Professor of Early Modern European History
Cambridge CB2 1TP
Ulinka Rublack's research interests focus on sixteenth and seventeenth century culture, especially its visual and material aspects, the Reformation, gender and society as well as methodological concerns.
She is, most recently, editor of the Oxford Concise Companion to History, whose contributors are Sir Christopher Bayly, R. Bin Wong, Donald Kelley, Bonnie Smith, Kenneth Pomeranz, Christopher Clark, Peter Burke, Pat Thane, Dorothy Ko, Megan Vaughan, Elizabeth Buettner, Pamela Smith, John McNeill, Miri Rubin, Eiko Ikegami and Anthony Grafton.
Her most recent monograph is Dressing Up: Cultural Identity in Early Modern Europe, also published by Oxford University Press, which explores the relation between dress and identities in the period and won the Bainton Prize.
Ulinka Rublack is sole founder of the Cambridge History for Schools outreach programme; she is a co-founder of what became the Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies and has served on its working party for over ten years.
Rublack has been a full member of three European research networks and is currently a member of the steering committee of the AHRC-funded network on the history of luxury, led by Giorgio Riello. She has been visiting scholar at the Maison de l'Homme, Paris, and her books have been translated into German and Chinese. One of her main aims is to explore and interpret the past in novel ways by collaborating with other scholars as well as with artists and makers.
Subject groups/Research projects
Departments and Institutes
Ulinka Rublack is currently finishing a monograph on the witchcraft trial against Katharina Kepler, the astronomer's mother. This is the only case in which a leading intellectual legally defended a family member during the European witchcraze. The book will be published in 2015.
Ulinka Rublack is also co-editing The First Book of Fashion, which presents the first colour edition of the Books of Clothes of Matthaeus and Veit Konrad Schwarz, an unparalleled chronicle of fashion innovation and male Renaissance lives between 1500-1570. This project is undertaken in cooperation with the Herzog Anton and Ulrich Museum in Brunswick, Maria Hayward and Jenny Tiramani. The First Book of Fashion will be published by Bloomsbury in 2015. Rublack has collaborated with Jenny Tiramani to reconstruct dress worn by Schwarz in 1530; this is featured in the videolink abovand will be displayed in the National Gallery, London, on the 28th of March 2014. She also collaborates with artist Maisie Broadhead and fashion designer Isabella Newell to explore contemporary male dress and modes of pictorial display in relation to Renaissance art, see the tumblr link first book of fashion above. This is an on-going project, which will result in exhibitions. Ulinka has also collaborated with the French canal educatif and Peter Parshall in a discussion of one of Holbein's best known portraits - click the weblink above.
Rublack is sole editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the Protestant Reformation (2016)
She continues to work on the history of dress and material culture in early modern Europe, visual history, gender history as well as Reformation history. Her most recent article is `Matter in the Material Renaissance' , Past & Present May 2013, 41-84, which explores how matter related to craft and consumption in the period with reference to leather in fine shoes and wall-paper, http://past.oxfordjournals.org/content/219/1/41.full.pdf?keytype=ref&ijkey=0o5bzVIjEDfKvzE
Ulinka Rublack currently supervises four PhD students from England, Switzerland and New Zealand. Suzanna Ivanic is a Lightfoot scholar whose PhD thesis is on religious material culture in early modern Prague; Katy Bond is an Overseas scholar who works on early modern costume books; Regine Maritz has been Robert Owen scholar at Christ's College Cambridge and continues to be supported by Christ's to work on gender at early modern courts in a global, comparative perspective; Sophie Pitman is AHRC-funded to work on clothing cultures in London around 1600. Rublack has also supervised PhDs on the history of sound, Reformation music, and gender as category in understandings of the German witch-craze, and currently mentors doctoral research by Stefan Hanss in Berlin on the memory and material culture of the Battle of Lepanto. She has sponsored post-doctoral work on the history of disability in early modern Europe and currently mentors Christian Kuehner's post-doctoral work on the role of confession in the German Catholic Renewal. Ulinka Rublack has supervised eleven MPhil students on a wide variety of topics ranging from pilgrimage in the Catholic Renewal to purses in German dress. Interested graduates are very welcome to get in touch with her to discuss proposals.
Ulinka Rublack teaches undergraduate as well as MPhil courses courses on early modern visual and material culture, outline papers, and is co-convenor of post-graduate seminars.
Other Professional Activities
Ulinka Rublack serves on the editorial boards of The Historical Journal, Fashion Theory and Cultural & Social History. She is co-editor of the book series Konflikte und Kultur and has served on the editorial board of German History for many years.
