Archive for the ‘Honors’ Category

I received notice that I’ve been appointed to the Advisory Board of the newly established Foundation Sites of German Democratic History (Stiftung Orte der deutschen Demokratiegeschichte).

The Foundation aims to promote consciousness of and public engagement with the eventful and complex history of German democracy in a Eurpean and global context. It was established by the German Bundestag in 2021. It is currently in development and will start its activities later this year.

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Wolf-Erich-Kellner Prize 2022

I’m grateful to announce that my second book (Habilitation) Qui tacet: Die Politik des Schweigens im Europa des langen 19. Jahrhunderts (Qui tacet: The Politics of Silence in Nineteenth-Century Europe) – which I’m currently preparing for publication – has been awarded the 2022 Book Prize of the Wolf-Erich-Kellner Memorial Foundation. The prize is curated by the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom and honors publications that address the history and intellectual foundations of liberalism. The award ceremony will held on 10 November 2022 at the Foundation’s annual Liberalism Colloquium in Berlin.

The list of previous laureates includes many excellent historians, among them my long-term mentor Jörn Leonhard and my former colleague Fabian Rausch.

My sincere thanks go out to the jury.

More information about the Colloquium can be found here and a short summary of the award ceremony here.

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The program of the UK-German Frontiers of Humanities Symposium 2019, held in Lübeck on 2 to 5 May, has been published on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s website.

Together with seven colleagues from four different disciplines (history, literature, geography, anthropology), I’m part of the organizing committee. The conference’s overall design as well as the session abstracts can be found here.

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Together with Daniel L. Lee (Sheffield), I’ve been invited to organize a historical panel at the first UK-German Frontiers of Humanities Symposium to be held in May 2019.

This new symposium format is co-funded by the British Academy and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation as part of the Frontiers of Research program of interdisciplinary, bi-national symposia. Alongside the history panel, there will be contributions from the fields of geography, anthropology and literature.


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I received notice that my article

  • Le silence du peuple: The Rhetoric of Silence during the French Revolution, in: French History 31, Nr. 4 (2017), 440–469, DOI: 10.1093/fh/crx062.

published last year in the journal French History, has been awarded the French History Article Prize 2017 by the Society for the Study of French History.

I am very grateful to the editorial board panel that selected my contribution and hope that the fact that the article is being made available online free of charge (here) will help it find a larger readership.


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Gerda Henkel Grant

I am happy and very grateful to announce that the Gerda Henkel Foundation awarded me a post-doc research grant of twelve months, starting in October of this year. In relieving me of my teaching and administrative responsibilities in Freiburg, this will enable me to bring the writing process of my second book project (Habilitation) decisively forward.

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From October 2014 to March 2015, I will be a fellow at the German Historical Institute London with a grant funded by the Max Weber Stiftung. Besides finishing the archival research for my research project about the uses of silence in nineteenth-century political communication, I will have to opportunity to start the writing process of my ‘habilitation’.





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In March/April of this year, I will be a Karl-Ferdinand-Werner Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Paris, enabling me to do some preliminary archival research for my project on political silence in the nineteenth century. In addition, I will have the opportunity to attend several workshops organized by the institute.



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Since the general meeting of January 24th, I am officially an associated member of the Center for French Studies (Frankreichzentrum) of Freiburg University.

The Center was founded in 1989 as an autonomous interdisciplinary institution bundling the university’s  research and teaching with a focus on France. It offers master programs in  economics, journalism and intercultural studies and strives to intensify interdisciplinary cooperation between various fields – especially economics, law, French language, history and communication studies. Moreover, the center functions as a catalyst of German-French cultural exchange


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I’m honoured to announce that after the Fazit-Stiftung, now the Geschwister Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung für Geisteswissenschaften has also generously awarded me a grant towards the printing costs of my dissertation, to be published this year under the title “Zeichen des Verfalls. Semantische Studien zur Entstehung der Kulturkritik im 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhundert”.

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