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Wulf Kansteiner

Professor with Special Responsibilities

Professional Service

Co-Founder and Co-Editor (since 2006, with Andrew Hoskins (editor-in-chief, Glasgow, UK; John Sutton and Catherine Stevens, Sydney, Australia) of the interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed Sage journal Memory Studies (http://mss.sagepub.com/). In the 2011 Thomson Reuters Citation Report, the journal received the impact factor of 1.070 which placed Memory Studies third in cultural studies (out of 35 journals) and third in history (out of 56 journals). In the current 2013 report Memory Studies ranks 6 of 38 and 8 of 72 respectively.

Member of the Editorial Board of the book series “Media and Cultural Memory” (de Gruyter, Berlin, Germany, since 2012). 

Member of the Advisory Board of the International Network for Theory of History (INTH, Gent, Belgium, since 2012)

Member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Theoretical and Philosophical Studies in History (University of Oulu, Finland, since 2014)

Point Person and Lead Investigator of four international and interdisciplinary research and conference projects:

History Unlimited: Probing the Ethics of Holocaust Culture 2010-2016

Conceptualized and organized together with Claudio Fogu (UCSB) and Todd Presner (UCLA); involving architects, art historians, film makers, historians, novelists, literary scholars, and genocide studies and digital culture experts; funded by UCLA, UCHR Irvine, and the “1939 Club” with a budget of ca. $ 45,000.

Den Holocaust erzählen? Historiographie zwischen wissenschaftlicher Emperie und narrativer Kreativität  [Narrating the Holocaust? Empirical Research and Literary Creativity in Professional Historical Writing], 2009-2013

Organized together with Norbert Frei (Jena); involving historians, narratologists, historical theorists, and social psychologists; funded by Jena Center 20th Century History and Binghamton University with a budget of ca. € 22,000.

Historical Representation and Historical Truth 2006-2009

Organized together with Christoph Classen (ZZF Potsdam); involving historians, media scholars, and comparative literature experts from Europe and the US; funded by ZZF Potsdam and Binghamton University with a budget of ca. $ 21,000.

The Politics of Memory in Postwar Europe 2000-2006

Conceptualized and organized together with Claudio Fogu and Ned Lebow (at the time both Ohio State University); involving historians, political scientists, anthropologists, and literary scholars from Europe and the US; funded by the Mershon Center at OSU, Binghamton University, the German American Academic Council and the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation with a budget of $ 60,000+.


Manuscript Reviewer for: Blackwell, Cambridge UP, Duke UP, Nebraska UP,
PalgraveMacmillan, SUNY UP, Routledge, Rutgers UP and the journals Central
European History, Clio, European Journal of International Relations, German
History, German Studies Review, History Compass, History and Memory, Journal of
Women’s History, Memory Studies, Rethinking History, and View. 


Moderator, Commentator, Discussant and panel organizer for venues of the American
Historical Association, American Political Science Association, European Social
Science History Association, the German Studies Association, and other
conference events. 


External Evaluator for SSRC, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD),
German Research Council (DFG), the Council for the Humanities of the Netherland’s Organization for
Scientific Research (NWO), Österreichischer Wissenschaftsfond (FWF), Thyssen
Foundation, Oklahoma State University and Wayne State University
(tenure process).


Author/Consultant/Interview Partner for publications/productions of: BBC, Bayrischer
Rundfunk (BR), Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandradio, Deutsche Welle,
Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR), Nextbook, Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF),
Russia Journal, TVO (Toronto), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Süddeutsche
Zeitung, and Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF).