Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2014
    Vice President in charge of research, University of Erfurt, Germany

  • 2012
    Visiting Professor (professeur invité) at École normale supérieure (ENS) de Lyon, Frankreich

  • Since 2011
    associated Member of the CIHAM (UMR 5648: Histoire, Archéologie, Littératures des mondes chrétiens et musulmans médiévaux)

  • Since 2009
    Professor of Spatial History and Cultures in the modern period, University of Erfurt, Germany

  • 2009
    Directeur d'études associé (visiting professor) at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris, France

  • 2008 – 2009
    Deutsches Historisches Institut (Institute of German History), Paris, France (research fellowship)

  • 2008
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification)

  • 2007
    Instructor, Université Lumière Lyon 2, France

  • 2001 – 2008
    Research associate (postdoc) in the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 537 "Institutionality and Historicity", instructor in the Department of History, Dresden University of Technology

  • 2001
    Doctorate

  • 1999
    Summer programme at the Institut d'Histoire de la Réformation, University of Geneva, Switzerland

  • 1997 – 2001
    Doctoral studies, University of Hamburg

  • 1997 – 2000
    Research associate in the area of the Early Modern Period in the Department of History, Lecturer in the Department of History, University of Hamburg

  • 1997
    Magister degree (MA), University of Hamburg

  • 1994
    Studied history and philosophy, University of Reims, France (Erasmus Scholarship)

  • 1993 – 1997
    Studied history, French and philosophy, University of Hamburg, Germany

  • 1990 – 1993
    Studied general rhetoric, history and Romance philology, University of Tübingen, Germany

Selected publications

  • Rau, S.: Geschichte und Konfession. Städtische Geschichtsschreibung und Erinnerungskultur im Zeitalter von Reformation und Konfessionalisierung in Bremen, Breslau, Hamburg und Köln (Hamburger Veröffentlichungen zur Geschichte Mittel- und Osteuropas, Bd. 9), Hamburg u. München 2002.

  • Rau, S.: Zwischen Gotteshaus und Taverne. Öffentliche Räume in Spätmittelalter und Früher Neuzeit (Norm und Struktur, Bd. 21) (hg. mit Gerd Schwerhoff), Köln u. a. 2004.

  • Rau, S.: Machträume der frühneuzeitlichen Stadt (Konflikte und Kultur – Historische Perspektiven, Bd. 13) (hg. mit Christian Hochmuth), Konstanz 2006.

  • Rau, S.: Topographien des Sakralen. Religion und Raumordnung in der Vormoderne (hg. mit Gerd Schwerhoff), Hamburg u. München 2008.

  • Rau, S.: Lyon vu/e d'ailleurs (1245 – 1800). Échanges, compétitions et perceptions (hg. mit Jean-Louis Gaulin), Lyon 2009.

  • Rau, S.: Geschichte schreiben. Ein Quellen- und Studienhandbuch zur Historiografie (ca. 1350 – 1750) (hg. mit Birgit Studt), Berlin 2010.

  • Rau, S. (Hg.): Raumkonzepte – Raumwahrnehmungen – Raumnutzungen (Mittelalter – Frühe Neuzeit) / Espaces: concepts – perceptions – usages (Moyen Âge – époque moderne) = discussions 5 (2010)

  • Rau, S.: Räume. Konzepte, Wahrnehmungen, Nutzungen (Historische Einführungen, Bd. 14), Frankfurt/M. 2013

  • Rau, S.: Mapping Spatial Relations, their Perceptions and Dynamics: the City Today and in the Past (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography) (hg. mit Ekkehard Schönherr) Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

  • Rau, S.: Räume der Stadt. Eine Geschichte Lyons 1300-1800, Frankfurt/M. 2014



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Current projects:

  • Construction and appropriation of spaces in the long-distance trade of the early modern period

  • Urban expansion projects and perception of the city at the end of the early modern period (currently working on the cities of Lyon and Barcelona)

  • "Lyon – de l'Empire au Royaume" (Member of a french researchgroup which researches about the integration process of the city of Lyon into the Kingdom of France)

  • Globalization and Local Knowledge. Researching the Publishing House Justus Perthes (funded by the Ministerium for Education, Science and Culture Thuringia)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the doctoral committee of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Erfurt, Germany

  • Reviewer and member of the editorial board (comité de lecture) of the French journal Histoire urbaine

  • Co-editor of the German journal Informationen zur modernen Stadtgeschichte (IMS) (information on modern urban history)

  • Member of the advisory board of the Gotha Research Centre at the University of Erfurt

  • Member of the advisory council of 'Historische Zeitschrift'

  • Member of the advisory board of the German Historical Institute, Paris

  • Reviewer for various European research foundations

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Road bicycle racing, listening to music, playing the piano

  • Memberships (active or supporting membership): Förderverein Weimarer Rendez-vous mit der Geschichte (supporters of the history festival in Weimar), Greenpeace, Stifterverband (donors' association) for German Science, Unicef, Erfurt chapter of Zonta International


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