Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought, ed. Gregory Claeys. Washington: Sage Publications, forthcoming
“Feuerbach, Ludwig,” Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought, ed. Gregory Claeys. Washington: Sage Publications, forthcoming
“Laclau, Ernesto,” Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought, ed. Gregory Claeys. Washington: Sage Publications, forthcoming
“Lefort, Claude,” Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought, ed. Gregory Claeys. Washington: Sage Publications, forthcoming
“Zeitgeist,” A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing, ed. by D.R. Woolf.

New York: Garland Publishing Co., 1998


“Stein, Lorenz von,” A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing, ed. by D.R. Woolf. New York: Garland Publishing Co., 1998
“Weber, Marianne,” A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing, ed. by D.R.

Woolf. New York: Garland Publishing Co., 1998

“Consumerism,” Encyclopedia of Social History, ed. by Peter N. Stearns, et. al. New York: Garland Publishing Co., 1994


Interviews
“Il est urgent de transmettre le sens de la complexité historique,” Nonfiction.fr, April 28 2009 (http://www.nonfiction.fr/)
“The Journal of the History of Ideas,” Periodical Radio, hosted by Steve Black, October 2007 (http://radio.strose.edu/PeriodicalRadio/15JournalOfTheHistoryOfIdeas.htm)

PAPERS PRESENTED

“Arnold Ruge and the Machiavellian Moment,” Religion, Recht und Staat im Junghegelianismus, International Workshop, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, 14-17 March 2012

“‘After Cambridge’? Comfortable Pluralism or Complacent Eclecticism?” Opening lecture, History of Political Thought: Its State and Stakes, Princeton University, April 15, 2011


