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Dr. Cornelia Aust

Member of the academic staff, Department of History. Spokeperson for Research Area 2 "Sacralisation and Desacralisation"
Room: 04-09, Diether-von-Isenburg-Str. 9-11, 55116 Mainz (Besucheranschrift)
Phone: +49 6131 39 39483
Fax: +49 6131 39 35326


Personal Details:

Cornelia Aust has studied History, Eastern European History, and Religious Studies in Leipzig, Jerusalem and Berlin (1996-2003). She received her MA from the Free University in Berlin and spent the following academic year (2003-2004) at the University of Warsaw. She then became a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she received her PhD in 2010 with her dissertation entitled “Commercial Cosmopolitans: Networks of Jewish Merchants between Warsaw and Amsterdam, 1750-1820.” Among many fellowships, she held the Louis Apfelbaum and Hortense Braunstein Apfelbaum Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies in Philadelphia in 2008-2009. Before coming to Mainz as a member of the academic staff in April 2013, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2010-2013). Adjunct lecturer at the Department of Judaic Studies, Goethe-University Frankfurt.

Research interests

Jewish history in the early modern and modern period in central and eastern Europe
Transnational history

Publications (Selection)

Between Amsterdam and Warsaw. Commercial Networks of the Ashkenazic Mercantile Elite in Central Europe. Jewish History 27,1 (2013), 41-71; DOI: 10.1007/s10835-012-9167-1.
Conflicting Authorities: Rabbis, Physicians, Lay Leaders and the Question of Burial. David Shulman (Hg.). Meditations on Authority. Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2013, 87-100.
Balegula. Dan Diner (Hg.). Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, Bd. 1, Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler 2011, 241-243.
Sephardim. Friedrich Jäger (Hg.). Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit, Bd. 11, Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler: 2010, 1100-1105 .
Narrative jüdischer Wirtschaftsgeschichte in Osteuropa. François Guesnet (Hg.). Zwischen Graetz und Dubnow. Jüdische Historiographie in Ostmitteleuropa im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. Leipzig: Leipziger Akademische Verlagsanstalt 2009, 177-201.

Current research projects:

Between Amsterdam and Warsaw: The Jewish Mercantile Elite in Central and East Central Europe (1750-1830)

This book project is concerned with the economic and familial connections of Jewish merchants in central and east central Europe.

Dress Regulations and Religious Plurality

This project is concerned with the integration of the Jewish population into early modern political and social regimes.

Jewish Self-Government in Poland and the Polish Partition Territories from 1772 to 1815

The project presents central sources on the history of Jewish self-government in Poland.