Dr. Philipp Reick

Buber Fellow: 
Academic interests: 

Social History, Social Movement History, History of Capitalism, History of Organized Labor, Urban History

Current Projects: 

I am a historian interested in the global dynamics of capitalist transformation, the history of protest and contestation, and the past and present of social movements. In particular, I am interested in the impact of a self-regulating market. Drawing on the current revival of Karl Polanyi especially in the social sciences, my dissertation investigated how early workers’ movements reacted to the commodification of labor power. In my new research project, I analyze to what extent nineteenth-century organized labor opposed the commodification of urban spaces. In so doing, I hope to find new transnational connection among historical actors as well as new interdisciplinary linkages to the field of political theory and social movement studies. My geographic focus lies on Germany, the U.S., and the UK from the mid-eighteenth to the early twentieth century. Methodologically speaking, I have a strong interest in debates on transfer vs. comparative historiography. I look forward to exchanges with anyone interested in long-term social change, the contested meaning of commodification, and historical forms or variations of protest.

Curriculum Vitae: 

I studied History and Political Science at the Universities of Dresden, Potsdam, Manchester and Berkeley. Following my graduation in 2011, I was a doctoral fellow at the Graduate School of North American Studies at Free University Berlin and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. I joined the Buber Society at Hebrew University in October 2015.

Articles and Monographs
  • “‘We are the 99%!‘ Zum Selbstbild der deutschen und amerikanischen Arbeiterbewegung in der Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts,” Nebulosa: Figuren des Sozialen 6 (2014), 89-98.
  • “A Poor People’s Movement? Erwerbslosenproteste in Berlin und New York in den frühen 1930er Jahren,“ JahrBuch für Forschungen zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung 14, 1 (2015), 20-36, <http://www.arbeiterbewegung-jahrbuch.de/?p=415>.
  • “And Protect Us from the Market! Organized Labor and the Demand to Shorten the Workday of Women in the 1860s and 1870s,” InterDisciplines: Journal of History and Sociology 1 (2015), 7-28.
  • “’Labor is not a Commodity!‘ Contested Working-Class Discourse and the Movement to Shorten the Workday in Berlin and New York City in the late 1860s and early 1870s”, PhD diss., FU Berlin, forthcoming.
Reviews and Reports
  • “Histories of Activism: Postgraduate Conference,” November 26, 2011, London, H-Soz-u-Kult, 16.12.2011, <http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/tagungsberichte/id=3959>.
  • “US Labor Archives: Unbekanntes Terrain für die europäische Forschung?” JahrBuch für Forschungen zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung 14, 1 (2015), 140-43.
  • „Promotionsprojekt: ‘Arbeit ist keine Ware!‘ – Umkämpfter Arbeiterdiskurs und die Bewegung zur Verkürzung des Arbeitstages in Berlin und New York City in den späten 1860er und frühen 1870er Jahren,“ Mitteilungen des Förderkreises Archive und Bibliotheken zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung 48 (2015), 42-45.
  • “Die Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives – Gedächtnis der Arbeiterparteien und sozialen Bewegungen der USA,“ Mitteilungen des Förderkreises Archive und Bibliotheken zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung 48 (2015), 18-25.
  • “ Martina Benz, Zwischen Migration und Arbeit: Worker Centers und die Organisierung prekär und informell Beschäftigter in den USA (Review),“ JahrBuch für Forschungen zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung 14, 3 (2015).