Thomas Biskup

Dr Thomas Biskup

Lecturer in Early Modern History

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of History

Qualifications

  • MA
  • PhD (University of Cambridge)

Summary

Born in Berlin, I was educated at the universities of Göttingen and Cambridge, where I obtained my MPhil and PhD degrees.

I have also held research fellowships at the University of Oxford, the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel (twice), and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a life member of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and a Deputy Director of the ESRC-funded White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership's "Cities, Environment, and Liveability" pathway, which funds and facilitates PG research in urban and environmental studies. I have collaborated widely with external partners, such as institutions in heritage and culture, on projects and exhibitions.

I have published one monograph, four collections of essays, and over 30 articles and book chapters on my two main areas of research: first, the political culture of early modern and modern Europe, with a focus on monarchy and courts, political ritual and pamphlets from 17th to 20th-century Germany; and seconly, cultures of knowledge in the early modern and modern period, in particular natural history and politics in the 18th and 19th centuries. I am currently completing a book on German science and the British Empire.

Over the years, I have contributed widely to the media, and highlights here appearances on the BBC's "In Our Time" (twice), and, as presenter, on ARTE TV channel's documentary, France - Allemagne, Une Histoire Commune.

Undergraduate

I am on study leave in Semester 1 of 2021-2 .

My recent teaching includes:

- Early modern people and the world (level 4)

- Cultural turns: Enlightenment, Reform, and Revolution: Europe in the long 18th century (level 5)

- Memory, Meaning and History (level 7)

- Research Project Management for Historians (level 7)

- Modern Research (level 7)

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Festkultur

Biskup, T. (2018). Festkultur. In J. Jacob, & J. Süßmann (Eds.), Das 18. Jahrhundert. Lekikon zur Antikerezeption in Aufklärung und Klassizismus. Stuttgart: J. 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 Wissensfelder. Hamburg: Kovac

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). London: Ashgate

Germany 2: Colonial Empire

Biskup, T., & Kohlrausch, M. (2016). Germany 2: Colonial Empire. In J. M. Mackenzie, N. R. Dalziel, N. Doumanis, & M. W. Charney (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Empire. Wiley Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118455074

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

Research interests

I currently have two fields of interest: one is the political culture of early modern Europe, with a focus on political ritual and pamphlets from 17th to 20th-century Germany, but also France and Britain. The transformation of political culture in the “late early modern period” is at the centre of my work, but I am also conducting research on the heritage of monarchy in Germany after 1918.

Secondly, I am interested in what one may call cultures of knowledge in natural history, in particular the relationship of European expansion, natural sciences and political culture in the age of the Enlightenment. Here, I am completing a monograph that explores how in the comprehensive field of natural history, a global web of cross-border exchanges and dependencies emerged that linked Britain, Germany, and extra-European territories in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Postgraduate supervision

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

Completed PhD projects:

- Jacob Zobkiw, Strategies of Laughter in the French Revolution (2015 - fully funded by University of Hull)

- Nicola Pearce, Cuckoldry and Cornution in Seventeenth Century English Political Discourse (second supervisr, 2019 - fully funded by the University of Hull)

- Crawford Matthews, Royal Dignity, Ceremony and Rank: Anglo-Prussian Relations and their impact, 1688 - 1740 (2020 - fully funded by the University of Hull)