Dr Stefan Goebel

Director of the Centre for the History of War, Media and Society
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Dr Stefan Goebel


Stefan Goebel works in the field of modern British and German cultural and comparative history. Prior to taking up his post at Kent, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge and Leverhulme Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research.

Research interests

Dr Goebel’s research focuses on the experience and memory of the two world wars and on urban history. His first book The Great War and Medieval Memory (Cambridge University Press, 2007) is a comparative study of war and remembrance in Britain and Germany between 1914 and 1940. A convenor of the Capital Cities at War project (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Stefan Goebel is the co-editor of Cities into Battlefields: Metropolitan Scenarios, Experiences and Commemorations of Total War (Ashgate/Routledge, 2011) and of a special issue of the London Journal 41:3 (2016). Together with Mark Connelly, he has written a study of Ypres in the twentieth century (Oxford University Press, 2017). He has also co-edited a volume on Propaganda and Conflict (Bloomsbury, 2019). He is currently completing a comparative history of Coventry and Dresden in the aftermath of the Second World War.


At undergraduate level, Stefan Goebel offers courses on the comparative history of the Great War and on the legacy of the Second World War. He is the convenor of the MA in War, Media and Society and teaches a course on war, propaganda and the media.


Stefan Goebel has supervised PhD theses on the media history of the Great War and the cultural history of the Second World War, and he would be glad to hear from prospective research students interested in war commemoration, conflict and communication and the urban history of modern warfare.


Stefan Goebel is a convenor of the War, Society and Culture seminar at the Institute of Historical Research in London, and serves on the Institute’s Advisory Council. 

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