Close sidebar Home » Programmes and Fellowships » Postdoctoral Max Weber Programme » Alumni » Max Weber Alumni Bio Open sidebar menu Kuhner, Christian Lecturer University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany Website christian.kuehner @geschichte.uni-freiburg.de Germany Max Weber alumnus Department of History and Civilization Cohort(s): 2010/2011 Ph.D. Institution University of Freiburg/École des Hautes/Études en Sciences Sociales, Germany Biography My field of research is early modern European history, with a particular emphasis on Germany and France. I research the religious history of seventeenth-century Germany, analyzing the theory and practice of confession in the Catholic South-East of the Holy Roman Empire. My research addresses questions of state-building, social disciplining, and the enforcement of the Counter-reformation on the ground. My Ph.D. thesis, written in both a German and a French version, is on the role of political friendship in seventeenth-century French court society. More generally, I am interested in the history of the nobility, of friendship and patronage, and in the application of social and cultural theory to early modern European history. I will receive my Ph.D. in History in Autumn 2010 from the University of Freiburg im Breisgau and the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (E.H.E.S.S.) in Paris; my thesis is jointly supervised by Professors Ronald G. Asch (Freiburg) and Jean Boutier (E.H.E.S.S.). I hold an M.A. from the University of Freiburg im Breisgau and a B.A. from the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne). I have several book chapters in print on various aspects of aristocratic life and court politics in early modern France.