Dr. Andreas Helmedach

Curriculum Vitae
  • Since 2017
    Research Associate in the DFG-funded focus programme "Transottomanica" at Ruhr-University Bochum
  • 2009 to 2015
    Research Associate at Justus-Liebig-University Gießen (until 2011) and Ruhr-University Bochum, Head of Project "Gewaltgemeinschaften im westlichen Balkanraum [Violent Communities in the Western Balkans]" in the context of the DFG-research group 1101 "Gewaltgemeinschaften [Violent Communities]
  • 2008 to 2009
    Research Associate the the Center of Humanities for South European Studies (GWZO) in Leipzig
  • 2005 to 2006
    Research Associate at the Georg-Eckert-Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI) in Braunschweig
  • 2000 to 2005
    Research Associate at the Department of History at TU Braunschweig, delegated to the Georg-Eckert-Institut for International Textbook Research (GEI)
  • 2000
    PhD at Freie Universität Berlin. Dissertation Title: Das Verkehrssystem als Modernisierungsfaktor. Straßen, Post, Fuhrwesen und Reisen nach Triest und Fiume vom Beginn des 18. Jahrhunderts bis zum Eisenbahnzeitalter [The Transport System as a Factor of Modernization. Roads, Post, Carriage, and Travel to Trieste and Fiume from the Beginning of the 18th Century to the Railroad Age]. München: Oldenbourg 2002 (= Südosteuropäische Arbeiten Bd. 107).
  • 1995 bis 2000
    Research Associate at the Department of History at Leipzig University, Chair for East and South European History
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-University Bochum
Am Bergbaumuseum 31
D-44791 Bochum