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Elizabeth Vlossak (B.A., Mount Allison; M.St., Oxford; Ph.D., Cambridge) teaches 20th-century European history at Brock, including courses on Weimar Germany, nations and nationalism, and gender in modern European history. She has taught at the University of Ottawa and at the Queen's University International Study Centre, Herstmonceux Castle, England. Her research interests include the cultural history of the two world wars, women's history and the history of European feminisms, border studies, gender and nationalism, and memory and the politics of commemoration.
She is currently revising her PhD dissertation for publication with Oxford University Press. "Marianne or Germania: Nationalizing Women in Alsace, 1850-1950" focuses on the roles women played in the process of German and French nation-building in Alsace. The work sheds new light on the gendering of nationalism in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, particularly in borderlands such as Alsace, and on the controversial relationship between feminism and nationalism. She is also researching French women's experiences of forced labour under the Nazi occupation. This material will be included in an upcoming project entitled "Gender and Memory in Postwar Alsace," which traces the evolution of collective memory and official commemoration in Alsace from 1944/45 to the present day.