Dr Marcel Stoetzler

MA (Greenwich), PhD (Middlesex)

Marcel Stoetzler
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
01248 382758
Room 007, Neuadd Ogwen


Marcel Stoetzler is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Bangor University, Wales. He studied at Hamburg University, Germany, and at the Universities of Greenwich and Middlesex (both London). He has held an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at Goldsmiths College (University of London) and a Simon Fellowship at the University of Manchester. He works on social and political theory, intellectual history and historical sociology, and has lately concentrated on various aspects of modern antisemitism, especially its interconnections with liberalism and nationalism and the emergence of the discipline of sociology.

He has also published on problems of feminism, critical theory ('Frankfurt School'), Hannah Arendt, and (different ways of reading) Karl Marx. His first book, The State, the Nation and the Jews. Liberalism and the Antisemitism Dispute in Bismarck’s Germany, was published in 2008 by the University of Nebraska Press. He has published an edited volume on Antisemitism and the Constitution of Sociology, also with the University of Nebraska Press, in 2014. His new book Beginning Classical Social Theory, an undergraduate introduction, is forthcoming in 2017 with Manchester University Press.

He serves on the editorial board of Patterns of Prejudice and is a fellow at the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester. His long-term research plans are twofold: one, the continuity and discontinuities between classical social theory and critical theory, two, the social content, or ‘meaning’, of nationalism in its relation to (the hope for) emancipation and modernization, and the role of notions of race, gender and sexuality within this constellation. Currently he works on articles on critical theory and the critique of ‘anti-imperialism’ and Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment.

Marcel's CV

Marcel runs the SocTheoryBangor webpage: https://www.facebook.com/SocTheoryBangor/

Beginning Classical Social Theory, Manchester University Press (forthcoming August 2017) http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781784991456/

Marcel is currently on study leave as a visiting research fellow at the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck College, London.


Recent Publications

‘Situated Knowledge’ (co-authored with Nira Yuval-Davis). In: The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Ritzer, George (ed). Blackwell Publishing, 2007. Blackwell Reference Online. 03 January 2017 http://www.sociologyencyclopedia.com/subscriber/tocnode.html?id=g9781405124331_yr2016_chunk_g978140512433125_ss1-459

'Review of World without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide. Alon Confino 2014 (Yale University Press)', H-Nationalism, H-Net Reviews, January 2017.

'Reflections: antisemitism, anti-imperialism and liberal communitarianism' in: Open Democracy May 26, 2016 https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/marcel-stoetzler/reflections-antisemitism-anti-imperialism-and-liberal-communitar

'Antisemitism and the British Labour Party' (Opinion article on History & Policy) http://www.historyandpolicy.org/opinion-articles/articles/antisemitism-and-the-british-labour-party

‘Intersectional individuality: Georg Simmel’s concept of “the intersection of social circles” and the emancipation of women’, Sociological Inquiry 86:2, pp. 216–240 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/enhanced/doi/10.1111/soin.12110

‘From interacting systems to a system of divisions: The concept of society and the “mutual constitution” of intersecting social divisions’, European Journal of Social Theory, online first version http://est.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/05/12/1368431016647970.abstract

‘Karl Marx (1818-1883) and Imperialism’, in Palgrave Encyclopaedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism volume 1, edited by Immanuel Ness, Zac Cope and Saër Maty Bâ, 2016, pp. 167-174

‘Needless Necessity: Sameness and Dynamic in Capitalist Society’, in fast capitalism 12.1 (August 2015) http://www.uta.edu/huma/agger/fastcapitalism/12_1/Stoetzler-Needless-Necessity-Sameness.htm

2015, ‘Authority, Identity, Society: Revisiting the Frankfurt School’, Sociology 49,1, 191-197 (reviews of John Abromeit, Max Horkheimer and the Foundations of the Frankfurt School and Matthias Benzer, The Sociology of Theodor Adorno, both Cambridge University Press, 2011) http://soc.sagepub.com/content/49/1/191.extract

2014, ‘Moritz Lazarus und die liberale Kritik an Heinrich von Treitschkes liberalem Antisemitismus‘ [Moritz Lazarus and the liberal critique of Heinrich von Treitschke’s liberal antisemitism], in: Hans-Joachim Hahn and Olaf Kistenmacher, eds., Beschreibungsversuche der Judenfeindschaft [Early scholarly accounts of antisemitism], Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter (Europäisch-Jüdische Studien. Beiträge). Pp. 98-120.

