Luisa Radohs - New PhD at the department for Archeaology and Heritage Studies

As of 1 September Luisa is enrolled at CAS as PhD with the project: "The formation of power structures in medieval towns – an investigation of urban nobility and the rise of civic elites in the southern Baltic Sea area (12th-14th centuries)”

22.08.2017 | Camilla Dimke

My name is Luisa Radohs, and I am an archaeologist from Germany. After completing a BA in Prehistoric and Historic Archaeology and History at Kiel University, I continued my studies at the University of Bamberg (both Germany) where I graduated with an MA in Medieval and Post Medieval Archaeology in autumn 2016.

 I have been working on numerous urban excavations in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Lübeck for many years and have developed a deep interest in the urban archaeology of the Hanseatic cities. I am particularly interested in the formation process of the high- and late medieval towns of the southern Baltic Sea area, their development through time, and their material culture.

 With my project ”The formation of power structures in medieval towns – an investigation of urban nobility and the rise of civic elites in the southern Baltic Sea area (12th-14th centuries)” I will investigate the underexplored field of urban nobility in medieval Danish towns and Hanseatic cities through a multidisciplinary approach of archaeology, history, and art history. I will scrutinize how nobility appeared within the medieval town and which distinct forms of representation and lifestyle can be determined. The project seeks to clarify the relationship between nobility and burgher elites. Special focus will be laid on the topic of town formation, more precisely, on the question what specific impact certain elite groups had on medieval urban development in Denmark and Northern Germany. My project aims to extend our understanding of power structures in medieval towns of the southern Baltic Sea area and to provide new perspectives on the development and dynamics of urban living in the past.

 Before arriving in Aarhus, I was employed as an urban archaeologist at the State Office for Culture and Monument Conservation in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and as a research assistant at the Greifswald Epigraphic Research Office, that is affiliated with Greifswald University and Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Now, I am very much looking forward to my time in Aarhus.

 

  • Supervisor: Rainer Atzbach
  • Co-supervisor: Bjørn Poulsen
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