Nisrine Rahal

Visiting Fellow

German Historical Institute Washington
1607 New Hampshire Ave NW | Washington DC 20009

Biographical Summary

Nisrine Rahal joined the GHI as a postdoctoral visiting research fellow in October 2021. Her doctoral thesis, “A Garden for the Future and a Garden of Destruction: The German Kindergarten Movement and the Politics of Early Children’s Education, 1817-1864” explored the nineteenth century kindergarten movement as a special space to examine the entangled histories of emancipation, religious dissent, revolution, social reform, gendered labor, and state power. She received her PhD from the University of Toronto Department of History in November 2021. Nisrine’s doctoral project was supported by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, the Leibniz Institute for European History, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Central European History Society, and the Bibliothek für bildungsgeschichtliche Forschung in Berlin. 

Nisrine’s current project at the GHI focuses on the political and cultural history of Christian love from the Protestant reformation through to the twentieth century in German-speaking Europe. This project explores how Christian love was redefined, deployed, and mobilized as a political and revolutionary concept that challenged traditional religious and state authorities.

Main Areas of Interest

  • Modern Germany
  • Emotions
  • Religion
  • Social reform and revolution
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Education and childhood

GHI Research Project