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Prof. Dr. Johannes Paulmann

Director, Department of History
Room: 02 306
Phone: +49 6131 39 39362
Fax: +49 6131 39 30154


Personal Details:

Born in 1960; undergraduate studies in History in Munich and Leicester (England); PhD in 1991 and Habilitation in 1999 (Munich), 2000–2002: Professor of Modern History in Munich; 2002–2006: Professor of History at the International University in Bremen (now Jacobs University) and Helmut Schmidt Chair for International History; 2006–2011: Professor of Modern and Contemporary History in Mannheim, visiting professorship at Emory University in Atlanta, London School of Economics, Magdalen College, St Antony's (Oxford), University of Montréal and the Sorbonne University; since 2011: Director at the IEG.

Memberships (Selection):

Secretary of the Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands
Advisory Board of the German Historical Institute Moskau
Historical Commission of the Bayrische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Research Interests:

European history
International history
German history in a transnational perspective

Editorships (Selection):

Editor (together with Markus Friedrich and Nick Stargardt) of the Jahrbuch für Europäische Geschichte / European History Yearbook (De Gruyter Oldenbourg).
Joint editor of the Studien zur Internationalen Geschichte (De Gruyter Oldenbourg).
Chief editor (with Fabian Klose) of the blog Humanitarianism & Human Rights.
Chief editor of the Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte (VIEG), Abt. Universalgeschichte (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht)
Chief editor (with Irene Dingel) of the website European History Online (EGO) of the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz.

Selected Publications:

(ed. with Dilek Dizdar, Stefan Hirschauer a. Gabriele Schabacher) Humandifferenzierung: Disziplinäre Perspektiven und empirische Sondierungen, Weilerswist-Metternich: Velbrück Wissenschaft, 2021
Globale Vorherrschaft und Fortschrittsglaube. Europa 1850–1914, München: C.H.Beck, 2019
(ed. with Gregor Feindt u. Bernhard Gißibl) Kulturelle Souveränität: Politische Deutungs- und Handlungsmacht jenseits des Staates im 20. Jahrhundert, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017.
(ed.) Dilemmas of Humanitarian Aid in the Twentieth Century, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, 451 S.
(ed. with Matthias Schnettger u. Thomas Weller) Unversöhnte Verschiedenheit: Verfahren zur Bewältigung religiös-konfessioneller Differenz in der europäischen Neuzeit, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2016, 203 S.
(ed. with Martin H. Geyer) The mechanics of internationalism: culture, society and politics from the 1840s to the First World War, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001, 471 S.
Pomp und Politik: Monarchenbegegnungen in Europa zwischen Ancien Régime und Erstem Weltkrieg, Paderborn u.a.: Ferdinand Schöningh, 2000, 482 S. (Habilitationsschrift; Preis des Verbandes der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands für besondere Leistungen des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuches sowie Auszeichnung durch H-Soz-u-Kult als »Das Historische Buch 2001« in der Kategorie Neuere Geschichte)

Research projects:

"Digitale Kartenwerkstatt Altes Reich" (DigiKAR) - digital map workshop Old Empire

In cooperation with IfL Leipzig, IOS Regensburg, JGU Mainz and EHESS Paris

The cooperation project develops and tests concepts for the collection, modeling and visualization of site-specific historical information from the early modern Holy Roman Empire (of the German nation). It thus makes a contribution to historical research onthe Old Empire as a space of divided and overlapping rulership, as well as to the further development of digital analysis and visualization of historical data with temporal-spatial properties. Movements of people, things and ideas are not only examined and visualized as physical mobility potentials in complex spaces, but also with regard to their belonging to different, sometimes competing, social, legal and dominant spaces of the Empire Association.

EGO | European History Online

EGO | European History Online is an transcultural history of Europe published Open Access.

Engaging Europe in the Arab World – European missionaries and humanitarianism in the Middle East (1850–1970)

From 2015 to 2018, the IEG was part of the transnational European network »Engaging Europe in the Arab World – European Missionaries and Humanitarianism in the Middle East (1850–1970)« financed by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and coordinated by Leiden University (Netherlands).

Global Humanitarianism Research Academy


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.

Research Training Group: "The Christian Churches and the Challenge of 'Europe'"

The research training group examined 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 focused on the efforts of the churches to insert religious concepts of values into the political processes.

The History of Humanitarian Assistance in the 19th and 20th Centuries

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.