Institute of Modern History

Dr. Sabine Hanke

Academic Researcher


Seminar für Neuere Geschichte
Wilhelmstraße 36
72074 Tübingen

07071 29-78517


Office hours during winter semester 2023/24:
  • Mo, 2-3pm, with prior agreement via e-mail, beginning 6th Nov 2023

Office hours during semester break 2024:
  • Mon, 19 Feb, 2 - 3 p.m. (possibly via Zoom), by prior arrangement by email
  • Mon, 11 March, 2 - 3 p.m. (possibly via Zoom), by prior arrangement by email

Other dates can be arranged if necessary

office: Hegelbau, ground floor, room 028


Universität Duisburg-Essen, Postdoktorand
University of Sheffield, PhD Candidate

Thesis: National identity and cultural difference in the British and German circus, 1920-1945, supervised by Prof Mary Vincent, Dr Esme Cleall and Dr Julia Moses, formerly Prof Bob Moore and Dr Dina Gusejnova, examined by Dr Moritz Föllmer and Dr Colin Reid, PhD awarded in January 2021)

Master of Arts in Geschichte, Technische Universität Dresden
Bachelor of Arts in Geschichte, Politikwissenschaft und Soziologie, Technische Universität Dresden
Universitatea de Lucian Blaga, Rumänien

Scientific career

Sabine Hanke completed her PhD in History at the University in Sheffield, UK, in January 2021. Her research was centered on the national and imperial ramifications of the modern British and German circus during the interwar period. She is currently preparing her first monograph based on her thesis with Manchester University Press. Prior to joining the University of Tübingen, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Duisburg-Essen’s Section on Global Mobility, spanning the 18th to 20th centuries, where she also conducted courses in Modern History. In her current research project, she continues her interests in Human-Animal Studies, which have also informed her thesis. Her present focus centers on delving into the role played by birds of paradise in the colonial context of New Guinea throughout the long nineteenth century. Sabine is keenly interested in collaborating with museums and public initiatives to shed light on the postcolonial history and its profound impact on society. She is particularly dedicated to exploring the intricate narratives surrounding histories of display and representation.


Research interests

  • Human-Animal Studies and Environmental History
  • Modern European Colonial and Imperial History and its entanglements
  • Popular Culture Studies


  • 3-year full-time scholarship for PhD, Arts and Humanities Faculty, University of Sheffield, 2016/17-2019/20.



  • Worlds of the Ring: Nation and Empire in the British and German Circus, 1918-1945, (manuscript in preparation, 2021, forthcoming with Manchester University Press).


  • Between Defiance and Control: Wild Animal Performance in the Interwar Period, Early Popular Visual Culture 21.3 (2023), pp. 383-396.

  • Performing National Identity in the Interwar Period: The Sarrasani Circus in Germany and Latin America, New Theatre Quarterly 37.2 (2021), pp. 190-201.

Book reviews

  • Review of Jonathan Saha, Colonizing Animals: Interspecies Empire in Myanmar (Cambridge, 2021), Sehepunkte 23 (2023), Nr. 2 (February 2023),
  • Animal worlds. Joint review of Diana Donald, Women against cruelty: Protection of animals in nineteenth-century Britain (Manchester, 2020) and Thomas Almeroth-Williams, City of beasts: How animals shaped Georgian London (Manchester, 2019), Reviews in History 2414 (September 2020),

Popular-scientific contributions

  • Sarrasanis Völker: Menschenschauen im Zirkus, in Christina Ludwig, Andrea Rudolph, Thomas Steller et al. (ed.), Menschen anschauen: Selbst- und Fremdinszenierungen in Dresdner Menschenausstellungen (Dresden, 2023), pp. 96-103.

  • Salman Schocken, in Sabine Wolfram (ed.), Archäologie eines Kaufhauses: Konzern, Bauherr, Architekt: Das Buch zur Dauerausstellung (Berlin, 2016), pp. 60-91, together with Tomke Hinrichs.

  • “Wir wollten sie echt und leibhaftig haben haben”: American Indians im Zirkus Sarrasani 1906-1945, Dresdner Hefte. Beiträge zur Kulturgeschichte 2.126 (2016), pp. 51-58.

  • Salman Schocken – “My library is my autobiography”, Sächsische Heimatblätter 4 (2014), pp. 396-403, together with Antje Borrmann and Tomke Hinrichs.