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Prof. Dr. Markus Koller   |   Head of the Project

Markus Koller studied Southeastern European History, History and Culture of the Near and Middle East, Turcology and Ancient History at the University of Munich. He defended a PhD at the Ruhr University in Bochum with a dissertation about violence in 18th century Bosnia and finished his post-doctoral dissertation (Habilitation) on the late Ottoman rule in Hungary. His books and articles focus on the social history of the Ottoman Balkans as well as the cultural and political relationships between the early modern European states and the Ottoman Empire. Since 2011 he holds a professorship in History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and since 2016 he is director of the Centre for Mediterranean Studies in Bochum. Koller conducted various research projects (mainly funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) about Ottoman-Venetian diplomatic relations and military conflicts in the Mediterranean and in his most recent project, undertaken with the university library, he is creating a bibliography database on the historiography in Ottoman Europe (15th-18th century).

Dr. Erdmute Lapp   |   Head of the Project

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Dr. Erdmute Lapp graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, and holds a PhD in Slavic Studies from Hamburg University. Her library degree is from Heidelberg and Frankfurt a. M. At the beginning of her career she managed several national library planning projects in Frankfurt, Saarbrucken and Munich (Bavarian State Library). She was head of user services and deputy director in the Central Library of Juelich Research Center and as the director of Bochum University Library is responsible for the library’s deep transformation process. She has been retired since December 2021. Her credo: Excellent universities always have excellent libraries.

Dr. Ovidiu Olar   |   On-site Research & History Specialist/Affiliated Researcher

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Ovidiu Olar is a researcher of the “N. Iorga” Institute of History of the Romanian Academy (Bucharest). He holds a PhD in history, granted by the École des École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), in 2015. His thesis was entitled “La boutique de Théophile. Les relations de Kyrillos Loukaris (1570/2-1638) avec la Réforme”. Apart from Loukaris, the (in)famous Greek “Calvinist Patriarch” of Constantinople, Ovidiu Olar is interested in the religious reforms and in the confessional “Cold War” of the 17th century, as well as in the history of political ideas. His latest publications include: “Je suis le bon pasteur… . Notes sur la pensée politique de Kyrillos Loukaris”, in Viviana Nosilia / Marco Prandoni (ed.), Trame controluce / Blacklighting Plots. Il patriarca “protestante” Cirillo Loukaris / The “Protestant” Patriarch Cyril Loukaris, Florence 2015, pp. 3-30; “Les confessions de foi de Kyrillos Loukaris († 1638)”, in Marie-Hélène Blanchet / Frédéric Gabriel (ed.), L’Union à l’épreuve du formulaire. Professions de foi entre Églises d'Orient et d’Occident (XIIIe-XVIIIe siècle), Louvain-Paris-Bristol : Peeters 2016, pp. 271-310; “Prophecy and History in the Greek-Romanian World. Matthew of Myra, Paisios Ligaridis, and Chrysanthos Notaras”, in Radu G. Păun (ed.), Histoire, mémoire et dévotion. Regards croisés sur la construction des identités dans le monde orthodoxe aux époques byzantine et post-byzantine, Seyssel : La Pomme d’or 2016, pp. 364-388.

Dr. Vivian Strotmann   |   Metadata Expert & Online Research

Dr. Vivian Strotmann holds a PhD in Oriental Studies. From June 2014 to November 2016, she worked as Managing Editor of Entangled Religions - Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Religious Contact and Transfer at CERES Bochum. In December 2016, she joined the University Library of Ruhr-Universität Bochum as a meta-data expert for the DFG-funded project "Historiography of Ottoman Europe" and became Managing Editor of Moving the Social - Journal of Social History and the History of Social Movements at the Institute for Social Movements, Bochum. She takes a special interest in open access publishing and digital humanities.   |   Orcid-ID: 0000-0002-6009-5182


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