Dr. Thomas Weller
Member of the academic staff, Department of HistoryRoom: 01 216
Phone: +49 6131 39 30310
Fax: +49 6131 39 30154
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, Mainz.
Cultural Difference and Early Modern Foreign Relations. The Spanish Monarchy and the Hanseatic Cities (c. 1570–1700)
By focussing on two actors who can be considered as unequal in various regards this project examines the contemporary ways of coping with cultural difference in the field of sixteenth and seventeenth-century foreign relations.
This project explores the relationship between mobility and boundary making from an actor-centred perspective. It focuses on foreign merchants of different »national« origins who were based in Seville and participated in the Atlantic trade. In pursuing their activities these merchants frequently crossed spatial, political and juridical borders and boundaries drawn by Spanish authorities. This project analyses how these practices of transgression and border crossing affected the construction of identities and senses of belonging
The project examines the antislavery discourse in the period spanning the end of the ancien régime and the beginning of the modern period and focuses on the Spanish-speaking world.