Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 2017
    Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum im Rahmen des DFG-Schwerpunktprogrammes "Transottomanica"
  • 2009-2015
    Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (bis 2011) bzw. der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bearbeiter des Projektes "Gewaltgemeinschaften im westlichen Balkanraum" im Rahmen der DFG-Forschergruppe 1101 "Gewaltgemeinschaften"
  • 2008-2009
    Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Geisteswissenschaftlichen Zentrum Ostmitteleuropaforschung (GWZO) in Leipzig
  • 2005-2006
    Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Georg-Eckert-Institut für internationale Schulbuchforschung (GEI) in Braunschweig
  • 2000-2005
    Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Historischen Seminar der TU Braunschweig, abgeordnet zum Georg-Eckert-Institut für internationale Schulbuchforschung (GEI)
  • 2000
    Promotion zum Dr. phil. an der Freien Universität Berlin. Titel der Doktorarbeit: Das Verkehrssystem als Modernisierungsfaktor. Straßen, Post, Fuhrwesen und Reisen nach Triest und Fiume vom Beginn des 18. Jahrhunderts bis zum Eisenbahnzeitalter. München: Oldenbourg 2002 (= Südosteuropäische Arbeiten Bd. 107)
  • 1995-2000
    Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Historischen Seminar der Universität Leipzig bei der Professur für Ost- und Südosteuropäische Geschichte

Research Project

The Venetian Army on Ottoman Land 1684-1718. Translociation, War Experience, Transculturation

The project is part of the DFG-Priory Programm 1981 “Transottomanica: Eastern European-Ottoman-Persian Mobility Dynamics”. It explores the war experiences of soldiers in the Venetian army in Ottoman Southeastern Europe, that is in those territories of Dalmatia, Albania and Greece which were conquered, occupied, and for the most part lost to the Ottoman Empire during the Morean (or Peloponnesian) Wars 1684-1699 and 1715-1718. Military journeys are a core topic of migration history; the history of such mobility in the context of the Morean wars will lead towards a better understanding of transcultural processes in the Southeast European region. Similar to other forms of travelling, military journeys not only link up points of departure and arrival, but they also mean crossing through given spaces and territories. It is here that translocalization and transculturalization happens. Such processes in fact have always been constituent elements of soldiers’ and combatants’ war experiences, at all times.
In which ways did the circumstances of military campaigns in Ottoman Southeastern Europe mould the soldier's daily routines, perceptions, and experiences of war? The focus is on the life worlds of officers, sergeants and ordinary soldiers. The project explores their daily routines during their voyage towards and away from the theatre of war; their service in the garrison, the camp, and the field; their encounters with civilians (not least with women); the coming to terms with combat and violence, with desertion, imprisonment, slavery and (if the occasion arose) ransoming; with illness, wounds, invalidity, and death. The backdrop of these men’s experiences, imaginaries, and discourses about their experience of “migration as transcultural entanglement” was the Ottoman Empire. From their socialization in their home countries they had to match new modes and patterns of interaction and cooperation both with their peers, who constituted the ethnic and religious heterogeneity of the Venetian army, and with the "locals", who also were heterogeneous as far as their ethnicity, religion, and social origin were concerned. The framework of early modern times seems particularly befitting to explore the transcultural processes involved, as it forced upon the men a particular intensity of interaction as such, but especially, beyond the battlefields, a cooperation with the “other”, with individuals on the “enemy”’s side.


Dr. Andreas Helmedach
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Centre for Mediterranean Studies
Am Bergbaumuseum 31
D-44791 Bochum