Professor Joachim Whaley (Co-Director)

Joachim Whaley

Joachim Whaley is Professor of German History and Thought and author of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire 1493-1806, 2 vols Oxford: OUP, 2012. He has also published numerous articles, reviews and contributions to handbooks and lexicons of German history and literature, and is currently working on a history of Austria and German-speaking Europe from the later Middle Ages to the present day. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 1984, and in 2013 he was awarded a LittD by the University of Cambridge for his publications on early modern German history. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2015.

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Dr Janine Maegraith (Co-Director)


Dr Janine Maegraith is Director of Studies in History (Part I) at Newnham College, Cambridge. Her research focuses on the early modern history of Central Europe, especially German speaking territories, with a focus on consumption and material culture, inheritance and household structure, the history and development of female religious orders, and the impact of secularization on monastic pharmacy and rural welfare. She is currently working on the project “The Role of Wealth in Defining and Constituting Kinship Spaces from the 16th to the 18th Century” funded by the FWF Austrian Research Fund, in collaboration with PD Dr Margareth Lanzinger.

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Dr Annja Neumann (Co-Director)

Annja NeumannAnnja Neumann is a research associate of the Schnitzler Digital Edition Project at the Department of German and Dutch and a Teaching Bye-Fellow at Magdalene College. Her current  project focuses on the intersection of literature and science in Arthur Schnitzler’s middle period works. Her research interests include Fin-de-siècle Vienna, Habsburg nostalgia and the history of medicine around 1900.

In 2012 she completed her PhD in German literature at Queen Mary, University of London with a thesis exploring the notion of historicity in the late poetry of Nelly Sachs and Paul Celan. She temporarily lectured in German language and literature at Queen Mary, before she was awarded the Sylvia Naish Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Modern Languages Research in London in 2013. Before moving to the UK she was educated at the Universities of Heidelberg and Uppsala.

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Dr Suzanna Ivanič (Co-Director)

Susanna Ivanic

Suzanna Ivanič is a University Lecturer in Early Modern Europe at the Faculty of History, Cambridge. Her research focuses on religious materiality in early modern central Europe with a particular interest in Prague. Recent and forthcoming published work includes articles for Visual Communication and Cultural and Social History, object case studies for the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Treasured Possessions exhibition catalogue and a chapter on religious material culture in The Routledge Handbook of Material Culture in Early Modern Europe.

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Louis Morris (Webmaster)

Louis MorrisLouis Morris is a postgraduate student at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he is completing a DPhil on foreign soldiery in the Holy Roman Empire at the turn of the sixteenth century. He has previously studied for his BA and MPhil at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where his masters research dealt with the War of Cologne in the 1580s. His wider research interests include the Thirty Years War and the role of piracy in world history, and his undergraduate dissertation was a winner of a national prize for undergraduate achievement from the British Commission for Maritime History.