Dr. Katja Castryck-Naumann

Dr. Katja Castryck-Naumann



Katja Castryck-Naumann studied history, political science and philosophy in Leipzig, Edinburgh, and Vienna. She earned her doctorate from Leipzig University in 2012. Castryck-Naumann has received fellowships from the German Historical Institute in Washington, the University of Chicago and the European Science Foundation. She has been a visiting fellow at the ENS in Paris and GHI in Warsaw and Guest Professor at the Science Po Lyon and Aarhus University. Since 2013 she has held teaching assignments at Leipzig University. In 2017/18, she took part in the “Leading in Science” Mentoring Program of the Leibniz-Association.
From 2008 to 2016, Katja Castryck-Naumann was a researcher within the GWZO project group “East Central Europe Transnational”. Since 2017, she has been a researcher in the Department »Entanglements and Globalization«. Since 2020, she has been Career Development Officer and since 2022, Head of the Working Group »Global History«. Since 2024, she has been Principal Investigator in the DFG-CRC 1199 »Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition«.

Work focus

  • History of international organisations
  • Transregional connections of East Central Europe (19th-20th centuries)
  • Traditions of world and global history writing
  • History and theory of area studies

Functions (on committees)/memberships

  • Speaker of the Steering Committee and Research Area Coordinator Leibniz Science Campus »Eastern Europe – Global Area«
  • Chief editor of Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists and Comparativ. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung
  • Editor of H-Soz-Kult. Kommunikation und Fachinformation für die Geschichtswissenschaften
  • Speaker of the Steering Committee, Clio-online – Historisches Fachinformationssystem e.V.
  • Chair of the board of the European Network in Universal and Global History
  • Member in the Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe)



  • 2013 Walter-Markov-Prize

  • 2013 Honorary Distinction, Doctoral Award of the International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography



Katja Castryck-Naumann teaches regularly at the Graduate School Global and Area Studies, Leipzig University.

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