Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christine Fertig

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Christine Fertig is assistant professor at the University of Muenster, Germany. In her PhD she studied family strategies and social networks in northwestern German rural society between 1750 and 1900. She has published on rural history, history of the family, kinship and godparents, credit markets, intergenerational relations and on global trade and exotic substances in early modern Europe. Her current research interests include the development of consumption and the European encounter with the global world in the early modern period.

She is representative for Central Europe in the Management Committee of the European Rural History Organisation (since 2022), Network Chair for the Material and Consumer Culture section of the biannual European Social Science History Conference (since 2018), member of the scientific advisory board of the Rural History Yearbook, and as editor of the Encyclopaedia of Modern Times Online she is responsible for the sections "Economy" and "Lifestyles and Social Change".

OCRID: https://orcid.org/my-orcid?orcid=0000-0003-2122-0734


Room 341
Domplatz 20-22
48143 Münster
Tel.: +49 (251) 83-24380


  • Office hours

    You can find my office hours on the German version of the website.

    WWUZoom, Meeting-ID 927 2278 5548 (with waiting room).

  • CV

    • since 12/2016 Assistant professor for Modern History  and Social History, University of Münster
    • 2009 – 2016 Lecturer in Social and Economic History, University of Münster
    • 2008 – 2009 Teaching assistant at the Department of History, University of Münster
    • 2003 - 2007 Research assistant in project (DFG): „Beziehungen und Ressourcenflüsse in der ländlichen Gesellschaft: Soziale Netzwerke in Westfalen im 19. Jahrhundert“
    • April – November 2003 / May – December 2007 Parental leaves


  • Publications

    • with Henning Bovenkerk, "Consumer revolution in north-western Germany: Material culture, global goods, and proto-industry in rural households in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries", The Economic History Review 76,2 (2023), 551-574.
      [DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1111/ehr.13192]
    • with Henry French and Richard Paping (eds.): Landless Households in Rural Europe 1600-1900. Boydell Studies in Rural History 3. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2022. [DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv28m3gjs]
    • "Kinship Networks in Northwestern German Rural Society (18th/19th Centuries)", in: The Power of Networks. Prospects of Historical Network Research, ed. by Marten Düring, Florian Kerschbaumer, Linda von Keyserlingk and Martin Stark, 110-124. Routledge 2020. [DOI (volume): https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315189062 ]
    • "Coffee, Mind and Body. Global material culture and the eighteenth-century Hamburg import trade" (gemeinsam mit Ulrich Pfister), in: The Global Lives of Things. The material culture of connections in the early modern world, ed. by Anne Gerritsen and Giorgio Riello, 221-240. London: Routledge 2016. [DOI (volume): https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315672908]
    • "Soziale Netzwerke und Klassenbildung in der ländlichen Gesellschaft. Eine vergleichende Mikroanalyse (Westfalen, 1750–1874)", Archiv für Sozialgeschichte 54: 25-53 (2014).
      [stabile URL: https://library.fes.de/pdf-files/afs/bd54/afs-54-2014-02-fertig.pdf]
    • Familie, verwandtschaftliche Netzwerke und Klassenbildung im ländlichen Westfalen (1750-1874). Quellen und Forschungen zur Agrargeschichte, Bd. 54. Stuttgart: Lucius&Lucius 2012. [DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783828260047]
    • "Rural Society and Social Networks in Nineteenth-Century Westphalia: The Role of Godparenting in Social Mobility", Journal of Interdisciplinary History 39 (4): 497-522 (2009).
      [DOI: https://doi.org/10.1162/jinh.2009.39.4.497]

    Full publications list

  • Academic memberships


    • Management Committee of European Rural History Organisation, Regional representative for Central Europe
    • Network chair des Netzwerks ‚Material and Consumer Culture’, biannual international European Social Science History Conference
    • Co-Editor Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit Online, section 'Life forms and social change' and 'Economy'
    • Scientific Advisory Board Rural History Yearbook / Jahrbuch für Geschichte des ländlichen Raumes
    • Member of the DFG-Netzwerk „Erbfälle und Eigentumsübertragungen – Erbpraktiken im Spannungsfeld von Staat und Familie seit 1800“
    • Member of the Center for Digital Humanities Münster
    • Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands (VHD)
    • Arbeitsgruppe Digitale Geschichtswissenschaft im VHD
    • Fellowship im Forschungsnetzwerk des ‚Nederlands Agronomisch Historisch Instituut‘, Groningen/Wageningen
    • Gesellschaft für Agrargeschichte (GfA)
    • Forschungsnetzwerk Patrinus. European Network for a Social and Cultural History of Baptism and Godparenthood, Mailand/Paris
    • COST Action A34 (European Science Foundation): ‚Gender and Well-Being: Interactions between Work, Family and Public Policies‘ (2005-2009)


  • Projects

    An overview of current and completed projects can be found here.