Mathias Seiter
  • King Henry 1 Street, Park Building

    PO1 2DZ Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Dr Mathias Seiter is keen to offer supervision in the following areas:
German nation-building and national identity in the19th and 20th century, including on regional identities and Heimat.
Urban-maritime/naval history, in particular studies on port towns.
German-Jewish history in the long 19th century.
Urban history.
Public health in 19th century Germany.

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Personal profile


Dr Mathias Seiter is Principal Lecturer in History and Associate Head (Academic) for the School of Area Studies, History, Politics, and Literature. He joined the University of Portsmouth in 2010, having previously taught at the University of Southampton. His research focuses on German and Central European history during the long nineteenth century.

His research interests centre on liminal spaces such as port towns and borderlands as well as on identity formation, nation building, and German-Jewish history. Both of his current research projects combine questions of identity and liminality. The first explores the complex identities of Jewish minorities living in contested borderlands of the German Empire. A second project focuses on German naval towns and seaports between 1871 and 1918. It assesses the interplay and connectedness of various identities which existed within these port towns and how these identities manifested themselves in urban culture and spaces.

Research Interests

  • Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), Cluster 'Social and Cultural History'
  • Member of the Port Towns and Urban Cultures group (

External positions

Honorary Fellow, University of Southampton

1 Sept 2010 → …


  • DD Germany
  • nineteenth-century history
  • national identity
  • urban history
  • port towns
  • German-Jewish history
  • maritime history
  • borderlands
  • spaces


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