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Dr. Sarah Panter

Member of the academic staff, Department of History. Spokesperson for Research Area 3 "Mobility and Belonging"
Room: 05 305
Phone: +49 6131 39 39363
Fax: +49 6131 39 35326


Personal Details:

Born in 1982. Studied Modern History and Political Science at the University of Freiburg (2003-2008) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2005-2006). PhD in Modern History (April 2013) at the University of Freiburg on the subject of Jewish experiences during the First World War in Europe and the United States, funded by the German National Academic Foundation (2009-2012), the American Jewish Archives (January-February 2011), the German Historical Institute in London (April-June 2011) and Washington DC (April-May 2012) and the Leibniz Institute of European History (July-December 2012).

I joined the IEG in April 2013. During my first year, I held the position of a research coordinator (Forschungsreferentin). Since May 2014, I have been a member of the academic staff.

Research Interests:

Modern Jewish history in Europe and the United States
Ethnic minorities during the First World War
Transnational and comparative History
Digital humanities and mobility research

Selected Publications:

'Being German’ and ‘Being Jewish’ during World War I: An Ambivalent Transnational Relationship?, in: Jason Crouthamel et al. (Hrsg.): Between Inclusion and Exclusion: Jews in Central Europe and the First World War, New York: Berghahn Books 2019, S. 144–169.
Between Friends and Enemies: The Dilemma of Jews in the Final Stages of the War, in: Hannah Ewence und Tim Grady (Hrsg.): Minorities during the First World War. From War to Peace, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2017, S. 63-87.
Zwischen Nationalstaat und multiethnischem Empire: Die Aushandlungen jüdischer Selbstverortungen im Ersten Weltkrieg, in: Gregor Feindt, Bernhard Gißibl und Johannes Paulmann (Hrsg.): Kulturelle Souveränität. Politische Deutungs- und Handlungsmacht jenseits des Staates im 20. Jahrhundert, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2017, S. 79-106.
Mobility and Biography, hrsg. v. Sarah Panter (= Jahrbuch für Europäische Geschichte / European History Yearbook, Bd. 16), München: De Gruyter 2015.
Jüdische Erfahrungen und Loyalitätskonflikte im Ersten Weltkrieg, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2014 [=Dissertation].


"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.

Rooted Cosmopolitans and Transatlantic Mobilities: Revolutionary Lives after 1848/49

Until today the myth of so-called »Forty Eighters« is deeply entrenched in narratives of German, German-American as well as American history. The post-revolutionary lives of this group are in retrospective either interpreted single-handedly as a symbol of their failure in Europe or the success of their democratic ideals in the United States. The main objective of my project is therefore to analyze revolutionary lives after 1848/49 by focusing on their transatlantic mobilities. In doing so, the project will break with linear narratives of such transnational biographies and ask how we can contextualize their agency in multiple (local, national, or international) contexts