Professor Dr. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger


Tel. +49 30 89001 119


Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger is Professor of Early Modern History at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and since September 2018 the Rector of the Wissenschaftskolleg. Her research interests are foremost questions of representation in societies of the 16th to 18th centuries. Her investigations into rituals, symbolic communication and ceremonial have helped to open up a field of research that has changed the view of essential aspects of the constitution and exercise of power in the pre-modern era.

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Dr. Iris Fleßenkämper


Tel. +49 30 89001 116


Iris Fleßenkämper is a historian and served as Scientific coordinator of the cluster of excellence Religion and Politics at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster from 2007 to 2021.

Professor Dr. Daniel Schönpflug

Head of Academic Programs

Tel. +49 30 89001 213


Daniel Schönpflug is Professor of history at Freie Universität Berlin and has been working at the Wissenschaftskolleg since 2015. His main research topics are the revolutions of the 18th and 19th century, the emergence of modern Empires and the history of violence and terror.

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Katharina Wiedemann

Head of Press and Public Relations, Deputy Secretary

Tel. +49 30 89001 117


Katharina Wiedemann is head of the press- and public relations department at the Wissenschaftskolleg since 2002. She has a degree in literary studies and worked as a journalist before joining the Kolleg. As of the fall 2019 she is also Deputy Secretary.