Dr. Torsten KathkeLecturer / wiss. Mitarbeiter, Abteilung Schäfer
My dissertation dealt with the Gadsden Purchase region in the US Southwest, in the southern parts of today’s Arizona and New Mexico during the roughly half-century from its purchase by the United States until the onset of World War I. The resulting book, Wires That Bind: Nation, Region, and Technology in the Southwestern United States, 1854–1920 was published in July 2017.
My current research project (Habilitation) focuses on popular books about the state of society (“Zeitdiagnosen” or “Gegenwartsdiagnosen”) in the United States and Germany during the 1970s and 1980s; a time during which non-fiction books were an important but so far often neglected part of popular culture and academic, political, and – more broadly – public discourse.
Dr. Torsten Kathke
Upcoming office hours::
Only via phone and by appointment (see below).
Please note: there will be no office hours in Mainz during the semester break in summer 2019 as Dr. Kathke will be a guest professor at York University during this time. Appointments by phone/Skype are available by request.
- Podcast: #KönigVonDeutschland – “Aus der Geschichte lernen” (iTunes / Soundcloud)
- Interview: Mediendienst Integration – “Vieles wird uns im Rückblick absurd erscheinen”
- Radio: Deutschlandfunk Nova – Hörsaal, “Damals war Zukunft”
- Book: Wires That Bind: Nation, Region, and Technology in the Southwestern United States, 1854–1920
- Research Blog: “Thus, History!”
- Personal Homepage (with publications and CV)