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Dr. Jana Osterkamp

Director of the “Emmy Noether” junior research group

"Ordering Diversity. Concepts of Federalism in the Habsburg Monarchy and its Successor States". More...

Subject: History

E-Mail: jana.osterkamp[at]

Research Areas

Political, social and imperial history of the Habsburg monarchy in the long nineteenth century
History of federalism in Eastern and East Central Europe
Constitutional, legal and contemporary history of Czechoslovakia and Czech Republic
History of religion

Personal Data

  • Born in 1977
  • Studied law with a focus on the history and philosophy of law in Berlin (Humboldt University) and Prague (1997–2003)
  • Postgraduate at the Max Planck Institute for European History of Law in Frankfurt am Main (2004–2007)
  • Research visits in Prague, Brno, and Heidelberg
  • Since 1 September 2007: Research Assistant and Library Consultant at the Collegium Carolinum (currently on sabbatical)
  • 2008: Awardet the Werner Pünder Prize in Frankfurt for her dissertation
  • Teaching assignments at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich and the University of Vienna
  • Since 2009: Lecturer in the international graduate programme "Religious Cultures in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Europe"  at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and at the Charles University in Prague
  • 2009/2010: Participant in the SIAS summer school on "Comparative Perspectives on Federalism and Separation of Powers" held at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin with the project Loyalty Structures in the Federal State
  • Lectureships at the Ludwigs Maximilian University in Munich
  • 2010–2012: Member of the research group ‘Political and Cultural Loyalties’ at the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS), LMU Munich
  • 2011: Parental leave
  • Since 05/2012: director of the "Emmy Noether" junior research group (of the DFG) "Ordering Diversity. Concepts of Federalism in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and its Successor States," as well as her own research project "A Social History of Federalism. Concepts of federal order in the Habsburg monarchy"
  • 09/2013–03/2014: Parental leave
  • 2014: Feodor-Lynen research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Vienna
  • 2016–2017 Chair for East European History (representation for prof. dr. Martin Schulze Wessel), LMU Munich
  • since 2/2018  together with Peter Becker principal investigator of the D-A-CH – research group (DFG/FWF Austrian Research fund) “The emperors’s desk: a site of policy making in the Habsburg Empire? Francis Joseph I and his Cabinet Office