Eli Rubin, Ph.D.

Vita | Projekt | Publikationen


Synthetic Socialism: Plastics and Dictatorship in the German Democratic Republic. Forthcoming, Fall 2008, University of North Carolina Press.

“East German Plastics: Technology, Gender and Teleological Structures of Everyday Life” German History (Special Issue, “Modernity Begins at Home. Vol 25, No. 4) 596-624.

“Strategies of Survival: Culture and Economics on the Everyday Level “Do We Need A New Economic History of Germany?” (H-German Forum solicited essay, May 18, 2007).

“The Form of Socialism without Ornament: Consumption, Ideology, and the Fall and Rise of Modernist Design in the German Democratic Republic” Journal of Design History (Vol 19, Nr. 2, 155-168).

“Plastics and Dictatorship in the German Democratic Republic: Towards an Economic, Consumer, Design and Cultural History” Bulletin of the German Historical Institute 38, Spring 2006, 89-98.

“The Order of Substitutes: Plastic Consumer Goods in the Volkswirtschaft and Everyday Domestic Life in the GDR.” In Consuming Germany in the Cold War, ed. David Crew. (Berg, 2003), 87-121.

Current Projects

Material Memory: Marzahn, Socialism, and the German Democratic Republic. Planned second book, research began in summer 2005 and will be completed during Humboldt Fellowship stay in Berlin, 2007-2009.

The Summer of 1945: Picking up the Pieces in Germany. Third book project, preliminary research to begin in summer 2009.

Writing East German History After the Cultural Turn?. Planning and coordinating major international conference in cooperation with Geoff Eley of the University of Michigan, Benita Blessing of Ohio University, Heather Gumbert of Virginia Tech and Uta Balbier of the German Historical Institute in Washington DC. Will take place in Ann Arbor, 5-6 December 2008.

Writing East German History After the Cultural Turn. Planned edited volume to appear based on Ann Arbor conference, co-edited with conference organizers.

"Beyond Normal: Charting a Path for the Future of GDR Studies." Historiographical article currently underway on past and future of GDR historiography, tentatively to appear in Social History in 2009.

The Structures of Immortality. Theoretical intervention either as collection of essays or monograph intended to ground own historical work in larger economic, social, scientific and philosophical debates.


Donna Harsch, The Revenge of the Domestic: Women, the Family and Communism in the German Democratic Republic . Social History, forthcoming, Spring 2008.

Dirk Spiker, East German Leadership and the Division of Germany: Patriotism and Propaganda, 1945-1953. American Historical Review, forthcoming, Winter 2007.

Jennifer Schevardo, Vom Wert des Notwendigen, H-Net German, October 22, 2007.

Judd Stitziel, Fashioning Socialism: Clothing, Politics and Consumer Culture in East Germany, H-Net German, April 2006.

Mark Landsman, Dictatorship and Demand: The Politics of Consumerism in East Germany, H-Net German, October, 2005.

Manuel Schramm, Konsum und regionale Identität in Sachsen 1880-2000, H-Net German, March 2005.

Alle Rechte an Texten, Bildern und sonstigen Inhalten liegen beim ZZF (2011).