• Vita

    since 2021 University of Münster
    Research Associate at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg „Legal Unity and Pluralism“
    2021 TU Dresden
    Grant for the Completion and Wrap-up Phase, Graduate Academy
    2019 – 2020 University of Warwick
    Visiting Researcher
    2018 – 2021 TU Dresden
    PhD Scholarship of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
    2017 – 2018 TU Dresden
    Research Associate at the Collaborative Research Centre 1285 “Invectivity. Constellations and Dynamics of Disparagement”
    2016 – 2017 TU Dresden
    Research Associate at the Chair for Early Modern History
    2016 TU Dresden
    Master of Arts in History


  • Research Project

    Legal Pluralism and Divers Societies. A Comparison Between Upper Lusatia and Ireland, 1650-1750

    By comparing Upper Lusatia and Ireland, the project investigates what impact legal pluralism and efforts to standardise law had on legal practice in the early modern period. Both areas showed great differences in this regard. While Upper Lusatia, an “Erblehen” of the Electorate of Saxony, was able to retain far-reaching independence at the legal level, the introduction of the English Common Law in Ireland can be seen as an attempt to limit legal plurality and enforce legal unity. Of special interest are the interactions between processes of legal unification and pluralisation on the one hand and structures of diversity within these early modern societies (e.g. at the social, cultural and religious level) on the other.

  • Main Areas of Research

    History of Violence

    History of Crime and Criminal Justice

    Urban History, esp. Town Chronicles

    Digital History

  • Publications

    Seebröker, Benjamin, Lethal Violence in Decline? A Critical Review of Historical Homicide Rates in England, in: Crime, Histoire & Sociétés. [erscheint 2022]

    Schwerhoff, Gerd/Seebröker, Benjamin/Kästner, Alexander/Voigt, Wiebke, Hard Numbers? The Long-Term Decline in Violence Reassessed. Empirical Objections and Fresh Perspectives, in: Continuity and Change 36 (2021), 1-32.
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0268416021000096

    Seebröker, Benjamin, „Alles kommt vom Bergwerk her“? Städtische Identität und Bergbau in Chroniken erzgebirgischer Städte in der Frühen Neuzeit, in: Neues Archiv für Sächsische Geschichte 90 (2019), 109-128.

    Kästner, Alexander/Seebröker, Benjamin, Beschaffen, verwalten, begraben. Die Dresdner Anatomie und ihre Leichen, 1748–1817, in: Bleker, Johanna/Lennig, Petra/Schnalke, Thomas (Hg.), Tiefe Einblicke. Das anatomische Theater im Zeitalter der Aufklärung (Kaleidogramme 167), Berlin 2018, 205-221.