Short CV/Education and training

  • 1981
    Abitur (A-levels) at the German School of Paris, France

  • 1981 – 1983
    Studied medieval and modern history, the history of Eastern Europe and public law at Saarland University, Germany

  • 1983 – 1986
    Studied the history of South Asia, medieval and modern history and public law at Heidelberg University, Germany

  • 1991
    PhD from Heidelberg University

  • 2007
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) for modern and recent history at Bielefeld University, Germany

  • Since 2008
    Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany

Selected publications

  • Pernau, M. (2010). Shifting globalities – changing headgear: The Indian muslims between turban, hat and fez. In U. Freitag & A. v. Oppen (Eds.), Translocality: The study of globalising processes from a southern perspective (Studies in Global Social History No. 4) (pp. 249-267). Leiden: Brill.

  • Frevert, U., & Pernau, M. (2009). Europa ist eine Frau: Jung und aus Kleinasien. Beitrag zum Themenschwerpunkt "Europäische Geschichte – Geschlechtergeschichte". Themenportal Europäische Geschichte. Retrieved from

  • Juneja, M., Pernau, M.: Lost in Translation? Transcending Boundaries in Comparitive History. In: Kocka, J., Haupt, H.G. (Eds.), Comparative and transnational history. New York, Berghahn, 2009.

  • Pernau, M., Jaffery, Y. (Eds.): Information and the public sphere: Persian newsletters from Mughal Delhi. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2009.

  • Pernau, M.: An ihren Gefühlen sollt Ihr sie erkennen: Eine Verflechtungsgeschichte des britischen Zivilitätsdiskurses (ca. 1750 – 1860). In: Geschichte und Gesellschaft 35, 2009. pp. 249-281.

  • Pernau, M.: Bürger mit Turban: Muslime in Delhi im 19. Jahrhundert. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008.

  • Juneja, M., Pernau, M. (Eds.): Religion und Grenzen in Indien und Deutschland: Auf dem Weg zu einer transnationalen Historiographie. Göttingen: V & R unipress, 2008.

  • Pernau, M. (Ed.): The Delhi College Traditional Elites, the Colonial State and Education before 1857. Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2006.

Selected projects

  • Emotions, civility and civil society in Great Britain and India, 18th – 21st cent. (own research project)

  • Civility, virtue and emotions in Europe and Asia. History of concepts as entangled history from the 18th cent. to the 1st World War (network project together with Helge Jordheim, Oslo, Norway)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the editorial board of Geschichte and Gesellschaft (History and Society), since 2009

  • Editor of Contributions to the History of Concepts, since 2009

  • Member of the advisory board for Concepta (International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Thought), since 2008

Additional qualifications

  • Trained as an archivist in the higher grade of civil service, Main State Archives of Koblenz, Germany (practical portion of the training), 1993 – 1994


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