Edited Volume

Antisemitism and the Constitution of Sociology, edited volume. Lincoln and London (University of Nebraska Press), 2014.


The State, the Nation and the Jews, Liberalism and the Antisemitism Dispute in Bismarck’s Germany, Lincoln and London (University of Nebraska Press), 2008 http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/State-the-Nation-and-the-Jews,673955.aspx

Reviews of The State, the Nation, and the Jews:

Central European History 42:4 (2009);

American Historical Review 114:4 (2009);

Historische Zeitschrift vol. 290, pages 525-6 (2010);

journal of modern history 82 (2010);

German Studies Review 34:1 (2011);

Rote Ruhr Uni (2011)

Edited Journal Special Issue

‘Modern antisemitism and the emergence of sociology’, Patterns of Prejudice 44:2, 2010 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rpop20/44/2

Publications forthcoming and currently under review

  • ‘Antisemitism as intrinsic to bourgeois civilization: Horkheimer and Adorno’s “Elements of Antisemitism”’, in: Fischer, Lars, ed., Critical Theories of Antisemitism. New Perspectives, New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2015

Peer-reviewed Journal Publications

Chapters in Books

  • ‘Standpoint Theory, Situated Knowledge – and the Situated Imagination’ (co-authored with Nira Yuval-Davis) [originally 2002 in Feminist Theory] in: Hughes, Christina, ed., Researching Gender (SAGE Fundamentals of Applied Research), vol. 1. London: (Sage) 2013
  • ‘Sociology’, in Dreyfus, Jean-Marc; Daniel Langton (eds.), Writing the Holocaust, London and New York (Bloomsbury Academic, in the series Writing History), 2011, pp. 41-61
  • ‘Liberal Society, Emancipation, and Antisemitism, Why current debates on Antisemitism need more Dialectic of Enlightenment’, in: Giacchetti, Stefano (ed.), Nostalgia for a Redeemed Future, Newark (The John Cabot University Press/ The University of Delaware Press), 2009, pp. 145-60
  • ‘Adorno, Non-Identity, Sexuality’, in: Tischler, Sergio; Fernando Matamoros; John Holloway (eds.), Negativity and Revolution, Adorno and Political Activism, London (Pluto Press), 2008, pp. 151-88
  • ‘Antisemitism, the Bourgeoisie, and the Self-Destruction of the Nation-State’, in: King, Richard; Dan Stone (eds.), Hannah Arendt and the Uses of History, Imperialism, Nation, Race, and Genocide, Oxford (Berghahn), 2007, pp. 130-46
  • ‘Todo lo fluido se convierte en piedra: sexo e individuo en el contexto moderno [All that is fluid is frozen to stone: sex and the individual in the modern context]’, in: Tischler, Sergio; Fernando Matamoros; John Holloway (eds.), Negatividad y revolución, Theodor W. Adorno y la política, Buenos Aires (Herramienta), 2007, pp. 157-90
  • ‘The Necessity of Hypocrisy, Drama and the Affinity of Play, Politics and Revolution’ (co-written with Erene Kaptani), in Birgit Haas (ed.), Macht - Performativität, Performanz und Polittheater seit 1990, Würzburg (Königshausen & Neumann), 2005, pp. 261-81

Book Reviews

  • Adornos Kritik der politischen Ökonomie (Adorno’s critique of political economy), Dirk Braunstein, 2011, Bielefeld (transcript), British Journal of Sociology 64:3, 2013, 549-51
  • Review essay: ‘Identity, Commodity, Authority: two new books on Horkheimer and Adorno’, datacide 13, 2013, pp. 43-60 (review of John Abromeit, Max Horkheimer and the Foundations of the Frankfurt School , and Matthias Benzer, The Sociology of Theodor Adorno, both Cambridge University Press, 2011) http://datacide-magazine.com/identitycommodity-authority-two-new-books-on-horkheimer-and-adorno/
  • Marx at the Margins, On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies, Kevin B. Anderson 2010, Chicago (The University of Chicago Press), Patterns of Prejudice 47:2, 2013, 184-7
  • Antisemitismus und Gesellschaftstheorie, Die Frankfurter Schule im amerikanischen Exil, Eva-Maria Ziege 2009 (Suhrkamp), in Patterns of Prejudice 45:3, 2011, pp. 263-6; also in East European Jewish Affairs 41:1-2, pp. 100-102
  • The Socialist Response to Antisemitism in Imperial Germany, Lars Fischer 2007 (Cambridge University Press), in: German Studies Review 32:1, 2009, pp. 172-3
    Between Philosemitism and Antisemitism, Defences of Jews and Judaism in Germany, 1871-1932, Alan T. Levenson 2004 (University of Nebraska Press), in German Studies Review 29:1, 2006, pp. 191-2
  • Nationalism and the International Labor Movement, Anarchist and Socialist Theories of the Nation, Michael Forman, Pennsylvania 1998 (The Pennsylvania State University Press), in Historical Materialism 14:3, 2006, pp. 295-314

