Stephan Karl Sander-Faes, Dr. phil.

Oberassistent | Senior Research and Teaching Associate

Phone: +41 (0) 44 634 38 61

Telfax: +41 (0) 44 634 47 07

Room number: KO2-F-169



Curriculum vitae

I was awarded my PhD in 2011 from the University of Graz, Austria, with a study on a mostly overlooked area and period, the 16th-century Venetian Adriatic, then as now a prime example of a vibrant multi-cultural, poly-confessional, and transnational environment. In addition to proposing to conceive of the Republic of Venice as a ‘commonwealth’, I argued that we need to broaden our perceptions of (urban) elites to more inclusively reconstruct the interrelated issues of socio-economic change and geographical as well as social mobilities. My first book was published in 2013 and well received as the positive reviews in, among others, Annales, the Mediterranean Historical Review, and the Renaissance Quarterly attest (all reviews are available via the publisher’s website).

As a senior research and teaching associate at the University of Zurich, and as is customary in German-language academia, after my dissertation I focused on a different subject, area, and period. Since 2011 I am working on my professorial thesis, of Habilitationsschrift, entitled "Lordship and State Formation: Bohemia and the Habsburg monarchy from the Thirty Years' War to Charles VI", formally submitted on 17 October, 2017. Much has been written about the Habsburg monarchy’s emergence as a great power ‘around 1700’, most studies, however, do not leave the courtly environs. In focusing on these ‘macro’ developments from the perspective of the composite Eggenberg domains of southern Bohemia, I am attempting to overcome historiographical traditions that—especially with regard to the study of geographically more remote areas—continue to be circumscribed by linguistic and national boundaries. In employing what may be labelled as ‘perspectives from the periphery’, my research thus offers complimentary approaches on economic change and state development, which to this day remain overwhelmingly perceived from courtly and urban centres.

Research Interests

  • Geographically, my research focuses on Renaissance Italy, early modern Southeastern Europe, and 17th and 18th-Century Central Europe.
  • Thematically, I am interested in the various interlinkages between financial-fiscal arrangements, economic development, and the emergence of ‘modern’ statehood, or: how governance worked ‘on the ground’.
  • Conceptually, I am approaching my research from outside the corridors of power—that is, I am employing what may be termed a ‘perspective from the periphery’ to gain new insights into events and developments that are usually perceived from the courtly and urban centres.

Courses in Spring 2017 (German only)

Selected Publications

"Alltagstopographien: Verflechtungen von Stadt, Umland und Bewohnern im venezianischen Dalmatien des 16. Jahrhunderts", in Stadt, Region, Migration: Zum Wandel urbaner und regionaler Räume, eds. Hans-Joachim Hecker, Andreas Heusler, and Michael Stephan (Ostfildern: Thorbecke, 2017), 61-79.

"Procuratorial Networks: Reconstructing Communication in the Early Modern Adriatic", in People and Goods on the Move: Merchants, Networks and Communication Routes in the Medieval and early Modern Mediterranean, eds. Özlem Çaykent and Luca Zavagno (Fisciano: ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge, 2016), 79-92.

"Conflict, Coexistence, and Cooperation in Venetian Zadar (16th Century)/Sukob, suživot i suradnja u mletačkom Zadru (16. stoljeće)", Miscellanea Hadriatica et Mediterranea 2 (2015): 51-83.

Urban Elites of Zadar. Dalmatia in the Venetian Maritime State, 1540 to 1569 (Rome: Viella, 2013) | (I libri di Viella 156). Publisher's information, incl. links to the reviews in, among others, Annales 70, no. 4 (2015): 1036-8; Mediterranean Historical Review 30, no. 2 (2015): 175-7; Renaissance Quarterly 67, no. 4 (2014): 1358-9; Archivio Storico Italiano CLXXII, no. 2 (2014): 395-6.