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Prof. Dr. Rebekka von Mallinckrodt

Rebekka von MallinckrodtProfessor of Early Modern History
University of Bremen
History Department
Universitäts-Boulevard 13
28359 Bremen
Tel.: +49 421 218-67220
Email: von.mallinckrodt[at]


Current position:

Professor of Early Modern History, University of Bremen 
Head of the Division for Early Modern History
Principal Investigator ERC Consolidator Grant ‘German Slavery’


1991-1998:   Studies in German language and literature, history and philosophy, University of Tübingen,        Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, University of Bonn
1999-2001:   PhD Studies, German Research Foundation (DFG) Training Group ‘Fields of Knowledge in the Early Modern Period’,                       University of Augsburg
2003:             PhD in History, University of Augsburg

Academic Positions:

2001-2005:            Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for History, Göttingen
2005-2012:            Junior Professor of Early Modern History, Free University Berlin
2012-present:        Professor of Early Modern History, University of Bremen 

Fellowships and Awards (selection):

2007-2012:   Member of the German National Young Academy of Science
2008-2009:   Feodor Lynen Fellowship (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn) for a research year in Paris
2010:             Selected for AcademiaNet, international database of leading women scientists
2010:             Karl Ferdinand Werner Fellowship of the German Historical Institute, Paris
2015-2020:   ERC Consolidator Grant ‘The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation and its Slaves’
2018:             Awarded the price for the best article in Early Modern History by the German Historians’ Association for 'Negotiating (Un-)Freedom‘ ('Verhandelte (Un)Freiheit – Sklaverei, Leibeigenschaft und innereuropäischer Wissenstransfer am Ausgang des 18. Jahrhunderts') 

Additional Academic Activities: 

Curator of the exhibition ‘Life on the Move: Body Techniques in the Early Modern Period’, Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel, 2008; Initiator of and spokeswoman for the German Research Foundation scientific network ‘Body Techniques in the Early Modern Period’ (2009-2012); Member of the Free and Unfree Labour Working Group (2014-present); external reviewer for: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Volkswagen Foundation, Swiss National Science Foundation, Croatian Science Foundation, Herzog August Library, Brill (Netherlands), Palgrave Macmillan (Great Britain), „Culture & History“ journal (Spain)


Rebekka von Mallinckrodt is especially interested in repercussions of colonialism and globalisation on early modern Europe as well as entanglements between European and global history. Within the ERC consolidator grant project „German Slavery“ she does research on human trafficking in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation and its successor states. One focus of interest is the legal situation of trafficked people as well as interferences between slavery and other forms of dependency as for example serfdom or young age. Beyond these topics she has been publishing widely on the history of early modern body techniques, implicit knowledge, embodiment and the history of sport and physical exercise.

Third-Party Funding:

European Research Council, German Science Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Gerda Henkel Foundation, German National Young Academy of Science, Herzog August Library, German Historical Institutes in London and Paris, altogether more than 2.5 million euros ad personam

Selected Publications:

  1. (with Anja Bandau and Marcel Dorigny) Les mondes coloniaux à Paris au XVIIIe siècle. Circulation et enchevêtrement des savoirs (Paris: Karthala 2010).
  2. “There are no Slaves in Prussia?,“ in Felix Brahm/ Eve Rosenhaft (eds.), Slavery Hinterland. Transatlantic Slavery in Continental Europe 1680-1850 (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer 2016), 109-131.
  3. “Exploring Underwater Worlds. Diving in the Late Seventeenth-/ Early Eighteenth-Century British Empire,“ in Daniela Hacke/ Paul P. Musselwhite (eds.), Empire of Senses. Sensory Practices of Colonialism in Early America (Leiden: Brill 2017), 300-322.
  4. “Verhandelte (Un-)Freiheit. Sklaverei, Leibeigenschaft und innereuropäischer Wissenstransfer am Ausgang des 18. Jahrhunderts,“ Geschichte & Gesellschaft 43, no. 3 (2017): 347-380
  5. “Des rencontres asymétriques – La traite des enfants dans le Saint-Empire romain germanique,“ in Karine Rance et al. (eds.), La scène de la rencontre. Altérités en dialogue de l'Antiquité à nos jours (Clermont-Ferrand: Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal 2019), 203-223.
  6. “Verschleppte Kinder im Heiligen Römischen Reich Deutscher Nation und die Grenzen transkultureller Mehrfachzugehörigkeit,“ in Dagmar Freist/ Sabine Kyora/ Melanie Unseld (eds.), Transkulturelle Mehrfachzugehörigkeiten - Räume, Materialitäten, Erinnerungen (Bielefeld: transcript Verlag 2019), 15-37.
  7. “Sklaverei und Recht im Alten Reich,“ in Peter Burschel/ Sünne Juterczenka (eds.), Das Meer. Maritime Welten in der Frühen Neuzeit (Cologne: Böhlau), in print. 
  8. (together with Annika Bärwald and Josef Köstlbauer) People of African Descent in Early Modern Europe, Oxford Bibliographies Online, submitted.
  9. Negotiating Status and Scope of Action – Interrelations between Slavery and Other Forms of Dependency in Early Modern Europe, forthcoming.   

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