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By the initiative of the Arbeitskreis für Körpergeschichte (a History of the Body study group), Body Politics is edited by: Hannah Ahlheim (Potsdam), Peter-Paul Bänziger (Basel), Magdalena Beljan (Berlin), Pascal Eitler (Berlin), Jens Elberfeld (Bochum), Andrej Findor (Bratislava), Christian Fritz-Hoffmann (Oldenburg), Alexa Geisthövel (Berlin), Henriette Gunkel (London), Christiane König (Köln), Patrice Ladwig (Halle), Nina Mackert (Erfurt), Maren Möhring (Leipzig), Marcus Otto (Braunschweig), Massimo Perinelli (Cologne), Joseph Ben Prestel (Berlin), Katja Sabisch (Bochum), Monique Scheer (Tübingen), Florian Schleking (Cologne), Imke Schmincke (Munich), Olaf Stieglitz (Cologne), Heiko Stoff (Hannover) and Magaly Tornay (Zürich).

Scientific advisory board

The editors are supported by the following members of the scientific advisory board: Thomas Alkemeyer (Oldenburg), Ulrike Bergermann (Braunschweig), Gabriele Dietze (Berlin), Franz X. Eder (Vienna), Ute Frevert (Berlin), Christa Hämmerle (Vienna), Heinz-Gerhard Haupt (Bielefeld), Dagmar Herzog (New York), Klaus Hödl (Graz), Sabine Kienitz (Hamburg), Gesa Lindemann (Oldenburg), Thomas Lindenberger (Potsdam), Sabine Maasen (Munich), Jürgen Martschukat (Erfurt), Georg Mein (Luxembourg), Rolf Parr (Duisburg-Essen), Nicolas Pethes (Bochum), Sven Reichardt (Constance), Philipp Sarasin (Zurich), Detlef Siegfried (Copenhagen), Jakob Tanner (Zurich), Jakob Vogel (Paris), Paula-Irene Villa (Munich) and Anne Waldschmidt (Cologne).

Our focus

Body Politics’ thematic focus is on the history of the body from the 18th to the 21st century. The current main focus is on Western Europe and North America in the period between 1850 and 2000. An expansion of this regional scope, however, is welcome and intended. We regard the body as a multi-dimensional object of research and as the result of historical transformations: as an effect of social practices, an object of the imagination and of representation, in its discursivity, materiality, and productivity. The body was and is a medium of subjectification as well as the locus of efforts at social hierarchization and, not least, of political conflicts. It is in this comprehensive sense that the title of the journal must be understood: Body Politics.

The history of the body not only changes our view of people, their bodies, and history, it also affects our perceptions of animals and material objects and their purportedly fundamental differentness.

Accordingly, this journal is open to a wide range of research questions and diverse approaches. It presents not only articles from the field of history, but also historical approaches in neighboring fields of literary and media studies as well as cultural and social sciences.

Your submission

Body Politics welcomes submissions, and we would especially like to encourage younger colleagues to submit articles to our journal. If you are interested, please send us your draft or article by e-mail for review in doc or pdf format. Please also consult our pages concerning announcements, peer-review process, copyright issues and layout. Click here for more information …

Body Politics is published as an online journal two times a year, and in special cases three times per year. All issues focus on specific topics, and the journal collects theoretical and empirical contributions on the topic in two rubrics („perspectives“ and „analysis“). Each issue, however, may offer space for articles beyond the main topic („open section“). Body Politics publishes articles in German or English.

Peer review

All contributions to the journal have gone through a double-blind peer review process. Click here for more information …

Open access

The journal is published free of charge and in open access format. All articles are subject to the Creative-Commons-License CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Germany). The copyright of all articles remains with the authors; articles can, in accordance with the license and for non-commercial purposes, be duplicated and be made accessible in any media format. This applies only when correct and full references (including the first publication in Body Politics) are given; no editorial alterations are permitted. Click here to view the license …


The German Research Foundation (DFG) financially supported Body Politics by a three-year start-up funding.