PD Dr. Thomas Weller
Member of the academic staff, Department of HistoryRoom: 01 216
Phone: +49 6131 39 30310
Fax: +49 6131 39 21050
From 2000 to 2008, he was a researcher at the Collaborative Research Centre 496 (SFB 496) "Symbolic Communication and Social Value Systems" at the University of Münster. Since June 2008, he has been a member of the academic staff at the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG), Mainz. 2022 Habilitation and award of the venia legendi for the subject of Modern History by the Department 07 History and Cultural Studies of the JGU Mainz, 2021-2023 Chair of Early Modern History at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.
This project compares the Ottoman and Spanish histories of expansion during the early modern period as well as their enduring memories to the present. It brings together scholars of the Eastern Mediterranean, Latin America, and Western Europe to explore the similarities, differences, and connections between these two expanding empires in three workshops focusing on narratives of conquest and loss, post-conquest materiality, and contemporary memory cultures. This project forms part of the Leibniz Research Alliance "Value of the Past", Lab 2.1. "Dynamic Spaces" (2021–2025).
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.
The project explores the connection between mobility and differentiation from an actor-centred perspective. The focus is on mobile actors of different origins who crossed the spatial and political-legal borders drawn by the Spanish authorities. How did these practices of crossing borders affect the construction of identities and affiliations?