Jennifer Evans

Invited Researcher of DEA Programme Stay in France: from  May 2 to June 2, 2018

Jennifer Evans is Professor of History at Carleton University. She specializes in the history of contemporary Germany with interests in transnational histories of sexuality, social memory, and visual culture. She has written books and articles on sexual subcultures in the aftermath of WWII, co-edited two books on same-sex sexuality in general, and another on the history of documentary photography. She is particularly interested in how history is conceptualized and written, including how categories are imagined and put to use in our analysis of past people, sentiments, and events.
Her work has been supported by the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada, the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum, the German Academic Exchange Service, the German Historical Institute, the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Berlin Program of the Free University of Berlin, and Sciences Po. In 2016, she was elected to the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars.

The project

Title: Photography and the Sexual Revolution


photography, sexuality, visual culture, gender, masculinity, far-right, social media

Selected Bibliography

Series editor:

The Bloomsbury History of Modern Germany series. Together with Matt Fitzpatrick and Daniel Siemens.

The Ethics of Seeing: Photography and Twentieth-Century German History, with Paul Betts and Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (New York: Berghahn Books, 2018).

Queer Cities, Queer Cultures: Europe Since 1945, with Matt Cook (London, UK: Continuum, 2014).

Was ist Homosexualität? Forschungsgeschichte, gesellschaftliche Entwicklungen und Perspektiven, with Florian Mildenberger, Rüdiger Lautmann, Jakob Pastötter (Männerschwarm Verlag GmbH, 2014).

Life Among the Ruins. Cityscape and Sexuality in Cold War Berlin (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

"Sound, Listening, and the Queer Art of History" Rethinking History, Vol 22, Issue 1 (January 2018): 25-43.

“Why Queer German History?” special issue of German History, 34/3 (August 2016): 1-14.

Guest editor:

“Queering German History,” special issue of German History, 34/3 (August 2016).

“Seeing Subjectivity: Erotic Photography and the Optics of Desire.” American Historical Review vol. 118 no. 2 (2013): 430-462.

Published at 4 May 2018