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The "Institut für die Erforschung der Frühen Neuzeit" (Research Institute for Early Modern Studies, IEFN) was founded in 1989 as a private association by a group of scholars working across various disciplines with the aim of promoting and coordinating research activities on the early modern period.

The IEFN focuses on research in the 'pre-modern' era (from the 16th to the 18th century). Addressing theoretical and methodological problematics is as much a focus of its work as the bibliographical documentation and circulation of international and interdisciplinary research agendas. Instead of giving priority to a particular approach and thus favoring a particular 'school' of research, we consider a plurality of theoretical and methodological approaches indispensable for the fullest insight into and knowledge of the period. Contingent on specific research foci and problematics, we strive to facilitate productive exchanges between scholarship informed by, e.g., microhistory, ethnology, gender studies, discourse analysis, constructivism, post-structuralism, and ethno-methodology.

During the last years, the IEFN has grown into a contact center for scholars and researchers whose work concerns early modern history, art, literature, music, theater, and language, with a particular emphasis on gender and cultural studies. This has resulted in a closely knit academic network in the German-speaking world, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Scandinavia, the UK, the US and Canada.

Aktuelles & Termine

  • 16. Oktober 2019 – Jour fixe Marek Pučalík (Prag) Kunstmäzenat des Großmeisters der Kreuzherren mit dem Roten Stern, Franz Matthias Böhmb Moderation: Friedrich Polleroß Zeit und
  • 19. Juni 2019 – Jour Fixe Dagmar Eichberger (Wien/Heidelberg) Reine Frauensache? Frühe Habsburgerinnen und ihre Sammlungen Moderation: Friedrich Polleroß Zeit und Ort: 18:30