I am currently a Marie Curie Fellow of the Gerda Henkel Foundation at the Faculty of History of the University of Cambridge. I am also a Postdoctoral Associate at Clare Hall, Cambridge. I have done previous postdoctoral research as a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow in History at the European University Institute in Florence (2010/11) and as a Visiting Fellow and DAAD Fellow at the History Department of Stanford University (2011/12).
My doctoral thesis has been organized as a bi-national cooperation between the the University of Freiburg im Breisgau and the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (E.H.E.S.S.) in Paris; my thesis has been jointly supervised by Professors Ronald G. Asch (Freiburg) and Jean Boutier (E.H.E.S.S.). I hold an M.A. from the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, the German "State Examination" (an equivalent of a Master of Education), and a B.A. from the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne).
I am a specialist for 17th-century European history, with a particular emphasis on Germany and France. My key interests are the history of confessionalization, courts, state-building, and aristocracy. In my dissertation, I explore the role of political friendships among the members of the aristocracy in the French court of the 17th century.
The new research project which I am starting during my time in Florence explores the role of the practice of confessing oneself in the context of the Counter-reformation in 17th-century Bavaria and Austria.
The languages I write and publish academic texts in are English, German, French, and Italian.
Dr Christian Kühner
University of Cambridge
Faculty of History
Cambridge CB3 9EF