With this goal in mind, the Arbeitskreis Frühneuzeitforschung was set up in 2019 as a merger of the two Wolfenbüttel working groups focusing on Renaissance research and Baroque research. The core aspects of its programme – interdisciplinarity, interepochality and internationality – are foregrounded at its regular conferences, which cover a broad range of themes.

The current members of the committee are:

  • Tobias Bulang, German Studies – Universität Heidelberg, German Studies Seminar
  • Peter Burschel, History – Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel / Universität Göttingen, Seminar of Medieval and Modern History
  • Lejla Demiri, Islamic Doctrine - Universität Tübingen, Center for Islamic Theology
  • Karl Enenkel, Middle and Neo-Latin Philology – Universität Münster, Seminar for Middle and Neo-Latin Philology
  • Marc Föcking, Romance Studies – Universität Hamburg, Institute of Romance Languages and Literature
  • Mariacarla Gadebusch Bondio, History of Medicine – Universität Bonn, Institute for Medical Humanities
  • Andreas Mahler, chair of the working group, English Studies – Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of English Language and Literature
  • Ulrich Pfisterer, Art History – Zentralinstitut Kunstgeschichte (Central Institute for Art History), Munich / Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Institute of Art History
  • Anja Wolkenhauer, Latin Philology – Universität Tübingen, Department of Classics
  • Cornel Zwierlein, History – Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Historisches Institut


The Symposium for the Inauguration of the Wolfenbütteler Arbeitskreis Frühneuzeitforschung focused on the issue of Labelling Times: The ‘Early Modern’ – European Past and Global Now. It was held as an online event from 30 June to 2 July 2021 with Andreas Mahler and Cornel Zwierlein (both of whom are at FU Berlin) in charge. You can access the programme and the conference report in the ‘Download’ section.

Guest institutions

There are also several guest institutions based at the Herzog August Bibliothek. They are fully integrated into the site and close cooperation is maintained with them.