Visiting the IStG

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The IStG as an interdisciplinary research centre promotes and supports the study of all aspects of historical urban studies – town life and economy, topography and the built urban environment, urban social, political, economic and cultural history, to name but a few. Thus, its unmatched resources, the specialized library and the collections of maps and images in particular, are put at the disposal of visiting students and scholars from all kinds of academic backgrounds and from all over the world. We are proud of the many international guests we have been accommodating over the decades and look forward to developing new ties.

Doctoral students, post-docs and more advanced scholars visiting the Institute appreciate this unique facility as an opportunity to gain an overview over past and recent publications in their fields, to find material on the towns they study and comparable examples, a theoretical foundation or methodological inspiration for their work as well as exchange with other colleagues. The main focus of IStG activities are German towns in the pre-modern and modern era, but there is a wide range of material pertaining to European urban history and even beyond that. While the bulk of literature will be in German, there are works in all kinds of other European languages with the odd Japanese title in between.

Your research at the IStG
If you think a visit to the IStG could be beneficial to your work, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your enquiry will help to establish which aspects of your research could best be elaborated on the basis of our facilities. The duration of our guests’ stays varies from one day to several months, according to their needs.

A reading knowledge of German would be important for many subjects, no doubt, but our staff are comfortable with speaking English. We may also help you to take further organizational steps and provide contacts to our extensive network of alumni – one of whom may know exactly what it takes to organize your research trip to Germany from your home country.

We may also arrange for you to use university facilities as a guest. The University of Münster (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität) boasts a strong Department of History and many others with library content pertaining to urban studies such as art history, archaeology and law, for example.

Depending on the duration of your stay, housing in Münster may become necessary. The University of Münster’s Welcome Center can assist you in finding accommodation in one of the university’s guest houses. Furthermore, the Welcome Center provides activities and events for international students to help you network and thus enhance your research-experience in Münster.

Funding your research stay
The IStG cannot itself offer study or travel grants, but we are happy to supply all the necessary information and documentation to ensure that your application for funding meets the criteria set by agencies that do so. Grants for visiting the IStG from abroad have been given by the DAAD (Deutscher akademischer Auslandsdienst), Humbolt-Stiftung, ERASMUS+ and various other institutions outside of Germany. Please also contact your home university or institution for information on this aspect, and your academic supervisor if you are a student.

For further information please contact:


Marcin Sumowski, Toruń; Thema: „Clerus et cives. Die Niedergeistlichkeit im städtischen Sozialraum des spätmittelalterlichen Preußens“

02.10. - 15.12.2017
Olof Blomqvist, Stockholms universitet; Thema: "Life in Captivity: perceptions of inclusion and collective identity in early 18th century Europe”

14.06.2017 - 11.07.2017
Prof. Takashi Aizawa, Tokyo, Thema: "Stadtplanung im deutschen Sprachraum"

08.05.2017 - 11.05.2017
Zofia Maciakowska, Institut für Geschichte der Polnischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Danzig, Thema: "Hafenstädte"

15.09.2016 - 16.12.2016
Michał Schmidt, Jagiellonen-Universität Krakau, Thema: "Moneta in pretorio. Haushalt und Finanzpolitik in der Stadt des Spätmittelalters. Vergleichsstudie ausgewählter polnischer und deutscher städtischer Zentren"

Marcel Ijsselstein, Univ. Rotterdam, Projekt/Thema: Europäische Städteatlanten, mittelalterliche Stadtgestalt

Sarah Gearty, Royal irish Academy Dublin, Projekt: Europäische Städteatlanten
Rachel Murphy, Maynooth University, Themen: Digitale Städteatlanten, GIS

Radosław Gliński, University of Wroclaw, Thema: "Medieval and early modern town house in middle-sized and small town in the Sudetes and their foothill"

Patrick Starczewski, Institut für Geschichte der Universität Breslau, Thema: "Konfessionalisierung in Schlesien" (Fürstentum Schweidnitz-Jauer)

Karolina Szlęzak, Pädagogische Universität Krakau, Thema: "Geschenke in der Außenpolitik der Stadt Krakau seit der zweiten Hälfte des 16. Jahrhunderts bis zum Ende des 17. Jahrhunderts"

