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