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Dr Sina Steglich

Sina Steglich joined the GHIL in April 2020. She is currently working on a project on nomadism as a discursive figure of modernity in Britain and Western Europe. She received her PhD from the University of Mannheim with a project on the history of temporalities in the nineteenth century and holds an MA in History, German Literature and Philosophy. Prior to coming to London, she was research associate at the Chair for the History of Humanities at the University of Konstanz.

Email: s.steglich(ghi)

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7309 2031

Research Project

Nomadism as a Discursive Figure of (Post-)Modernity

Since the 1970s, the concept of nomadism as an ancient form of mobility has been rediscovered from a theoretical point of view. European (and other) intellectuals have discussed extensively the unsettled, extra-territorial character of nomads, who, with their stateless lifestyle and their seasonal mobility, neither follow a particular route nor aim at a specific destination. They present the nomad as a key figure of postmodern thought who rejects the modern rationale of temporal linearity and development by transgressing territorial borders and (re-)shaping cultural boundaries. Situating these theoretical discussions in a broader historical perspective, the project will illustrate why nomadism could become a main reference in (post)modern thought, identified as a mode of spatial, cyclic mobility that challenged the modernist narrative of a progressive, meaningful and directed life.

Research Interests

  • History of Historiography
  • Theory and Methodology of History
  • Intellectual History and History of Knowledge
  • History of time(s)/Temporalities
  • Archival History
  • European History (nineteenth and twentieth century)
Education and Academic Background
2020–today Research Fellow at the GHIL
2018–2020 Research Assistant at the Department of History and Sociology, University of Konstanz
2014–2018 Dr. phil., University of Mannheim (Prof Dr Julia Angster, Prof Dr Achim Landwehr)
2013–2014 Research Assistant at the Department of Contemporary History, Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen
2007–2012 BA/MA in History, German Literature and Philosophy, University of Mannheim
Honours and Distinctions
2020 “Junge Perspektiven” Award of the Society for the History of Sciences, Medicine and Technology (Workshop Funding)
2017/2019 Travel Grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (Oslo, Tallinn)
2017–2018 PhD Fellow at the Leibniz Institute of European History Mainz
2015 PhD Scholarship of the Institut Historique Allemand Paris
2014 PhD Scholarship of the German Historical Institute London
2014–2018 PhD Scholarship of the German National Merit Foundation
2012 Marbach Scholarship of the Deutsche Schillergesellschaft, German Literature Archive Marbach
2009–2010 Scholarship of the University of Mannheim


courses and seminars at the Universities of Mannheim, Mainz and Konstanz (2009–2020)

Memberships and Affiliations

German Historical Association History of Concepts Group International Network for Theory of History


Zeitort Archiv: Etablierung und Vermittlung geschichtlicher Zeitlichkeit im 19. Jahrhundert (Frankfurt am Main and New York, 2020).

‘Materiale Welten. Wahrnehmung und Repräsentation der Welt im Archiv des 19. Jahrhunderts’, Zeitschrift für Weltgeschichte, 21 (2020) [forthcoming].

‘Vom Sichern der Zeit und Zeigen der Geschichte. Zum Archiv als Zeitgeber des Fin de Siècle’, Historische Zeitschrift, 305/3 (2017), 689–716.

‘Der Verlust der Zeit in der Vielfalt der Zeiten oder die Suche nach der ein(end)en Zeit. Das Archiv des Fin de Siècle als Ort nationalgesellschaftlicher Synchronisierung’, in Das 19. Jahrhundert in Perspektive. Geschichtswissenschaftliche Forschungen in Deutschland und Frankreich 29.10.2015.

‘Vom Arkanum zum Chronotopos. Das Archiv als Synchronisierungsinstanz eines nationalen Zeitraums’, in Studentische Projektgruppe Hannover (ed.), Zeit – Raum – Identität (Hannover, 2014), 39–76.

Podcast Episode
[with Andreas Guidi] Archives and Temporality in the 19th Century, in The Southeast Passage #30, 22.04.2020.

Reviews and Conference Reports for Archiv und Wirtschaft, European History Quarterly, Historische Anthropologie, H-Soz-Kult, Neue Politische Literatur, Zeitschrift für Germanistik and Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft