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Johannes Staudt




Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Historisches Seminar
Lehrstuhl für Neuere und Neueste Geschichte Westeuropas
79085 Freiburg im Breisgau

E-Mail: staudtj@tcd.ie

Academic Career
Grants and Awards
Ph.D. Project



Academic Career

Since February 2021 Ph.D. Student at the Chair of Modern European History, Prof. Dr. Jörn Leonhard
2019 Research assistant in the project ‘Capitalism – A Global History’ of Prof. Sven Beckert, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
2018 EUCOR visiting student of Europäische Kultur und Ideengeschichte, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
2017-2020 M.A. Comparative Modern History, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Since 2016 Young Affiliate with the Network for Constitutional Economics and Social Philosophy (NOUS)
2016-2020 Research assistant at the Walter Eucken Institut, Freiburg
2016-2020 Tutor for the introductory lecture in historical science at the Department of History, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
2015 - 2016 Erasmus visiting student of History and Irish Literature, Trinity College Dublin
2013 - 2017 B.A. History and Economics, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
2012 Abitur at St. Ursula-Schulen Villingen-Schwenningen



Grants and Awards

2014 - 2020 Scholarship of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
2015 - 2016 Erasmus+ scholarship



Ph.D. Project

Rural Cultures of Innovation and the Emergence of European Capitalism: A Comparative History of the Black Forest and the Jura, c. 1740 – 1880

The project aims to contribute to explaining the emergence of sustained economic growth in 18th and 19th century Europe by inquiring the genesis and evolution of rural cultures of innovation. Recent research has frequently highlighted the role of innovation in contrast to institutional, imperial, and spatial issues of the Industrial Revolution, which have traditionally been invoked for its explanation but proven to be insufficient to explain either its timing or its location. This focus on a culture of innovation opens a fruitful perspective on how the disposition of different forms of knowledge changed in a favourable way to foster economic productivity. However, in explaining its European scale it still falls short of solid empirical insights on the agents of innovation and their social and economic circumstances and, instead, it is stuck in rather vague narratives of urbanity and progressiveness.

To solve this problem, this project questions the common dichotomic perception of rural and urban spaces in terms of progressiveness. In contrast, it understands the rural societies of 18th and 19th century Europe as “capitalisms in action” of their own and thereby enables an analysis of their ways of an Industrial Enlightenment. In doing so, the project will focus on horology as the key technology of early industrial capitalism. While clockmakers in Paris and London worked at the scientific frontier to solve the longitude problem, their colleagues in the remote areas of the Black Forest and the Jura transformed mechanical clocks and watches into a mass product. Thus, they played a key role in fostering the chronometrisation of societies and spreading a mechanistic world view on a global scale.

To understand the geneses and the operating modes of these rural cultures of innovation, a comparative analysis of horology in the Black Forest and the Jura will provide new insights into the concrete agents of innovation and the formation of networks for the horizontal, vertical and translocal transmission of knowledge as well as the underlying conditions of institutions and socioeconomic thought. By understanding the genesis and evolution of these rural cultures of innovation and their interrelations with other socioeconomic spaces, rural and urban, the project aims to amplify our understanding of the emergence of sustained economic growth and to contribute to explaining its location.







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