Patrick Bernhard er ny førsteamanuensis i moderne europeisk historie
Patrick Bernhard er tysk og har jobbet i Tyskland, Italia og Irland. Han har et spesielt forskningsfokus på transnasjonal historie i Europa på 1900-tallet, og han skal blant annet undervise i det nye masterprogrammet MITRA.
Patrick Bernhard (Foto: privat)
Patrick Bernhard presenterer seg på engelsk:
Born and raised in Southern Germany, I studied history and philosophy in Munich where I earned my PhD degree in 2005 with a study on the Sixties, the Cold War, and pacifism in West Germany.
I subsequently moved to Italy where I lived first in Trento and then in Rome. During my time in Italy, I worked on two topics that like few others have linked Germany and Italy: food and fascism. While the pizza became a common staple in Germany in the 1960s, the Axis alliance between the two countries was, despite all the resentments that Germans and Italians nourished against each other, a strong bond between the main two fascist regimes that included cooperative activities as much as learning and cross-cultural fertilization. In particular, I explored the various ways of social engineering in which Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy tried to create new racist societies both at home and in their newly conquered territories.
After briefly returning to Germany where I lived in Berlin and Freiburg, I moved to Ireland to teach modern European history both at Trinity College and University College Dublin. Before coming to UiO, I worked at the Centre for Contemporary History in Potsdam on a project that dealt with tuberculosis as a major health threat of the 20th century.
I have a strong passion for 20th century transnational history in Europe. The perspectives and methods of entangled history have very much informed my teaching and research since I started my academic career in Germany, and it is this approach that frames and links my various research interests, ranging from European fascism to colonialism, from World War II and genocide to consumerism and Cold War cultures.
My future work will focus on two topics: a cultural history of violence in North Africa during the 20th century, tentatively titled ‘In the Shadow of El Alamein: War Violence during the North African Campaign’, and a short history of Italian cuisine and its worldwide spread, ‘A Tale of Modernity: The Global Success of Italian Cuisine in Western Societies’. As for teaching, I am happy to be able to complement the Department’s strength in international and transnational history. Among others, I will lecture and tutor within the MA program ‘Modern International and Transnational History’ (MITRA).