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Professor Kay Schiller

Professor (Modern European History) in the Department of History
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 46586

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Kay Schiller is a cultural historian of 20th-century Germany. He has published on modern German-Jewish history, notably Gelehrte Gegenwelten (2000). More recently, he has written on the history of the Federal Republic and the GDR with articles on terrorism, youth and sport during the 1970s, co-edited volumes on German sports history and the history of the FIFA World Cup, a co-authored monograph on the 1972 Munich Olympic Games and a monograph on the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany. The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany won both the North American Society for Sport History Book Award and the Aberdare History Prize from the British Society of Sports History for best sports history book published in 2010. In 2010-11 he was a Senior Research Fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin and during 2012-13 DAAD Visiting Professor in Contemporary History at Technical University Dresden. He is a co-editor of Sport in History. In 2018/19 he will act as the PI for the Durham IAS sponsored project 'Masculinities in Martial Sports: West, East and Global South' (

He is also a keen runner and FA qualified football referee.

Doctoral Supervision

Kay Schiller welcomes inquiries from potential postgraduate students in modern German history and modern European sport history.

Research Groups

Department of History

Research Interests

  • Sports history, especially the history of football
  • Post-1945 Germany
  • Modern German cultural and intellectual history
  • German-Jewish history


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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Modern History: Europe: Modern Germany since 1945 (Federal Republic and GDR); Sports History (esp. Politics of the modern Olympic Games)