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Zsuzsa Barbarics-Hermanik

Zsuzsa Barbarics-Hermanik is Assistant Professor at the Institute of History of the University of Graz, research unit: Southeast European History and Anthropology

Curriculum Vitae – Dr. Zsuzsa Barbarics-Hermanik

Zsuzsa studied history with a focus on Ottoman history, and German philology at the University of Pécs in Hungary and earned her PhD in history from the University of Graz. Prior to coming to Graz, she held a position of an Assistant Professor at the Institute of History, Department of Medieval and  Early Modern History at the University of Pécs.

She is specialized in the history of early modern culture, communication and science (15th-18th centuries) with an emphasis on the Ottoman territories in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as on the Ottoman-Habsburg-Venetian contact zones in Central- and Southeast Europe. She is author of a number of publications centring on those subjects, paying special attention to research on communication systems using so-called handwritten newsletters, the establishment of printing and book production in the region, as well as investigating images and memories of the ‘Turks’ in early modern and modern Central- and Southeast Europe and their instrumentalization from the 19th to 21th century, the history of the first state-sponsored Ottoman printing press in 18th-century Istanbul as well as the role of the visual in transcultural exchange processes between Europe and the Ottoman Empire. Her forthcoming monograph “The Entangling Power of Print: The Book in Renaissance Central- and Southeast Europe” is due to be published in 2020 by Bril.

She has received fellowships, awards and grants from many sources including the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, the Austrian Research Fund (Hertha-Firnberg-Programme), the Gerda Henkel Foundation in Germany, the Habsburg Institute in Budapest, the Hungarian Academy of Science, the Hungarian Research Council (MÖB), and more recently the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Germany, which is funding a further third-party fundet project. She was also awarded the Pro Scientia Gold Medal by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Areas of Research and Teaching:

Ottoman history (13th-18th centuries); women and gender relations in the Ottoman Empire; migration in Central and Southeast Europe (15th-18th centuries); history of communication and media, knowledge production and exchange (via texts and images) from a transcultural perspective between the Ottoman Empire and Europe in the 15th-18th centuries; images and memories of the ‘Turks’ in Central- and Southeast Europe .

Current Research:

The European Republic of Letters and the Ottoman Empire: Knowledge Transfer and Networks of Knowledge in the Age of the Enlightenment, financed by the Fritz Thyssen Fundation

Recent Publications:     

The Entangled Memory of the Battle of Sziget (1566) in Early Modern Europe. in: Pál Fodor (ed.), The Battle for Central Europe. The Siege of Szigetvár and the Death of Süleyman the Magnificent and Nicolas Zrínyi (1566). Leiden/Boston and Budapest: Brill/HAS, 2019, pp. 479-507.

Osmanisch-europäische Verflechtungsgeschichte im Spiegel Ibrahim Müteferrikas Tätigkeiten und Werk. in: Wolfgang Zimmermann/ Josef Wolf (Hrsg.), Die Türkenkriege des 18. Jahrhunderts. Wahrnehmen – Wissen – Erinnern. Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner, 2017, S. 129-159.

Books as a Means of Transcultural Exchange between the Habsburgs and the Ottomans. in: Sara Baker/ Matthew McLean (eds.), International Exchange in the European Book World. Leiden: Brill, 2016, pp. 105-123.

Research Profile

Current Courses

Additional Activities and Functions

Zsuzsa is member of the Society of Emblem Studies, the Hungarian Historical Society as well as of the Scientific Advisory Board of the following institutions and projects: Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe, Universalmuseum Joanneum in Graz, the GrazMuseum (Schloßberg Museum), and the international project “Culture and Exchange” based at the University of Cork.

Together with her students from winter term 2018/19, she is currently creating the module “Migration, Refuge-seeking, and Asylum in Central- and Southeast Europe” of the exhibition entitled “Emperor and Sultan. Neighbours in Centre of Europe, 1600-1700”, which will be launched in the Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe in October 2019.


Zsuzsa Barbarics-Hermanik

Elisabethstraße 27/II, 8010 Graz
Phone:+43 316 380 - 8109

Contact hour by arrangement!

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