Other Academic Publications

  • ‘On the concept of labour’ [http://www.maumaus.org/Maumaus/Texts.html] (2013)
  • ‘memory, commemoration, education’, in caucasusartmag 1, 2013 [http://caucasusartmag.com/issueone/marcelstoetzler.html] [http://www.maumaus.org/Maumaus/Texts.html]
  • Conference report ‘Intersectionality and the Spaces of Belonging’ in: H-Soz-u-Kult 02.02.2013. [http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/tagungsberichte/id=4657]
  • ‘Modern antisemitism and the emergence of sociology: an introduction’, in: Patterns of Prejudice 44:2, 2010, pp. 107-15
  • ‘When Nothing is Produced’, in mute, culture and politics after the net vol 2:13, 2009, pp. 82-91
  • ‘Leer a Butler al revés. Sobre en lo que uno se convierte, en lo que uno se incluye y lo que uno no es’ (Reading Butler Backwards, On what one becomes, what one comes under and what one is not; translated into Spanish by Anna-Maeve Holloway), in: Bajo el Volcán, Revista del posgrado de sociologia de la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla 6, 2003, pp. 108-41
  • ‘Der Sonntag des Sprechens’, in: karoshi 3, 1998, pp. 4-9


Teaching and Administration


Marcel Stoetzler teaches the second year module ‘Sociological Theory’ (SXS-2035), the third year module ‘Sociological Theory Today’ (SXS-3003) and the MA module ‘Culture, Race and Civilization’. In 2012, he was short-listed for a ‘Student-Led Teaching Award’ in the category ‘Innovation’.

  • He is principal supervisor of Barbara Neukirchinger's doctorate on disability, intersectionality theory and critical theory and co-supervisor of Anna-Katharina Luepke's doctorate on the Biafra conflict. He has been a member of the supervisory board of several other PhD students.
  • He contributes to the team-taught Undergraduate Dissertation module.
  • He maintains the contact with the Freie Universität Berlin, with whom the School has recently established an Erasmus exchange.
  • He is a peer reviewer for Patterns of Prejudice, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Current Sociology, Feminist Theory, European Journal of Political Theory, the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book and European Societies.
  • He recently examined a PhD for Kings College, London (Centre for Hellenic Studies).


  • He is Senior Tutor for the School of Social Science.

Other activities


Member of the ‘Northern UK Jewish Studies Partnership’


Member of the editorial board of Patterns of Prejudice

May 16, 2013

Organized Higher Education Academy workshop on ‘Letting the Students Be, Responsibly: Learning, Experience and Standardisation in Higher Education’ at Bangor University, School of Social Science

June 28-29, 2012

Co-organised the international conference ‘Intersectionality and the Spaces of Belonging’, Bangor University, UK [http://berg.bangor.ac.uk/index.php.en?menu=0&catid=0]

November 2-3, 2008

organised the international conference ‘Antisemitism and the Emergence of Sociological Theory’; conference website: http://www.arts.manchester.ac.uk/subjectareas/religionstheology/anti/

October 5, 2007

co-organized with Christine Achinger a double panel on ‘Liberalism, Nationalism, and Antisemitism’ at the annual conference of the German Studies Association GSA in San Diego

February 11, 2005

organised (with Prof. Vic Seidler) the day conference ‘Masks of Antisemitism’ at Goldsmiths College, University of London

July 7-8, 1999

organised (with Prof. Yuval-Davis) the Interim Conference of the International Sociological Association, Research Council 05 on Race, Ethnic and Minority Relations at the universities of Tel Aviv and East Jerusalem

Research Interests

  • Sociological theory
  • Social and political theory and their history
  • Historical sociology
  • Jewish emancipation and antisemitism
  • Gender, race and ethnicity
  • Nationalism and the nation state
  • Feminist theory, especially ‘standpoint theory’, ‘transversal politics’ and ‘intersectionality’
  • Critical theory, especially the 'Frankfurt School'
  • Marxist theory
  • Contemporary social movements
  • Fascism