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What Was Secularization Theory, and What Comes Next? Themes for a History of Religion in 19th- and 20th-century Germany – A talk with Dagmar Herzog

Keynote address to open the 2005 Midwest German History Workshop at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Dagmar Herzog (CUNY Graduate Center, History) is one of the most creative and highly respected historians of modern German society and culture active in the United States today. She has published two major monographs, Sex after Fascism: Memory and Morality in Twentieth-Century Germany (Princeton University Press, 2005), and Intimacy and Exclusion: Religious Politics in Pre-Revolutionary Baden (Princeton 1996), and has edited the important scholarly collections, Lessons and Legacies VII: The Holocaust in International Perspective (Northwestern 2006), and Sexuality and German Fascism (Berghahn 2004). She has also authored articles and essays in several major scholarly journals and collections of essays. Her work has been praised widely. Her current research includes two major projects: “Sex before the Revolution: Sexual Morality, Christianity, and the State in Transnational Perspective,” and “The Trouble with God: Secularization in the Twentieth Century.” She has served on the editorial advisory board of German History, the editorial board of German Politics and Society, and the executive committee of the German Studies Association in recent years.

Cosponsored by the Center for Austrian Studies, CLA, the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch, the Department of History, and the European Studies Consortium.

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