Thomas H. Horst

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
Visiting Postdoctoral Fellows are early career scholars who are ordinarily no more than five years past the granting of the doctorate and who are either externally financed or receive a Fellowship rather than a contract from the MPIWG.
Department I
October 1, 2017 to February 15, 2018

Thomas Horst studied history and anthropology at the universities of Munich and Vienna. He holds a postdoctoral fellowship in “Maps, Globes and Texts: Cosmographical knowledge in Early Modern Europe” at the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT), University of Lisbon, which is financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology [FCT SFRH/BPD/85102/2012].

His main areas of interest include the history of early modern science (in particular cosmography: maps, atlases, globes, instruments, and texts), climate history, the history of the relations between Portugal and Germany in the early modern period, as well as cultural history and anthropology.

In 2003 and 2005, he carried out two ethnological field researches on the descendants of the Mundurukú Indians in the Amazon region (Brazil). After his PhD in 2008 (on the development of manuscript maps of Bavaria as sources for the history of climatology), he specialized in the analysis of old globes and won the prestigious “Fiorini-Haardt-Prize” of the International Coronelli-Society for the Study of Globes in 2010. His book about Gerhard Mercator and his atlas of 1595, translated into French and Dutch, has been distinguished by the “Societe de Geographie” with a special award in Paris in 2012.

Dr. Horst is also Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Geodesy of the Bundeswehr University in Munich. Occasionally, he gives courses at the Studium Plus there as well as at the Historical Institute of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.

He is editor of the Review Section for Imago Mundi, the International Journal for the History of Cartography and was the main organizer of several conferences, including the international workshop “Universum Infinitum. — From the German Philosopher Nicolaus Cusanus (1401–1464) to the Iberian Discoveries in the 15th Century: Ocean World in European Exploration,” which took place at the National Library of Portugal in June 2016.

September 2017
12. Lusitanistentag Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz
Friedrich Kunstmann (1811–1867) und die Rezeption der portugiesischen Entdeckungsreisen (15./16. Jahrhundert) im deutschsprachigen Bereich
July 2017
13th Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop an der University of Notre Dame, Indiana (USA)
Francesco Bianchini (1662–1729) and the Origins of Planetary Globes [together with Luís TIRAPICOS]
July 2017
27th International Conference on the History of Cartograph, Belo Horizonte/Brasil
Discovering and Analysing Early Portuguese Cartography in Germany (1778-1884) [together with João Carlos GARCIA]
April 2017
Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Nicolaus Cusanus as Cosmographer: His humanistic network, German-Portuguese relations and the Dialogus de ludo globi
September 2016
7th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science (ESHS), Prague
The Power of the Casa de la Contratación: Historical background and reception of Ribeiro’s Planispheres
September 2016
18. Kartographiehistorisches Colloquium, Vienna
Die Karten der pfalz-neuburgischen Landesaufnahme: Zimelien der Regionalkartographie des 16. Jahrhunderts im Vergleich
September 2016
“Pragmatische Visualisierung. Herrschaft, Recht und Alltag in Verwaltungskarten”, Staatsarchiv Marburg
Die Bedeutung der Augenscheinkarten als Quelle für die historische Forschung
June 2016
International Workshop “Universum Infinitum. From the German Philosopher Nicolaus Cusanus to the Iberian Discoveries in the 15th Century: Ocean World in European Exploration”, Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Lisbon
Keynote: The cosmographical network of Nicolaus Cusanus and German-Portuguese relations in the Humanism
June 2016
Third ISHMap-Symposium “Encounters and Translations: Mapping and Writing the Seas of the World”, Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Lisbon
Words of Welcome at the Opening-Session
May 2016
Österreichische Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Vienna
Kosmographische Studien an der Universität Wien im Zeitalter des Humanismus: Sebastian Binderlius († um 1528) und Joachim Vadian (1484–1551)
April 2016
Classes de Letras e de Ciências, Academia das Ciências de Lisboa
Um manuscrito alemão de Thurneysser (1555) com descrições de Portugal [together with Bernardo Herold and Henrique Leitão]
Teaching activities
Winter Semester 2017/2018
Ludwig-Maximilians-University, MunichÜbung: Altkarten als Quelle für den Historiker (2-stündig)
FTS 2017
Studium+ der Universität der Bundeswehr, MunichÜbung: Historische Weltbilder: Kosmographische Darstellungen (Karten, Atlanten und Globen) als Quelle für die Kulturgeschichte (mit Exkursion) (3-stündig)
HTS 2016
Studium+ der Universität der Bundeswehr, MunichÜbung: Old Maps and Globes as Sources for Cultural History (with excursion to the map room at the Bavarian State Library) (3-stündig)
Summer Semester 2016
Historical Institute of the University of ViennaProseminar (Bachelor, Modul I): Kosmographie von der Antike bis in die Neuzeit (gemeinsam mit Univ.-Assistentin Mag. Dr. Petra Svatek, 2-stündig)


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