Alumni Fellow

Jun.-Prof. Dr Manuel Borutta

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Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

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E-mail: borutta@spam


Manuel Borutta joined the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Fellow. He conducted his research in Research Unit 2 “Global Cultural Conflicts and Transcultural Cooperation” from October 2014 to September 2015.

Research Project at the Centre

Mediterranean Entanglements: France and Algeria between Colonization and Decolonization

This project examines Mediterranean entanglements between France and Algeria during the colonial and the postcolonial period. Its principal goal is to explore the Mediterranean dimension of the French colonization and decolonization of Algeria and to contribute to a better understanding of the specific role Southern France played within these processes. By analyzing interactions between port cities, rural areas of the Midi, and the island of Corsica on the one hand and Algeria on the other, the project brings together strands of scholarship that are compartmentalized into subfields overcoming dichotomies between metropolitan and colonial history as it has been demanded by postcolonial scholars during the last decades. A core hypothesis is that Southern Europe and North Africa were so closely linked in the imperial age that they cannot be analyzed separately. In this way, the project argues for a partial integration of Mediterranean history into the field of European history.

Research Interests

  • Western European and Mediterranean History
  • Empire-, Nation- and Region-Building
  • Anti-Catholicism, Culture Wars and Secularisation
  • Gender, Media and Emotions

Current Projects

  • Braudel in Algier. The colonial roots of "La Mediterranée"
  • 'National' Immigrants in Post-War France and Germany: The Integration of Pieds-Noirs and Vertriebene in a Comparative Perspective


Since 11/2010 Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Department of History
Assistant Professor for Mediterranean History
10/2009-09/2010 Université Paris II
Feodor Lynen Fellow, financed by the Alexander van Humboldt Foundation
04/2007-10/2010 University of Cologne, Germany
Department of History
09/2006-03-2007 European University Insitute, Florence, Italy
Max Weber Fellow
11/2005-08/2006 Freie Universität Berlin
Department of History
04/2005-07/2005 WZB Berlin Social Research Center
Research Fellow
02/2005 Freie Universität Berlin
Department of History
PhD, title: 'Liberal Anti-Catholicim: Germany and Italy in the Age of the European Culture Wars', supervisors: Prof. Jürgen Kocka and Prof. Etienne Francois
07/2004 Centro per gli studi italo-germanici di Trento
Research Fellow
03/2004-05/2004 DHI German Historical Institute in Rome
Doctoral Fellow
05/2003-02/2004 FAZIT-Foundation, Frankfurt/Main
Doctoral Fellow
01/2003-04/2003 Freie Universität Berlin
ZVGE Center for Comparative History of Europe
Doctoral Fellow
10/1999-12/2000 DHI German Historical Institute, Rome
Doctoral Fellow
05/1999-12/2002 Freie Universität Berlin / Humboldt University Berlin
Research Training Group "Comparison of Societies in Historical, Sociological and Anthropological Perspective"
Doctoral Fellow
12/1996-11/1998 Freie Universität Berlin
Institute for Social and Economic History
Research Assistant
10/1991-02/1999 Freie Universität Berlin
Master of Arts
Thesis in Modern History: 'National Symbols and Rituals. Rome and Berlin in a Comparative Perspective, 1870-1895'


Borutta, Manuel (2015, forthcoming): Braudel in Algier. Die kolonialen Wurzeln der Méditerranée <Braudel in Algier. Colonial Roots of the Méditerranée>, in: Historische Zeitschrift 299

Borutta, Manuel, and Jansen, Jan C (ed., 2015, forthcoming): Alien Compatriots: Pieds-Noirs and Vertriebene in Postwar France and Germany, PalgraveMacMillan: Basingstoke

Borutta, Manuel, and Lemmes, Fabian (2013): Die Wiederkehr des Mittelmeerraumes: Stand und Perspektiven der neuhistorischen Mediterranistik <The Return of the Mediterranean: Status and Perspektives of the Recent Historic Mediterranean Studies>, in: Neue Politische Literatur 58: 389–419

