Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Najeeb Jan

Second Advisor

Emily Yeh

Third Advisor

Timothy Oakes


This thesis explores the important role of Nazi spatialities in shaping the Third Reich by focusing on the planning and rebuilding of Berlin, the Reich capital. In particular, it analyzes the plans for the city as an apparatus of biopolitical sovereignty. These plans served to foster a biopolitics of the population, securing life for Aryan Germans, while at the same time excluding Jews and exposing them to sovereign violence. Ultimately, the spatial arrangements of the new city helped lead to the politicization of all German life. Drawing largely on Foucault and Agamben, this thesis seeks to uncover a spatialized expression of modern power. In particular, it demonstrates how Nazi urban space constitutes both a repressive and productive field of forces.