The German Federal Ministery of Education (Bmbf) funds a project lead by Prof. Dr. Ammar Abdulrahman and Dr. Jenny Oesterle: "The Middle Ages as seen from Arab Eyes. Medieval Collections in Museums in Syria, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates".


"Historians and Historical Research at Iraqi Universities. A Survey".
The German Federal Ministry of Education (Bmbf) funds a project by Bashar Ibrahim and Jenny Oesterle (both members of the Arab German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities)
[more info]


Dr. Carsten Wergin contributed a session on 'Listening Carefully' to the Radical Hope Syllabus. The group-sourced syllabus is intended as a resource for anyone interested in environmental issues - and how we, collectively and/or individually, might respond to them [more info]


Dr. Corinna Erckenbrecht (assoziiertes Mitglied der Nachwuchsforschergruppe Das transkulturelle Erbe Nordwest-Australiens) ist seit Mai 2018 neue Leiterin der Abteilung Weltkulturen und ihre Umwelt an den rem | Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim.

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Dr. Jenny Rahel Oesterle und Dr. Carsten Wergin zu ihren Forschungen im Open Access Video Journal Latest Thinking:


How Can Australian Indigenous Experience Change Western Perspectives of the World?




How Does Tourism Change People and Places?



Der Ruf des Schneckenhorns
Hermann Klaatsch (1863 – 1916). Ein Heidelberger Wissenschaftler in Nordwestaustralien


[mehr info]


Russischsprachige Bevölkerung in Osteuropa – von der Titularnation zur Minderheit
Demokratische Transformation und gesellschaftliche Integration im Baltikum und in der Ukraine



[mehr info]



Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia
Epistemologies, Practices and Locales

Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia

Edited by Ravi Baghel, Lea Stepan, Joseph K.W. Hill

[more info]


Lustre: Pearling and Australia


Edited by Tanya Edwards, Sarah Yu

[more info]



Anthropology in/of Australia Past and Present

im Rahmen der Lecture Series
Introduction to Australian Studies:
(Trans-)Disciplinary Perspectives

Dr. Carsten Wergin

20 Juni 2017, University of Cologne

[more info]



The Trouble with Representation: Australian Indigenous World(view)s and the "White Magic" of Modernity

Dr. Carsten Wergin

06 April 2017, University of Western Australia

[more Info]


Curtin Indigenous Research Network Lecture Series:

Heritage, Transculturality and Collections: New Research from Germany and the Kimberley,

30 March 2017, Curtin University, Perth

[more info]


Internationaler Workshop:

"Refugee transfers in the Euro- Arab Mediterranean zone:
Tying the past with the present
Towards a transregional and transhistorical understanding in times of crises"

(10-12 April 2017 Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon)

organisiert von:

Dr. Jenny Oesterle (Research Group "Protection in Periods of Political and Religious Expansion) in cooperation with Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury (Lebanese American
University, Byblos) und der Arab German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities


Collaborations of Biocultural Hope: Community Science Against Industrialisation in Northwest Australia


Dr. Carsten Wergin

[mehr Infos]


Expansion und Aktivitäten des Mercedarier-Ordens im Andenraum des 16. Jahrhunderts

Dr. Maret Keller

Anden Diss - Keller

​(Dissertationsschrift Universität Heidelberg 2013), URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-heidok-187295


Dancehall und Homophobie
Postkoloniale Perspektiven auf die Geschichte und Kultur Jamaikas
Patrick HelberDancehall

​05/2015, 304 Seiten, kart.
ISBN 978-3-8376-3109-8

[weitere infos]


Materialities of Tourism
Special Issue of Tourist Studies (2014, 14/3)Guest-editors Stephen Muecke and Carsten Wergin




Caribbean Food Cultures
Culinary Practices and Consumption in the Caribbean and Its Diasporas
Food Cultures Transcript

05/2014, 306 pages,
ISBN 978-3-8376-2692-6
[for more information]


Übung/Exkursion: Venezianische Paläographie und Archivkunde

Dr. phil. des. Georg Christ
Dr. Tino Licht
Franz-Julius Morche, MSc

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung

12.-24. März 2012

Programm, Materialien und Informationen


Kolloquium: Europa und darüber hinaus

Dr. phil. des. Georg Christ

Transkulturelle Flüsse, Vergleich und Verschränkungim Raum Mittelmeer-Atlantik-Nordsee-Ostsee im späten Mittelalter

SoSe 2011 Mittwochs 18:15–19:45 Uhr Seminarraum, Marstallstr. 6, 4. OG


Übung: Digitale Geschichte

Dr. phil. des. Georg Christ

Wie Webresourcen und digitales Wissensmanagement unsere Arbeit verändern

SoSe 2011 Dienstags 17:15–18:45 Uhr Seminarraum, Marstallstr. 6, 4. OG


Exkursion: Einführung Mittelalterarchäologie V

21. April 2012



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Trade Embargoes in a Changing World

Formulation - Enforcement - Coping Mechanisms in Northern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean (1291-1400)

Dr. Georg Christ, Junior Research Group Leader; associated with MathComp, member of HCE.

