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Dr. Mirjam Thulin

Member of the academic staff, Department "Abendländische Religionsgeschichte"
Room: 05 316/517
Phone: +49 6131 39-394 77
Fax: +49 6131 39 35326


Personal Details:

2000–2006 Studies in History and Judaic Studies, Free University, Berlin. 2007–2011: PhD candidate at the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University. 2011 Doctor Philosophiae (Dr. phil.) in History, University of Leipzig with a thesis entitled "Kaufmann’s News Service: A Jewish Scholarly Network in the 19th Century", published in German in 2012. 2011–2012 Research Associate at the Martin Buber Chair in Jewish Philosophy and Thought, Goethe University, Frankfurt-on-Main. Since 2012 Freelance Guide at the Jewish Museum, Frankfurt-on-Main; since the winter term 2012/ 13 Lecturer at the Martin Buber Chair in Jewish Philosophy and Thought and the Department of History, both Goethe University, Frankfurt-on-Main.

2012–2015 Associate Postdoctoral Fellow at the Graduate Program “Theology as an Academic Discipline” at Goethe University, Frankfurt-on-Main; 2014–2015 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA; 2018/19 Gerald Westheimer Career Development Fellowship; 2019–2020 Visiting Scholar at the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies an der Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
Since October 2012 Research Associate at the Leibniz Institute of European History.

In the academic year 2020–2021 Mirjam Thulin is a fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.


American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS)
Association for Jewish Studies (AJS)
European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS)
Association for Judaic Studies in Germany (VJD; Member of Executive Board)
Gesellschaft zur Erforschung der Geschichte der Juden (GEGJ)
Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft des Leo-Baeck-Instituts (WAG)
Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands (VHD)
Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg (ZJS)

Research Interests:

History of Knowledge and Science
History and Culture of Jews in the Early Modern and Modern Period
History of the Jews in the USA
Transnational, Transfer, and Global History


Kaufmanns Nachrichtendienst. Ein jüdisches Gelehrtennetzwerk im 19. Jahrhundert, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht 2012.
(with Björn Siegel) Jewish Culture and History, Special Issue 19 (2018): “Transformations and Intersections of Shtadlanut and Tzedakah in the Early Modern and Modern Period,” Article (peer-reviewed journal).
(with Fabian Klose) Humanity. A History of European Concepts in Practice from the 16th Century to the Present, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016.
Shtadlanut, in: Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, ed. by Dan Diner, vol. 5, Stuttgart 2014, 472–477.
(with Kerstin von der Krone) Wissenschaft in Context: A Research Essay on the Wissenschaft des Judentums, in: Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 58 (2013), 249–280.
Jewish Networks, in: European History Online (EGO), published by the Institute of European History (IEG), Mainz 2010-12-03, to the element.

Research projects:

Economy, Kinship, and Jewish Politics: The History of the Wertheimer Family, ca. 1650–1900

In my project, I analyze practices and strategies of "shtadlanut" (intercession) and "tzedakah" (justice/charity), focusing on the history of the Wertheimer family up to the 19th century. Moreover I aim to address Jewish and non-Jewish perceptions of difference and otherness in early modern Europe.