Cornel Zwierlein is since 2008 Associate Professor (currently in sabbatical) at the University of Bochum. From 2001 to 2008 he taught at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich where he completed his PhD in 2003 with a thesis about the perception of the 16th century French Wars of religion in Italy and Germany as an entangled European history, published in 2006. It was awarded with the Max-Weber-Prize of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in 2010. Habilitation in 2011 with a book, published in the same year, on the (surely: cutting!) edge between Early Modern and Environmental History on big city fires as a permanent threat in daily life in Early Modern Germany. It includes European and global comparisons. Former fellowships were granted by the Studienstiftung d. deutschen Volkes, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, German Historical Institute Paris, at Paris-I-Panthéon-Sorbonne and Rome. He led projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Federal Ministry of Research and was member of several interdisciplinary research projects (DFG-SFB, DFG/ANR, BMBF). Currently he is visiting the Department of History of Harvard University, writing a third book concerning the European coping with political, religious and scientific non-knowledge in the Mediterranean. The 2-year senior research fellowship is funded jointly by the Gerda-Henkel-Stiftung (m4human) and the European Commission (Marie Curie actions). A first draft of the book manuscript 'Imperial Unknowns. The French and British Empires in the Mediterranean, ca. 1700' is finished by Dec 2014.
Two-place conference Harvard / GHI Paris: Ignorance, Nescience, Nonknowledge: Late Medieval and Early Modern Coping with Unknowns
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