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Bild FirgesPascal Firges

Having studied history and philosophy at the universities of Heidelberg, Paris (Sorbonne), and Cambridge, I graduated in 2009 from Heidelberg University with an M.A. thesis on “Great Britain and the Ottoman Empire at the End of the Eighteenth Century. Geopolitical Strategies and the European Balance of Power”. Between 2009 and early 2012 I was member of a PhD-students’ research group on the early modern Ottoman Empire at the Heidelberg University Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”; after that I became doctoral research fellow at the Institute of European History in Mainz, and, in 2013, I was teaching at Heidelberg University as Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at the chair for Early Modern History. In spring 2014 I defended my PhD thesis with the title: “On Silent Feet. French Revolutionary Politics and Culture in the Ottoman Empire, 1792-1798”. Since summer 2014, I am working as postdoctoral research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Paris, where I set up the research group on “Practices of Power and Interpersonal Relationships at Dynastic Centres 1500-1800”.

Bild MaritzRegine Maritz

Though born and raised in Switzerland, I left my alpine origins quite early in order to live, work, and study in (Northern) Ireland. From 2008 to 2011, I attended the Queen’s University of Belfast, where I read for a B.A. with a Major in Modern History and a Minor in International Studies. I then took up a place on the M.Phil. degree programme in early modern history at the University of Cambridge in September 2011. Under the supervision of Prof. Ulinka Rublack, I pursued my interest in early modern self-narrative writing and wrote my masters dissertation on the topic of “Conflict in Generational Self-Narratives in England and Switzerland 1650–1700”. I gained my M.Phil in 2012 and spent a further year of independent research at Christ’s College Cambridge as Robert Owen Bishop Scholar. This grant awarded me the opportunity to pursue my interest in transnational history, study the Persian language, and prepare my Ph.D. proposal and topic. In October 2013 I began research for my doctoral thesis at the University of Cambridge. Finally, in October 2014 I moved to Paris to become part of the research group “Practices of Power and Interpersonal Relations at Dynastic Centres 1500-1800” at the local German Historical Institute. I continue to be supervised by Prof. Rublack, and thus travel at regular intervals from Paris to Cambridge.

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