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, has just been published 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.
He has two principal research projects:
- one, the continuities and discontinuities between classical social theory and critical theory;
- two, the roles of notions of culture, race, nation, gender and sexuality for accounts and critiques of modernization, and the hope for emancipation that it came with, in progressive and reactionary social and intellectual movements.
Currently he works on a monograph on Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment, the first outlines of the argument of which are sketched out in this article.
Marcel runs the SocTheoryBangor webpage: https://www.facebook.com/SocTheoryBangor/
Beginning Classical Social Theory, Manchester University Press, 2017
Hyperlinks are inserted wherever available. For complete list of publications please see CV.
On general social theory:
- Beginning Classical Social Theory, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017 (a sample chapter can be accessed on the publisher’s website)
- ‘Intersectional individuality: Georg Simmel’s concept of “the intersection of social circles” and the emancipation of women’, Sociological Inquiry 86:2, pp. 216–240
- ‘Durkheim’s and Simmel’s reactions to antisemitism and their reflection in their views on modern society’, in: König, Mareike; Oliver Schulz (eds.), Anti-Semitism in the 19th Century in International Perspective, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (in press)
- ‘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
On the history and theory of antisemitism:
- ‘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)
- '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
- 'Antisemitism and the British Labour Party' (Opinion article on History & Policy)
- Antisemitism and the Constitution of Sociology, edited volume. Lincoln and London (University of Nebraska Press), 2014.
- Reviews of Antisemitism and the Constitution of Sociology:
- ‘Moritz Lazarus und die liberale Kritik an Heinrich von Treitschkes liberalem Antisemitismus‘, in: Hans-Joachim Hahn and Olaf Kistenmacher, eds., 2014, Beschreibungsversuche der Judenfeindschaft, Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter (Europäisch-Jüdische Studien. Beiträge). Pp. 98-120.
- ‘German Modernity, Barbarous Slavs and Profit-seeking Jews: The Cultural Racism of Nationalist Liberals’, co-authored with Christine Achinger, Nations and Nationalism 19 (4), 2013, 739–760
- ‘Holocaust Memory in the Twenty-first Century: between National Reshaping and Globalisation’, co-authored with Jean-Marc Dreyfus, in: European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire 18:1, 2011, pp. 69-78
- ‘Modern antisemitism and the emergence of sociology’, Patterns of Prejudice 44:2, 2010 (edited special issue)
- ‘Antisemitism, capitalism, and the formation of sociological theory’, in: Patterns of Prejudice 44:2, 2010, pp. 160-93
- The State, the Nation and the Jews, Liberalism and the Antisemitism Dispute in Bismarck’s Germany, Lincoln and London (University of Nebraska Press), 2008
- 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)
- ‘Cultural difference in the national state: from trouser-selling Jews to unbridled multiculturalism’, in: Patterns of Prejudice 42:3, 2008, pp. 245-79
On Critical Theory:
- "‘It only needs all’: re-reading Dialectic of Enlightenment at 70", openDemocracy, June 24, 2017
- ‘Dialectic of Enlightenment’, in Bonefeld, Werner; Beverley Best; Chris O’Kane; Neil Larson (eds.), Sage Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory (12,000 word article, in press)
- ‘Critical Theory and the critique of anti-imperialism’, in Bonefeld, Werner; Beverley Best; Chris O’Kane; Neil Larson (eds.), Sage Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory (11,000 word article, in press)
- ‘Wer von der Geschichte des Subjekts schweigt, kann auch vom Kapitalismus nichts sagen. Zur Radikalität der Dialektik der Aufklärung’ (book chapter forthcoming in a volume edited by Gunzelin Schmid Noerr and Eva-Maria Ziege, Springer)
- ‘Authority, Identity, Society: Revisiting the Frankfurt School’, Sociology 49,1, 2015, 191-197 (review essay)
- ‘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
- ‘Authority, Identity, Society: Revisiting the Frankfurt School’, Sociology 49,1, 2015, 191-197 (review essay)
- ‘Needless Necessity: Sameness and Dynamic in Capitalist Society’, in fast capitalism 12.1 (August 2015)
- ‘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)
- ‘On the concept of labour’ (2013)
- ‘memory, commemoration, education’, in caucasusartmag 1, 2013 (the printed version lacks footnotes that are contained in this manuscript version)
- ‘On the possibility that the revolution that will end capitalism might fail to usher in communism’, in: Journal of Classical Sociology 12:2, 2012, pp. 191-204
- ‘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
- ‘On how to make Adorno scream, Some notes on John Holloway’s Change the World Without Taking Power’, in Historical Materialism 13:4, 2005, pp. 193-215
- ‘Postone’s Marx, a theorist of modern society, its social movements and its captivity by abstract labour’ in Historical Materialism 12:3, 2004, pp. 261-83
- ‘Der Sonntag des Sprechens’, in: karoshi 3, 1998, pp. 4-9 https://www.academia.edu/4994987/Stoetzler_sonntag_des_sprechens
On feminist theory:
- ‘Situated Knowledge’ (co-authored with Nira Yuval-Davis). In: The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Ritzer, George (ed). Blackwell Reference Online. January 2017
- ‘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, 2016 (online first)
- ‘Standpoint Theory, Situated Knowledge – and the Situated Imagination’ (co-authored with Nira Yuval-Davis) [originally 2002 in Feminist Theory 3:3] in: Hughes, Christina, ed., Researching Gender (SAGE Fundamentals of Applied Research), vol. 1. London: (Sage) 2013
- ‘When Nothing is Produced’, in mute, culture and politics after the net vol 2:13, 2009, pp. 82-91 http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/when-nothing-produced
- ‘Subject Trouble: Judith Butler and Dialectics’ in Philosophy and Social Criticism 31:3, 2005:343-69
- ‘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
- ‘Imagined Boundaries and Borders, A Gendered Gaze’ (co- authored with Nira Yuval-Davis) in: The European Journal of Women’s Studies
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.
Marcel was a visiting research fellow at the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck College, London, during his study leave.
Member of the ‘Northern UK Jewish Studies Partnership’
Member of the editorial board of Patterns of PrejudiceMay 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
- 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