Borutta, Manuel (2013): De la Méridionalité à la Méditerranée. Le Midi de la France au temps de l’Algérie coloniale <From Meridionality to the Mediterrean: France's Midi in the period of Colonial Algeria>, in: Cahiers de la Méditerranée 87: 385–402

Borutta, Manuel (2013): Settembrini's World. German and Italian Anti-Catholicism in the Age of the Culture Wars, in: European Studies 31: 43–67

Borutta, Manuel, and Gekas, Sakis (ed.,2012): A Colonial Sea: The Mediterranean, 1798-1956 (=European Review of History / Revue européenne d'histoire 19.1), Routledge: London

Borutta, Manuel (2011): Nach der Méditerranée. Frankreich, Algerien und das Mittelmeer <After the Méditerranée. France, Algeria and the Mediterranean Sea>, in: Neue Politische Literatur 56 (3): 405–26

Borutta, Manuel (2010): Genealogie der Säkularisierungstheorie. Zur Historisierung einer großen Erzählung der Moderne <Genealogy of the Secularisation Theory. About the Historisation of a Big Tale of Modernity>, in: Geschichte und Gesellschaft 36(3): 347–76

Borutta, Manuel (2010): Antikatholizismus. Deutschland und Italien im Zeitalter der europäischen Kulturkämpfe, <Anti-Catholicism. Germany and Italy in the Era of European Culture Wars> Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (series: Bürgertum Neue Folge. Studien zur Zivilgesellschaft, vol. 7, ed. Paul Nolte und Manfred Hettling): Göttingen, second edition 2011

Borutta, Manuel (2005): Religion und Zivilgesellschaft. Zur Theorie und Geschichte ihrer Beziehung <Religion and Civil Society. Theory and History of its Relationship> (=WZB Discussion Paper SP IV 2005), Berlin

Teaching Responsibilities

  • 04/2011–07/2013: Seminars and Lectures on Modern European and Mediterranean History, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 04/2007–07/2009: Seminars on Modern France, The Mediterranean in the Imperial Age, Modern Colonialism, Nation and Region and the European Culture Wars, University of Cologne
  • Spring Term 2007: Seminar on Challenges to History (with Heinz-Gerhard Haupt, Valeria Pansini), European University Institute, Fiesole
  • 10/2005–07/2006: Seminars on the European Culture Wars and Nation and Region in Europe, Freie Universität Berlin

Seminars and Conferences

Papers at Conferences, Workshops and Seminar Series

  • 9 October 2013: European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop „Promised Lands: Inner Colonization in 20th Century Mediterranean History“, Rome
  • 27 June 2013: Conference "The South in Post-War Europe", German Historical Institute, Rome
  • 12 June 2013: Research Colloquium, European History, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 11 July 2012: Seminar Series “Das Mittelmeer: Sehnsüchte – Interessen – Konflikte“, Haus der Geschichte des Ruhrgebiets, Bochum
  • 7 May 2012: Research Colloquium, Contemporary History, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 7 March 2012: Conference “The Nation and its ‚Repatriates‘. Pied Noirs and German Expellees in a Comparative Perspective“, German Historical Institute, Paris
  • 31 January 2012: Seminar Series “Religion and Gender”, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
  • 20 December 2011: Seminar Series “Das Mittelmeer” (with Fabian Lemmes), Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 1 July 2011: Mediterranean Network Conference, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis
  • 28 June 2011: Research Colloquium, Center for Mediterranean Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 27 June 2011: Research Colloquium, Global History, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 19 April 2011: Research Colloquium, Theory of History, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 15 April 2011: Conference “The Risorgimento in Transnational Perspective”, British School at Rome
  • 24 January 2011: Seminar Series, Leibniz Institute of European History Mainz (IEG), Mainz
  • 21 January 2011: Conference “Méridionalité et insularité. L'invention d'une Europe du Sud XVIIIe- XXe siècles”, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme d'Alsace, Strasbourg
  • 11 January 2011: Research Colloquium, Global History, Universität Konstanz
  • 8 December 2010: Research Colloquium, History of the Catholic Church, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 14 November 2010: Annual Conference, Schwerter Arbeitskreis Katholizismusforschung
  • 2 November 2010: Seminar Series, German Historical Institute, Paris
  • 7 October 2010: Conference “Anti-Catholicism in a Comparative and Transnational Perspective”, Farfa, Italy
  • 15 June 2010: Workshop „Secular Age – wie säkular ist die Welt? Conversations with Charles Taylor“, Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen
  • 11 June 2010: Workshop „La Méditerranée comme objet. Représentation et construction scientifique“, École française de Rome
  • 27 January 2010: Research Colloquium, Contemporary History, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • 25 January 2010: Seminar Series „mapping TRANS/culture. Critical perspectives on transcultural studies“, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Organization of Conferences, Workshops and Seminar Series

