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Carson Phillips
Research Fellow (04/2016 - 08/2016)

(Re)Ordering Constructions of Gender in Post-War Vienna 1945-2015


PhillipsBy locating, analysing, and putting forward concise models of gender constructs that emerged in Vienna in the aftermath of the Second World War, the project bridges two historical periods while demonstrating the continued effects of the Holocaust upon societal conceptualisations of gender. How new conceptualisations of gender emerged, how they were shaped by political, cultural and religious factors – past as well as present – and how they laid the foundation for contemporary expressions of gender is at the core of my project.


Carson Philipps takes as his point of departure the crisis of masculinity that engulfed German-speaking Europe at the end of the Second World War. How men re-conceptualised themselves and established their place in the newly emergent society of post-World War II Europe has been of increasing interest and importance to contemporary scholars. Drawing on the fields of Holocaust Studies, Gender Studies, Comparative Literature, and Cultural Studies, the work focuses on the intersection of German and Jewish studies, cultures and identities.


Carson Phillips holds a PhD in Humanities from York University in Toronto, Canada and is Managing Director of the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre. He served as a Canadian delegate to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance from 2009-2013 and continues to serve on the Funding Review Committee. He is the recipient of numerous scholarly awards including the 2013 BMW Canada Award for Excellence from the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies. His research interests focus on post-Holocaust conceptualisations of gender, Väterliteratur and cultural representations of the Holocaust in screen and visual culture.

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The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) is funded by:


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