Old Volk: The Invention of Old Age in a Global Germany
Delta Delta Delta Fellowship, 2018–19
This work led James to a new interest in the history of gender, sexuality, and the family in modern Europe. At the center he is pursuing a gendered history of aging in modern Germany, asking how “old age” was conceptualized and administered, especially for women (often written out of the history of age). His first scholarly work along these lines was recently published in the Journal of Modern History, and in the Boston Review he recently wrote an essay explaining why he thinks the theme is so important.
- Chapel, James. “‘On the Border of Old Age’: An Entangled History of Eldercare in East Germany,” Central European History, forthcoming.
- Chappel, James. “Old Volk: Aging in 1950s Germany, East and West.” Journal of Modern History 90 (2018): 792-833.
- Chappel, James. Catholic Modern: The Challenge of Totalitarianism and the Remaking of the Church. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018.
- Chappel, James. “Nuclear Families in a Nuclear Age: Theorizing the Family in the Federal Republic of Germany.” Contemporary European History 26, no. 1 (2017): 85-109.
- Chappel, James. “The Catholic Origins of Totalitarianism Theory in Interwar Europe.” Modern Intellectual History 9, no. 3 (November 2011): 261-90.