Institute of Historical and Cultural Anthropology

Prof. Dr. Monique Scheer

Contact
+49(0)7071/29-72373
monique.scheerspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

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Research interests

In her teaching and research, Monique Scheer brings perspectives from the history and anthropology of emotions together with issues around belief and conviction, religious and secular, and how they play out in social settings characterized by cultural and religious pluralism. Her five-year collaborative project with Prof. Pamela Klassen (University of Toronto) on Religion and Public Memory in Multicultural Societies, funded by Klassen’s Anneliese Maier Research Prize (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) also addresses the importance of public rituals and sites of memory (see The Public Work of Christmas, 2019). Scheer’s approach to the study of emotion is grounded in practice theory (see her article in History and Theory, 2012) and combines historical and ethnographic methods (see her forthcoming monograph, Enthusiasm: Feeling Conviction in Modern Germany). She has also contributed to research on the centrality of bodily comportment and emotional practices for secular subjects (see Secular Bodies, Affects, and Emotions, 2019). She has published widely on popular religious practices in modern Germany, for which she was recognized by the Walter de Gruyter prize from the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in 2011. These topics include: the shifting meanings of black madonnas from the 17th to 20th centuries (see article in the American Historical Review 2002), Marian apparition cults in Cold War Germany (Rosenkranz und Kriegsvisionen, 2006, as well as numerous book chapters in English), and the emotional practices of Protestant worship. These topics intersect with her interest in the history of knowledge production and circulation, particularly regarding constructions of race and ethnicity in the cultural sciences in Europe (Doing Anthropology in Wartime and War Zones, 2010).

Biography

Education
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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Publications

Recent Publications

The Public Work of Christmas: Difference and Belonging in Multicultural Societies (edited with Pamela E. Klassen). Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019.

The Difference That Christmas Makes: Thoughts on Christian Affordances in Multicultural Societies (with Pamela E. Klassen), in: Pamela E. Klassen and Monique Scheer (eds.): The Public Work of Christmas. Difference and Belonging in Multicultural Societies (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019), pp. 3-16.
Tense Holidays: Approaching Christmas through Conflict, in: Pamela E. Klassen and Monique Scheer (eds.): The Public Work of Christmas. Difference and Belonging in Multicultural Societies (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019), pp. 17-35.
Secular Embodiments: Mapping an Emergent Field (with Birgitte Schepelern Johansen and Nadia Fadil), in: Secular Bodies, Affects and Emotions - European Configurations (edited with Nadia Fadil and Birgitte Schepelern Johansen). London: Bloomsbury, 2019, pp. 1-14.
Secular Bodies, Affects and Emotions - European Configurations (edited with Nadia Fadil and Birgitte Schepelern Johansen). London: Bloomsbury, 2019.
Emotions as a Kind of Practice. Six Case Studies Utilizing Monique Scheer’s Practice-Based Approach to Emotions in History (mit Kate Davison et al.), in: Cultural History 7/2 (2018): 226–238.
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.
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Courses this semester

Academic Activities, University Service