For my international colleagues

Since August 1, 2022, I have been a research associate at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) in Leipzig in the research area of Historical Geographies. There, I am working on the conception of a research project on the history of the book series Landschaften in Deutschland (LiD, engl. "Landscapes in Germany"), which was published from 1957 onwards in the German Democratic Republic under the title "Werte der deutschen Heimat" (engl. "Values of the German Homeland") as a regional geography inventory. Today it is edited by the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography and the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig and published by Böhlau. 


As a geographer, I study political processes in rural-peripheral regions, borders, border spaces, and cross-border relations, as well as the construction of landscapes in the past and present. My research topics include the historical and political geography of East Central Europe and its transnational linkages. In this context, I analyze spatial processes in the former Habsburg Empire from the second half of the 19th century, in Czechoslovakia and Germany in the short 20th century, and post-socialist transformations in reunified Europe since 1990. I also have a special interest in the theory, methodology, and history of historical geography and geographies of the regional. 


I am an associate member of the Herder Institute Research Academy at the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg and a lecturer in historical geography, regional geography, and geographic research on East Central Europe at the Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg. I also cooperate in various German-Czech research projects with the Institute of Political Science at the Univerzita J. E. Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem. 


Between 2018 and 2022, I was a staff member at the Chair of Historical Geography at Otto Friedrich University in Bamberg. There I wrote my dissertation on the topic Spatialization of Relevance. The Formation of the Bavarian Ostmark in the Weimar Republic, which was submitted to the Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies in July 2022. I was a visiting scholar at the Collegium Carolinum in Munich from July to September 2019 and at the Research Center for Cultural and Historical Geography at Univerzita Karlova in Prague from January to December 2020. Previously, I studied Governance and Public Policy with majors in public law and sociology and minors in political science and history at the University of Passau and social and population geography with an extension subject in historical geography at the Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg.