Jan Haugner, MA

PhD Candidate at the University of Bern

Jan Haugner, born in 1997 in Worms (Ger), studied History and German Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz (Ger) from 2016 until 2019. Afterwards he did his M.A.-studies in Early Modern History from 2019 until 2022 in Mainz as well. During that time, he focused mostly on early modern witch-hunt as well as magical literature and beliefs in the Holy Roman Empire. His master thesis compared anthropologic concepts in magical literature written by Jean Bodin, Johann Fischart and Paracelsus. Since September 2022 he is a PhD-student in the SNSF-Eccellenza-Project “Republican Secrets” conducted by Prof. Dr. Nadir Weber at the University of Lucerne, researching the importance and role of archives for secrecy in the early modern Swiss Orte.

During his studies he worked for four years as a freelancer and for two years as a permanent staffer at the Allgemeine Zeitung. He also worked for three semesters as a tutor at the department for early modern history at the university of Mainz.

His research interests include Witch-hunt, -literature and -beliefs in the early modern Holy Roman Empire, early modern Christian demonology, medical, religious and magical anthropologic concepts in German-speaking literature of the 16th century, as well as archival practices and practices of secrecy in early modern Europe with a special focus on the Swiss Confederation.

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