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Faculty for History, Philosphy and Theology  |  History Department

Curriculum Vitae


Habilitation (teaching qualification) in Modern History at Goethe University. Postdoctoral thesis: Material for History. Monuments as epistemic objects in the construction of the Gallic past in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century

Doctorate in philosophy at the University of Potsdam. Dissertation: “Ich kann nicht von allen berichten, die Namen nicht nennen...” Selektion und Katalog als ästhetische Sanktionen

Teacher training in history and philosophy at secondary school level (Italy)

Magister Artium in Philosophy at the University of Bologna. Thesis: Motivi storico-filosofici nelle Theologische Jugendschriften di G.W.F.Hegel

1992 - 1998
Undergraduate studies: philosophy at the University of Bologna, philosophy and modern history at Heidelberg University

Academic Employment

February-June 2022
Visiting Fellowship at Bard Graduate Center (New York)

July 2020
Call to the W2 professorship for Cultural History focusing on Museum/ Museum studies at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (declined)

June 2020 - present
Professor of Theory of History at Bielefeld University

September-December 2019
Membership at the Institute for Advanced Study Princeton

August 2019
Postdoc scholarship at the German Historical Institute London

March-July 2019
Assistant professor at the Chair for the History of the Early Modern Period at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

October 2016 - March 2017
Visiting scholar at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris) Study group on modern historiography (Groupe d’études sur les historiographies modernes)

February 2015 - September 2018
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft project (project subdivision: temporary position as principal Investigator), “Stoff für die Geschichte: Der nationale Antiquarianismus und seine Narrative in Frankreich im 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhundert”

July 2014 - January 2015
Fellow at the German Historical Institute Paris

July 2014
Nominated for the 1822 university prize for excellence in teaching at Goethe University (with Judith Blume and Dr. Vera Hierholzer)

April 2013 - June 2014
Design and curation of anniversary exhibition at Goethe University, Ich sehe wunderbare Dinge. 100 Jahre Sammlungen an der Goethe Universität [I See Wonderful Things: One Hundred Years of Collections at Goethe University], Giersch Museum, Goethe University (19.10.14–08.02.2015)

April 2013 - June 2014
Research fellowship from the Gerda Henkel Foundation

October-November 2013
Research at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne funded by a travel grant from Collège doctoral franco-allemand/ Deutsch-französischen Doktorandenkollegs

February-March 2013
Senior fellow at Centre Alexandre Koyré in Paris (Research in Paris program), grant from Paris City Council

January 2007 - January 2013
Academic coordinator at the International Graduate School on Political Communication from Antiquity to the 20th Century, Goethe University (part-time until 03.2008; full-time from 04.2008)

March and July-August 2012
Research at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne funded by a travel grant from Collège doctoral franco-allemand/ Deutsch-französischen Doktorandenkollegs

October 2003 - September 2004
Research at Potsdam University funded by the Morelli-Rotary Prize of the Giovanni Morelli Foundation (Bergamo)

Digital Humanities

2012 - 2020
Creation, development and maintenance of online platform for Goethe University collections (with Judith Blume and Vera Hierholzer), URL: http://sammlungen.uni-frankfurt.de/
URL: http://sammlungen.uni-frankfurt.de/