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Dr Joseph Lemberg


Joseph Lemberg joined UCL as a Feodor Lynen Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in August 2017. He is currently working on European economic thought and missionary theory in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Joseph studied history and philosophy in Paris and Berlin. In 2014 he took his PhD at the Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, where he was a lecturer from 2012 to 2017. His book, Der Historiker ohne Eigenschaften: Eine Problemgeschichte des Mediävisten Friedrich Baethgen (2015), won several awards, including the Humboldt Prize for outstanding dissertations at the Humboldt-Universität and the Hedwig Hintze Prize from the German Historians' Association (Verband der Historiker und Historikinnen Deutschlands).

Joseph has previously worked on the history of medieval studies in twentieth-century Germany, with particular focus on the work and career of the German medievalist Friedrich Baethgen (1890-1972). His current project investigates medieval conceptions of growth in European economic thought and missionary theory in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. He intends to show that there was a medieval growth discourse that spanned two different domains: reflections on economic growth and attitudes towards the growth of Christendom through missionary expansion. Focusing on two different social groups, mendicants and merchants, his project aims to make this medieval growth discourse visible and thus connects economic thought with missionary theory, fields usually studied apart.

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Joseph is supported by a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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