Paul Michael Kurtz
I am a Fellow of the Research Foundation–Flanders (FWO) at Ghent University. Previously, I was a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Cambridge, a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Göttingen.
My research centers on intellectual culture in Germany from 1795 to 1920, with a focus on the history of the humanities – especially classical, biblical, and orientalist scholarship. While thus far I have concentrated on representations of ancient Judaism and their embeddedness in modern cultural, political, and religious complexes, my latest research investigates the history of philology across the human sciences. These inquiries contribute, more broadly, to historiography, history of ideas, history of knowledge, German studies, and religious studies.
My work appears in journals of history, religion, and culture, such as History & Theory, Critical Inquiry, and Harvard Theological Review. My first monograph, on the historiography of ancient Israel in the German Empire, was published in 2018.
In addition to the FWO, I have secured funding from the European Commission (Horizon2020), Fulbright Program, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and American Schools of Oriental Research.