Institute of Modern History


End of Empire

Our project examines the impact of the end of the British Empire on the former settler colonies of Australia and New Zealand, paying particular attention to practices of belonging and their perception of the South Pacific Islands in times of change. (Miriam Adler, Sabrina Jost, SFB 923)

De-centering the Enlightenment

Through the interpretation of the "Neue Welt-Bott/ New World Messenger" (1726-1761), a collection of primarily Jesuit reports from around the world, Ulrike Strasser (San Diego) and Renate Dürr (Tübingen) are developing a new narrative of the Enlightenment. This project is funded by the VW Foundation within their "Opus Magnum" funding line. (Renate Dürr)

Spanish Imperial Governance in Times of Threat (17th C. Panama)

The project, which until June 2019 was part of the CRC 923 Threatened Orders, studies Spanish imperial governance in late 17th century Panama. Its focus is the Scottish Darien colony, which its Spanish contemporaries perceived as a threat to the Spanish interests in the region. Drawing on global and entangled history, the project not only studies Spanish governmental and communication practices employed in reaction to the colony, but also other faactors such as conflicts between individual Spanish actors, indigenous agency, and the impact of weather, disease, and geography. (Marie Schreier)

Behaving Like Heathens. Polemical Comparisons and Religious Diversity

What role does comparison play in medieval and early modern discourses about religious diversity? How are polemical comparisons connected to emerging concepts of religion? (Christina Brauner)

Lutheran Baptisms of Muslims and Africans (16th-18th century)

Forced migration to the German lands was no exception. This research project interprets Lutheran baptismal sermons. It focuses on three aspects mainly: 1) the development of baptismal rituals; 2) the reconstruction of the lives of the deported people; 3) the reconstruction of what is not said in these sermons. (Renate Dürr)

Chronopolitics and Temporality in Global History

How do global historians deal with time and temporality? My work explores both general methodological questions and specific debates such as the current discussion about the "Global Middle Ages”. (Christina Brauner)

Multilingual ways of speaking about language

The project investigates how the multilingual communicative situation in missionary contexts in New Spain affected speaking about language itself. (Simon Siemianowski)

Archaeological Practice as Imperialism

The dissertation project examines German excavation practice in the Ottoman Empire between 1870 and 1914 with a focus on social history. (Julia Tubbesing)

Horizons of Works

This project focuses on global labour migration from central European regions, tracing the social background and previous mobility of migrants, their relations to each other, knowledge transfer regarding work opportunities as well as the impact of their leave and return on the regions of origin. (Philip Hahn)

Mission and Money

In my book-project I examine the transnationalization of Catholicism, which was largely carried out by Catholic “lay people” and a broad fundraising-movement. (Frederike Schotters)