Dr Sebastian Gehrig

Sebastian Gehrig works on contemporary German and European history. He has completed a book manuscript that explores the politics of law and sovereignty in divided Germany between 1945 and 1989. Sebastian is currently completing a book manuscript on alternative intellectual visions for post-war Germany from 1945-1989, which were meant to transcend Cold War division. He has also begun work on the history of treason in modern German history.

He is interested in questions of national identity, Sino-German relations during the Cold War, the history of student movements in Europe, and European left-wing terrorism and radical left-wing subcultures of the 1970s. His teaching covers modern and contemporary European and German History from 1815 to the present. He is an Associate Member of the Karl-Jaspers-Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies at the University of Heidelberg.

Current projects:

Sebastian currently investigates the role of the United Nations (UN) within post-war German politics funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Grant ‘Divided Germany’s Legal Cold War and the United Nations, 1945-73’. 

  • Sympathising Subcultures? The Milieus of West German Terrorism

  • (Re-)Configuring Mao: Trajectories of a Culturo-Political Trend in West Germany

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