Jörn Happel

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Jörn Happel (* 1978 in Gießen ) is a German historian and university professor. He has been teaching Eastern European History at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel since 2018 and is leading a DFG research project at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn .


Jörn Happel attended the Landgraf-Ludwig-Gymnasium in Giessen . After graduating from high school, he studied Eastern European history , political science and modern history at the Justus Liebig University in Gießen from 1998 , where he was a lecturer in Eastern European history from 2004 to 2006. From 2005 to 2017 he was a research assistant at the Professorship for Eastern European and Modern General History at the University of Basel , where he has been teaching as a private lecturer since 2016. In 2009 he did his doctorate with Heiko Haumann summa cum laude with a thesis on nomadic worlds and tsarist politics. The uprising in Central Asia in 1916 . In the 2013/14 winter semester, Happel was professor for Russian / Asian Studies at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich .

After research stays at the German Historical Institute in Moscow , at the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Stanford University and at the Research Center for Eastern Europe at the University of Bremen , Jörn Happel was awarded the venia docendi for Modern and Eastern European History by the University of Basel in 2016 ; his habilitation thesis on the history of diplomacy was published in 2018 under the title Der Ost-Experte. Gustav Hilger - diplomat in the age of extremes . In 2017 and 2018, Happel taught as a substitute professor for Eastern European History at the University of Konstanz , and since 2018 he has been a lecturer for Eastern European History at the History Department of the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel . Since December 2019, Happel has headed the Heisenberg project of the German Research Foundation (DFG) “Measuring the Empire. The Aral Sea , its exploration and the Russian Empire in the 19th century ”at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn .

Main focus of work and research

Memberships and honors

  • 2018: University of Konstanz teaching award from students (LUKS)
  • 2010: Fritz Theodor Epstein Prize of the Association of Eastern European Historians (VOH)
  • Member of the Eastern Europe Forum Basel (OFB), 2010–2014 member of the board
  • Member of the Association of Eastern European Historians (VOH), 2011–2017 member of the board

Fonts (selection)

As an author

  • The East Expert. Gustav Hilger - diplomat in the age of extremes. Paderborn 2018, ISBN 978-3-50678609-8 .
  • Nomadic worlds and tsarist politics. The uprising in Central Asia 1916. Stuttgart 2010, ISBN 978-3-515-09771-0 .

As editor

  • with Manfred Sapper ; Volker Weichsel; Jan Kusber ; Heidi Hein-Kircher : Measured World. Eastern Europe experts in the 20th century. Eastern Europe 67: 1-2 (2017).
  • with Norman Domeier: Foreign Correspondents . Journalism and Politics 1900–1970. Journal of History 62: 5 (2014).
  • with Malte Rolf : Cross-border commuters in multi-ethnic empires. Drawing and crossing of borders in Russia and Austria-Hungary (1850–1919) . Historical Journal 59: 5 (2011).
  • with Christophe von Werdt; Mira Jovanović: Mapping Eastern Europe - Mapping Eastern Europe. Münster 2010, ISBN 978-364380015-2 .
  • with Heiko Haumann ; Carmen Scheide : The Century of Memory. Remembering and Forgetting in Russian and Soviet History in the 20th Century. St. Petersburg 2010, ISBN 978-5-901603-19-2 .

As Associate Editor in Series

  • since 2017 scientific advisory board and co-editor of the journal Koło Historii. Czasopismo afiliowane z Instytutem Historii Uniwersytetu Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej w Lublinie .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. LMU website. Retrieved January 11, 2019 .
  2. Jörn Happel on the CREES website. Retrieved January 11, 2019 .
  3. Article from the Weser Kurier. July 5, 2012, accessed January 11, 2019 .
  4. Regence protocol of the Univ. Basel. December 14, 2016, accessed January 11, 2019 .
  5. Jörn Happel on the website of the University of Konstanz. Retrieved January 11, 2019 .
  6. Jörn Happel on the website of the University of Kiel. Retrieved January 11, 2019 .
  7. On the trail of the development of the Aral Sea. December 18, 2019, accessed December 18, 2019 .
  8. Website for LUKS 2018 Univ. Constancy. Retrieved January 11, 2019 .
  9. ^ Winner of the Epstein Prize (1986 - 2012). VOH, accessed January 11, 2019 .