Dr Udo Grashoff
DAAD Francis L. Carsten Lecturer in Modern German History
My work mostly covers 20th-century Germany. I specialise in the history
of the two German dictatorships. Due to my experience of the German
Democratic Republic – with an atmosphere characterised by anxiety,
forbiddances, rumours, mindfulness and reading between the lines – I'm
particularly interested in taboo subjects.
Often I carry out
pioneering research. I deal with suicide in the GDR, informal housing
(Schwarzwohnen), and 'betrayal' within the Communist Party of Germany.
examine resistance, opposition, political violence and individual
agency in borderline situations. Instead of a simplifying contrasting
juxtaposition of rulers and subjects, I’m interested in grey areas,
negotiations, interactions and hybrid forms.
PhD, Universitat Leipzig, History, 2006
MA, University Leipzig, History, German Literature and Comparative Literature, 1999
BSc, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Biochemistry, 1992