Jan Hennings

Position: 
2y MA Programme Director
Academic Rank: 
Associate Professor
Building: 
Nador u. 11
Room: 
109
Phone: 
+36 1 327-3000 x 2632
Jan Hennings' work has focused on Russian-European diplomatic encounters in the early modern period. He is interested in the connections between ritual and politics in early modern societies, particularly in cross-cultural contexts. He has used the evolution of Russian diplomatic culture in the second half of the seventeenth and the early eighteenth centuries as a basis for exploring how seemingly circumstantial aspects of diplomacy - ceremonial formalities, protocol, and etiquette - shaped foreign relations and how ritual impacted on concrete action in early modern political life. His current project shifts the focus to include diplomatic exchanges between the Russian and Ottoman empires, concentrating on the first Russian resident embassy in Constantinople at the beginning of the eighteenth century.
Before moving to Budapest, he had held a Junior Research Fellowship at St John's College Oxford and taught history as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Gerda Henkel Fellow at Sabanci University in Istanbul. At CEU, he offers courses centred around comparative approaches to the history of diplomacy and early modern empires as well as on broader topics on European history, Russia and the Ottoman world.

Prof. Hennings would welcome enquiries from prospective students interested in working on research topics in:
  • Early modern cultural and political history
  • Muscovy and Imperial Russia
  • History of diplomacy and international relations
  • Russian-Ottoman relations
  • Travel literature and cultural encounter

Courses taught in previous years: 

  • The Perfect Ambassador? International Relations and the Origins of Diplomacy, 1500-1800
  • Global Comparisons: Russia and the Ottoman Empire, 1453-1839 (together with Tijana Krstic)
  • Grand Debates in Russian and Eurasian History (together with Charles Shaw)
  • Interdisciplinary Methods of Comparative History

Academic Employment

Associate Professor, Central European History, Department of History, 2017-

Assistant Professor, Central European University, Department of History, 2016-17

Visiting Assistant Professor and Gerda Henkel Fellow, Sabanci University, FASS (History), 2014-15

Junior Research Fellow, St John's College, Oxford, 2009-13

Key Publications 

Russia and Courtly Europe: Ritual and the Culture of Diplomacy, 1648-1725New Studies in European History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016)

(co-edited with T A Sowerby), Practices of Diplomacy in the Early Modern World c. 1410-1800Routledge Research in Early Modern History (London and New York: Routledge, 2017)

Awards

ESSA Book Prize 2017 for Russia and Courtly Europe. Early Slavic Studies Association | ASEEES

Elected member of the Junge Akademie at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and the German National Academy of Sciences – Leopoldina

Hedwig Hintze Dissertation Prize. German Historical Association 2012

Fritz T Epstein Dissertation Prize. German Association of Historians of Eastern European History 2012

Qualification

PhD in History, University of Cambridge, Clare College
MPhil in Modern European History, University of Cambridge, Clare College
BA in History and German Studies, Universität Rostock