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Daniel S. Allemann

Daniel S. Allemann

PhD Candidate

(Visiting student at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt, October-December 2018)

Gonville & Caius College
Trinity Street


Daniel works in the history of early modern political thought and culture. His PhD reconstructs Spanish and Portuguese visions of slavery and empire in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It explores how scholastic theologians, canon lawyers, and jurists conceived the intricate status of slaves between object and agent, and how debates about slavery shed new light on broader questions about human rights, global trade, empire, and the boundaries of the political.

Daniel's wider interests include the histories of empire and colonialism, the intersection between cultural and intellectual history, the history of international law, and global approaches to the study of history.

He holds a BA and MA in History and English Literature & Language from the University of Basel, and an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge. From October to December 2018, he is a visiting student at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt. 


Part I, Paper 19 / POL7: History of Political Thought to c.1700

Part II, Paper 6: States between States

Historical Argument and Practice: Global and Transnational History

I have also taught on the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History.


Other Professional Activities

Co-founder and convener of Interventions: The Intellectual History Podcast, a podcast that brings intellectual history to the public.

Graduate Assistant of The Historical Journal (since 2018).

Digital Communications Coordinator for the Political Thought and Intellectual History subject group (since 2017).

Convener of the Graduate Workshop in Political Thought and Intellectual History (2016-17, with Anton Jäger).

Key Publications

  • 'Empire and the Right to Preach the Gospel in the School of Salamanca, 1535-60,' The Historical Journal (first view online). (Free access here)
  • (ed. and introduction, with Anton Jäger and Valentina Mann) Conceptions of Space in Intellectual History, special issue of Global Intellectual History, 3.2 (2018). (Available here)

Other Publications

  • 'Revisiting the Early History of International Law,' History of European Ideas, 44.1 (2018), pp. 143-6. (Available here)
  • 'Intellectual Histories of Empire,' H-Soz-Kult, 2 August 2016. (Available here)
  • ‘Spreading the Faith to American Indians: Alfonso de Castro’s Call for Amerindian Education in the Context of the Second Scholastic,’ The School of Salamanca Working Paper Series, 5 (2015), 1-35. (Available here)