“Slavoj Žižek and the Prospects of Left Thought,” Southern Missouri University, Springfield, Missouri, March 28, 2011
“The Problem of Political Theology,” Seminar in Critical Theory, Southern Missouri University, Springfield, Missouri, March 28, 2011
“Cornelius Castoriadis and Post-1968 French Thought,” Historicizing ‘French Theory’: Anti-Humanism, ’68, and Beyond, The Society for French Historical Studies 57th Annual Meeting, Feb. 12, 2011
“Intellectual History and the Interdisciplinary Ideal,” Rethinking Modern European Intellectual History for the 21st Century, Harvard University, Dec. 3, 2010
“Claude Lefort and the Symbolic Dimension,” Claude Lefort Memorial Conference, New School for Social Research, New York, Oct. 30, 2010
“The Fetish of Violence in Slavoj Žižek’s Thought,” European History Colloquium, Cornell University, Oct. 25, 2010
“Post-Marxism and Sovereign Politics,” Challenging Democracy, American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Wasthington DC, Sept. 3, 2010
“Romanticism, the Young Hegelians, and the Symbolic Dimension,” Graduate Seminar, Johns Hopkins University Humanities Center, April 9, 2010
“Žižek, Laclau and the End of Postmarxism,” Johns Hopkins University Humanities Center, April 8, 2010
“Slavoj Žižek and the End of Postmarxism,” University of Delaware, March 9, 2010
“Of Empty Places: Slavoj Žižek and Ernesto Laclau, or the End of the Affair,” New York Area Seminar in Intellectual and Cultural History, Nov. 19, 2009
“Of Empty Places: Slavoj Žižek and Ernesto Laclau, or the End of the Affair,” Intellectual History Colloquium, Harvard University, Oct. 22, 2009
“The Future of Marxism,” Karl Marx and the Nineteenth Century: Concluding Roundtable, German Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington DC, Oct. 11, 2009
“Secularism and its Discontents,” Opening workshop of the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Sept. 17, 2009
“Postmodernism and Theological Tradition,” Lecture at Ersta Sköndal University College, Stockholm, Sweden, May 4, 2009
“Two Regimes of the Symbolic: (Post-)Marxism between Romanticism and Structuralism,” Die Unbedingte Demokratie, Das Ernst Bloch Zentrum, Ludwigshafen, Germany, March 28, 2009
“Methodische Vielfalt als Prinzip in der Ideengeschichte,” Ideengeschichte und Ihre Nachbardisziplinen, Marbach am Neckar, Germany, September 27, 2008
“Karl Marx and the Critique of Civil Society,” Lecture and Workshop at Ersta Sköndal University College, Stockholm, Sweden, August 29, 2008
“G.W.F. Hegel and the Challenge of Social Modernity,” Lecture and Workshop at Ersta Sköndal University College, Stockholm, Sweden, August 28, 2008
“The Return of Origins and the End of Postmodernism,” Penn Humanities Forum, April 15, 2007
“Times of Theory,” Keynote Address, Telling the Past Now. Historiographies for the 21st Century, Aarhus, Denmark, November 23, 2007
“From the editors desk of the Journal of the History of Ideas,” Telling the Past Now. Historiographies for the 21st Century, Aarhus, Denmark, November 22, 2007
Discussant, Nineteenth-Century Panel, “Slavic Mythologies Symposium,” University of Pennsylvania, April 27, 2007
“What Freud Can Teach Us,” University of Pennsylvania, March 21, 2007
“From the Symbolic Turn to the Social Imaginary: Castoriadis’s Project of Autonomy,” New York Area Seminar in Intellectual and Cultural History, Feb. 1, 2007
“Isomorphism, Analogy and Ontological Openness: Modes of Self and World in Modern Thought,” Conference on Jerrold Seigel’s The Idea of the Self: Thought and Experience in Western Europe since the Seventeenth Century, Institute of French Studies, New York University, Dec. 1, 2006
“The Concept of the Journal of the History of Ideas,” Founding conference for the journal Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte, Marbach am Neckar, Germany, Feb. 25, 2006
“The Uses of ‘Creatio ex nihilo’: The Postmodern Revival of a Theological Trope,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Jan. 8, 2006
“The Politics of the Symbolic: French Postmarxism and the Quest for Autonomy,” University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Nov. 21, 2005
“Translating Political and Social Theory: Translation as a Conceptual Act in the New English Versions of Max Weber’s Protestant Ethic and in English Translations of Emile Durkheim,” Chair, Translation, The History of Political Thought, and the History of Concepts, CUNY Graduate Center, Sept. 30, 2005.
“Claude Lefort and Savage Democracy,” Basel University, Basel, Switzerland, June 28, 2005
“Das Symbolische und das Imaginäre: Zu Schlüsselbegriffen in der zeitgenössischen französischen Theorie,” Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany, June 22, 2005
“Globalization and the History of Ideas,” Intellectual History in a Global Age, Wolfenbüttel, Germany, October 13, 2004
“Die Ruckkehr des Königs: Radikaldemokratische Adaptionen eines hegelianischen Motivs bei Jean-Luc Nancy und Slavoj Žižek,” Keynote Address, Hegel in Frankreich, Berlin, Germany, April 30, 2004
“Liberalism and Market Society,” Chair and Commentator, Liberalism’s Return: French Social Thought Since 1968, Columbia University, New York, April 17, 2004
“Karl Marx,” Core Lecture Series: Contemporary Civilization, Columbia University, New York, March 10, 2004
“The ‘Schelling Affair’ in France: Romantic Socialism and German-French Cultural Transfer,” Rice University, Houston, February 24, 2004
“Post-Marxism in France and England: A Comparative Perspective,” New York Area Seminar in Intellectual and Cultural History, January 29, 2004
“Cultural Politics in Post-1968 France,” Chair and Commentator, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC, January 5, 2004
“Society is the Discourse of the Other: The Fate of Alienation in Post-Marxist Thought,” Alterity and the Experience of Limits. Conference of the International Society for Intellectual History, Bosporus University, Istanbul, Turkey, Dec. 12, 2003
“Die Kunst der Repräsentation: Romantischer Sozialismus und die Theorie des Symbols im Werk Pierre Leroux,” Saint-Simonismus und Hegelianismus. Kommunikation und soziale Ideenbildung im Zeitalter der Französischen Revolution, Institut Historique Allemande, Paris, France, December 14, 2002
“The Sign of Humanity: Reading, Representation and Politics in Young Hegelianism,” The International Society for the Study of European, Aberystwyth, Wales, July 2002
“Democracy Between Disenchantment and Political Theology: French Post-Marxism and the Return of Religion,” New York Area Seminar in Intellectual and Cultural History, April 11, 2002
“Democracy Between Disenchantment and Political Theology: French Post-Marxism and the Return of Religion,” Columbia University, New York, February 28, 2002
“Sigmund Freud,” Twentieth-Century Lives lecture series, University of Pennsylvania, Sept. 12, 2001
“Democracy and Disenchantment: The ‘Political’ and the ‘Religious’ in Contemporary French Thought,” Quarrels, Polemics, and Controversies. Conference of the International Society for Intellectual History, Cambridge University, July 28, 2001
“Die Entthronung des Selbst: Marx, die Junghegelianer und der Streit um den Begriff der Persönlichkeit,” Leibniz Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, July 19, 2001
“The Rule of Indeterminacy,” Cross-Campus Conversations, University of Pennsylvania, December 20, 2000
“Hegemony or Autonomy? Castoriadis, Post-Marxism and the Social Imaginary,” Cornelius Castoriadis: Rethinking Autonomy, Columbia University, New York, December 1-3, 2000
“Post-Marx: Reflections on a Passage,” Turning Points. Conference of the International Society for Intellectual History, University of Chicago, September 23, 2000
“Kafka’s Metamorphosis in His Time and Ours,” Penn Reading Project Inaugural Lecture, Sept. 6, 2000
“Democracy Beyond Nation and Rule? Reflections on the Democratic Possibilities of Proceduralism,” After National Democracy: Rights, Law and Power in America and the New Europe, Onati, Spain, June 2, 2000
“The Social Imaginary and the Project of Autonomy,” University of Wisconsin, Madison, April 13, 2000
“The Subject of the Imaginary,” Global and Local: New Trends in History and Museology, Third International History Congress, Istanbul, Turkey, December 10, 1999
“The Subject of the Imaginary,” Ethnohistory Seminar, University of Pennsylvania, October 21, 1999
“Rethinking the Political Intellectual in Contemporary France,” University of Pennsylvania, March 6, 1999
“Rethinking the Political Intellectual in Contemporary France: Castoriadis, Lefort, Nancy,” The Social & Political Thought Graduate-Faculty seminar at the University of Sussex, England, November 3, 1998
“Democratic Theory Between ‘Autonomy’ and ‘Life-World’: Cornelius Castoriadis and Claude Lefort,” The International Society for the Study of European Ideas Annual General Meeting, Haifa, Israel, August 17, 1998
“Between Nihilism and Idealism: Castoriadis’s ‘Project of Autonomy’,” The History of Endings / The Endings of Stories. Conference of the International Society for Intellectual History, Free University, Berlin, Germany, June 11, 1998
“From Pre-Marxism to Post-Marxism,” University of Toronto, February 6, 1998
“Social Question, Civil Society and Associationism between Hegel and Marx,” German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, Sept. 27, 1997
“Feuerbach, Marx and the Imagination of Philosophy,” Theorizing in Particular, University of Pennsylvania, October 23, 1996
“The National Discourse of Radical Internationalism in Vormärz Germany,” Twenty-Fifth Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 10, 1995
“The Social Question and the Politics of Civil Society in Restoration Germany,” University of Gothenburg, Sweden, May 3, 1994
OTHER ACADEMICALLY RELATED WORK AND ACTIVITIES

Editorial Board, Anthem Studies in European Ideas and Identities

“Heftkritik 2008,” Fourth Annual Editorial Conference of the Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte, Weimar, Germany, Feb. 13, 2009

Chair of the Panel “Celebrity in Motion: The Spatial Experience of Fame in the Twentieth Century,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, New York, Jan. 3, 2009

“Privacy Matters: Disclosure and Its Discontents,” Freud, Franklin and Beyond: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Society Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania and the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, Moderator and Discussant, Feb. 7, 2008

Faculty Member, Penn Humanities Forum Seminar, 2007-2008

“The History of Concepts,” graduate student workshop, Aarhus, Denmark, November 22, 2007

Manuscripts reviewed for Princeton University Press, University of Chicago Press, Cambridge University Press, Berghahn, Columbia University Press, Journal of the History of Ideas, Central European History, American Historical Review, German History

“Liberty and Modernity in Jacob Burckhardt,” Liberty Fund Conference, Newport R.I., Oct. 2006

“Liberty in the Works of Benedetto Croce,” Liberty Fund Conference, Toronto, June 2004

Co-founder and co-convener, Annenberg Colloquium in European History, History Department, University of Pennsylvania, 2002-2004; 2006-2008

“German Liberalism in the Nineteenth Century,” Liberty Fund Conference, San Francisco, May 2003

“Research in German Intellectual History,” German Historical Institute and University of Wisconsin Summer Seminar for American Graduate Students, Gotha, Germany, June 2002

Chair of the panel “Styles and Solutions,” Quarrels, Polemics, and Controversies. Conference of the International Society for Intellectual History, Cambridge University, July 27, 2001

Consultant, International Dictionary of Intellectual History

Chair of the panel “Stylistic Inscriptions,” The Practice of Style: Literature and the Visual Arts from Weimar Classicism to the Present, March 24, 2001

Participant in the New York Area Seminar in Intellectual and Cultural History, 2001-

Executive Committee of the International Society for Intellectual History, 2001-

Commissioning Editor for U.S. and Canada for Intellectual News. Review of the International Society for Intellectual History, 2000-2005

Organizing Committee for “Operative Communities? The Jewish Question in France from Durkheim to Levinas,” conference at the University of Pennsylvania, May 1999

Participant in monthly colloquium of “Le Groupe de Recherche sur l’Histoire des Intellectuels,” Paris, 1998

Co-organizer of “The Unmade Era: Rethinking Vormärz Germany,” panel at the German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 1997 (with Professor David E. Barclay, Kalamazoo College)

Coordinator of the Annenberg Lecture Series, University of Pennsylvania History Department, 1996-1997

Respondent to Lucette Valensi, “Politics and Culture in Post-Colonial Algeria,” in the University of Pennsylvania faculty Ethnohistory Seminar, April 17, 1997

Respondent to Lilianne Weissberg, “Herder and the Jews,” in the University of Pennsylvania faculty colloquium The West in Global Perspective, February 28, 1997

Chair of the panel “Forms of Transmission and the Invention of National Identity” in the conference “Learning and Literacy in the Judaic Tradition: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Inquiry,” Philadelphia, April 29-May 1, 1996

Roundtable participant at “Konsumgeschichte als Gesellschaftsgeschichte. 18.-20 Jahrhundert im internationalen Vergleich,” Conference at the Freie Universität Berlin Arbeitsstelle für Vergleichende Gesellschaftsgeschichte, June 2-4, 1994

COURSES TAUGHT

Undergraduate

“European Intellectual History, 1750-1870”


“European Intellectual History, 1870-1950”

“European Intellectual History, 1950-1990”

“French Thought Since 1945”

“Berlin im Zeitalter der Revolutionen, 1750-1848” (taught in German at the Free University, Berlin)

“Berliner Kultur zwischen Kaiserreich und Weimarer Republik, 1870-1933” (taught in German at the Free University, Berlin)

“Masters of Suspicion: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud”

“Religion, Society, and the Symbolic in Modern French Thought”

“European Romanticism”

“Politics and Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century”

“Theories of State and Society”

“Democracy and Dictatorship in European Thought”

“From Freud to Oprah: The Rise and Fall of Psychoanalysis in Twentieth-Century Culture”

“Philosophy of History”

“Non-American History Honors Program”


Graduate


“Twentieth-Century European Intellectual and Cultural History”

“Nineteenth-Century European Intellectual and Cultural History”

“Politics and the Intellectual in Modern France”

“The Fate of the Self in Twentieth-Century Thought”



UNIVERSITY SERVICE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA


Topic Director, ‘Adaptations’, Penn Humanities Forum, 2011-2012

Faculty Director, Penn Graduate Humanities Forum, 2010-2012

Transnational European History Search Committee, 2010-2011

University Graduate Council, 2007-2010

Acting Graduate Chair, History Department, 2002-2003

Associate Chair of the History Department, 1999-2001


Executive Committee, History Department, 1999-2003, 2005-2007


Nineteenth-Century Faculty Study Group, 2006-

Member, Comparative Literature Faculty Group

Member, English Literature Graduate Group

Member, German Studies Graduate Group

Member, History and Sociology of Science Graduate Group

Penn Humanities Forum Post-Doctoral Selection Committee, 2007-

Penn Humanities Forum Advisory Board, 1999-2005, 2007-

Penn Humanities Forum Nominating Committee, 1999-2005

Committee establishing a European Studies Minor, 2003

Modern European Search Committee, 2000


University Council Committee on Bookstores, 2000-2001


Early Modern European History Search Committee, 1999

Review Committee for Penn Student Abroad Programs in the United Kingdom, Spring 1999

Student Fulbright Awards Selection Committee, 1996 and 1997

Undergraduate Committee, 1997-98

History Graduate Committee, 1996, 1997, 2005-2008, 2009-

Russian History Search Committee, 1996-97


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Historical Association

Society for French Historical Studies

German Studies Association

International Society for Intellectual History
REFERENCES

Prof. Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley



Prof. Anthony Grafton, Princeton University

Prof. Peter E. Gordon, Harvard University


Prof. Lynn Hunt, University of California, Los Angeles

Prof. Gareth Stedman Jones, Cambridge University

Prof. Allan Megill, University of Virginia




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