Philipp Schultheiss

Visit Dates: 2018-19

University of Marburg, Germany

Research Interests
  • Transitional Justice
  • GDR/Germany after 1990
  • Communism
  • Conflict Studies

Philipp Schultheiss, a visiting researcher at the Institute on a DAAD scholarship, is a doctoral candidate, research fellow, and lecturer in the Center for Conflict Studies at the University of Marburg. Schultheiss completed his undergraduate studies at Istanbul University and the University of Tübingen. At Marburg, he is working on a research team led by Prof. Susanne Buckley-Zistel focused on the transitional justice process in Germany after 1990. He is also a concurrent fellow of the German Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany. Schultheiss's dissertation investigates how former members of the Nationale Volksarmee (NVA) were portrayed in public during the process of coming to terms with the GDR past and how NVA members now perceive themselves in response to these ascribed roles. Part of his project involves extensive interviews with professional soldiers of the NVA in eastern Germany. While visiting Notre Dame, he analyzed empirical data, brought it into conversation with a range of transitional justice theories, and completed the central chapter of his dissertation. 

Visiting Scholar for the 2018-2019 academic year. 

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