Against the backdrop of the climate change and the demographic crisis of the Late Middle Ages, trade embargos of the Hanseatic league are compared with embargos in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Late Middle Ages. The struggle over the control of trade withdrew merchants from legal spheres of trade and fostered strategies of evasion, e.g. smuggling. Justification of trade embargoes, economic, fiscal and military policies to implement them and the respective coping mechanisms shall not be understood as "oppressive" regulations and (often) "criminal" reaction but, rather, as a multi-layered struggle over economic resources in times of change.


Personal Details:

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Georg Christ (Dr. phil.), Junior Research Group Leader

University of Manchester: personal details

Research Interests:

  • Trade embargos and coping mechanisms in the Late Middle Ages (Hanseatic league, Eastern Mediterranean)
  • Trading Diasporas in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Middle Ages
  • History of news and knowledge management
  • Digital history


Current function

since 2008

  • Research Group Leader, University of Heidelberg, research group "Trading Diasporas in the in the Eastern Mediterranean (1250-1450)" (3 PhD students, 3 research assistants, 2 associated research fellows (PhD, PostDoc)
  • Teaching (especially Historisches Seminar), project management (esp. Scientifc computing; research assistants).
  • Associated Junior Research Group Leader at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Computing (IWR), founding member of the Heidelberg Centre for the Environment (HCE)


since 2009  Work on second book project (Habilitation) in Heidelberg

2006  PhD University of Basel (summa cum laude)

2001-2006  Research in Venice, Cairo, Alexandria

2001  Lic. phil. hist. (summa cum laude) in History, Economics and Islam studies.

Non-academic work experience

2006-2008  UN military observer United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) in the Middle East. Deputy chief Joint Mission Analysis Centre (JMAC) at HQ Jerusalem; project manager Joint Operations, Security and Analysis Database (JOSAD), Map Inventory, Catalogisation, Preservation and Scanning Project. Briefing officer for diplomats and visitors. Awarded with Head of Mission Commendation.

GSO (Maj, Swiss Army), Staff Inf Br 7 (Res, since 2008), Inf Coy Cdr (till 2008), Inf Recce officer (till 2004).

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Trading Conflicts. A Venetian Consul in Mamlûk Alexandria at the Beginning of the 15th Century, Leiden: Brill (The Medieval Mediterranean 93), 2012.

Book sections

“Filippo di Malerbi – un spécialiste de transfert clandestin (ca. 1380-1450)”, In Daniel König, Rania Abdelatif et al. (Ed.) Acteurs des transferts culturels en Méditerranée médiévale. Sphères d’activité, contributions, fonctions, Paris: DHI, forthcoming.

 „Sliding Legalities: Venetian Slave Trade in Alexandria and the Aegean“, in: Christoph Cluse und Reuven Amitai (Ed.) Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean 11th to 15th Centuries, forthcoming.

"Contrebande, vin et révolte : lecture critique d'un conflit inter-culturel à l’ombre des rapports officieux entre Venise et Alexandrie à l’époque médiévale", in Alexandrie médiévale 4, ed. Christian Décobert (Études alexandrines 24, Alexandria: CEAlex, 2012), 185-193.

  "Mapping change: A Collaborative GIS-based Cue Card System for the Humanities", in Scientific Computing and Cultural Heritage. Contributions in Computational Humanities, ed. H. Georg Bock, M. Winckler (Contributions in Mathematical and Computational Sciences, Vol. 3, Heidelberg: Springer, 2012).


  "Quelques observations concernant la navigation vénitienne à Alexandrie à la fin du Moyen Âge", in Venise et la Méditerranée, ed. Sandro G. Franchini, Gherardo Ortalli, Gennaro Toscano (Venezia: INP, Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, 2011) 55-72.

    "Passagers clandestins? Rôle moteur des galères vénitiennes et concurrence des navires ronds à Alexandrie au début du xve siècle", in Espace et réseaux en méditerranée médiévale, mise en place des réseaux, les politiques d’Etat dans la formation des réseaux, ed. Damien Coulon (Paris: Éditions Bouchène, 2010), 275-290.

„Masking Cooperation with the Infidel: The Venetian Commercial Privileges, Political Power and Legal Culture in Mamluk Egypt”, in Power and Culture: Hegemony, Interaction and Dissent, ed. Jonathan Osmond and Ausma Cimadina (Pisa: Pisa University Press, 2006), 33-51.

„Theodor Biblianders Türkenschrift. Ein Reformator und Humanist über Religion, Moral und kriegerischen Erfolg“, in: Leu, Urs B. und Christ-v. Wedel Christine (Ed.) Erasmus in Zürich. Eine verschwiegene Autorität, Zürich: NZZ Verlag, 2006, 309-326.

