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Dr. Martina Niedhammer

Member of project staff

The making of a mother tongue: Occitan, Yiddish and Belarusian in the context of regionalist enthusiasm, philological discourse and national agitation

Subject: History
E-Mail: martina.niedhammer[at]

Research Areas

Jewish history and culture of East Central Europe
Interethnic relations
History of religion in East Central Europe
History of science (Language and literature, nationalism)
Theory and methodology in Alltagsgeschichte (everyday history)
Study of identity

Personal Data

  • Born in 1981
  • Studies in Slavic philology and history in Munich, St. Petersburg, and Prague
  • Research visits in the Czech Republic, in France, in the United States and Israel
  • 2009–2012: Participating lecturer in the international graduate programme „Religious Cultures in nineteenth and twentieth century Europe“ at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, the Charles-University in Prague and the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
  • Since 2011: Research Assistant at the Collegium Carolinum in Munich
  • 2012 PhD at LMU Munich: Only an ‘Emancipation by Money’? Loyalties and the Life-Worlds of the Jewish Upper Classes in Prague 1800-1867 ("Nur eine Geld-Emancipation"? Loyalitäten und Lebenswelten des Prager jüdischen Großbürgertums 1800–1867)
  • 2013: Postdoc project: "The making of a mother tongue: Occitan, Yiddish and Belarusian in the context of regionalist enthusiasm, philological discourse and national agitation.”
  • Since 2014 Member of the editorial board of "Münchner Beiträge zur Jüdischen Geschichte und Kultur" ("Munich Contributions to Jewish History and Culture")


Fellowships and awards

  • 2001–2007 and 2008–2011 Study and doctoral scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
  • 2003/2004 one-year scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service
  • 2006 Contact scholarship from the LMU Munich
  • August/Sept 2008 Leon and Lola Teicher visiting scholarship to Rothberg International School (The Hebrew University Jerusalem)
  • May 2013 Georg R. Schroubek Prize from the "Eastern Europe" fund (LMU Munich)
  • November/December 2013 Scholarship for specialists on Bohemia by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Prague)
  • December 2013 Max Weber Prize from the Bavarian Academy of Sciences
  • September 2017, Acceptance into the LMU’s mentoring program





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