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Tobias Klee

picture Tobias Klee

PhD Candidate, SCRIPTS Cluster

Boltzmannstr. 20
Room K056
14195 Berlin

Education and Work Experience

Since 2020: Doctoral Researcher, BGTS, Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS

2019-2020: Universitat de Barcelona, M.A. Citizenship and Human Rights: Ethics and Politics

2017-2020 Universität Heidelberg, M.A. Global History

2014-2017: Universität Heidelberg, B.A. Geschichte

Academic Appointments and Scientific Outreach

2019: Universität Heidelberg, Dezernat Internationale Beziehungen, Lectureship

2017-2018: Student Assistant, Universität Heidelberg, Department of Eastern European History

Summer Semester 2023


Cuba: An Island Worth an Empire, Tobias Klee, Mondays, 12:00-14:00

My dissertation will contribute to the project “Gender, Borders, Memory“ (GBM). GBM, which is
part of the Research Unit Borders of the “Scripts Cluster of Excellence“, analyses the relationship
between gender, historical memory, and contestations of the liberal (border) script in the context of
the Catalan separatist movement.

My thesis will investigate the emergence of Catalan nationalism past 1898, the year when Spain lost its remaining colonies to the United States, and thus its status as an imperial power. As a result, Spain experienced a crisis of masculinity and imperial identity. Catalans meanwhile saw their chance to establish themselves as the emerging political power on the Iberian peninsula against Spanish "sexlessness". Given this context, I will investigate these questions in my thesis: How did Catalans employ conceptions of gender, gendered language, and gendered imagery to craft their national identity? To what extend did they use gender to differentiate Catalonia from Spain?