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Prof. Dr. Jens Ivo Engels

Modern and Contemporary History



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Residenzschloss 1
64283 Darmstadt

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We offer courses on the three periods of Modern European History:

  • Early modern history (16th to 18th century)
  • Modern history (19th to early 20th century) and
  • Contemporary history (20th century).

Current courses in summer term 2020:

Lecture: History of the Third Reich

Mondays, 09.50 – 11.30, S101/A03, Start: 20.04.2020

Seminar: Historical Infrastructure Research

Tuesdays, 09.50 – 11.30, S422/5, Start: 21.04.2020

Advanced Seminar: Modern and Contemporary History/History of Technology

Tuesdays, 16.15 – 17.55, S422/2, Start: 21.04.2020

Advanced Seminar: KRITIS

Fridays, 08.00 – 18.00, S422/2, Start: 24.04.2020

The dates for the examination SUPERVISED READING will be announced at a later date.

Please download HERE (will follow) the registration form for the exam. Please note that this form is only a form for our section. The official registration for exams must still be reported to your Office for Student Affairs or via TUCaN.

The deadline for submitting the form will be announced later.

Please hand in the form at the section office, Giuseppina Amenta, Room S4 23/306.

Please find here the literature for the exam “supervised reading” (PDF) (opens in new tab)

Jens Ivo Engels is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the Technical University of Darmstadt since April 2008 (cf CV). He is also managing (non-editorial) editor of the journal “Neue Politische Literatur”.

His research interests include the history of political corruption, technical infrastructures, the environment, and political and social movements.

Since October 2016 Jens Ivo Engels has been the spokesperson of the Research Training Group “KRITIS” (Critical Infrastructures: Construction, Functional Crises and Protection in Cities".

For more information please visit www.kritis.tu-darmstadt.de

1991 – 1995 Studies of Modern and Contemporary History, Eastern European History and Public Law at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg

1993/94 Study visit to the Université Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux III

1994 Maîtrise d'histoire moderne in Bordeaux

1995 Master's examination in Freiburg

1998 PhD with Erich Pelzer in Freiburg

1998 Researcher-lecturer at Chair of Economic and Social History, Franz-Josef Brüggemeier, University of Freiburg

1999 – 2004 Research assistant at Chair of Economic and Social History, Franz-Josef Brüggemeier, University of Freiburg

2004 Habilitation and Venia legendi in Modern and Contemporary History

2004 – 2008 Lecturer at the History Department of the University of Freiburg

WS 2005/06 Substitute for the Chair of the History of Romanesque Western Europe

WS 2007/08 University of Freiburg

since 2008 Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the Department for History of the Technical University of Darmstadt

2011 – 2015 Vice-dean of the Faculty 2

since 2016 speaker (with Jochen Monstadt) of the DFG Research Training Group (GRK 2222) “KRITIS” (Critical infrastructures: construction, functional crises and protection in cities)

2018 Athens Award for Good Teaching – Special Award for Digital Teaching

A complete list of publications can be found HERE (opens in new tab).