Department of History

Joanne Miyang Cho

Cho, Joanne2

Office:   Atrium 215
Phone:   973-720-3051
Email:choj@wpunj.edu
Office Hours:   W 3-5; TR 11-12:30

Department: History
Position: Professor
Area Specialization: Modern German History

Joanne Miyang Cho is Professor and Chair of the History Department.  Her several publications probe the politics of civilization in a number of twentieth-century German intellectuals (Oswald Spengler, Ernst Troeltsch, Albert Schweitzer, Karl Jaspers, and Count Hermann Keyserling). She is currently working on a monograph, “From German Guilt to the Idea of Asia in Karl Jaspers.” Her focus in recent years has been four edited volumes concerning transcultural/transnational encounters between Germany and Asia. Transcultural Encounters between Germany and India was published (2013) and German and China is under contract. Two additional volumes (“Transnational Encounters and Comparisons between Germany and Japan” and “Transcultural Encounters between Germany and Asia from a Gender Perspective”) are in preparation. She is a recipient of several fellowships, including the Fulbright Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for History, the Institute for European History, and the German Academic Exchange Program.  She has served as chair and co-chair of a Columbia University Seminar, “Politics and Society in Twentieth Century” since 2004.

EDUCATION

*Ph. D., Department of History, University of Chicago (1993)

“The Moderate Liberalism of Ernst Troeltsch: A Reconsideration of the Crisis of German Liberalism.”  Advisor: Michael Geyer

*M.A., Department of History, University of Chicago (1984)           

*B.A.,  Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles (1983)

 

PUBLICATIONS

EDITED BOOKS

Germany and China: Transcultural, Historical and Political Encounters from the Enlightenment to the Twentieth Century, eds. Joanne Miyang Cho and David M. Crowe (London and New York: Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming 2014).

Transcultural Encounters between Germany and India: Kindred Spirits in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, eds. Joanne Miyang Cho, Eric Kurlander, and Douglas T. McGetchinLondon & New York: Routledge, 2013).

BOOK CHAPTERS and ARTICLES

*“Hermann Keyserling’s View of Japan: A Nation of Consummate Imitator,” in Transnational Encounters and Comparisons between Germany and Japan, 1860s to 2000, eds. Joanne Miyang Cho, Lee Roberts and Chris Spang (under submission).

*“The Privileged Place of China in Albert Schweitzer’s Politics of Civilization,” in Germany and China: Transnational Encounters since the Eighteenth Century, eds. Joanne Miyang Cho and David M. Crowe (under contract with Palgrave MacMillan).

*”Introduction,” in Germany and China: Transnational Encounters since the Eighteenth Century, eds. Joanne Miyang Cho and David M. Crowe (London & New York: Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming 2014).

*Introduction,” in Transcultural Encounters between Germany and India: Kindred Spirits in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries,eds. Joanne Miyang Cho, Eric Kurlander, and DouglasT. McGetchin (London & New York: Routledge, 2013), pp. 1-10.

*Transcultural Transfer and Indophilia in Count Hermann Keyserling,Transcultural Encounters between Germany and India: Kindred Spirits in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Ceuturies, eds. Joanne Miyang Cho, Eric Kurlander, and Douglas T. McGetchin (London & New York: Routledge, 2013), pp. 115-128.

*“Cross-Cultural Adaptations in Karl Jaspers,” in Kulturkonflikte und Kommunikation: zur Aktualität von Jaspers’ Philosophie Cross-Cultural Conflicts and Communication: Rethinking Jaspers’s Philosophy Today, ed. Andreas Cesana (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, forthcoming, 2013).

*“Karl Jaspers’ Philosophical Faith for the Global Age: The Idea of Civilizational Continuity,” in: Philosophical Faith and the Future of Humanity, eds. Helmut Wautischer, Alan Olson, and Gregory Walters (New York and Berlin: Springer Publishing, 2011), pp. 408-418.  

*“Provincializing Albert Schweitzer’s Ethical Colonialism in Africa,” in The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigms (vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 71-86, January, 2011).

*“Karl Jaspers’ Critique of Rudolf Bultmann,” Existenz. An International Journal for Philosophy, Religion, Politics, and the Art (vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 11-15, Spring 2010).

*“The Global History of Humankind in Karl Jaspers,” Existenz. An International Journal for Philosophy, Religion, Politics, and the Art (vol. 4, pp. 20-25, Spring 2009).  

*“A Cosmopolitan Faith in Karl Jaspers: From Exclusion to Inclusion” (Journal of Ecumenical Studies, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 46-64, 2000).

*“The German Debate over Civilization: Troeltsch’s Europeanism and Jaspers’s Cosmopolitanism” (Journal of European Ideas, vol. 25, pp. 305-319, 1999).

*"Historicism and Civilizational Discontinuity in Spengler and Troeltsch" (Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte/ Journal of Religious and Intellectual History (vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 238-262, 1999).

*“A New Frontier in German Universal History: Continuity and Mutuality in Karl Jaspers” (Jahrbuch für der Österreichischen Karl-Jaspers-Gesellschafty, vol. 12, pp. 59-81, 1999).

