Debora Heim, MA

PhD Candidate at the University of Bern

Debora Heim, born 1998 in Thun, studied history and sociology at the University of Bern and the Università degli Studi La Sapienza in Rome. During her master’s degree, she specialized on early modern history and modern history. In her master’s thesis, she analysed the secret council of the Republic of Bern in the 17th and early 18th centuries.

During her studies, she worked as an assistant in the SNSF-Ambizione-Project «Falcons in Court Society», and as an assistant and tutor at the department of early modern history at the University of Bern. Since October 2022, she has been a PhD candidate at the department of history at the University of Lucerne. Her PhD project on secret councils in the early modern Swiss Confederation is part of the SNSF-Eccellenza-Project «Republican Secrets. Silence, Memory, and Collective Rule in the Early Modern Period,» under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Nadir Weber.

Her research interests include the political and social history of the early modern Swiss Confederation, secrets and practices of secrecy in the early modern period, and the history of information and communication.

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