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Annika Stendebach

About me

Annika J. Stendebach is a doctoral student in history at the Justus-Liebig-University of Gießen and a member and research assistant (interim) at the Teaching Centre of the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC). In this function she plans and coordinates the Predoctoral Programme for the Study of Culture, which is aimed at students interested in doctoral studies.


In her dissertation with the working title 'Not Our Place,' she deals with Irish youth and their social spaces between 1958 and 1983 in transition and investigates how young people negotiated relationships (both platonically and romantically) between peers and generations within the social spaces. Her PhD is supervised by Prof. Dr. Ulrike Weckel (JLU Gießen) and Dr. Róisín Healy (NUIG) and funded by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation, the institute of the German Trade Union Federation (DGB) to promote co-determination, research and studies. Additionally, Annika was also awarded a scholarship by the German Historical Institute in London to conduct research in Ireland for her PhD project.

As a scholarship holder of the German Academic Scholarship foundation Annika studied English, History and German at the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz and the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her year abroad at NUIG, including a summer internship funded by the Colleges of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies for a research project into Irish Youth culture in the 20th century, has heavily influenced her research interests. Said research internship led to her undergraduate thesis "Sleepwalking through the Sixties?" about the student movement at University College Galway in the 1960s. Annika was then awarded a Master of Education for her Master thesis "Rock'n'Roll Rebels", a historical comparison of the media portrayal of the 'Teddy Boys' in Ireland and their equivalent of the 'Halbstarke' in Germany.


International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC)

Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen

Otto-Behaghel-Str. 12

35394 Giessen



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  • Annika Stendebach, "Not Our Place? Irish Youth and Their Social Spaces in Transition". Poster at the Postgraduate Researchers Day of Women's History Association of Ireland (WHAI), 26.11.2021.
  • Tim Brückmann u. Annika Stendebach, Tagungsbericht: Das _coronarchiv_. Eine Dokumentation der Gegenwart für Geschichte(n) von Morgen, 09.07.2020 – 09.07.2020 digital (Gießen), in: H-Soz-Kult, 01.05.2021.
  • Annika Stendebach, "Trouble between `Town & Gown‘". In: Sarah-Anne Buckley und John Cunningham (eds.), Growing up in Galway: Childhood and Memories, Cork: Eva Books 2017, pp. 51-53.
  • Annika Stendebach, "Students Were Regarded As 'Second-Hand Citizens'", in: Galway Advertiser (2017), p. 48.
  • Annika Stendebach, "Trouble between Town and Gown", in: Sin Chaint, celebrating 50 years of NUIG Student Union (2014), pp. 14 – 17.

  • "No Country for Young (Wo-)Men – Irish Youth and Their Lack of Social Spaces in the 1960s and 1970s." 06.-07.10.2022, GenderSpaces, Perspectives of Contemporary History, hosted by the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam.

  • '"Like it or not, Women in Pubs Are now an Established Part of the Contemporary Scene” – Gendered Power Geometries within Pubs in 1960s and 1970s Ireland'. 8.04.2022, annual Conference of the Womens' History Association Ireland, "Irish women’s and gendered networks and communities from the medieval to the early modern period," hosted digitally jointly by University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College.

  • 'A Safe Place to Grow Up? – (Gendered) Concepts of Space and Safety in 1960s and 1970s Ireland'. 26.02.2022, 73rd Annual Conference of the Irish History Students Association, University of Dublin, Trinity College.

  • '"Girls at One Side of the Room, Men at the Other" – Power Geometries of Space within Irish Dance Halls'. 23-26.06.2021, XI Biennial International Conference of the  Society for the History of Children and Youth, “Challenges, Interruptions and Opportunities”, hosted online by National University of Ireland Galway.

  • 'Not Our Place? Changing Youth Cultures and Social Spaces in Ireland, 1958 - 1983'. 08.06.2021, Colloqiua hosted online by the German Historical Institute London.

  • Ireland’s 1968: “Gentle It Was, Revolution It Was Not?” Irish Youth (Culture) And Their Self-Perception in the Long 1960s.’ 29.02.2020, 71st Annual Conference of the Irish History Students Association, University College Dublin.
  • 'Rock ’n’ Roll Rebels: The 'Teddy Boys' in Ireland and their Media Portrayal in Comparison to the 'Halbstarke' in Germany'. 18.06.2018, Centuries of Childhood Conference, History of Irish Childhood Research Network, Dublin City University.
  • 'Scoundrels or the Scapegoats of the Nation?’ The 'Teddy Boys' in Ireland and their Media Portrayal in Comparison to the 'Halbstarke' in Germany'. 25.02.2017, 68th Annual Conference of the Irish History Students Association, University of Dublin, Trinity College.
  • '“They Called Them Edelweiss Pirates, Their Numbers Were Few, but where They Blossomed, Resistance Grew?” The Edelweiss Pirates as an Example of Oppositional Youth Movements in Nazi Germany'. 20.02.2016, 67th Annual Conference of the Irish History Students Association, National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • '"Sleepwalking through the Sixties" – The Student Movement at University College Galway'. 14.03.2015, 66th Annual Conference of the Irish History Students Association, University of Limerick.
  • 'The Disenchantment of the Common People – The Impact of the Reformation in Rural England'. 02.03.2013, 64th Annual Conference of the Irish History Students Association, Queen's University Belfast.
  • 'Johannes Gutenberg and the Medieval Mainz'. 03.03.2012, 63rd Annual Conference of the Irish History Students Association, National University of Ireland, Galway.
Research interests

  • Irish History
  • Youth cultures
  • Gender History
  • Everyday History
  • Social Spaces
  • The Long Sixties

  • 07.2022-08.2022 Supplement Course German History And Politics: Protest CultureHessen International Summer University, UMR Marburg
  • 10.2021-02.2022 Proseminar The Second Wave Feminist Movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Historical Institute, JLU Giessen (Co-teaching with Prof Dr Katharina Stornig)
  • 04.2016-08.2016 Tutorial for the Proseminar Flight and Migration in Germany since 1945.  History Department, JGU Mainz
  • 04.2016-08.2016 Tutorial for the Proseminar The Hambach Festival. History Department, JGU Mainz
  • 10.2015-02.2016 Tutorial for the Proseminar Resistance against National Socialism. History Department, JGU Mainz
  • 04.2015-08.2015 Tutorial for the Proseminar US-American Military in Germany since 1945. History Department, JGU Mainz
  • 10.2013-02.2014 Tutorial for the Proseminar Experiment Europa. History Department, JGU Mainz