Birgit Tremml Werner

Birgit Tremml Werner

Department of Cultural Sciences Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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Birgit Tremml-Werner earned her Mag. phil. and Dr. phil. degrees in History (with a minor in Japanese Studies) from the University of Vienna. From 2013-2015 she spent two years at the University of Tokyo, among other things revising her dissertation for publication (Spain, China, and Japan in Manila, 1571-1644, Amsterdam University Press, 2015).

Before joining Linnaeus University she worked and taught as postdoctoral research associate in the HERA collective project ‘East Asian Uses of the European Past’ at the Chair for Global History at the University of Zurich (2016-2019). She was visiting professor (Professurvertretung) at the University of Vienna.

Her teaching mainly deals with the diplomatic, social and cultural history of East and Southeast Asia before 1900. Her extensive research experience in Japan, China, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and the US enables her to grasp a more complete picture of concurrent topics within the context of distinct research traditions.

Since 2019, Birgit Tremml-Werner co-hosts a global history podcast called 15past15:


At Linnaeus University I teach in the Master Programme Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. I have been teaching numerous courses on theories, methods and research problems in global history at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for more than ten years. I like to encourage my students to search for patterns and connections whilst both challenging and remaining true to the established methods of historical research.

During the winter term 2019/20 I was appointed a full-time teaching lectureship (Vertretungsprofessur) for pre-modern economic history from a global perspective at the University of Vienna. In addition, I have supervised bachelor and master theses in the field of either Japanese and global history in Vienna and Zurich.

I supervise and examine BA/MA theses and dissertation projects on subjects related to global history and postcolonial studies. I particularly welcome proposals in the fields of Japanese history, Southeast Asian maritime relations, colonial encounters, diplomatic history and global intellectual history.


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