Short CV/Education and training

  • 1974
    Abitur (A-levels)

  • 1974 – 1980
    Studied German philology, history and art history at the University of Cologne, Germany

  • 1980
    First state examination in the subjects of history and German to qualify for teaching at Gymnasium (grammar school)

  • 1985
    Doctorate (Dr phil.) at the University of Cologne (mediaeval and modern history, ancient history, German philology)

  • 1994
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at the University of Cologne andvenia legendi (authorisation to teach) in contemporary history

  • 1982 – 1990
    Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Cologne

  • 1991 – 1992
    Career resumption fellowship within the framework of the Special Funding Programme for Higher Education II of the Ministry of Science in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

  • 1996
    University lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Cologne

  • Since 1997
    C4 professor of early modern history in the Department of History at the University of Münster, Germany

Selected publications

  • Stollberg-Rilinger, B.: Des Kaisers alte Kleider. Verfassungsgeschichte und Symbolsprache des Alten Reiches. Munich, 2009.

  • Stollberg-Rilinger, B.: Das Heilige Römische Reich Deutscher Nation vom Spätmittelalter bis 1806. Munich, 2006, 4th edition 2009. Ideengeschichte (Basistexte Geschichte 7), Wiesbaden, 2010.

  • Stollberg-Rilinger, B.: Herstellung und Darstellung verbindlicher Entscheidungen. Verhandeln, Verfahren und Verwalten in der Vormoderne, ed. together with André Krischer (ZHF, Beiheft 35), Berlin, 2010.

  • Stollberg-Rilinger, B.: Vormoderne politische Verfahren (ZHF, Beiheft 25), Berlin, 2001.

  • Stollberg-Rilinger, B.: Europa im Zeitalter der Aufklärung. Stuttgart, 2001.

  • Stollberg-Rilinger, B.: Der Staat als Maschine. Zur politischen Metaphorik des absoluten Fürstenstaates. Berlin, 1986.

  • Stollberg-Rilinger, B.: Vormünder des Volkes – Konzepte landständischer Repräsentation in der Spätphase des Alten Reiches. Berlin, 1999.


Selected projects

  • Symbolic Construction of Status and Rank in the Early Modern Period (project within the framework of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 496 at the University of Münster, Germany)

  • Pre-Modern Political Procedures (project funded by the grant money awarded with Leibniz Prize)

  • Dissimulation as a religious problem (project within the framework of the Excellence Cluster "Religion and Politics" at the University of Münster)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the scientific advisory committee of the Humboldt University of Berlin, since 2009

  • Member of the board of trustees of the Einstein Foundation Berlin, since 2009

  • Regular member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), since 2009

  • Corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities, since 2009

  • Member of the university council of the University of Münster, since 2008

  • Member of the advisory board of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Study, since 2007

  • Coordinator of and primary proposal submitter for the Excellence Cluster "Religion and politics in cultures in the pre-modern and modern periods" at the University of Münster, since 2007

  • Co-editor of the journal Der Staat (The State), since 2006

  • Member of the historical commission of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, since 2006

  • Member of the German Studies Association (USA), since 2005

  • Member of the historical commission for Westphalia, since 2004

  • Deputy chairperson of the Verband der Historikerinnen and Historiker Deutschlands (VHD – Association of German Historians), since 2004

  • Editor in chief of Zeitschrift für historische Forschung (Journal of Historical Research), since 2003

  • Spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 496 "Symbolic communication and social value systems from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution", since 2003

  • Supervisor at the DFG Research Training Group "Societal symbolism in the Middle Ages", University of Münster, 1999 – 2008

  • Member of the executive committee of the working group Early Modern Period in the VHD, 1999 – 2005

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) senate and grants committee for the Research Training Groups, 1999 – 2003

  • Member of the Vereinigung für Verfassungsgeschichte (German constitutional history association), since 1998

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