She has chaired an international grant awarding committee for the Academy of Finland and regularly reviews international grant applications.
Rublack has lectured at the Hay Literary Festival and other public venues, and has delivered a range of keynote lectures at conferences and institutes. In May 2013, she delivered a plenary lecture `Did Europe need the Reformation?' at the Kirchentag in Hamburg and in September 2013 the Rand lecture at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, on the history of dress. In February 2014, she delivered the Oxford Faculty of History Annual Lecture.
In 2011, Ulinka Rublack initiated the outreach programme Cambridge History for Schools. The 2012/13 programme of interactive sessions for school children aged 7-14 can be found under 'Events' on the Cambridge History faculty website. Ulinka Rublack is also part of the Speakers for School initiative.
In 2012, Rublack organised a British Academy debate on "Teaching History in Schools", which is documented on youtube.
In 2013, Rublack was elected as historian to the president's assembly which prepares the bi-annual German Kirchentag.
Since 2012, Rublack has co-curated an exhibition on early modern material culture at the Fitzwilliam museum, which will go on show in 2015.
Dressing Up: Cultural Identity in Renaissance Europe, Oxford University Press: 2010, Winner of the Roland H. Bainton Prize for History 2011, which recognizes the best book published in English during the preceding year in any historical field from 1450-1660, and Finalist of the Cundill Prize, the world’s largest non-fiction history book award, which recognizes outstanding history books accessible to the wider public.
Die Reformation in Europa, Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 2003, 2nd edition 2006 published in an expanded English version as Reformation Europe, Cambridge University Press (New Approaches to European History) 2005
The Crimes of Women in Early Modern Germany, Oxford University Press 1999, pbk 2001, shortlisted for the Longman/History Today Book of the Year Award 2000, first published in German with the Fischer Verlag as Magd, Metz' oder Morderin: Frauen vor fruhneuzeitlichen Gerichten, in 1998.
Geordnete Verhaltnisse? Ehealltag und Ehepolitik im fruhneuzeitlichen Konstanz, Constance 1997.
A Concise Companion to History, Oxford University Press 2011, paperback ed. September 2012; German version: Die Neue Geschichte, S. Fischer Verlag April 2013.
Gender in Early Modern German History, Cambridge University Press, Past and Present Series, November 2001, 308 pp, paperback ed. October 2010
Edited and peer reviewed Journal Issues:
Joint editor (with Mary Fulbrook) of German History, 3/2010 on 'Ego-Documents in German History', with an Introduction 'In Relation: The "Social Self" and Ego-Documents', pp.263-272
Editor of German History, 1/1999, Special Issue on 'Gender in Early Modern German History', with an Introduction, pp.1-8
Articles in peer reviewed journals:
'Female Spirituality and the Infant Jesus in Late Medieval Dominican Convents', Gender & History, 6/1994, 37-57
'Metze und Magd: Frauen, Krieg und die Bildfunktion des Weiblichen in deutschen Städten der frühen Neuzeit', Historische Anthropologie, 3/1995, 412-432, translated by Pamela Selwyn for History Workshop Journal, 44/1997, 1-22, as 'Wench and Maiden: Women, War and the Pictorial Function of the Feminine in the Early Modern Period'
'Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Female Body in Early Modern Germany', Past & Present, 150/1996, 84-110
'Frühneuzeitliche Staatlichkeit und lokale Herrschaftspraxis in Württemberg', Zeitschrift für Historische Forschung, 2/1997, 1-30
'Körper, Geschlecht und Gefühl in der Frühen Neuzeit', in Paul Münch ed., Erfahrung als Kategorie der Frühneuzeitgeschichte, Munich 2001, Beihefte der Historischen Zeitschrift, N.F., vol. 31, 99-106
'Erzählungen vom Geblüt und Herzen. Zu einer Historische Anthropologie des frühneuzeitlichen Körpers', Historische Anthropologie, 2/2001, 214-232, translated by Pamela Selwyn as 'Fluxes: The Early Modern Body and the Emotions', History Workshop Journal, Spring 2002, 53, 1-16, translated into Spanish as 'Flujos. El cuerpo y las emociones en la Eded Moderrna', in Maria Tausiet, James S. Amelang eds, Accidente del Alma. Las Emociones en la Edad Moderna, Madrid: Abada Editores 2010, 99-122
'Sexual Difference, Subjectivity and the Law in Early Modern Germany', Storica, 39/2009, 29-52
'Grapho-Relics: Lutheranism and the Materialization of the Word', Past and Present, 5/2010, 144-66
'Matter in the Material Renaissance', Past & Present, May 2013, 41-84.