Dr Leif Jerram
Tel: 0161 275 3112
My research is about modern European cities -
particularly, why they're built the way they are, and how their
buildings shape our lives once they've been constructed. This means that
my work focuses on what it means to live in a metropolis, on how space
directs change and continuity over time, and what we might mean by
'modernity'. I try to bridge some of the gaps and resolve the
contradictions between 'cultural' history and some of the more 'empirical'
traditions historians work with. My particular focus is on cities in
Germany in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, but my
interests spread to wider Europe.
Streetlife: Cities and the Making of Twentieth Century Europe (OUP, will
be published in Summer, 2007. The chapters are: Politics; Sex and
Sexuality; Women; Planning; Alienation; Culture.
Making Germans Modern: Cities, Spaces and Politics in Germany,
1895-1930. This project is based on my PhD manuscript, and is currently in
'Kitchen Sink Dramas: Women, Modernity and Urban Design in Weimar
Germany.' Forthcoming (Jan 2006) in Cultural Geographies. This article
argues that Modernist architects and planners were not as liberal or
progressive as they have been portrayed. Furthermore, it elaborates a
model of space as a historical category of analysis, showing how it could
be used as a coercive factor in manipulating social behaviour. Copy of
this article can be provided on request.
Work in Progress: Short Works
'Rootlessness, the Splintered City and the Mass: Urban Space and
Cultural Criticism in Munich, 1900-1930.' This article argues that the two
competing models of metropolitan modernity deployed by historians can be
reconciled by focusing on certain practitioners in planning, and the
arguments they deployed in early twentieth-century Germany.
'Bureaucratic Passions and the Colonies of Modernity: City, Periphery and
Rural Other in a Modernising Society'. This article discusses the ways
early twentieth-century planners struggled to define, use and manage the
peripheries of cities in the period of the elaboration of planning
discourse, and in doing so, defines the meanings of a non-urban 'other'.