Dr. Maximilian Bushman

Research associate

Maximilian Buschmann works as a research associate at the Institute for History and Ethics of Medicine (IGEM) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in the research project "Brain Research at Institutes of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society in the Context of National Socialist Injustice".

He studied Modern and Contemporary History, Medieval History, and Psychology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, and most recently completed a DFG-funded project on the history of the hunger strike at LMU Munich.

Previously, he was a Bavarian Fellow at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

In 2023, his dissertation on the transnational history of the hunger strike was published, which received the dissertation prize of the Bavarian American Academy and was shortlisted for the Hedwig Hintze Prize. In research and teaching, he works on the history of biopolitics, psychiatry, prisons, eugenics, hunger and racism. He is particularly interested in the historicity of bodies and body practices as well as knowledge.

  • History of psychiatry and the penal system
  • Medicine in National Socialism
  • History of hunger, nutrition and the body
  • History of forms of protest in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • History of human rights and humanitarianism
Buschmann, Maximilian; (2021) The government of hunger strike protest, prison, and psychiatry in Germany, 1913-1934, Westphalian Research, 71, 209-224.
Buschmann, Maximilian; (2019) "Freedom or starvation" Hunger strikes as a form of protest by political prisoners in the early Weimar Republic, WerkstattGeschichte, 80, 17-35.
Buschmann, Maximilian; (2019) The decade of the hunger strike in the era of human rights A transnational perspective on a risky political form of protest in the 1970sHaus der Geschichte Baden-Württembergs, ; , Hunger, Zur Geschichte einer existenziellen Bedrohung, Ubstadt-Weiher, 185-204.
Bushman, Maximilian; (2018) The First Political Hunger Striker in America. Anarchist rebels and the history of not eating as a form of protest in the early 20th centuryAselmeyer, N; Settele, V; , History of Not Eating, Renunciation, Avoidance, and Refusal in Modernity, Supplement 73 of Historische Zeitschrift, Berlin/Boston, 145-174.
Buschmann, Maximilian; (2017) "That Most Terrible Weapon" Hunger Strikes and Forced Feeding in Early 20th Century European History, European History Theme Portal, www.europa.clio-online.de/essay/id/fdae-1697
Buschmann, Maximilian; (2015) Hunger Strikes Notes on the Transnational History of a Form of Protest in the 20th Century, From Politics and Contemporary History, 65, 49, 34-40.
  • Ethics and Palliative Care Seminar (Certificate of Achievement GTE) (WiSe 2021/22)

Maximilian Buschmann gives scientific and public lectures on the following topics:

  • History of the hunger strike and force feeding
  • Brain Research and Infanticide under National Socialism