BA (Brown), MA (Humboldt) MPhil, PhD (Columbia)
Lecturer in Modern European History
Modern History exams officer, Level 2 (S1); Joint Pathway Co-ordinator - History and International Studies (S1)
On Leave, Semester 2, 2012-13
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 British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the German Academic Exchange Service.
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
Monograph: Secularism and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Germany: The Fourth Confession (New York, Cambridge Univeristy Press, forthcoming)
Articles and chapters:
Dr Weir convened a Wiles Colloquium on October 2 and 3, 2009 at Queen's University. For more information, please go to our Wiles Colloquia section in News and Events: "The Monist Century 1845-1945: Science, Secularism and Worldview".
In 2008 Dr Weir initiated a university-wide programme of public lectures, films and an exhibit to mark the 40th anniversary of the epoch-making events of 1968: Turning Point 1968: A Year of Change from Belfast to Beijing .
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.
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