Main Focus

  • History and culture of Western and transatlantic Europe, esp. the Anglophone world 
  • Culture of the Enlightenment. Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies.
  • History of the public. Political rhetoric. Political iconography
  • History of emotions. History of insensibility
  • History of knowledge. Intellectual History. History of literature and visual culture
  • Life writing studies.


Project Participation


Curriculum Vitae

  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, since May 2018
  • 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, Grants, Visiting Scholar Programs

  • Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University, Visiting Scholars Programme, March to May 2023
  • Sign UP! for Leadership 2022: Careerbuilding Programme for Excellent Female Postdocs in the Max Planck Society
  • Fudan-Universität Shanghai, Fudan Fellow Programme, March to May 2020 – pending due to the pandemic
  • 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
  • Others grants: German Academic Exchange Service (2010, 2018). British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2018). King's College London (2019).

    Affiliations, Offices, Memberships

    • Die Junge Akademie at Berlin-Brandenburg Akademy of Science and Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, member
    • Université du Québec à Montréal, Groupe de recherche en histoire des sociabilités, associated researcher
    • Forum Art History of Britain and Ireland (FAHBI), social media officer
    • 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

    • Ute Frevert, Kerstin Maria Pahl, Francesco Buscemi, Philipp Nielsen, Agnes Arndt, Michael Amico, Karsten Lichau, Hannah Malone, Julia Wambach, Juliane Brauer, Caroline Moine. Feeling Political. Emotions and Institutions since 1789. London: Palgrave, 2022 [open access].
    • Kerstin Maria Pahl, Biography and its Portraits in England, c. 1680 to 1750. Contracted with Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, forthcoming in 2022/23.
    • Kerstin Maria Pahl and Julien Puget, eds. Citizens of the Enlightenment: Navigating Values, Rules, and Spaces. Paris: Honoré Champion, forthcoming.
    • Agnes Arndt und Kerstin Maria Pahl, eds., Capitalist Cold. Callousness and othe Economic Emotions in Europe and the US, 1840 to today (New York: Routledge, forthcoming in 2023).

    Articles

    • "Political Iconography and the History of Emotions," in Kritische Berichte 3 (2022): 8-16 (forthcoming).
    • "Perfect Insensibility. Indifference, Stupidity, Indolence, and Other Kinds of 'Want of Feeling' in British Moral Sense Theory," Sensibilités 11: "Insensibilités" (2022) (forthcoming, in French).
    • "Virtue is Our Daily Bread. The English Citizen's Taste," in Kerstin Maria Pahl and Julien Puget, eds. Citizens of the Enlightenment: Navigating Values, Rules, and Spaces in Eighteenth-Century Europe. Paris: Honoré Champion, forthcoming.
    • (with Ute Frevert) "Introduction: Participatory Politics, Institutions, and Emotional Templates," Ute Frevert, Kerstin Maria Pahl, et al. Feeling Political. Emotions and Institutions since 1789. London: Palgrave, 2022: 1-26 [open access].
    • "Feeling Political through Pictures: Portrayals of US Presidents, 1796 to today," in Ute Frevert, Kerstin Maria Pahl, et al. Feeling Political. Emotions and Institutions since 1789. London: Palgrave, 2022: 121-158 [open access].
    • "Biography and Emotional Practice," in Hans Renders and David Veltman, eds. Fear of Theory. The Theoretical Backside of Biography. Leiden: Brill, 2021: 55-71.
    • "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, 2021: 492-504.
    • "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, no. 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, blog posts

    Reviews

    Academic

    • Bettina Brandt and Britta Hochkirchen, eds., Reinhart Koselleck und das Bild. Bielefeld: Bielefeld University Press, 2021: "The Historian and his Images", Contributions to the History of Concepts 17, no. 1 (2022): 140-145.
    • Léa Kuhn, Gemalte Kunstgeschichte. Bildgenealogien um 1800. Paderborn: Fink, 2020, ArtHist.net (4 March 2021).
    • Vera Fasshauer, Wahre Charakter, gute Karikaturen, schöne Ungeheuer. Zur Poetik des Hässlichen im 18. Jahrhundert. Heidelberg: Winter, 2016, Das Achtzehnte Jahrhundert 44, no. 1 (2022): 143-145.

    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

    • Lea Ypi, Frei. Erwachsenwerden am Ende der Geschichte [Free. Coming of Age at the End of History]. Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2021: "Die ersehnte Freiheit ist zwiespältig" (23 July 2022).
    • Mareice Kaiser, Das Unwohlsein der modernen Mutter. Hamburg: Rowohlt, 2021: "Ich habe Sex, ich habe Hunger, ich will alles verstehen" (17 Aug 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" (16 April 2021).
    • Regina Toepfer, Kinderlosigkeit. Ersehnte, verweigerte und bereute Elternschaft im Mittelalter. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2020: "Zuflucht beim gefährlichen Dritten" (21 Nov 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" (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" (28 Dec 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?" (4 Oct 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" (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" (2 Jan 2019).

    In preparation

    Books and special issues

    • (with Agnes Arndt), eds. Capitalist Cold (under negotiation with Routledge, planned for 2023).
    • (with Nadja Gernalzick), eds. "(Un)Like. Life Writing and Portraiture", European Journal of Life Writing (planned for 2022).
    • (with Paul Franke) eds. What's it Worth? Expertise and Emotions in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century (planned for 2023).
    • Stephen Cummins, Kerstin Maria Pahl, Helen Ahner, Michael Amico, Max Jack, Karsten Lichau, Soňa Mikulová, Nagehan Togdokan, Mika Toyota, Julia Wambach. Feeling the Difference (planned for 2024).

    Articles and Special Issues

    • "The Opposite of Sympathy. 'Insensibility' in Eighteenth-Century English Thought".
    • "'Political Apathy' and 'Political Quietism': Origins of a Topical Concern".

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