Matthias Häussler

Dr. Dr. Matthias Häussler

Social Sciences

Room: GAFO 02/378
Tel.: + 49 (0)234/3219862
Matthias Häussler earned his first PhD in philosophy from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt with a thesis on Hegel’s concept of religion, for which he was awarded the 1st International Maurice Blondel Award in Modern Philosophy of Religion. Although he has been working in the Social Sciences for most of his career, he earned his second PhD in history from the University of Lucerne. His research lead him to extended stays in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa and at renowned research institutions such as the University of California Berkeley or the Hamburg Institute for Social Research.

Positions in Research
• Former Member of the Advisory Board of the “Journal of Namibian Studies” (2012-2022)
• Reviewer for the “Journal of Namibian Studies” and “Acta Academica: Critical views on society, culture and politics”
• Editor “Sociology of Violence” at “Soziopolis”

Research Interests
• the theory and history of the diary
• the theory and history of violence
• the theory and history of the state, of power and rule
• the theory and history of colonialism
• military history
• the history of southern Africa
• the philosophy and sociology of religion
• the philosophy of German Idealism

Research Projects
• Deputy Director of the Research Project "Forms of War, Political Power, and Violence. On the Sociology of Colonial War: German Southwest Africa, 1904-1908", funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Prof. Trutz von Trotha)
• Researcher in the project "Narratives of genocide: Lothar von Trotha’s written and photographic legacy", funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

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