Main Focus

Emotion research

  • Insensibility. Unfeelingness. Desensitization.
  • Stoicism. Apathy.

Regions, topics, and approaches

  • Britain and the British Empire (c. 1600 to 1900). Anglo-/British-Chinese relations.
  • History of literature. History of art. Visual culture.
  • Portraiture. Biography and life-writing. Political iconography and rhetorics. Moral discourse. History of the public sphere.
  • Intellectual history and history of thought. History of knowledge.


Project Participation


Curriculum Vitae

  • PhD in Art and Visual History, Humboldt University Berlin, Department for Art and Image History / King's College London, English Department (binational collaborative degree/co-tutelle), January 2018
  • Assistant, Cultural Foundation of the German Länder (Kulturstiftung der Länder e.V.), Berlin, 2011-2014
  • MA in Art History, Freie Universität Berlin, 2011
  • Studied art history, classical archaeology, and German literature in Frankfurt, Berlin, and Cambridge
  • Additional degree: BA in China Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, 2017-2020

Awards

  • BOOST!-Programme, a measure in the area of talent management and equal opportunities by the Max Planck Society, 2019
  • PhD grant, German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes), 2014-2017

    Events

    • Politik (o)der Gefühle: Der Demokratie-Dialog (May to June 2019, 27 & 28. November 2019, MPIB)
    • (Un)Like. Life Writing and Portraiture, c. 1700 to the present (King's College London, 3 May 2019)
    • Capitalist Cold. Debating and Depicting Callousness in Europe and America, ca. 1840 to the present (6 to 7 December 2018, MPIB)

    Memberships
    German Association of Historians.
    Association of German Art Historians. Association for Art History/UK. British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS)/UK. German Studies Association/USA. Mensa Germany.
    Twitter:
    @kerstinmpahl 


    Selected Publications

    Books

    • Kerstin Maria Pahl and Julien Puget, eds., The Enlightened Citizen: Navigating Values, Rules, and Spaces in Eighteenth-Century Europe (Paris: Honoré Champion, forthcoming).
    • Ute Frevert, Michael Amico, Agnes Arndt, Juliane Brauer, Francesco Buscemi, Karsten Lichau, Hannah Malone, Caroline Moine, Philipp Nielsen, Kerstin Maria Pahl, Julia Wambach, Feeling Political. Emotions and Institutions since 1789 (London: Palgrave, forthcoming).


    Articles

    • (with Ute Frevert) "Introduction: Participatory Politics, Institutions, and Emotional Templates," Ute Frevert et al., Feeling Political. Emotions and Institutions since 1789 (London: Palgrave, forthcoming).
    • "Feeling Political through Pictures: Portrayals of US Presidents, 1796 to today," in Ute Frevert et al., Feeling Political. Emotions and Institutions since 1789 (London: Palgrave, forthcoming).
    • "Virtue is Our Daily Bread. The English Citizen's Taste," in Kerstin Maria Pahl and Julien Puget, eds., The Enlightened Citizen: Navigating Values, Rules, and Spaces in Eighteenth-Century Europe (Paris: Honoré Champion, forthcoming).
    • "Biography and Emotional Practice," in Hans Renders and David Veltman, eds., Fear of Theory. The Theoretical Backside of Biography (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).
    • "Be Brief(ed) in Your Morality. Jonathan Richardson and the Ethics of Abstracts, Essays and Characters in Early-Eighteenth-Century England," in Lothar van Laak and Kristin Eichhorn, eds., Moral Cultures (Hamburg: Meiner, forthcoming).
    • "Proclamations of Neutrality. Disinterest and Deliberation in Gilbert Stuart’s Portrait of George Washington ('The Lansdowne Portrait', 1796)," in Philipp Ekardt, Frank Fehrenbach, Cornelia Zumbusch, eds., Politische Emotionen in den Künsten / Political Emotions in the Arts (Berlin: De Gruyter 2021), 95-110.
    • "Morphings at Meta-Levels. Ovid, John Dryden and the Art of Likeness in Translation," in Karl E. Enenkel and J. L. de Jong, eds., Intersections: Re-Inventing Ovid’s Metamorphoses, 1300-1700 (Leiden: Brill, 2021), 423-442.
    • "The Language of Love's Lessening. Falling out of Love and Nineteenth-Century English Literature," Cultural and Social History 16 (2019), 1-16 [open access].
    • "Autographing the Self. Self-Portrayal Through Lettering in Eighteenth-Century England," Journal18:Self/Portrait #8 (Herbst 2019) [open access].
    • "Joint Adventures. Company and Companions in Seventeenth-Century English Travelling Culture," in Karl Enenkel and Jan L. de Jong, eds., Intersections: Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern Culture: Artes Apodemicae and Early Modern Travelling Culture (Leiden: Brill, 2019), 195-214 [abstract].
    • "An Intersectional Likeness. Godfrey Kneller’s Portrait of Michael Alphonsus Shen Fuzong ('The Chinese Convert', 1687)," Revue Histoire de l’Art 82:1 (2018: Special Issue: Asie-Occident), 97-108.
    • "Frontverläufe. Biographische Darstellungen John Miltons als politische Stellungnahmen im englischen 18. Jahrhundert," in Christoph Klein and Falko Schnicke, eds., Legitimationsmechanismen des Biographischen (Berlin: Peter Lang, 2016), 184-204 [review].
    • "Starke Schwäche. Zur Aktualität von Benjamin Wests 'Tod des General Wolfe', oder: Gedanken über die ästhetische Funktion des nicht-idealen Körpers im politischen Diskurs," in Martin Doll and Oliver Kohns, eds., Die zwei Körper der Nation. Ästhetische Figurationen des Politischen (München: Beck, 2016), 505-533.
    • (with Lukas Werner) "Variation als Aneignung: Affirmation und Demarkation in der Dürer-Biographik zwischen 1790 und 1840," in Beate Boeckem, B. Schellewald, and Olaf Peters, eds., Die Biographie – Mode und Universalie? (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015), 89-100.
    • "Milton als Modell und Medium. Schlaglichter eines Diskurses im englischen 18. Jahrhundert," in Sonja Georgi, Julia Ilgner, Isabell Lammel, Cathleen Sarti, and Christine Waldschmidt, eds., Geschichtstransformationen. Medien, Verfahren und Funktionalisierungen historischer Rezeption (Mainz: transcript, 2014), 343-366. [Review]
    • "Einheit und Variation: Die Töchter des Johann Julius von Vieth und Golßenau, um 1773," in Robert Eberhardt, ed., Anton Graff. Porträts eines Porträtisten (Berlin: Wolff, 2013), 50-53.
    • "The Poetics and Politics of Romney’s 'Milton and his Daughters' (1793)," in Transactions of the Romney Society 17 (2012), 20-29.
    Interviews, essays, blogposts

