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Vera Kallenberg

Postdoctoral Scholar

Vera Kallenberg received her doctorate at TU Darmstadt and EHESS Paris within a binational German-French framework (Cotutelle) with a PhD thesis in history about Jews before the Frankfurt Penal Court 1780-1814 (with distinction/ “summa cum laude”).

Her research is situated at the intersection of modern history, gender studies, and Jewish studies. She is interested in both praxeological perspectives (especially cultural, everyday and micro history), and the history of knowledge and critical thought. Her upcoming book based on her thesis explores systematically, and praxeologically by way of qualitative analysis, the treatment of Jews by and their agency within Christian authoritarian criminal jurisdiction at the turn of the 19th century. In her new research project, Vera focuses especially on the interrelation between experience and knowledge production in 20th century historiography and critical thinking.

Vera worked and researched at the Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt am Main, the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, and the Center Marc Bloch in Berlin, and taught at TU Darmstadt and Humboldt University Berlin. She has been awarded fellowships and grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German National Academic Foundation, the Leo Baeck Institute in London, the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah, and the Franco-German University (DFH/UFA). 

In 2017 she joined as research collaborator the critical edition project of the collected works of Hannah Arendt at Free University Berlin (research collaboration with Vanderbilt University), to be published as a bilingual digital and print edition with Wallstein Papers. She is currently pursuing her work on Hannah Arendt’s ‘Origins of Totalitarianism’/ ‘Elemente und Ursprünge totaler Herrschaft’ (responsible for Volume 1 about anti-Semitism) at Vanderbilt.