Dr. Anka Steffen, BA MA

Room: O2.28 (main building, staircase VI)
Phone: +43 1 4277 – 41310
e-mail: anka.steffen@univie.ac.at

since May 2024 Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Economic and Social History/Research Area Global History

Education and Experience

  • 2023-24    Teaching assistant at the Chair of Early Modern History (Prof Dr Julia Schmidt-Funke) at the University of Leipzig
  • 2019    Fellowship at Harvard University (M.A./USA), ‘Weatherhead Initiative on Global History’
  • 2015-18    Research associate in the DFG-funded project "The Globalised Periphery: Atlantic Commerce, Socioeconomic and Cultural Change in Central Europe (1680-1850)", Chair of Comparative European Economic and Social History (Prof. Dr Klaus Weber), European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/O.
  • 2013-14    Research associate at the Chair of Comparative European Economic and Social History (Prof. Dr Klaus Weber), European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/O.

    Main areas of research

    • Economic and social history of Silesia in the early modern period
    • Plantation slavery and serfdom in a global historical perspective
    • History of material culture and consumption
    • History of industrialisation in Eastern Europe in the 19th/early 20th century
    • Integration of Eastern Europe into global references and narratives

    Networks and Activities

    • Verein für Geschichte Schlesiens e.V.
    • Gesellschaft für Globalgeschichte (GfGG)
    • Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte (GSWG)
    • Women in Economic History (WIEH)


    • Martin Behaim Dissertation Prize 2023 of the Gesellschaft für Globalgeschichte e.V. (Society for Global History), Bamberg
    • Karin Biermann Dissertation Prize 2024 of the Stiftung Kulturwerk Schlesien (‘Cultural Heritage Foundation for Silesia’), Würzburg
    • Georg R. Schroubek Dissertation Prize 2024 of the ‘Sonderfonds Östliches Europa - Erkundungen und Annäherungen’, Munich


    • "A Fierce Competition! Silesian Linens and Indian Cottons on the West African Coast in the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries", in: Jutta Wimmler & Klaus Weber (eds.), Globalized Peripheries. Central Europe and the Atlantic World, 1680-1860, Boydell & Brewer, Woodbridge, 2020, pp. 37-56.
    • "A Cloth that Binds – New Perspectives on the Eighteenth-century Prussian Economy", in: Slavery & Abolition, vol. 42, No. 1 (Europe and Slavery: Revisiting the Impact of Slave-Based Activities on European Economies, 1500-1850), 2021, pp. 105-129.
    • "Silesia, Serfdom and Slavery – A Relationship History from the Late Seventeenth to the Early Twentieth Century", in: Journal of Global Slavery, vol. 8, No. 2-3 (From Practices to Structurations: German Involvement in Slavery and the Slave Trade), 2023, pp. 237-268.