*"The Idea of Compromise in Ernst Troeltsch (1865-1923): Modernism and Ambivalence" (The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigm, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 65-85, 1998).

 *"The Crisis of Historicism and Troeltsch's Europeanism" (History of European Ideasvol. 21, no. 2, pp. 195-207, 1995).

 

NON-REFERRED ARTICLES:

*“The Politics of Civilizations from World War I to the Post-Cold War; Spengler, Huntington, and Civilizational Grafting,” in Memory, History and Critique: European Identity at the Millennium.  Proceedings of the Fifth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (CD Rom version, 1996).

*"The Nation-states, Europeanism and Universalism," Proceedings of the Fourth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigm, vol. 1, no. 1, 1996).

 

BOOK REVIEWS

*Ernst Troeltsch and Liberal Theology.  Religion and Cultural Synthesis in Wilhelmine Germany by Mark D. Chapman, Journal of Ecclesiastical History (Vol. 54. No. 3, 2003, p. 602).

*Carl Schmitt’s Critique of Liberalism by John O. McCormick, German Studies Review (Vol. 23, No. 3, October 2000, pp. 629-630).

*Death of the Guilds: Professions, States, and the Advance of Capitalism, 1930 to the Present by Elliot A. Krause, History of Education Quarterly (Vol. 38, No. 1, Spring 1988, pp. 103-104).

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

*Edited Volume, “Transnational Encounters and Comparisons between Germany and Japan. Perceptions of Partnership, 1860s to 2000,” eds. Joanne Miyang Cho, Lee Roberts and Chris Spang.

*Edited Volume, “Transcultural Cultural Encounters between Germany and Asia from a Gender Perspective,” eds. Joanne Miyang Cho and Douglas T. McGetchin

*Book-length Monograph, “From German Guilt to Global History in Karl Jaspers.”

*Book-length Monograph, “The Idea of Europe in Ernst Troeltsch (1865-1923).”

ACADEMIC FELLOWSHIPS and HONORS

*Visiting Fellow, Karl Jaspers Center at the University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, June-July 2011.

*Visiting Fellowship, Karl Jaspers Center at the University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, June-August, 2010.  

*Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, “Worlds of Work: Meeting Challenges for Teaching India in the 21st Century,” Month-long Group Projects Abroad in India (led by Prof. Natrajan, William Paterson University), July 2007.

*Seminar Fellowship, “Religion in the Holocaust Study,” Faculty Seminar at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, Washington D.C., June 2006. 

*Seminar Fellowship, “Teaching Holocaust at Colleges and Universities,” Faculty Seminar at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, Washington D.C., June 2004.

*Selected for “The Study Tour of Holocaust Sites in Eastern Europe,” Holocaust Education Foundation, July 2001.           

*Seminar Fellowship, “The Sixth Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization,” Faculty Seminar at Northwestern University,” Evanston, IL, June 2001. 

*NEH Seminar Fellowship, “Adorno, Mann, and Schoenberg,” Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, June and July 2000.

*Research Fellowship from Max Planck Institute for History (Max Planck Institute for History), Göttingen, Germany (July & August, 1999).

*Fulbright Research Fellowship, Europa University of Viadrina, Frankfurt-Oder / Max Planck Institute for History (Max Planck Institute for History), Göttingen, Germany (Eight months in 1998-1999).

*DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program) Faculty Seminar Fellowship, Potsdam, Germany (July, 1998).

*DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program) Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Tübingen, Germany (Summer, 1995).

*Summer research grant, Hope College, Holland, Michigan (Summer, 1994). 

*Knight Foundation Grant, Hope College, Holland, Michigan (Summer, 1993).

*Dissertation fellowship from the Institute for European History, Mainz, Germany (1/1991- 8/1992).

*Selected for International Workshop by Progetto Federico II, Trani, Italy (9/1991).

*Award from the German Historical Institute and the Stiftung Volkswagenwerk, Germany (summer 1990).

*Award from the Atlantic Council of the United States for a study-tour of N.A.T.O. (and other European countries), 10/1989.

*DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program) grants:

Summer 1987, University of Regensburg, Germany (language course).

Summer 1986, University of Mannheim, Germany (language course).

Summer 1984, University of California, Berkeley (a graduate seminar on German Cinema).

*Graduate Fellowships, University of Chicago, 1985-1988.

Courses Offered:

*History 1010: Foundations of the Western Civilization

*History 1020: The West and the World

*History 3390: Europe since 1914

*History 3400: Germany from Bismarck to Hitler

*History 3410: Hitler and Nazi Germany

*History 3490: The Holocaust

*History 3730: Germany since 1945

*History 3990: Germany from Luther to Bismarck

*History 3990: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud

*History 4800: Modern European Culture

*History 4800: Religion & Society in Nazi Germany

*History 5370: Seminar on the Twentieth Century

*History 5990: The Holocaust

*History 6370: German History: Issues and Debates

*History 6380: Nazi Germany: Selected Topics