History professor Gerhard Fouquet (65) becomes the second senior professor at Kiel University (CAU). CAU President, Professor Lutz Kipp, handed the certificate of appointment to his predecessor in office on Wednesday, 25 September. The "senior professorship" enables a university to keep professors actively involved in research and teaching when they retire. This personal award recognises selected, outstanding individuals with nationally and internationally acclaimed research achievements or particular teaching achievements.
Fouquet describes the senior professorship as a "great way of being able to carry on supporting long-term research projects." For the social and economic historian, this includes the research project "Residential cities in the Holy Roman Empire (1300-1800) – Urbanity within the integrative and competing relationship structure of seigniorial rulership and civic community." Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities, where the project is based, has planned a project duration of 14 years for this work. Research is being conducted on late medieval and early modern residential cities, which constituted an important aspect of European urbanization processes and the interlocking of urban and noble/courtly modes of life as well as the rise of feudal rule and pre-modern statehood between the 14th and the early 19th century. The goal of the project is to produce an analytical and systematic handbook in three sections, with which Fouquet is now able to continue assisting academically.