Curriculum Vitae


Personal Information

  • Citizenship: German
  • Marital Status: Married, two children
  • Birth: 1962
  • Senior Researcher, History of Emotions


2007 Habilitation in Modern History, University of Bielefeld
1993 - 1994 Training as an archivist, State Archive of Rhenania, Koblenz (practical part of the training)
1991 PhD, Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg
1983 - 1986 Studies at the Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg (History of South Asia, Medieval and Modern History, Public Law)
1981 - 1983 Degree studies at the University of Saarland (Medieval and Modern History, History of Eastern Europe, Public Law)
1981 Abitur (school-leaving certificate) at the German School, Paris

Professional Experience

since 2012 Extraordinary Professor, Freie Universität Berlin
since 2008 Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
2006 - 2007 Research Fellow at the Modern Orient Centre Berlin in the Programme Development Department
2006 Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center Berlin
2002 - 2005 Project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation on the research project "Plural Identities of Muslims in Old Delhi in the 19th century", University of Erfurt
1997 - 2003 Archival Studies in Delhi on "Plural Identities of Muslims in Old Delhi in the 19th century"
1995 - 1997 Research project on "Lifestyles. The Catholic milieu in Hennef (Rhineland)", accompanying this: Adult education in the archdiocese of Cologne

Awards, Honors, and Fellowships

March 2020 Research Fellow at the International Centre of Advanced Studies: Metamorphoses of the Political (ICAS:MP), Delhi
March 2016 Visiting Professorship at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of South Asia Studies
March 2013 Visiting Professorship at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Institut des Etudes de l'Islam et des Sociétés du Monde Musulman, Paris
2011 Senior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, FRIAS
2010 “Geisteswissenschaften International” Award - Translation Funding for Work in the Humanities and Social Sciences (by Thyssen Foundation, collecting society VG Wort, German Publishers and Booksellers Association and the Federal Foreign Office of Germany)
2008 Habilitation Prize of the Association of German Historians
1987 DAAD stipend, Hyderabad
1981 - 1986 German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)

Academic Activities

2022 - Co-Coordinator of the Project Retrieving Past Lifes from Jamia - Tazkirah-e Jamia, (common initiative by the Max Weber Forum for South Asian Studies (MWF Delhi) and the Centre de Sciences Humaines, Delhi)
2021 - Member in the ERC Project India's Politics in its Vernaculars", (Principal Investigator Anastasia Piliavsky, Kings College London)
2021 - Member of the International Advisory Board of the Project "The 20th Century in Basic Concepts. A Dictionary of Socio-Political and Cultural Semantics in Germany", at the Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin
2020 - Member of the Advisory Board of "The Historian - Research Journal" (Government College, Lahore)
2020 - Member of the Editorial Board of "Sindhu: An Interdisciplinary Journal of South Asian Studies"
2020 - Chair of the Advisory Board of the India Branch Office of the Max Weber Foundation, Delhi
2019 - 2020 Member of the advisory board of the German Historical Institute, London
2018 - 2023 Vize Chair "History of Concepts Group"
2017 - 2023 Co-Editor of Contributions to the History of Concepts (with Jan Ifversen and Jani Marjanen)
2017 - Principal Investigator and Board Member of the Graduate School Global Intellectual History of the Freie Universität Berlin
2016 Member of the Advisory Board of the journal Emotions: History, Culture, Society, established by Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE)
2016 - 2023 Member of the Executive Board of the History of Concepts Group
2014 - Co-editor of the series "Globalgeschichte. Theorien, Ansätze, Themen", [Global History. Theories, Approaches, Topics], Campus Verlag (with Sebastian Conrad and until 2023 Andreas Eckert)
2013 - Co-Editor of History of Emotions - Insights into Research (with Anja Laukötter)
2012 - Member of the Faculty of MA Global History, Freie Universität Berlin
2012 - 2020 Principal Investigator of the International Max Planck Research School for Moral Economies of Modern Societies (concluded in 2020)
2012 - 2017 Member of the Editorial Board of Contributions to the History of Concepts
2009 - 2012 Co-Editor of Contributions to the History of Concepts (with Sinai Rusinek)
2009 - Elected Member of the board of editors of Geschichte und Gesellschaft (journal of historical Social Sciences)
2008 - 2014 Member of the Advisory Boards of Concepta (International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Thought)
2008 - Principal Investigator of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universität Berlin

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