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2024
Panel at the 7th Swiss History Days in Lucerne – Possibility to join with your presentation.
Panel at the 7th Swiss History Days in Lucerne – Possibility to join with your presentation.

Debora Heim and Jan Haugner will together with Prof. Dr. Andreas Würgler (Geneva) host a panel at the upcoming Swiss History Days, which will take place in Lucerne from July 8th until July 11th 2025. The topic will be “(In)visibility of state knowledge in the Old Swiss Confederation”. Scholars whose research is related to this topic can apply for a slot in the panel. Applications are possible until September 30th. To apply please send a suggested title as well as an abstract of no more than 1 500 characters to Jan Haugner or Debora Heim. Further information (in German) about the panel can be found here.

Workshop “Secret Councils: Comparative Perspectives on Monarchies and Republics, c. 1550-1800”
Workshop “Secret Councils: Comparative Perspectives on Monarchies and Republics, c. 1550-1800”

On June 20 and 21, 2024, researchers from various countries gathered in Bern for the workshop “Secret Councils: Comparative Perspectives on Monarchies and Republics, c. 1550-1800”, organized by Debora Heim. The event provided a platform for sharing insights and engaging in stimulating discussions about the political structures and dynamics of monarchies and republics during the early modern period.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to all participants for their valuable contributions and the lively debates that made the workshop a success. Your engagement and expertise were truly appreciated, and we look forward to continuing these important conversations in the future.

Presentation at the research colloquium in Bern
Presentation at the research colloquium in Bern

In mid-May, Debora Heim and Jan Haugner presented their latest research at a colloquium in Bern, Switzerland. The event was organized by Dr. Andreas Berger, Dr. Sarah Rindlisbacher Thomi, Prof. Dr. Nadir Weber, and Dr. Samuel Weber.

Debora Heim’s presentation, titled “«Ein geheimer Stand-Rhat, dessen man in keiner Republiq entbähren kann»: Geheime Räte und republikanisches Selbstverständnis,” delved into the role of secret councils and their influence on republican identity.

Jan Haugner’s lecture, titled “Orientieren, Legitimieren, Inszenieren. Archive als Speicher von Staatswissen in der Alten Eidgenossenschaft,” explored the role of archival materials in orienting and legitimizing political decisions. He also examined the implications this had for the storage and safeguarding of documents.

Both presentations were well-received, sparking engaging discussions that provided valuable feedback for their ongoing dissertation projects.

Nadir Weber has been appointed as an associate professor of early modern Swiss history at the University of Bern
Nadir Weber has been appointed as an associate professor of early modern Swiss history at the University of Bern

We are very proud to announce that Nadir Weber has been appointed as an associate professor of early modern Swiss history by the University of Bern. He will start his new position on February 1st. Where he will also be co-directing the historical institute. Due to this, the project “Republican Secrets” will change its location from the University of Lucern to the University of Bern.

2023
Published Article in the Proceedings of the 54th German Historian’s Day
Published Article in the Proceedings of the 54th German Historian’s Day

We are delighted to inform you of our newest publication. Debora Heim and Jan Haugner’s joint proceedings article was released in the online proceedings of the 54th German Historian’s Day which was held in Leipzig, Germany from the 19 to 22 September 2023. Click here to get to the article.

Presentation at the research colloquium in Bern
Presentation at the research colloquium in Bern

At the end of November Debora Heim and Jan Haugner presented new findings from their respective dissertation projects at a research colloquium in Bern (Switzerland). The colloquium was held at the Historical Institute of the University of Bern. It was organized by Dr. Sarah Rindlisbacher, Dr. Samuel Weber, Dr. Christian Windler as well as Dr. Nadir Weber.

Jan Haugner’s presentation thematized accessibility and archival practices of state secrets in the Early Modern Confederacy of Switzerland and was centered around an example in Obwalden. Dobora Heim’s presentation focused on the exchange of information between different “Geheime Räte” (eg. secret councils) in Catholic cities of the early modern Confederacy of Switzerland. Both presentations went well and the ensuing discussion gave them new inputs for their projects.

Presentation at a research colloquium in Germany
Presentation at a research colloquium in Germany

Debora Heim and Jan Haugner presented their preliminary results at a research colloquium in “Schauinsland” in the heart of the black forest in Germany.

Presentation at a research colloquium in Lucerne
Presentation at a research colloquium in Lucerne

Nadir Weber, Jan Haugner and Debora Heim presented their preliminary results after a year of research at the “Forschungskolloquium” at the University of Lucerne.

Publication in Rassegna storica del Risorgimento
Publication in Rassegna storica del Risorgimento

We are happy to announce that Debora Heim published an article in the magazine “Rassegna storica del Risorgimento” about her part of the project “Producing Public Secrets: Secret Councils in the Swiss Republics“.

 

Debora Heim, Segreti repubblicani. I consigli segreti nell’antica Confederazione svizzera (XVI-XVIII secolo), Rassegna storica del Risorimento, Anno CXIX Fascicolo 1, 2022, p. 95-96.

 

 

Research day at the “Rathaus” Lucerne
Research day at the “Rathaus” Lucerne

In an effort to study the archival practices of the past, the team visited the “Rathaus” in Lucerne.

 

For more information about the “Rathaus” visit their website. You can also go on a virtual tour through the building.

2022
Collaboration with HSLU Students
Collaboration with HSLU Students

In connection with a student project of the Master’s program “Applied Information and Data Science” at the “Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts” (HSLU) a collaboration was established between the Republican Secrets Team and three Students from the HSLU. The idea behind the cooperation was to build something that would enable the Republican Secrets Team to visualize personal interconnections between secret councils.

The Project required the students Remo Kälin, Keith Lawless, and Jorit Studer to build a Data Warehouse and a Data Lake System. They extracted Datapoints from Textfiles of the Historical Lexicon of Switzerland (HLS) and made a network analysis. Then they visualized the data with Tabloid. During the project, the students were advised by the Republican Secrets Team on the handling of historical data, their differences, and particularities in comparison with modern data. Today the Republican Secrets Team has access to their visualization, Data Warehouse, and Data Lake System at the GitHub repository.

Research day at the “Wasserturm” Lucerne
Research day at the “Wasserturm” Lucerne

Shortly after the Start of the Project «Republican Secrets» on a cloudy day in September, the Team visited the «Wasserturm», a historical Tower which was built in the 13th century and is today one of the most cherished tourist attractions of Lucern.

For more information about the visit, please read the Article «Dem Umgang mit Staatsgeheimnissen auf der Spur» from Anna Chudozilov.

Start of the Project
Start of the Project

The University of Lucerne announces the start of the Project “Republican Secrets”.

2021
“Eccellenza”-Project at the University of Lucerne
“Eccellenza”-Project at the University of Lucerne

Nadir Weber brings “Eccellenza” Project to the University of Lucerne. For more information click on the announcement.

 

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