Eva Chodějovská M. A., Universität Pardubice, Prag, Thema: "Darstellung der Stadt Prag in historischen Stadtansichten der Frühen Neuzeit"

1.4.-31.8.2013 & 11.1.-31.12.2012
Dr. Olga Kozubska-Andrusiv, Humboldt-Stipendiatin, Ukrainische Katholische Universität (Lviv), Thema: "Establishing Social Order in Multi-Religious Urban Centres of Eastern Europe (Fifteenth – Seventeenth centuries)"

Dr. Anda-Lucia Spânu, Humanities Research Institute of Sibiu/Hermannstadt, Rumänien, Thema: "Peculiarities of Historical Images of Cities from Romania in the European Context"

Dr. Judit Majorossy, Budapest, Ungarn, Thema: "Städtischer Raum und soziale Netzwerke im Spätmittelalter"

Mgr. Eva Němečková, University of Jan Evangelista Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem, Czech republic, Thema: "Zünfte in Städten Nordwest-Böhmens als Teil des kulturellen und wirtschaftlichen Lebens in der Frühen Neuzeit"

1.6.-31.7.2011/ 27.8.-26.9.2011
Dr. Zsolt Simon, Universität Oldenburg (Romanian Academy), Thema: "The finances of the Transylvanian Saxon towns in the late Middle Ages"

Dr. Tetsuya Nagamoto, Universität Tohoku, Japan, Thema: "Täuferbewegung in Münster"

März 2009 – Dez 2010
Dr. Judit Majorossy, Humboldt-Stipendiatin, Budapest
Thema "Städtischer Raum und soziale Netzwerke im Spätmittelalter"

1.5. –31.7. 2010
Prof. Dr. Jaroslav Miller, Olomouc (Tschechische Republik)
Thema: "Undermining Community: European City between Communal Values and Civic Society, 1500–1800 (Searching for a Theoretical Model)"

1.11. – 15.12.2009
Julia Derzsi (Hermannstadt)

22. – 25.6.2009
Prof. Karlheinz Blaschke (Friedewald)

7. – 21.9. 2008
Prof. Aki Yamamura, Aichi

1.9. – 29.10. 2008
Prof. Dr. Ilgvars Misans, Riga

März – Aug. 2008
Prof. Takashi Aizawa, Tokyo
Thema: "Stadtplanung im deutschen Sprachraum"

20.2. – 5.4. 2008
Prof. Hiroshi Niki, Osaka
Thema: "Vergleich der alten Stadtansichten in Deutschland und Japan"

Seit 1.1.2008
Károly Goda M. A., Budapest
Thema: "Städtische Führungsgruppen im spätmittelalterlichen Mitteleuropa"

3.9. – 29.11.2007
Ágnes Flóra M. A., Budapest
Thema: "Städtische Eliten im 16. Jahrhundert in Cluj und Sibiu"

1.8.2007 – 31.7.2008
Dr. Sofia Gustafsson, Linköping
Thema: "Schwedisches und deutsches Stadtrecht im Mittelalter"

Seit 1.3.2007
Megumi Hasegawa M. A., Tokyo (Japan)
Thema: "Die Bedeutung der Kollegiatstifte in der städtischen Gesellschaft Straßburgs im Spätmittelalter"

1.9.2005 - 21.10.2016
Mamina Arinobu M. A., Tokyo (Japan) Thema: "Ordnung des Tisches bei Hofe – Die Rolle und die Funktion der Tischzuchtliteratur und die Festmähler in der Hofgesellschaft im Hoch- und Spätmittelalter" (Diss.-Thema). Die Dissertation ist im September 2015 erfolgreich verteidigt worden.

Herbst 2005
Judit Majorossy, Budapest

Sommer 2005
Prof. Dr. Ilgvars Misans, Riga (Lettland)

Dez. 2004 - Jan 2005
Dr. Olha Kozubska, Lemberg/Liwiw/Lwow (Ukraine)

1.-27. Juni 2004
Prof. Dr. Ilgvars Misans, Riga (Lettland)

Okt. 2003 – März 2004
Dr. Olha Kozubska, Lemberg/Liwiw/Lwow (Ukraine)

Oktober 2003
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Lafrenz, Hamburg

August 2003
Georg Paul Vanderheiden, Eupen (Belgien)

Jan, März, Juni 1999
Georg Paul Vanderheiden (Belgien)