Chairs

Mara Albrecht is Deputy Director at the Orient-Institute Beirut (OIB) in Lebanon. Before joining the OIB, she worked as research associate at the Chair of History of West Asia at the University of Erfurt, Germany. She received her doctorate from the University of Erfurt in 2014. Her thesis “War of symbols. Political parties and political culture in Lebanon (1975-2013)” (in German) is concerned with political narratives as well as symbolic forms and practices relevant for the creation of political culture in contemporary Lebanon. Currently, she works on her habilitation project with the working title “Spatio-temporal practices of violence during the riots in Belfast and Jerusalem and their assessment by the British Empire”. This project is concerned with the interconnectedness of urban space, urban rhythms and practices of violence as well as practices of policing. It argues that a transfer of knowledge about urban violence took place from Ireland to Palestine in the context of relocating officers, troops, and administrative personnel. Her research interests include urban violence, spatial history, contested histories and memories, political cultures in the Middle East, the modern history of Lebanon, symbolic representations and cultures of violence, nationalisms in the Middle East and the history of the Middle East mandates.

Martin Baumeister has been the Director of the German Historical Institute in Rome since 2012. From 2003 until 2017, he held the chair in Contemporary European History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität of Munich. His current research interests are the history of contemporary Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, urban history, the history of religion, and the history of historiography. Among his recent publications: Cities Contested. Urban Politics, Heritage and Social Movements in Italy and West Germany in the 1970s, Frankfurt a.M.: Campus 2017 (co-ed. with Bruno Bonomo and Dieter Schott); in March 2020 will appear: Rethinking the Age of Emancipation. Comparative and Transnational Perspectives on Gender, Family, and Religion in Italy and Germany, 1800–1918, New York: Berghahn (co-ed. with Philipp Lenhard and Rut Nattermann).

Sandra Dahlke is Director of the DHI in Moscow since October 2018. From 1990 to 1998 she studied History and Slavic Studies in Paris, Cologne and Hamburg. Doctorate from the Universität Hamburg with a thesis on “Emel’jan Jaroslavskij (1878-1943): Individuum und Herrschaft im Stalinismus“ in 2005. She was a Research Associate at the Helmut-Schmidt-Universität in Hamburg from 1998 to 2011. Since 2006 she is working on a research project about spectacular criminal proceedings in the Russian Empire of the immediate post-reform period (1860s and 1870s).  From 2007 to 2008 and in 2011, she was a Visiting Researcher at the Centre d’études des mondes russe, caucasien et centre-européen (CERCEC) at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. In 2011 she was a Visiting Researcher in the Emmy-Noether research group “Wege der Rechtsfindung in ethnisch-religiös gemischten Gesellschaften” at the Institute of Slavic Studies at the Universität Leipzig.

Pascale Gazaleh is an Associate Professor of history at The American University in Cairo. Ghazaleh has taught in AUC’s history department since 2005. She is an expert on Ottoman history and 19th century Egypt. Ghazaleh received her PhD in history (très honorable, félicitations du jury) from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris in June 2004. Her dissertation was titled “Généalogies patrimoniales. La constitution des fortunes urbaines: Le Caire, 1780-1830” (Patrimonial Genealogies. The Constitution of Urban Wealth: Cairo, 1780-1830). She received her MA in Arabic studies, with a specialization in Middle East history, from The American University in Cairo in 1997. Her thesis was titled “Crafts and Craftspeople in Cairo, 1750-1850.”  Ghazaleh holds a BA in political science and a minor in development studies from The American University in Cairo.

Thomas Kirchner studied art history, history, and philosophy in Bonn, Berlin, and Paris. Doctorate (Promotion) from the Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität with a thesis on “L’expression des passions: Ausdruck als Darstellungsproblem in der französischen Kunst und Kunsttheorie des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts.” After working in the museum and exhibition sector, served as assistant at the Kunsthistorisches Institut der Freien Universität Berlin. From 1993 to 1995, was a postdoctoral fellow (Habilitationsstipendiat) of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Habilitation (German postdoctoral degree) at the Freie Universität Berlin on the topic of “Der epische Held: Historienmalerei und Kunstpolitik im Frankreich des 17. Jahrhunderts.” After teaching as a visiting associate professor in Berlin and Frankfurt am Main, appointed chair of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art History at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg in 1999 and, in 2002, took over as chair of Early Modern and Modern Art History at Goethe Universität in Frankfurt. Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles in 2011/12. Has taught as visiting professor at European and North American universities. Member of several academic advisory boards. Since February 1, 2014, he is Director of the German Center for Art History Paris (Max Weber Stiftung).

