Marcel Stoetzler is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has held an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at Goldsmiths College (University of London) and a Simon Fellowship at the University of Manchester. He studied at Hamburg University, Germany, and the Universities of Greenwich and Middlesex (both London). His training is in history, literature, linguistics, media and cultural studies, and gender and ethnic studies. 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 and is based on a combination of historical sociology and social theory. He has published an edited volume on Antisemitism and the Constitution of Sociology, also with the University of Nebraska Press, in 2014. His latest book, Beginning Classical Social Theory, has been published with Manchester University Press in 2017.
Links to video recordings of talks:
- ‘The theory of antisemitism in Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment’, at the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities, HL-Senteret, Oslo, April 14, 2018.
- ‘Durkheim’s and Simmel’s reactions to antisemitism and their reflection in their views on modern society’ at the conference Nineteenth Century Anti-Semitism in International Perspective, Deutsches Historisches Institut /Institut historique allemand, Paris, October 21, 2015 (from 0:47:14 to 1:13, followed by response by the panel respondent and discussion).
Forthcoming talks and lectures:
- ‘Race and Labour’, at the one-day conference in memory of Prof. Robert Fine, Warwick University, November 16, 2018
- ‘Still fighting the Zionist Machia-villains: continuities of antisemitic defences of good capitalism from bad’ at the international conference on ‘Resurgences of anti-Semitism: realities, fictions, uses’, Free University Brussels (ULB), Institut Marcel Liebman, December 12-13, 2018.
- ‘Are the Protocols a racist text?’ at the international conference ‘Entangled Otherings: Critical Perspectives on the Relationship between Antisemitism and Racism’, Centre for Research on Antisemitism, Technical University Berlin, June 24-26, 2019.
Marcel Stoetzler works on general social theory, especially Critical Theory and feminist theory, and more specifically, on racism and antisemitism in their relationships to modernity, liberalism and nationalism. 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. Currently he works on two projects:
- a monograph on Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment, the first outlines of the argument of which are sketched out in this article;
- an analysis of the so-called Protocols of the Elders of Zion, widely regarded the most influential document of modern antisemitism, in which I attempt to explain the global and sustained appeal of this at first sight rather clumsy and silly text. I look at how it pits different dimensions of political, economic and cultural modernity against each other, resulting in a vision of a kind of 'reactionary modernity' that violently attacks some aspects of modern society - denounced as allegedly 'Jewish' - while asserting some form of modernization of society, nevertheless.
Principal publications by research areas (hyperlinks are inserted wherever available):
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:
H-SozKult (3.6. 2016); Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (May 2016 online first)
- ‘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)
On Critical Theory:
- "‘It only needs all’: re-reading Dialectic of Enlightenment at 70", openDemocracy, June 24, 2017
- ‘Dialectic of Enlightenment’, in Best, Beverley; Werner Bonefeld; Chris O’Kane (eds.), Sage Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory vol. 1, pp. 142-160 (12,000 words).
- ‘Critical Theory and the critique of anti-imperialism’, in Best, Beverley; Werner Bonefeld; Chris O’Kane (eds.), Sage Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory vol. 3, pp. 1467-1486(11,000 words).
- ‘Wer von der Geschichte des Subjekts schweigt, kann auch vom Kapitalismus nichts sagen. Zur Radikalität der Dialektik der Aufklärung’ in Schmid Noerr, Gunzelin and Eva-Maria Ziege, eds., 70 Jahre Dialektik der Aufklärung, Springer (in press).
- ‘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
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’.
He is a Fellow of the HEA. In 2012, he was short-listed for a ‘Student-Led Teaching Award’ in the category ‘Innovation’.
He is the principal supervisor of Barbara Neukirchinger’s doctorate on ‘The possibilities of combining intersectionality theory and critical theory in disability studies’ (to be submitted by the end of the current calendar year).
He is the principal supervisor of Lu He's doctorate on childcare in refugee camps (started in 2018).
He was co-supervisor of the following:
- Anna-Katharina Luepke’s doctorate on ‘An international history of the Biafran War’ (awarded in 2018; the main supervisor was in the department of History);
- Louise Prendergast’s doctorate on ‘Labour market transitions of young people: understanding perceptions, practice and experiences with reference to Foucault’ (awarded in 2018);
- H. M. Khalil’s doctorate on ‘The political sociology of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq’ (awarded);
- S. Rafieian Koupaei’s doctorate on ‘Dissociation, unconscious and social theory: towards an embodied relational sociology’ (awarded 2015);
- Paula Pustulka’s doctorate on ‘Polish mothers on the move: gendering migratory experiences of Polish women parenting in Germany and the United Kingdom’ (awarded 2014).
He contributes to the team-taught Undergraduate Dissertation module.
He was Senior Tutor for the School of Social Science (2016-18).
He is a peer reviewer for a wide range of academic journals, including 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.
In 2013 he examined a Ph.D. on the history of antisemitism in Greece for Kings College, London (Centre for Hellenic Studies). In 2015 he has been internal examiner at Bangor for a PhD based on an ethnographic study of Manchester’s LGBT community.
Marcel Stoetzler is a member of the Northern UK Jewish Studies Partnership.
He is a member of the advisory board of the Sage Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory (2018) and of the academic advisory board for the book series Critical Theory and the Critique of Society, Bloomsbury publishers.
February-August 2017: Marcel Stoetzler was a visiting research fellow at the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck College, London, during his study leave.
July 5, 2016: He organized the workshop ‘Antisemitism and the Constitution of Sociology’ at the Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung, Technical University of Berlin.
May 16, 2013: He organized the 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: He 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: He 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: He 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: He organised (with Prof. Vic Seidler) the day conference ‘Masks of Antisemitism’ at Goldsmiths College, University of London
July 7-8, 1999: He 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