At The Professorship of Historical Geography our research is regionally deepened and globally comparative to the social constitutions of spaces and the spatial conditions of society from early modern times to contemporary history.


Thematic research perspectives

The focus of our thematic interests is the social constitution of spaces and living worlds as historical processes. We deal with territorializations of the most diverse kind and scope and look at the constantly changing spatial and social meanings of borders, spatial memories and identities.

Regional research perspectives

It is important for us to have a regionally deepened historical geography that can locate social spatialization processes locally and thereby appreciate the peculiarities and subtleties of a micro-perspective. These local and regional insights are always placed in a larger spatial context and not only placed in the European context, but also compared globally. Our research focuses primarily on Central Europe with a special interest in Germany and the Eastern Central European successor states of the former Habsburg Monarchy. Non-European comparative dimensions are above all North America and East and Southeast Asia.

Theoretical research perspectives

We mainly work with medium-range concepts and apply very different approaches from the broad spectrum of historical geography, contemporary human geography and historical cultural studies. Our research is inspired by the history of concepts, is socially constructivist, and connects to current international developments in spatial theory and social theory. We are historically sensitive and critical to the theories, concepts and objects of our research and follow the idea of freedom from value judgement.

Methodological research perspectives

We work with the whole range of historical-geographical research methods and deal in depth with map and image material, archive sources and document analyses, material sources and material traditions. With our historical-hermeneutic basic understanding we pursue a connection with the methods of interpretative social research. The connection of our research to the possibilities of Digital Humanitites and Geographical Information Systems is central for us.

Research perspectives over time

Our research extends from the end of the Middle Ages to the present day. The focus is on the early modern period, the long 19th century and the middle of the 20th century.


If you have any questions regarding the individual research projects, please do not hesitate to contact us. Simply send an e-mail to our office (sekretariat.histgeo(at) and we will put you in touch with those responsible for the project.

Ongoing and completed projects
Historical space and house construction in the surroundings of the Waldburg-Wolfegg Building Guild 1625 to 1862 | Doctoral Project. Project processing: Philipp Scheitenberger M.A. M.A. (ongoing)
The Chauseen of the Franconian Imperial Circle - Indicator of an Early Modern Structural Change? | Doctoral Project. Project processing: Jost Dockter M.A. (ongoing)
Political thinking and spatial practice. Historical Relations of Bavarian and Czech Spatial Politics in the 20th Century | Doctoral Project. Project processing: Patrick Reitinger M.A. (ongoing)
FNZGIS - Historical information system on the states of Central Europe in the early modern period | Funded by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation. Project processing: Prof. Dr. Andreas Dix & Dr. Andreas Kunz (ongoing)
German-Czech Relations - Space, Politics and Time | Funded by the Bavarian-Czech Academic Agency and the German Association for East European Studies. Project processing: Patrick Reitinger M.A. & doc. Dr. Lukáš Novotný M.A. (completed)
Historical Geography of Cross-border Spatial Memory Practices after 1945 - Settlement desertion in the Bavarian-Bohemian Border Region | Funded by the Standing Commission for Research and Young Scientists (FNK) of the University of Bamberg and the Bavarian-Czech Academic Agency. Project processing: Patrick Reitinger M.A. (completed)
The Rhön - Identity Constructions and Processes since 1800 | Educational Research Project (completed)
The hydraulic Ancien Régime. Historical-geographical aspects of the pre-modern supply of running water in Nuremberg and Prague | Doctoral project. Project processing: Florian Ruhland M.A. M.A. LIS (ongoing)
Comparative regionalized analysis of frequency and magnitude of gravitational mass movements in historical time in the joint project "Integrative Early Warning Systems for Gravitational Mass Movements" (ILEWS) | Funded by the BMBF/DFG Special Programme Geotechnologies. Project processing: Prof. Dr. Andreas Dix (completed)
Historical landslides in the area of the Swabian Alb: reconstruction, perception and handling of former societies with a natural risk | Funded by the DFG-Bündelprojekt InterRISK. Project processing: Prof. Dr. Andreas Dix (completed)
Regionalisation of historical land use and settlement data in the Rhine catchment area | Funded by the DFG-Bündelprojekt RheinLUCIFS. Project processing: Prof. Dr. Andreas Dix (completed)
Multi-causal explanatory patterns for medieval and early modern settlement and desettlement processes in the Hessian low mountain range region | Funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the State Office for Monument Preservation in Hessen. Project processing: Prof. Dr. Andreas Dix (completed)
Historic industrial landscape Holtorf | Funded by the monument conservation plan Bonn-Beuel. Project processing: Prof. Dr. Andreas Dix (completed)
Recording and description of Bamberg local vegetable varieties in the project "Urban horticulture in Bamberg World Heritage". | Project processing: Lisa Strecker M.A. (completed)
GIS-supported historical-geographical investigations in the vicinity of early Celtic princely residences in southwest Germany | Funded under the interdisciplinary DFG priority programme "Early Centralisation and Urbanisation Processes - On the Genesis and Development of Early Celtic Princes' Seats and their Territorial Surroundings". Project processing: Dr. Christoph Schuppert (completed)