  • 03/2012 Conference “The Nation and its ‚Repatriates‘. Pied Noirs and German Expellees in a Comparative Perspective“ (with Jan C. Jansen), German Historical Institute, Paris
  • 10/2010–02/2011 Seminar Series “The Oceans Write Back: Global History of the Seas”, University of Cologne
  • 03/2009 Workshop “A Colonial Sea: The Mediterranean,1798-1956” (with SakisGekas), Mediterranean Research Meeting, Montecatini
  • 04–07/2008 Seminar Series “Global Perspectives: Historiography in the 21st Century”, University of Cologne
  • 10/2007–02/2008 Seminar Series “Beyond the Nation-State: Germany History from Outside”, University of Cologne
  • 09/2007 Conference “Die Präsenz der Gefühle: Männlichkeit und Emotion in der Moderne” (with Nina Verheyen), WZB Social Science Research Center
  • 03/2007 Conference “Max Weber in the 21st Century: Transdisciplinarity within the Social Sciences today” (with Frank Adloff), European University Institute, Fiesole
  • 02/2005 Conference “Medien und Emotion: Zur Geschichte ihrer Beziehung seit dem 19. Jahrhundert” (with Frank Bösch), Institut für Soziale Bewegungen, Bochum


  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft für die Neueste Geschichte Italiens
  • Arbeitskreis Geschichte und Theorie (AG+T)
  • Arbeitskreis für Interdisziplinäre Männer- und Geschlechterforschung (AIM Gender)
  • Center for Mediterranean Studies (ZMS) der Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (Deutscher Hochschulverband, in short DHV)
  • Istituto per la Storia del Risorgimento Italiano
  • Schwerter Arbeitskreis Katholizismusforschung
  • The Mediterranean Seminar
  • German Historians' Association (Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands, in short VHD)
  • Center for Comparative European Studies (ZEUS), University of Cologne


  • Karl-Ferdinand-Werner Fellowship, German Historical Institute, Paris (01/2013)
  • Chercheur invitée, Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, Aix-en-Provence (10/2012)
  • Feodor Lynen Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (10/2009–09/2010)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)/Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris (10/2009–03/2010, declined because of fellowship above)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Max Weber Programme, European University Institute (09/2006–08/2008)
  • Prize of the Wolf-Erich Kellner Gedächtnisstiftung for the Doctoral thesis (2005)
  • Research Fellowship, WZB Berlin Social Research Center (04–07/2005)
  • Research Fellowship, Verein für Italienisch-Deutsche Geschichtsforschung (07/2004)
  • Doctoral Fellowship, German Historical Institute, Rome (03/2004–05/2004)
  • Doctoral Fellowship, FAZIT Foundation, Frankfurt am Main (05/2003–02/2004)
  • Doctoral Fellowship, ZVGE Center for Comparative History of Europe (01/2003–04/2003)
  • Konstanzer Meisterklasse “Religion as Culture” (09/2000)
  • Doctoral Fellowship, German Historical Institute, Rome (10/1999–04/2000)
  • Doctoral Fellowship, DFG German Research Foundation (05/1999–12/2002) (interrupted 10/1999–04/2000 because of fellowship above)
  • ERASMUS Scholarship for Students, Università degli studi di Roma Tre (10/1995–04/1996)

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