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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 focus, however, is welcome and intended.

Peer review

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

Form of publication

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.

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 …

Submit an article

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 …


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), Imke Schmincke (Munich), Olaf Stieglitz (Cologne), Heiko Stoff (Hannover) and Magaly Tornay (Zürich). The managing editors are currently: Jens Elberfeld, Imke Schmincke and Olaf Stieglitz.

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).


For her critical advice concerning the conception of an online journal the editors would like to thank Ursula Flitner, head of the Library and Research Information Unit at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Berlin).


Thanks to the help of Jürgen Martschukat (Erfurt), Body Politics is published in cooperation with the University and Research Library Erfurt/Gotha. Within this framework, it is simultaneously published in the Digital Library of Thuringia (Digitale Bibliothek Thüringen).


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