MemberPaul Michael Kurtz

I am a modern cultural, intellectual, and religious historian. My research centers on the production and circulation of knowledge about the ancient world both in and between Europe and the Middle East during the 19th and 20th centuries. In my early work, I concentrated on the technical scholarly practices as well as the nationalist, political, and theological forces that shaped representations of early Judaism in the German Empire, esp in biblical, classical, and oriental studies. My latest work examines philology as the premier science of the nineteenth century, focusing on the networks, media, infrastructure, and instruments involved in collecting, processing, and reproducing texts. This research expands traditional work on the history of the humanities by combining an understanding of global and colonial history, media theory, history of science, and science and technology studies.   My work appears in the finest journals of history, religion, and culture, such as History & TheoryCritical Inquiry, Central European History, and Harvard Theological Review. My first monograph, on the historiography of ancient Israel in the German Empire, was published by Mohr Siebeck in 2018.   Since 2019, I have been a Research Fellow of the Flemish Research Council (FWO) at Ghent University. Before coming to Ghent, I was a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Cambridge and Queens’ College (2017–19) and, prior, a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Göttingen (2016–17). In 2016, I obtained my PhD, with highest distinction, from Göttingen, where I was also a Fulbright Scholar. During doctoral studies, I held research fellowships at the University of Chicago, Leibniz Institute of European History (Mainz), Max Weber Centre for Advanced Studies (Erfurt), and Ghent. This followed an MDiv at Princeton Theological Seminary.   In addition to the FWO, I have secured funding from the European Commission (Horizon2020), Fulbright Program, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and American Schools of Oriental Research.

MemberChristian Oertel

I am a medieval historian working preferably on the peripheries of medieval latin Europe (Scandinavia, Central Europe). I have written my PhD thesis on the cult and veneration of St Erik of Sweden following his way from a local saint around Uppsala in the late 12th century to the royal patron of the Swedish realm in the 15th. For my PostDoc project I turned to late medieval Bohemia and am currently working on the ruling praxis of Wenceslaus IV (“the Lazy”) during the last decade before his dethronement as king of the Holy Roman Empire.

MemberKati Voigt

Kati Voigt hat von 2010-2020 am Institut für Anglistik an der Universität Leipzig gearbeitet. Sie unterrichtete Kurse auf Bachelor- und Masterniveau welche von der Einführung in die Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften bis zu Themenseminaren über walisische Literatur und Kultur (z.B. Mabinogion, Travel Writing), Wissenschaft und Literatur (Mathematik, Frankenstein) und Politik in der Literatur (Tony Blair, Monarchie) reichen. Neben der Lehre organisierte sie regelmäßig Studienfahrten, war Erasmus-Koordinatorin für Bangor, Aberystwyth und Liverpool und Gründungsmitglied des AK “SoTL” (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning). Jetzt freut sie sich auf de nächste Herausforderung: das Schulleben und wird als Lehrerin für Mathematik und Englisch an ein Leipziger Gymnasium gehen.