Dr Stefan Hanß

Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History

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In Manchester, I teach The Habsburg Empire, c. 1450–1800 (HIST10101, History in Practice) as well as Material Encounters in the Early Modern World, 1400–1800 (HIST31881, L3 Specialist Course, Course Unit Director). I furthermore teach HIST10301 Forging a New World: Europe c.1450–1750, HIST20390 Long Essay, HIST21152 A History of Europe in 100 Objects: Material Culture and Daily Life, 1450–1800, and I am the Course Unit Director of the MA course SALC70042 Reading the Middle Ages and Renaissance: Palaeography, Codicology, and Sources.

I am more than happy to mentor students and doctoral students in any field related to my expertise.

My innovative approach to material cultures teaching and object-driven pedagogy was internationally recognized in 2019. The Italian National Agency has awarded the Department of Historical, Geographical and Ancient Sciences at the University of Padua the Excellence Seal for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes, enabling the department to establish connections with a European university whose teaching is considered particularly innovative on an international scale. Padua has picked up on our exciting early modern material culture courses. In March 2019, Dr Andrea Savio (Padua) visited Manchester for exploring innovative ways of teaching early modern history. In April 2019, Manchester Humanities eNews also reported a teaching success story about our 'early modern object day'; a day in which L2 students can handle and engage in remaking early modern recipes and artefacts.

In Cambridge, I lectured for part II, paper 14 (Material Culture in the Early Modern World) and part I, paper 16 (European History, 1450-1760) of the Historical Tripos offering the courses (I) Gender and the Body, (II) The Ottoman World, (III) Ottomans and Europeans, (IV) Turquerie and Cultural Transfer, (V) The Spanish World: Connected Histories of Encounters, (VI) Muslim Spain, (VII) Habsburg Spain and (VIII) Spain, Morocco, and the Ottomans. I also contributed to The Uses of the Visual in Early Modern Germany that Professor Ulinka Rublack and Professor Sachiko Kusukawa jointly teach. In the Historical Argument and Practice paper at St John’s College, I offered a course on microhistory. In the Themes & Sources option Remaking the Modern Body, 1543–1939, I taught on gender and dress. Furthermore, Dr Tom Hamilton and I initiated and conducted together with a team of postdocs the Early Modern Palaeography Workshop that offered Cambridge students a platform to discuss archival sources from around 1450 till 1850. I also taught more formal classes on German and Iberian palaeography in the Early Modern History MPhil. Further Cambridge teaching experience comprised conducting supervisions, examining MPhil dissertations, acting as PhD Advisor, and assessing PhD students' first year reports. In Berlin, I have taught courses, both for undergraduate and postgraduate students, on the history of slavery, dress, and the body.