    Reviews

    • Mareice Kaiser, Das Unwohlsein der modernen Mutter (Hamburg: Rowohlt, 2021): "Ich habe Sex, ich habe Hunger, ich will alles verstehen", Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (17 August 2021).
    • Carel van Schaik and Kai Michel, Die Wahrheit über Eva. Die Erfindung der Ungleichheit von Männern und Frauen (Hamburg: Rowohlt, 2020): "Ein Gemisch aus Potenz und Aggression", Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (16 April 2021).
    • Regina Toepfer, Kinderlosigkeit. Ersehnte, verweigerte und bereute Elternschaft im Mittelalter (Stuttgart: Metzler, 2020): "Zuflucht beim gefährlichen Dritten", Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (21 November 2020).
    • Anna Machin, "Papa werden". Zur Entstehung des modernen Vaters. Zur Entstehung des modernen Vaters [The Life of Dad. The Making of a Modern Father] (Munich: Antje Kunstmann, 2020): "Im Kreißsaal wird mitgezittert", Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (3 March 2020).
    • John Ruskin, Grundlagen des Zeichnens, trans. by Helmut Moysich, with an afterword by Wolfgang Kemp (Mainz: Dieterich'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 2019): "Wie fein sich doch die Natur komponiert," Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (28 December 2019).
    • Nara B. Milanich, Paternity. The Elusive Quest for the Father (Cambridge, Mass. and London: Harvard University Press, 2019): "Wer soll als legitimer Erbe gelten?", Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (4 October 2019).
    • Kate Manne, Down Girl. Die Logik der Misogynie. Aus dem Englischen von Ulrike Bischoff (Berlin : Suhrkampf, 2019); Donna Zuckerberg, Not All Dead White Men. Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age (Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 2018): "Das Patriarchat als Allerweltsformel," Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (4 June 2019).
    • Eva Illouz, Warum Liebe endet. Eine Soziologie negativer Beziehungen. Aus dem Englischen von Michael Adrian (Berlin: Suhrkamp, Berlin 2018): "Keine Dating-App ist auch keine Lösung," Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (2 Jan 2019).

    In preparation

    Books and special issues

    • Author: Life Writing and the Portrait in England, c. 1680 to 1750.
    • Co-editor, with Agnes Arndt: Capitalist Cold. Criticizing Capitalism in Europe, c. 1840 to the Present (provisional title).
    • Co-editor, with Nadja Gernalzick: "(Un)Like. Life Writing and Portraiture", European Journal of Life Writing (planned for 2022).


    Articles

    • "Perfect Insensibility. Indifference, Stupidity, Indolence, and Other Kinds of 'Want of Feeling' in British Moral Sense Theory," Sensibilités 11: Insensibilités (2022).
    • "The Opposite of Sympathy. 'Insensibility' in Eighteenth-Century English Thought".
    • "'Political Apathy' and 'Political Quietism': Origins of a Topical Concern".

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