Jost Dockter M.A.

University of Bamberg
Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies
Professorship of Historical Geography
Am Kranen 12
96047 Bamberg, Germany

Phone: +49 951 863 2362
Fax: +49 951 863 5316
E-Mail: jost.dockter(at)

Research interests

  • The Old Reich in the 18th century
  • Franconian and Rhineland regional history
  • Historical Geography of Pop Music
  • Historical Geography of German University Cities
  • Historical Transport Geography
  • Cultural landscape inventory

Short biography

  • Doctoral Candidate at the Professorship of Historical Geography
  • Research associate at the Institute for Franconian Regional History of the Universities of Bamberg and Bayreuth at the Forschungskolleg Franken
  • Studies in geography, history and archaeology at the University of Bonn (B.Sc.) as well as historical geography, archaeology of the Middle Ages and modern times, history and Catholic theology at the University of Bamberg (M.A.)

Dissertation project

The most diverse infrastructures characterise our everyday life today, without us paying special attention to them - provided there are no incidents. According to the historian Dirk van Laak, they are even regarded as a "yardstick for supposed modernity". But where do the roots of modern infrastructures lie? The dissertation project examines this question on the basis of the roads of the Franconian Imperial Circle. The dissertation project will not only focus on the construction of the early modern art streets, but also on their use and maintenance. The source for this is in particular the holdings of the former district archive of the Franconian Imperial District stored in the Bamberg State Archives, with the help of which the question is investigated as to which actors were involved in the construction, use and maintenance of the causeways for which motives. Thus, the aim is not to work towards a purely descriptive reconstruction of the early modern road network in the Franconian Imperial Circle, but rather to discuss to what extent the roads can be seen as an indicator of early modern structural change and what significance they had for the constitution of the "Franconia" region.

  • Subject: Historical Geography
  • Supervision: Prof. Dr. Andreas Dix (Bamberg)
  • Working title: The Chausseen of the Franconian Imperial Circle - Indicator of an Early Modern Structural Change?