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Prof. Dr. Matthias Middell

Research Fellow

Global and European Studies Institute
Institutsgebäude
Emil-Fuchs-Straße 1, Room 3.13
04105 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-30232
Fax: 9605261

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Prof. Dr. Matthias Middell

Director

Global and European Studies Institute
Institutsgebäude
Emil-Fuchs-Straße 1, Room 3.13
04105 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-30232
Fax: 9605261

Abstract

Prof. Dr. Matthias Middell is professor of cultural history and Director of the Global and European Studies Institute as well as spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre 1199 and the Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics. Since 1991 he serves as editor of Comparativ. Journal of Global History and since 2015 he sits on the board of the International Committee of Historical Sciences.


His most recent publications comprise

2019: The Practice of Global History. European Perspectives, London

2019: Megan Maruschke/ Matthias Middell (Hrsg.), The French Revolution as a Moment of Respatialization (=Dialectics of the Global, 5), Berlin/ Boston

2019: Kommunismus jenseits des Eurozentrismus (=Jahrbuch für historische Kommunismusforschung 2019), Berlin

2019: Konstanze Klemm/ Matthias Middell (Hrsg.), The many Facets of Global Studies. Perspectives from the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies Programme, Leipzig

2018: Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies, London

Professional career

  • since 01/2020
    Spokesperson of the Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics
  • since 01/2018
    Co-Spokesperson of the Research Institute Social Cohesion (funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research)
  • since 01/2016
    Spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre 1199 "Processes of Respatialization under the Global Condition" (funded by the German Research Foundation - DFG)
  • since 01/2016
    Co-Spokesperson of the Leibniz-ScienceCampus "Eastern Europe - Global Area"
  • since 01/2015
    Board member of the International Committee for Historical Sciences
  • 01/2015 - 02/2020
    Member of the DFG-Review Panel 106
  • since 01/2014
    Director of Leipzig University's Centre for the Study of France and Francophonia
  • since 01/2013
    Director of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies at the Research Academy Leipzig
  • since 01/2012
    (together with Ulf Engel) coordination of the joint study program (MA and PhD) "Global Studies with a Special Emphasis on Peace and Security in Africa" (Leipzig and Addis Ababa Universities)
  • 01/2009 - 12/2019
    Spokesperson of the Centre for Area Studies
  • 01/2011 - 12/2011
    Fellow in residence at the Netherlands Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • since 01/2008
    Director of the Global and European Studies Institute at Leipzig University
  • since 01/2008
    Network Chair „World History“, European Social Science History Conference
  • 06/2008 - 12/2008
    Visiting Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Center for Economic History and Social Planning
  • 06/2007 - 06/2008
    Fulbright Distinguished Professor at Duke University
  • since 04/2007
    Professor of Cultural History, Leipzig University
  • 01/2006 - 08/2018
    Director of the Graduate Centre in the Humanities and Social Sciences of the Research Academy Leipzig
  • 01/2005 - 12/2006
    Visiting Professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and at the Université de Yaoundé II
  • 01/2005 - 12/2008
    President of the European Network in Universal and Global History
  • since 01/2005
    General secretary of the International Committee for the Research on the History of the French Revolution (Commission of CISH)
  • since 01/2005
    Spokesperson of the Consortium for the European Masters "Global Studies"
  • 10/2004 - 09/2005
    Vertretungsprofessur für Vergleichende Kultur- und Gesellschaftsgeschichte an der Universität Leipzig
  • 01/2001 - 12/2012
    Director of the International PhD-Program "Transnationalization and Regionalization from the 18th century to the present"
  • 01/1999 - 12/2000
    Guest Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (rue d'Ulm) and at the Université Lyon II
  • 01/1999 - 12/2002
    Deputy Spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre 417 "Identification with the Region. The Case of Saxony"
  • 01/1998 - 12/1998
    Visiting Professor at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Paris (IVe section)
  • 01/1996 - 12/1997
    Visiting Professor at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Paris and guest researcher at the Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam
  • 10/1994 - 09/2008
    Acting Director of the Centre for Advanced Study at Leipzig University
  • 10/1989 - 09/1993
    Postdoc at the History Department of Leipzig University, at the University of Paris I (Sorbonne), at the Fondazione Einaudi Torino and at the Universities of Lyon II, Rennes II and Rouen

Education

  • 09/2002
    Habilitation in the field of modern cultural and social history with a thesis on "World History Writing at the age of discipline building. The Institute for Cultural and Universal History in Leipzig 1890-1990" (published Leipzig 2005)
  • 09/1989
    PhD degree with a thesis on the Counterrevolution in France 1788-1792 (summa cum laude)
  • 01/1286 - 09/1989
    PhD-studies at the Department of General History supervised by Manfred Kossok and Walter Markov as well as at Lomonossov-University Moscow
  • 10/1981 - 12/1985
    Study of History in Leipzig

After my dissertation investigating movements resisting to the French revolution and a period of research on French-German intercultural transfers I focused my research on dimensions of a comparative history of historiography with emphasis on world history writing during the 20th century. More recently I worked on various aspects of global history since the 18th century and in particular on processes of respatialization of the world. This comprises the many scales at which human interaction happens, but also migration regimes and commodity chains. The emergence of many different spatial formats becomes more and more a challenge for what Jacques Revel called once the jeux d'échelles (playing with scales) and for which we coined the term spatial literacy. Examples from the histories of Western and Eastern Europe, from Sub-Sahara Africa and from the Caribbean feed reflections upon these rather theoretical concepts.

Introduction to Global History

Intercultural Transfers and Transnational History since the 18th Century

Revolutions compared - from a Global History Perspective

A Global History of Populist Movements and Regimes

The History of the French Globalization Project