This blog accompanies my research project “Homesick for Yesterday. A History of the Nostalgia” begun at the German Historical Institute London in 2014, which explores how nostalgia came to mean what it means today. As part of the project, I have organised the conferences Pop Nostalgia: The Uses of the Past in Popular Culture (together with Dion Georgiou) and Nostalgia—Historicising the Longing for the Past. I have also co-operated with Katrin Schreiter from King’s College London on “Things We Keep“, an exhibition of objects German immigrants to London have brought with them. It was on show at the GHIL from 10 September to 13 November. I’m a member of the International Media and Nostalgia Network (IMNN). Currently, I’m based at Freie Universität Berlin as a Research Fellow of the Max Weber Foundation.
I am a historian interested in the history of Western Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth century, urban history, the history of popular culture and the history and theory of history. Before joining the GHIL in August 2014, I was a member of the DFG/AHRC research project “West End and Friedrichstraße. Popular Musical Theatre in London and Berlin, 1890-1930”, hosted by Freie Universität Berlin and Goldsmiths, University of London. My thesis was published in 2014 as Inszenierte Moderne. Populäres Theater in Berlin und London, 1880-1930 (Munich: De Gruyter Oldenbourg). I have co-edited two books, Die Stadt der tausend Freuden. Vergnügungskultur um 1900 (with Anna Littmann and Johanna Niedbalski, Bielefeld: transcript 2011) and Popular Musical Theatre in London and Berlin, 1890-1939 (with Len Platt and David Linton, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2014). Though now mainly working on the second half of the twentieth century, I’m still interested in the history of popular culture and theatre. Together with Len Platt I’m writing a textbook on the history of popular in Europe since the eighteenth century for Routledge.