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Dr Thomas Biskup

Lecturer in Early Modern History

Qualifications

  • MA
  • PhD (University of Cambridge)

Summary

Born in Berlin, Thomas Biskup was educated at the universities of Göttingen and Cambridge, where he obtained his MPhil and PhD.

He has been at the University of Hull since completing his post-doc research, and has also held research fellowships at the University of Oxford, the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel (twice), and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

Thomas's field of interest is the political culture of early modern Europe, with a focus on monarchy and courts, political ritual and pamphlets from 17th to 20th-century Germany.

He is also interested in the relationship of European expansion and natural sciences in the age of the Enlightenment.

Recent highlights include newspaper and radio interviews and appearances on the BBC's Radio 4 broadcast of Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time on Frederick the Great, and, as presenter, on ARTE TV channel's documentary, France - Allemagne, Une Histoire Commune - where he also got to talk about Ludwig II of Bavaria flying over his palaces in a small plane.

Professional highlights include a year at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and working as a curator on the 'Friederisiko' exhibition in Potsdam's historic palaces in 2012.

Postgraduate

Thomas has been supervising PhD students working on political culture in Germany, France, and Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries, and graduate students writing their theses in political and social European history between the early modern period and the 20th century.

Completed PhDs: Jacob Zobkiw, Laughter in the French Revolution (2015)

- Jacob Zobkiw, Strategies of Laughter in the French Revolution (2015)

Current PhD supervisions

- Crawford Matthews, Royal Dignity, Ceremony and Rank: Anglo-Prussian Relations and their impact, 1688 - 1740

Book Chapter

Festkultur

Biskup, T. (2018). Festkultur. In J. Jacob, & J. Süßmann (Eds.), Das 18. Jahrhundert. Lekikon zur Antikerezeption in Aufklärung und KlassizismusJ. B. Metzler

Eine Helmstedter Schule der Botanik? Eine Hamburger Schenkung für Lorenz Heisters Botanischen Garten und die Debatte um Linn‚s Klassifikationssystem

Biskup, T. (2017). Eine Helmstedter Schule der Botanik? Eine Hamburger Schenkung für Lorenz Heisters Botanischen Garten und die Debatte um Linnés Klassifikationssystem. In M. Busch, S. Kroll, & M. Anna Maksymiak (Eds.), Hippokratische Grenzgänge - Ausflüge in kultur- und medizingeschichtliche WissensfelderKovac

Four weddings and five funerals: Dynastic integration and cultural transfer between the houses of Braunschweig and Brandenburg in the 18th century

Biskup, T. (2016). Four weddings and five funerals: Dynastic integration and cultural transfer between the houses of Braunschweig and Brandenburg in the 18th century. In H. Watanabe-O'Kelly, & A. Morton (Eds.), Marrying cultures: queens consort, cultural transfer, and European politics, c. 1500-1800, 202-230. Ashgate

Germany 1: Colonialism Early Modern Period

Biskup, T. (2016). Germany 1: Colonialism Early Modern Period. In J. M. MacKenzie, N. R. Dalziel, N. Doumanis, & M. W. Charney (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of EmpireWiley Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118455074.wbeoe394

Conference Proceeding

Von Friedrich I. zu Aman Ullah: Zeremonielle Bewegungen im urbanen Raum Berlins, 1701­-1928

Biskup, T. (2017). Von Friedrich I. zu Aman Ullah: Zeremonielle Bewegungen im urbanen Raum Berlins, 1701­-1928. In J. Luh (Ed.), Ein öffentlicher Ort: Berliner Schloss - Palast der Republik - Humboldt Forum. Beiträge des fünften Colloquiums in der Reihe „Kulturgeschichte Preußens - Colloquien" vom 3. und 4. November 2016