Institute of Historical and Cultural Anthropology

Prof. Dr. Monique Scheer


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Research interests

For many years, my research has focused heavily on popular religious practices in modern Germany from an historical and ethnographic perspective, for which I was recognized by the Walter de Gruyter prize from the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in 2011. I have written on the shifting meanings of black madonnas from the 17th to 20th centuries (see article in the American Historical Review 2002), on Marian apparition cults in postwar Germany (Rosenkranz und Kriegsvisionen, 2006), and the emotional practices of Protestant worship in Wilhelmine and present-day Germany (several current articles and English-language book in preparation). These topics intersect with further research interests in the history of knowledge production and circulation, particularly regarding constructions of race and ethnicity in the cultural sciences in Europe (edited volume with Reinhard Johler and Christian Marchetti, Doing Anthropology in Wartime and War Zones, 2010). My most recent emphasis has been on the anthropology and history of emotions, which I have sought to integrate into a theory of practice, bringing not only ‘culture’, but also the encultured, socialized body into the analysis of emotional practices (see my article in History and Theory, 2012). Currently, I am integrating these perspectives in a collaborative project with Prof. Pamela Klassen (University of Toronto) on Religion and Public Memory in Multicultural Societies, funded by her Anneliese Maier Research Prize (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation).


B.A., Stanford University, History, 1989
M.A., University of Tübingen, 2000
Dr. rer. soc., University of Tübingen, 2006
Academic positions
2002 - 2007 Research fellow (doctoral and postdoc), Collaborative Research Center (SFB 437) on War Experience, University of Tübingen
2008 - 2011 Research fellow at the Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
2011 - 2014 Assistant Professor, University of Tübingen, Dept of Hist. and Cult. Anthropology
2014 - Professor, University of Tübingen, Dept of Hist. and Cult. Anthropology

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Recent Publications

Secular Bodies, Affects and Emotions - European Configurations (edited with Nadia Fadil and Birgitte Schepelern Johansen). London: Bloomsbury, 2019.
Feeling Differently: Approaches and Their Politics (with Benno Gammerl and Jan S. Hutta). In: Emotion, Space and Society 25 (2017), pp. 87-94.
Making Experiences in the Digital Era. In: Cultural Analysis 15/1 (2016), pp. 178-182.
German ‘Shouting Methodists’: Religious Emotion as a Transatlantic Cultural Practice, in: Claire McLisky/Daniel Midena/Karen Vallgårda (eds.): Emotions and Christian Missions: Historical Perspectives (Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp. 45-72.
Comment for ‘An Author Meets her Critics’ Around Birgit Meyer’s ‘Mediation and the Genesis of Presence: Toward a Material Approach to Religion’. In: Religion and Society 5 (2014), pp. 243-250.
Special Issue: Feeling and Faith—Religious Emotions in German History (edited with Pascal Eitler and Bettina Hitzer). In: Germany History, Vol. 32, Issue 3 (September 2014).
(with Bettina Hitzer) Unholy Feelings. Questioning Evangelical Emotions in Wilhelmine Germany. German History 32,3 (2014), pp. 371-392.
Topographies of Emotion. In: Ute Frevert et al., Emotional Lexicons. Continuity and Change in the Vocabulary of Feeling 1700-2000. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp.32-61.
What She Looks Like. On the Recognition and Iconization of the Virgin Mary at Apparition Sites in the Twentieth Century. In: Material Religion 9,4 (2013), pp. 442-467.
Feeling Faith: The Cultural Practice of Religious Emotions in Nineteenth-Century German Methodism. In: Monique Scheer et al. (eds.): Out of the Tower. Essays on Culture and Everyday Life. Tübingen: TVV, 2013, pp. 217-247.
Are Emotions a Kind of Practice (and Is That What Makes Them Have a History)? A Bourdieuan Approach to Understanding Emotion. History and Theory 51, no. 2 (May 2012), S. 193-220.
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