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Prof. Dr. Lutz Raphael

Modern and Contemporary History, University of Trier

Prof. Dr. Lutz Raphael

Prof. Dr. Lutz Raphael

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Lutz Raphael is a historian whose work and insights into the sociology of scientific knowledge has significantly altered perspectives on the contemporary history of Europe and its various interpretations. Since the earliest phases of his research, Raphael has taken a European view of history as opposed to a national view. His collaboration with the French school of history for the journal "Annàles" and his utilisation of the philosophical, sociological, and anthropological methods of his teacher Pierre Bourdieu have been particularly fruitful. Raphael developed these methods further with his own studies dedicated to the concept of "longue durée". Initially working from a micro-historical perspective, Raphael's more recent studies increasingly reflect a transnational and global historical approach. His analyses of modern expert culture, particularly those of historians and sociologists, have also been influential outside of Germany. Finally, as a historiographer, Raphael has also become a recognised expert in modern historiography, most recently with his monograph "Geschichtswissenschaft im Zeitalter der Extreme". He is one of the leading representatives of a new generation of historians who are driving forward a critical and methodical self-reflection of their field.

Born in 1955, Lutz Raphael studied history in Münster and Paris. After earning his doctorate in Münster, he was an assistant in Darmstadt. In 1996 he assumed his current professorship for modern and contemporary history in Trier, frequently acting as a visiting professor in Paris. Raphael has been or remains a member and occasional spokesperson for two historical DFG Collaborative Research Centres as well as a fellow at respected humanities centres in Germany and abroad. As a member in the German Council of Science and Humanities and numerous commissions, including the working group for Modern Social History and the Historical Commission of the Bavarian Academies of Sciences and Humanities, Raphael is committed to critical self-examination and rejuvenation of academic discourse.