BA (Brown), MA (Humboldt) MPhil, PhD (Columbia)
Lecturer in Modern European History
On Leave, Semester 1, 2014-15
Internationalisation Champion (Sem 2)
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3312
Todd Weir had been an undergraduate student of the developing world until a semester spent at an East German university in 1988 turned his interest towards Germany and the history of socialism. He later retrained as a historian, first at the Humboldt University in Berlin and then at Columbia University in New York, where he completed his PhD in 2005. Dr Weir taught at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Seattle University and the University of Washington before joining Queen's University in January 2007.
Dr Weir’s research focuses on the relationships between religious dissent, anticlericalism, popular science and radical politics both in Germany and internationally. He has written a monograph on organized secularism nineteenth century Berlin and headed up an international collaborative investigation into naturalistic monism as a key modern worldview. Currently, Dr Weir is investigating the relationship of secularism and socialism in the early twentieth century, a project that includes a reconsideration of the role of religious-secular struggles in the latent civil war conditions of the later Weimar Republic. He has also published on East German collectivisation in the 1950s and the relationship of German socialism to colonialism prior to the First World War.
Dr Weir has been a resident scholar at the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, the Simpson Center for the Humanities of the University of Washington and, most recently, the Historisches Kolleg in Munich. His research has also been supported by grants from the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the German Academic Exchange Service.
Dr Weir hosts a podcast show on New Books in Intellectual History. He is currently organizing an international research network on “Religion and Socialism in the Twentieth Century,” which will foster collective reflection on the articulation and transformation of socialist-religious conflicts in the history of ideas, politics, religion and social movements.
Monograph: Secularism and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Germany: The Fourth Confession (New York, Cambridge Univeristy Press, 2014) Click here to view book description
Edited volume: Monism: Science, Philosophy, Religion, and the History of a Worldview. Palgrave Series in Intellectual and Cultural History (Palgrave: New York, 2012). Click here to view book description. Click here to listen to an interview about the book.
Articles and chapters:
Dr Todd Weir is happy to direct postgraduate dissertations on topics in the history of religious conflict, secularism, popular science and scientific worldviews, modern German political and cultural movements, East Germany, as well as on aspects of the social movements of the 1960s.
Dr Weir contributes to the one-year Master’s degree in Modern History and co-founded the strand “Religion, Identity and Conflict.” Interested students can write Dr Weir directly.
He teaches on the following undergraduate modules:
Religion, Secularization and Conflict in Modern Europe
Twentieth Century German History
Socialism, the history of the idea
1968 A Turning Point in Global History
Europe Between the Wars