Prof. Dr. Johannes Paulmann
Director (executive), Department "Universalgeschichte"Room: R. 208
Phone: +49 6131 39 39362
Fax: +49 6131 39 30154
Current research projects:
"Cosmobilities" – Transnational Lives in Dictionaries of National Biography across Europe during the 19th Century
This feasibility study, headed by Johannes Paulmann (Mainz) and Margit Szöllösi-Janze (Munich) and investigated by Sarah Pater (Mainz), evaluated the potential of a historical analysis of transnational lives in dictionaries of national biography across Europe during the 19th century.
Engaging Europe in the Arab World: European missionaries and humanitarianism in the Middle East (1850-1970)
This project seeks to explore the points of contact between European ‘humanitarian diplomacy’ (praxis and law) and the missionaries.
The international Global Humanitarianism | Research Academy (GHRA) offers research training to advanced PhD candidates and early postdocs. It combines academic sessions at the Imperial and Global History Centre at the University of Exeter and the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz with archival sessions at the Archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. The Research Academy addresses early career researchers who are working in the related fields of humanitarianism, international humanitarian law, peace and conflict studies as well as human rights covering the period from the 18th to the 20th century. It supports scholarship on the ideas and practices of humanitarianism in the context of international, imperial and global history thus advancing our understanding of global governance in humanitarian crises of the present.
Writing European history calls for the crossing of boundaries and borders. In October 2016 the Leibniz Institute of European History hosts a workshop on European history for international PhD students, after having hosted a first workshop in this field in November 2015. The workshop brings together projects that transcend the confines of the European nation-state from the 17th to the 20th century, including Europe’s relations with the world, and will reflect on the practical challenges of writing European history across boundaries and borders. We encourage researchers working in this field to present central aspects of their dissertation projects and to discuss the transcultural and transnational scope of their findings in a stimulating environment.
This blog, which is based on a joint initiative by Fabian Klose and Johannes Paulmann, is part of Research Area 2. The aim is to provide academics worldwide with a forum for the discussion of the historical development of humanitarian norms and human rights.
Knowledge of the World - Heritage of Mankind: The History of UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage
The research project investigates the origins of the UNESCO World Heritage program for the first time on the basis of historical sources. Taking the World Heritage program governance institution as a prism, it investigates the shifting structures, institutions and actors, perceptions and agency. In five subprojects, it provides new insights into "transformations" of statehood, society and politics, culture and nature, time and space, past, present and future since the 1970s.
The research training group examines reactions in the process of European unification, as well as the repercussions and activities that the process gave rise to in the area of the churches. The project also focuses on the efforts of the churches to insert religious concepts of values into the political processes.
The project focuses on representations of peace in visual arts, music, poetry and other literal forms in Early Modern Europe, which were deliberately used as instruments to promote peace in the public sphere.
This research project aims to produce a comprehensive account of the history of humanitarian assistance. It is based on an understanding of humanitarian assistance which takes into account how this field of activity has changed over time.