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Guest Professorships and Visiting Professors

  • Dr. Joshua Bennett (2022)

    The Department of Modern History is happy to have Dr. Joshua Bennet as a visiting scholar from 1st of October until the 15th of November, 2022 at the invitation of Prof. Benedikt Stuchtey. Dr. Bennett Bennett researches and teaches on European, British and global history since the 18th century as a "Darby Fellow in Modern History" at Lincoln College, Oxford University. He is particularly interested in the intersections between the history of knowledge and the history of religion.

    While in Marburg, Dr. Bennett will take part in the workshop "Religion, Secularism, and Social Thought during the Long Nineteenth Century," organized by Prof. Stuchtey. In addition, he will give a public lecture as part of the Colloquium on "Comparative Empire History in the 19th and 20th Centuries": on November 7th, 2022 (4 p.m. c.t., room 09C06, title: "The international secularist movement and the heritage of the Enlightenment, c. 1890-1914."

    With the visiting professorship of Joshua Bennett, the University of Marburg aims to strengthen its cooperation with the University of Oxford and create perspectives for future projects.

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  • Dr. Neilesh Bose (2017)

    Prof Neilesh Bose visited the University of Marburg from the 19th to the 26th of May 2017 at the request of Prof Benedikt Stuchtey. Prof Bose is an associate professor at the University of Victoria, Canada in the department of Global and Comparative History from the 18th Century to the present. His research concentrates on colonial India, the history of religion, empire, nationalism, and decolonisation, as well as transnational and global history. During his stay in Marburg, Prof Bose participated in the workshop “Science, Medicine and Empire around 1800”, which took place at the department. Additionally, he gave a public lecture on the 22nd of May in Prof Stuchtey’s colloquium titled “The Limits of Global History: Linking Decolonization to a History of Globalization” and on the 23rd, he lectured at the Herder-Institute, Marburg on “Decolonization in Global History: Pakistan, Bangladesh and the History of Political Thought”.

    With the visit, the University of Marburg aims to strengthen cooperation and exchange with the University of Victoria. Prof Stuchtey visited Victoria in March 2017, where he gave a public lecture on “A History of the German Colonial Empire in Objects”. While there, Prof Stuchtey met with several of his Canadian colleagues about the possibility of further Canadian-German cooperation in the field of comparative empire studies, global history from the early 19th to late 20th Century, as well as the history of the British Empire.

  • Prof. Deepak Kumar (2015)

    From the 28th of November until the 9th of December 2015 Professor Deepak Kumar from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi visited the Department of Modern History at the University of Marburg. Prof Kumar is an internationally renowned expert for his work on the history of science and education in modern India. During his time in Marburg, Prof Kumar gave two public lectures on current tendencies and research trends in Indian historical sciences. One in Prof Stuchtey’s colloquium “comparative imperial histories from the 19th to the 20th Centuries” and one as part of the university-wide event “India day” organised by the central administration of the University of Marburg.

  • Prof. Shireen Moosvi (2015)

    As part of the German Research Foundation’s (DFG) efforts to increase cooperation in the humanities with Indian researchers and research institutions, Dr. Shireen Moosvi from the Aligarh Muslin University was invited to visit the University of Marburg from the 16th to the 23rd of May. During her stay, Prof. Moosvi held two lectures: The first took place in Prof. Stuchtey’s colloquium, in connection with his ongoing seminar “History of India, 1857-1947”, on the topic of “The Debate on India’s Economic History in the Nineteenth Century”. Her second was a public lecture held at the State Archives in Marburg and was titled “Vision of India in the Indian National Movement”, which was well visited by students and the public alike. During her stay in Marburg, Prof. Moosvi visited the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies at the University of Heidelberg as well as the Geothe University of Frankfurt.

    In addition to her research contributions, the goal of the visit was to help establish German-Indian cooperation in the field of comparative imperial history and global history from the early 19th Century until the late 20th.  Here, the emphasis of the British Empire at the Chair for Modern History also plays a key factor in the future aims of cooperation. The faculty of history hopes for continued exchanges and new efforts to increase cooperation between German and Indian institutions, for both teachers as well as students.

  • Prof. Stuchtey at the Jawaharlal Nehru University

    For a few weeks between the end of February and the end of March 2015, Prof Benedikt Stuchtey visited the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi as a guest professor. He was located at the School of Sciences, Zakir Husain Center for Educational Studies and participated in events offered there. While in Dehli, Prof Stuchtey aimed to give a new impulse to the contact and communication between historians in India and Germany. His goals were to encourage exchange in the areas of research and teaching on the history of colonialism/imperialism, the history of India as well as the history of international relations.