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Sebastian Meurer, M.A.

Wissenschaftler, Zentrales Clusterbüro

Sebastian Meurer, M.A.


  • Coordinator of Research Area A: "Governance and Administration"
  • Research Associate


Karl Jaspers Centre,
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
Room 222
69115 Heidelberg

+49 (0) 6221 54 4323
+49 (0) 6221 54 4012

Über Sebastian Meurer


Dissertation Project (concluded) 

A System of Oeconomy. Approaches to Public Administration in Britain and British India at the Beginning of the Age of Reform

Research Interests

European Intellectual History
History of England and the British Empire in the Early Modern Period
History of Historiography
Intellectual History of Public Administration


Since March 2012: Coordinator of Research Area A: "Governance and Administration"

Summer Term 2012: Lectureship at the Department of History, Heidelberg University. Seminar (EPG II) on "Oekonomie und staatsbürgerliche Tugend. Reform- und Revolutionsprozesse im Frankreich und Großbritannien des ausgehenden 18. Jahrhunderts" [Oeconomy and Civic Virtue. Reform and Revolution in France and Britain in the Late 18th Century] with Pascal Firges.

March/April 2012: Research Scholarship at the German Historical Institute London

2008-2012:  Research Associate within Project A4: “The Fascination of Efficiency. Migrating Ideas and Emerging Bureaucracies in Europe and Asia since the Early Modern Era” of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” in Heidelberg.

Winter Term 2009/10:  Lectureship at the Pädagogische Hochschule (University of Education), Heidelberg. Seminar on the "Invention of the State" in Early Modern Europe

1999-2008:  Studies in History, Religious Studies and Auxiliary Sciences of History at Heidelberg University. Degree: Magister Artium. Master Thesis on “The Idea of a German Origin of Englishmen from the Reformation to the American Revolution” (in German).

2005-2008:  Student Assistant and Tutor at the Department of History, Chair of Early Modern History (Prof. Dr. Thomas Maissen)

March 2003-April 2004:  International Student at the University of Vienna

March 2003 – January 2004:  Student Assistant at the Dokumentationsarchiv des Österreichischen Widerstands (Archive for the Austrian Resistance), Vienna

1998:  Abitur at Gymnasium Philippinum, Marburg

Ausgewählte Publikationen

    • Approaches to State-Building in Eighteenth Century British Bengal, in: Antje Flüchter/Susan Richter (ed.): Structures on the Move. Technologies of Governance in Transcultural Encounter, Springer, Heidelberg et al. 2012, p. 219-241.
    • „Grade die Begabungen, die für viele Hochschulberufe nötig sind, besitzen die Juden als Rasse im höchsten Maße.“ – Gerta von Ubisch im Kontext von Genetik und Eugenik in Deutschland, in: Zwischen allen Welten. Die Lebenserinnerungen der ersten Heidelberger Professorin Gerta von Ubisch, ed. Susan Richter and Armin Schlechter, with the co-operation of Sebastian Meurer and Michael Roth, Jan Thorbecke Verlag, Ostfildern 2011, p. 251-273.
    • with Susan Richter and Michael Roth: Einleitung: Textversionen, Editionskommentar und Ziel der Edition, in: ibid.
    • Die Abdankung Oliver Cromwells in James Harringtons ‚The Commonwealth of Oceana‘ – Konstruktion eines kontrollierten Verfassungswechsels im England des Interregnums, in: Susan Richter/Dirk Dirbach (ed.): Thronverzicht. Die Abdankung in Monarchien vom Mittelalter bis in die Neuzeit, Böhlau-Verlag Köln/Weimar/Wien 2010, p. 175-190.


    Selected Conference Papers:

    • "Staatswissenschaft" and the British Enlightenment. Rethinking Theory and Practice of Governance in the British Isles
      Conference: Languages of Reform in the 18th Century (German Historical Institute Paris, December 10 to 12, 2014)
    • Introducing a "System of General Oeconomy" in the Offices: Scientification of Administrative Reform in Late Eighteenth Century Britain
      Conference: Economic Rationalities (Aarhus, January 24 to 25, 2014)
    • Civil Service - China's Most Precious Intellectual Gift to the West? A Reconsideration
      Conference: Managing Empires. Cooperation, Competition, Conflict. Fifth Annual Conference of the Cluster "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" (Heidelberg, October 9 to 11, 2013)
    • Corruption, Crown Influence, and Viceregal Splendour. Reverse Legacies of the Age of Reform in Britain and British India.
      Conference: The Making of a Monarchy for the Modern World (Kensington Palace, London, June 6 to 8, 2012)
    • Administrative Knowledge and Crisis Management. The Emergence of the First Civil Service in British India.
      Conference: Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA), 3rd Annual Conference (Hong Kong, February 10 to 11, 2012)
    • Founding the Commonwealth of Oceana: The Exemplary Logic of James Harrington’s Quasi-Utopian Framework Plot.
      Conference: Renaissance Society of America - Annual Meeting 2011 (Montreal, March 24 to 26, 2011)
    • Administrative Reform by Principles. The “Cornwallis-System” of Colonial Rule in the British Imperial Context, 1786-93.
      Conference: Migrating Ideas of Governance and Bureaucracy in Asia and Europe since the Early Modern Era (Tsinghua University Beijing, September 20 to 22, 2010)
    • At the Junction of Local and Global Conceptions of Government. Fort William (Calcutta) in the 18th Century.
      Conference: Early Modern State (Building) in Asia and Europe – Comparison, Transfer and Entanglement (Heidelberg, October 26 to 28, 2009)