Dr. Verena Krebs

Buber Fellow: 
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Einstein Building, Room 401
Academic interests: 

History of the Horn of Africa, Ethiopian history and culture, European Expansion, religious contact and cross-cultural exchanges in the Middle Ages, late medieval and Renaissance art in Europe, medieval trade routes, women in history, material culture studies

Current Projects: 

• Royal Women as Political and Cultural Agents in the Horn of Africa, 1300-1650

• Diplomatic, cultural and trade contact as well as artistic transmission between Solomonic Ethiopia and Latin Christianity in the 15th and 16th century

• JewsEast - Jews and Christians in the East: Strategies of Interaction between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean (a European Research Council project at the Center for Religious Studies, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany)


“Recent research: the The Bete Israel monastery of Amba Gualit”


Curriculum Vitae: 

2014 Dr. phil. / PhD, summa cum laude, University of Constance, Germany, and Mekelle University, Ethiopia (bi-national degree)
2010 M.A. in History with distinction, University of Constance, Germany and University of York, UK
2007 B.A. in Literature, Art and Media Studies with distinction, University of Constance, Germany

Academic and Research Experience
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows, Hebrew University Jerusalem (2014 – present)
  • Visiting researcher at the Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies, Hamburg University; specialist for object and artwork description for the European Research Council research project "ETHIO-SPARE: Cultural Heritage of Christian Ethiopia: Salvation, Preservation, Research" (Dr. Denis Nosnitsin) (intermittently from 2012-2014)
  • Visiting researcher at the Department of History and Cultural Studies, Mek'elle University, Ethiopia (2011-12)
  • Visiting researcher at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia (2011)
  • Fieldwork research team leader during a four-month fieldwork research trip through Tigrai and Amhara regions of Ethiopia (2012)
Scholarships & Research Funding
  • 2014-15: Martin Buber Fellowship, Hebrew University and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • 2013-14: EXC16 (“Cultural Foundations of Integration” Centre of Excellence at the University of Constance) completion scholarship for the PhD project
  • 2012: EXC16 (“Cultural Foundations of Integration” Centre of Excellence at the University of Constance) fieldwork research funding grant
  • 2011-12: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) research grant for research in Ethiopia
  • 2011: EXC16 (“Cultural Foundations of Integration” Centre of Excellence at the University of Constance) PhD start-up funding for preliminary research trips to Addis Ababa and Mek'elle, Ethiopia
  • 2010-13: Landesgraduiertenförderung Baden-Württemberg (Baden-Württemberg State PhD Fellowship Bursary) 3-year PhD scholarship award
  • 2008-09: Graduate Erasmus Scholarship to study Medieval History (M.A. level) at the University of York, UK