Thomas Maissen is the Director of the German Historical Institute in Paris. From 2002 to 2004, Maissen was Associate Professor at the University of Lucerne and from 2004 to 2013 full Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Heidelberg. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities. Among other honours, he has been Professeur invité at the EHESS Paris and visiting Fellow at the IAS in Princeton; currently he is Honorary visiting fellow at QMU London. Central areas of his research are the history of political thought and republicanism, history of religion and mentalities, historical iconography and Swiss history.

Simone Lässig has been Director of the GHI Washington since October 2015. Before taking up the GHI post, she served as Director of the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig (GEI) and Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Braunschweig. During her tenure at the GHI she has made the history of knowledge, the history of migration and digital history foci of research. In her own research she focuses on Jewish history, religion and religiosity, philanthropy and patronage, and memory cultures in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Her monograph “Jüdische Wege ins Bürgertum: Kulturelles Kapital und sozialer Aufstieg im 19. Jahrhundert“ (2004) was awarded the bi-annual prize of the German Historians‘ Association (best second book in history). Recent publications include: “The World of Children. Foreign Cultures in Nineteenth-Century German Education and Entertainment” (ed. with A. Weiß, 2019); “Space an Spaciality in Modern German-Jewish History” (ed. with M. Rürup 2017/19); Knowledge and Young Migrants (Special Issue of KNOW, ed. with S. Steinberg, 2019); “The Palgrave Handbook of Conflict and History

Birgit Schäbler has been Director of the Orient-Institut since October 2017. She holds the (only) Chair of History of West Asia (or: Near and Middle East) in Germany, at the University of Erfurt, from which she is on leave. After studying History of the Middle East, Islamic Studies and Political Science at the universities Würzburg, Erlangen and Berkeley, USA, she held positions and fellowships at Erlangen University, Duke University, Harvard University and Georgia’s Public Liberal Arts University. She founded the first German trans-regional research platform in 2008 at the University of Erfurt. Her research interests have been combining history and anthropology, focusing on the modern history of the Levant (bilad al-Sham) from the 19th and 20th centuries to the present. She has also published on questions of the history of the Middle East (as area history) and its relations to global history, as well as the history of Orientalism and Oriental Studies in Germany. Her publications include Aufstände im Drusenbergland: Ethnizität und Integration einer ländlichen Gesellschaft Syriens vom Osmanischen Reich bis zur staatlichen Unabhängigkeit, 1850-1949 (also in Arabic); Globalization and the Muslim World: Culture, Religion, and Modernity (co-edited); Area Studies und die Welt: Weltregionen und neue Globalgeschichte, as well as Moderne Muslime. Ernest Renan und die Geschichte der ersten “Islamdebatte” 1883. Currently she is interested in the concept of neighborhood/neighborliness, editing a volume on Reconstructing Neighborhoods of War and organizing the Stiftungskonferenz on Neighborliness in Global Perspective.

Abdallah Soufan is a Research Associate at Orient Institut Beirut since September 2019. He received his BS, BA, and MA from the American University of Beirut, where he worked also as an Instructor of Islamic Thought. He has recently received his PhD from Georgetown University. His research investigates dichotomies in classical Islamic thought.

Miloš Řezník is Director of the German Historical Institute in Warsaw since 2014. He studied History at the Karlsuniversität in Prague and from 1994 to 1999 doctoral studies in general History with a thesis on “Patriotismus und Identitäten im Königlichen Preußen im 18. Jh.“. From 1995 to 1996 he was an employee in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. From 1998 to 2001 he was a Research Associate at the Institute of World History of the Karlsuniversität and at the Institute of Education of the Technical University of Liberec. He also worked for the Center of Humanities History and Culture of Central and Eastern Europe (GWZO) at the Universität Leipzig in 2001/2. From 2002 to 2008 he was Junior Professor of European Regional History at the Technische Universität Chemnitz.

Franz Waldenberger is Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) in Tokyo, He is on leave from Munich University where he holds a professorship for Japanese Economy. His research focuses on the Japanese Economy, Corporate Governance and International Management. He is editor in chief of Contemporary Japan and member of the editorial board of other Japan and Asia related social science and economics Journals. He was visiting professor at various leading Japanese universities. He is member of the German Japan Forum and sits on the board of the Japanese German Business Association (DJW).