Jan Hennings

2YMA Program Director
Associate Professor

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+36 1 327-3000 x 2632
My work has focused on Russian-European diplomatic encounters in the early modern period. I am interested in the connections between ritual and politics in early modern societies, particularly in cross-cultural contexts. I have used the evolution of Russian diplomatic culture in the second half of the seventeenth and the early eighteenth centuries as a basis for exploring how seemingly circumstantial aspects of diplomacy - ceremonial formalities, protocol, and etiquette - shaped foreign relations and how ritual impacted on concrete action in early modern political life. My current project shifts the focus to include diplomatic exchanges between the Russian and Ottoman empires, concentrating on the first Russian resident embassy in Constantinople at the beginning of the eighteenth century.

Before moving to Budapest, I had held a Junior Research Fellowship at St John's College Oxford and taught history as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Gerda Henkel Fellow at Sabancı University in Istanbul. At CEU, I offer courses centred around comparative approaches to the history of diplomacy and early modern empires as well as on broader topics on Russia and the Ottoman world.


PhD in History – University of Cambridge, Clare College, 2011 Visiting Student – EHESS Paris, 2006
MPhil in Modern European History – University of Cambridge, Clare College, 2005
BA in History and German Studies – Universität Rostock, 2004 (Viadrina, Frankfurt/O, 2000-1)