Research: I am currently writing a monograph entitled Paper Portraits of Empire: Habsburg Albums from the German House in Constantinople, 1568–1593. The book examines what it meant to be a “Habsburg subject” in the Early Modern period by exploring how a displaced group of men from across Habsburg-ruled territories interacted with one another through their production of a unique set of texts and images. The book brings archival sources together with over 50 manuscripts containing painted images, decorated papers, and friendship albums (alba amicorum) from the Habsburg ambassador’s residence in Constantinople. It engages with debates on the origins of visual archetypes and identification practices in zones of layered sovereignty, as well as questions of deterritorialization and imperial belonging. It also draws on network analysis and the tools of digital humanities to raise further questions on cross-border social relations, human mobility, and the circulation of objects. This project has been generously funded by the Institute for Advanced Study at CEU (2017–18) and the Gerda Henkel Stifftung (2018–).
Teaching: I teach courses on Habsburg history in the longue durée (institutional, political, and cultural history); Ottoman borderlands; history of the book; art history and material culture of the long early modern period (1450–1800); and post-imperial memory politics in public history (19th–21st centuries). I am happy to supervise M.A. and Ph.D. students in these and related subfields. Please note I am on leave during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Court, Church, and City in Habsburg Empires (4 credits)
Habsburg-Ottoman Borderlands (4 credits)
Material Culture and Habsburg History (4 credits)
Art in the Service of the Nation (2 credits)
Books and Their Readers in the Early Modern World (2 credits)
Recent Trends in Habsburg Historiography (2 credits)
Thesis Writing Workshop (2 credits)
“Misunderstanding Ottoman Europe: The Material Culture of the Borderlands in Renaissance Depictions of the Ottoman World,” in Schilde des Spätmittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit, ed. Raphael Beuing and Wolfgang Augustyn, Veröffentlichungen des Zentralinstituts für Kunstgeschichte in München 46 (Munich: Dietmar Klinger Verlag, 2019), 377–86. (see here)
“Brief Notes on the Long War in the Early Modern News Cycle,” Austrian History Yearbook 50 (2019): 17–33. (see here)
“The Captive Self: The Art of Intrigue and the Holy Roman Emperor’s Resident Ambassador at the Ottoman Court in the Sixteenth Century,” Journal of Early Modern History 22 (2018): 1–25. (see here)
“Christians of Ottoman Europe in Sixteenth-Century Costume Books,” in The Dialectics of Orientalism in Early Modern Europe, ed. Marcus Keller and Javier Irigoyen-García (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), 173–93. (see here)
“Vernacular Diplomacy: The Culture of Sixteenth-Century Peace Keeping Strategies in the Ottoman–Habsburg Borderlands,” Archivum Ottomanicum 34 (2017): 193–204. (see here)