Main Focus

  • Music Making as an Emotional Practice, especially: Music Education and Singing in divided Germany
  • Music and Torture in Concentration Camps
  • Emotion and learning about History
  • Culture and Practices of Remembrance; popular History Culture
  • Music and songs as historical sources in history lessons 


  • Yearning for future. Youth, Music and Education of emotions (project finished)

Curriculum Vitae

  • since 2021 Professor for History and its Didactic at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal
  • Stavenhagen Guest Professorship at the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History, Jerusalem, in 2019  (
  • Temporary professorship History and Didactic, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, 2018/2019; and in History and Didactic University of Erfurt 2012
  • Dr. phil. habil., Technische Universität Dresden, 2019
  • Dr. phil., Freie Universität Berlin, 2007
  • M.A. History and Musicology, 2001, Humboldt Universität Berlin

Selected Publications

  • Brauer, J., ‚Stille Nacht‘ Time and Again: Christmas Songs and Christmas Feelings, in: Pamela Classen, Monique Scheer (ed.), The Public Work of Christmas: Difference &Belonging in Multicultural Societies, McGill-Queen’s University Press 2019, S. 60-87.
  • Brauer, J., Music, body and emotion between well-being, manipulation and torture in the twentieth century, in: Penelope Gouk (ed., The Routledge Companion to Music, Mind and Well-being: Historical and Scientific Perspectives, Routledge 2019, 149-162.
  • Brauer, J., How Can Music Be Torturous? Music in Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camps, in: Music & Politics, Volume X, Issue 1, Summer 2016, DOI:
  • Brauer, J., Disciplining Young People's Emotions in the Soviet Occupation Zone and the Early German Democratic Republic, in: Stephanie Olsen (Hg.), Childhood, Youth and Emotions in Modern History. National, Colonial and Global Perspectives, New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2015, S. 178-197.
  • Brauer, J., Empathy as an emotional practice in historical pedagogy, in: Miscellanea Anthropologica et Sociologica 2016, 17 (4): 27-44:
  • Brauer, J. (2012). Clashes of Emotions: Punk Music, Youth Subculture, and Authority in the GDR. Social Justice. A Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order 38/ 4: 53-70.
  • Brauer, J., zus. mit Assmann, A. (2011). Bilder, Gefühle, Erwartungen. Über die emotionale Dimension von Gedenkstätten und den Umgang von Jugendlichen mit dem Holocaust. Geschichte und Gesellschaft, 37, 1: 72-103.


  • "Lehrlöwe 2018". Teaching Award, Universität Wuppertal
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