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Prof. Dr. Johannes Paulmann

Director, Department of History (executive director)
Room: 02 306
Phone: +49 6131 39 39362
Fax: +49 6131 39 21050


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.) 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.
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 project develops and tests concepts for the collection, modeling and visualization of site-specific historical information from the Holy Roman Empire (of the German nation). It thus makes a contribution to historical research on the Old Empire as a space of overlapping rulership, as well as to the further development of digital analysis and visualization of historical data with temporal-spatial properties.

EGO | European History Online

EGO | European History Online is an transcultural history of Europe published by the IEG in Open Access in German and English. The now more than 470 contributions (incl. translations), which cover 500 years of modern European history across national, subject and methodological boundaries in ten thematic strands, are constantly being added to. 

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

From 2015 to 2018, the IEG was involved in the transnational European network "Engaging Europe in the Arab World - European Missionaries and Humanitarianism in the Middle East, 1850-1970", funded by the Dutch Research Foundation NWO and coordinated at 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. 

Leibniz Research Alliance "Value of the Past"

The Leibniz Research Alliance "The Value of the Past" started its work on September 1st, 2021. Over a period of four years it will investigate the significance of the past for societies in the past and present.

Processing the archives of the Städelschule (1920-1950)

The Städelschule (Frankfurt am Main), together with the IEG and the Hochschule Darmstadt, conducted an exploratory survey of the Städelschule's archival holdings in 2021. The Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts (HMWK) funded this feasibility study, which was also supported by the Frankfurt University Library. In the project, the technological and information science foundations for formal and subject indexing were created and the requirements for digitising the holdings were ascertained.

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

The aim is to provide an overall account of the history of humanitarian aid. The focus is on historical conjunctures: central moments were colonialism and the civilising mission in the late 19th century, the establishment of international organisations after the First World War, the post-colonial upheaval in the 1970s and finally humanitarian intervention since the 1990s.