Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies


  • Department of Ancient History, Papyrology and Epigraphy
    • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Kruschwitz, M.A.

      Research Focus:

      Roman cultural history (with especial emphasis on musical and poetic forms of expression); Roman epigraphy (especially Carmina Latina Epigraphica and wall inscriptions/graffiti); cultural practice of Roman non-elites; theatre and mass entertainment in the Roman empire; linguistic history as history of mentality.

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  • Department of Art History
    • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Lukas Nickel

      Research Focus:
      Applications on the Art history of East Asia and especially China will be considered. My research foci are the history of pre-modern interaction between East Asia and wider Eurasia, Buddhist art history, and the history of technology in East Asia. Current projects include The First Empire of China in the Asian context, the Arts of the Northern Wei, and the reception of East Asian art in early modern Central Europe.
  • Department of Classical Archaeology
    • Prof. Basema Hamarneh, PhD

      Research Focus

      Research focuses on urban and rural settlements in the Late Antique and Early Christian periods (4th to the 9th centuries); with themes ranging from the Christianisation of Roman Castra; visual and material culture of the Late antique, Early Christian/Byzantine and Early Islamic Near East;  Mosaics; Early Christian monuments of Rome and broadly of the Orbis Christianus Antiquus; Monastic and religious identities; hagiography as source to investigate topographic studies. Prof. Hamarneh lead an archaeological excavation in central Jordan and a an FWF project on “Periphery in Late Antiquity”.

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  • Department of Contemporary History
    • Ass.-Prof. Dr. Valeska Huber

      Research Focus:
      Global History, International History, History of Migration and Mobility, History of Language and Communication, History of Education

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      Valeska Huber (univie.ac.at)
    • Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Claudia Kraft

      Research Focus:
      The history of Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th century,
      Women's and Gender History,
      Politics of History and Cultures of Remembrance,
      History of Forced Migration,
      History of State Socialism in Central and Eastern Europe after World War II,
      transnational legal history in the first half of the 20th century,   

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  • Department of East European History
    • Ass.-Prof. Mag. Mag. Dr. Börries Kuzmany

      Research Focus

      Kuzmany focuses on Central and Eastern Europe from the late 18th to the 20th Century, the Habsburg Empire, Poland, Ukraine and the Soviet Union in particular. He is interested in the history of nationalism, ethno-confessional diversity, borders, and languages, as well as in urban and Jewish history. Between 2018 and 2023 he was the principal investigator of the ERC funded project “Non-Territorial Autonomy as Minority Protection in Europe.” Since 2023, he is the leader of the international research group “History of National Diversity”.

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  • Department of Economic and Social History
    • Federico D'Onofrio, PhD

      Research Focus

      History of agriculture, history of statistics, history of economic thought, history of quantification

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    • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Juliane Schiel

      Research Focus

      history of slavery in Venice and the wider Mediterranean world, the history of work in a trans-regional and long-term comparative perspective, power relations and social inequalities in premodern Europe, social, economic and cultural entanglements between Europe and Asia, postcolonial critics and global history debates

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  • Department of History
    • Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Tara Andrews   

      Research Focus:
      Tara Andrews is University Professor of Digital Humanities at the Institute for History. Her fields of expertise include the history and historiography of the Christian Near East in the tenth to twelfth centuries, the application of computational and statistical methods for reconstruction of the copying history of ancient and medieval manuscripts (stemmatology), and reflection on the implications of employing digital media and computational methods in humanities contexts.
    • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Becker

      Research Focus:
      History of State and Governance
      History of Institutions (esp. Public Administration)
      History of Scientific and Administrative Practices
      History of Police and Criminology
    • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Anna Echterhölter

      Research Focus

      history of science (18th and 19th century) historical-political epistemology, epistemic decolonisation history of quantification and modern data technologies colonialism, measurement and quantification (Oceania) technologies of money, multiplicities of money, paranumismatics history of the auxiliary sciences and historical methods (metrology, chronology)

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    • Ass.-Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Roehrlich

      Research Focus:
      History of international organizations; history of the cold war and the nuclear age; contemporary Austrian history

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    • Ass.-Prof. Maria Vargha MA MA PhD

      Research Focus

      Mária Vargha is Assistant Professor of Spatial Approaches to Medieval Studies at the Department of History. She obtained her PhD in Medieval Studies from the Central European University, Hungary. After working four years in the Digital Humanities unit of the Institute of History at the University of Vienna, she spent three years as a researcher at the Department of Archaeology at Charles University (Czech Republic), where she was the PI of the project ‘Empowering the Voiceless. The Role of the Rural Population in State Building and Christianisation in East-Central Europe’, conducted within the PRIMUS scheme, and the Lead Agency WEAVE tri-lateral project REPLICO in cooperation with the Naturhistorisches Museum Vienna and the Slovenian Academy of Sciences. She has also obtained an ERC StG grant titled ‘RELIC – Religiopolitics - The Imperium Christianum and its Commoners’, implemented at the University of Vienna and the Natural History Museum Vienna. Her research is mainly focused on the material culture, social and landscape archaeology of the High Middle Ages, as well as on digital humanities, with a particular focus on GIS and network analysis of diverse archaeological and historical data.

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  • Department of Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology
  • Faculty Centre for Transdisciplinary Historical and Cultural Studies
    • Univ. Prof. Dr. Dietlind Hüchtker

      Research Focus

      Specific foci: Modern and Contemporary History of Central and Eastern Europe/Space and Transregionality/History of Science and Knowledge/Rural Studies/Gender History/Transdiciplinarity

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