„Das Fremde verstehen: Biblianders Apologie zur Koranausgabe im Spiegel des Basler Koranstreites von 1542“, in: Christ-v. Wedel, Christine (Ed.) Theodor Bibliander (1505-1564): ein Thurgauer im gelehrten Zürich der Reformationszeit, Zürich: NZZ Verlag, 2005, 107-124.


Journal Articles

"Eine Stadt wandert aus. Kollaps und Kontinuität im spätmittelalterlichen Alexandria", Viator 42 (2011): 145-168.

with Hubert Mara and Olaf Wagener: „Altes Kapitell - neue Ansichten: Möglichkeiten des 3D-Scannings am Beispiel eines Kapitells der pfälzischen Burg Anebos“, Burgen und Schlösser, 1/2010: 51-52.

„A Newsletter in 1419? Antonio Morosini's Chronicle in the Light of Commercial Corre-spondence between Venice and Alexandria“, Mediterranean Historical Review, 20/1 (June 2005): 35-66.


Book reviews

„Burkhardt, Mike, Der Hansische Bergenhandel im Spätmittelalter. Handel – Kaufleute - Netzwerke (Quellen und Darstellungen zur Hansischen Geschichte, 60), Köln / Weimar / Wien 2009, Böhlau, 433 S. / 1 CD-ROM“, Zeitschrift für Historische Forschung. Vierteljahresschrift zur Erforschung des Spätmittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit 39/1 (2012): 119-121.

„A. Karsten: Geschichte Venedigs“, H-soz-u-Kult 03.08.2009, HistLit 2009-3-095.

„God’s Rule: Government and Islam. Six Hundred Years of Medieval Islamic Political Thought by Patricia Crone“, al-Masaq, vol. 19/1 (March 2007): 77-79.

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International collaborations

2012-2013 Transeuropean Diasporas

Since 2009 LoKiHweb/e-porte, Central European University; University of Toronto Scarborough, Natalie Rothma creating a  webbased platform for collaborative Working in Mediterranean studies.

Since 2009 Group FranceMed at DHI Paris, Participation at "Acteurs des trans-ferts culturels en Méditerranée médiévale". Lecture at colloque Sphères d’activité, contributions, fonctions, „Filippo di Malerbi – un spécialiste de transfert clandestin (1380-1450).“

2008-2011 Litlink (research database solution for the humanities).

Since 2004 Centre d’Études Alexandrines, Alexandria, USR 3134 du CNRS, esp. Cécile Shaalan and Architektion Catherine Machinek.

2005-2006 CLIOHRES.NET (“Creating Links and Innovative Overviews for a New History Research Agenda for the Citizens of a Growing Europe”), Network of excellence, group: „Power and Culture“ Conferences in Riga, Pisa and Cardiff, two papers given, one published.


Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East (SSCLE),
News on the Rialto,
Renaissance Society of America,
Hansischer Geschichtsverein,
Historischer Zirkel, Basel,
Mediterranean Maritime History Network.

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Project management

  • Webbased LoKiHweb/MMDD database for collaborative work and exchange of resources via Internet. So far, it is engineered mainly for the use of the JRG “Trading diasporas”; is currently built up to a platform for a further research community in cooperation with partners from Heidelberg, Canada and Hungary.
  • Cooperation between Transcultural Studies, Interdisziplinärem Zentrum für wissenschaftliches Rechnen (IWR),  Heidelberg Research Architecture (HRA) and the Litlink developers Ph. Sarasin, P. Haber and N. Busch for the development of Litlink (database software with web application for management of literature, different types of sources, objects, images, persons and places with integrated project administration and intelligent management of keywords (2008-2011).
  • Methods and Applications Collegium (MAK), interdisciplinary platform for Medieval studies, Scientific Computing, Geography
  • Archives and Paleography Lab (APL): Teaching Venetian paleaography and processing of archivial resources in cooperation with IWR, Medieval Latin Seminary, Centro tedesco di studi veneziani, Venetian State Archives.
  • Transeuropean Diasporas

Organised Conferences

17.-19. Februar 2011  Conferences: Union in Separation. Diasporas in the Eastern Mediterranean (1200-1500), Heidelberg.
25.-26. Februar 2010  Colloquium: Litlink: A Cue Card System in a Research Environment of Collaborative Work, Online Publishing and GIS, Heidelberg.
WS 2009/2010  Lecturecircle: mapping TRANS/culture: critical perspectives on transcultural studies with Claudia Brosseder, Cornelia Logemann and Simon Wendt, Heidelberg.
7.-10. Mai 2009  Workshop: Between Parallel Society and Integration: Diasporas and Transcultural Agency in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Era with Stefan Burkhardt, Heidelberg.

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Teaching (selection)


Historisches Seminar

CEU Budapest

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Arne Karsten   Prof. Dr. Lars Börner   Dr. Daniel König

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