Timm Schönfelder

Dr. Timm Schönfelder

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Timm Schönfelder studied Slavonic studies, history and Hispanic studies in Tübingen and Moscow (2006-2014). From 2015 to 2019, he was a research associate within the Collaborative Research Center 923 »Threatened Order – Societies under Stress«, at the University of Tübingen. He graduated in 2019 with a PhD in Eastern European History and a dissertation entitled »Red River on Black Earth: The Kuban and the Agromeliorative Complex, 1929–1991« [Roter Fluss auf Schwarzer Erde. Der Kuban und der agromeliorative Komplex, 1929–1991]. He has held teaching assignments at the University of Tübingen and received an annual research scholarship from the German Historical Institute in Moscow. 

Timm Schönfelder has been a researcher at the GWZO-department »Humans and Environment« with a project on the history of hunting in East Central and Eastern Europe since 2020.

Work focus

  • Cultural history of hunting in East Central and Eastern Europe

  • Global interdependencies of the fur trade

  • Environmental history and history of technology of Russia and the USSR

  • History of science and infrastructure

  • Human-nature relations and Human Animal Studies

Functions (on committees)/memberships

  • DFG-Network Jagdgeschichten (‘hunting histories’)

  • DFG-Network Russian Ecospheres

  • German Association for East European Studies (DGO)

  • European Society for Environmental History (ESEH)

  • Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)


Timm Schönfelder has taught courses on Slavic linguistics, Soviet economic and global environmental history, human animal studies and the history of hunting at Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (2014–2020) and at the University of Leipzig (since 2021). He was also foreign language lecturer for German, English and Spanish at Dzhalal-Abad State University, Kyrgyzstan (2015).

Current topic of research