University of Wisconsin–Madison

Tobias M. Bitterli - Mosse Fellow

tbitterli@wisc.edu

Advisor: Colleen Dunlavy

Tobias Bitterli


Biography

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where I also completed my B.A and M.A studies in history. I am the 2017-2018 George L. Mosse Fellow to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In my dissertation, I examine how aristocratic and bourgeois collectors of cabinets of curiosities in the 16th and 17th century used their collections to produce, disseminate and organize knowledgMy research interests are History of Science, History of Knowledge, History and Art, History of the Freemasons and material culture in the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation.

Education

B.A., in History – Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
M.A., in History – Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Field

  • Early Modern Period, Holy Roman Empire of German Nation, History of knowledge, History of Science

MA Title

  • “Oppenheim’s “The contemplation of the Rings”, the German Freemasons and the question of tolerance”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Unicorns, Giants and Dwarfs – Cabinets of Curiosities and the Organization of Knowledge in 16th and 17th century Holy Roman Empire”

Selected Awards

  • The Faculty of History at the Hebrew University’s Mosse prize for outstanding essays with the essay ”Unwarped of prejudice” Oppenheim’s The contemplation of the Rings and the question of tolerance”
  • The Michael Hed Z”L prize for outstanding Master thesis with ”Oppenheim’s The contemplation of the Rings, the German Freemasons and the question of tolerance”

Professional Affiliations

  • Mosse Program
  • Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History at the Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel

Courses Taught as TA

  • USA: From the Civil War to the Cold War at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel