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Our researchers working in this area investigate individuals, families, communities and institutions from social, economic, gender, and demographic perspectives in order to chart experience and change over time.
Our work focuses upon ideas, identities, language, emotions, and material culture as ways of opening up past societies and cultures to scrutiny.
We work on topics as diverse as child welfare, infanticide, property crime, terrorism, families and parenting, and masculinity.
Current projects include histories of magical treasure hunting, children’s health and children’s literature, acid throwing, and shame.
School of History, Philosophy and Culture
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Professor Dillinger received his doctorate from Trier University. He taught at Trier University, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Georgetown University, Stanford University, and Nehru University (New Delhi). In 2000 and 2001 Dillinger worked as a Visiting Resarch Fellow at the German Historical Institute, Washington DC. Dillinger received both elite scholarships of the German Research Foundation (Noether and Heisenberg). Mainz University granted him an honorary professorship.
Dillinger is mainly interested in early modern history. He is currently working on the history of early modern terrorism, the cult of relics and a microstudy of a border community between France and Germany.
Main research interests include:
Dillinger's PhD thesis, a comparative study of 1300 witch-trials in two German principalities, won the Friedrich Spee Award for outstanding contributions to the historiography of witchcraft and the prize for the best PhD thesis of Trier University. An English translation has been published under the title '"Evil People"A Comparative Study of Witch-Hunts in Swabian Austria and the Electorate of Trier.' Dillinger received the most prestigious scholarships of the German Research Foundation (Noether and Heisenberg) as well as the Andrew Mellow Grant of the Massachusetts Historical Society.