Univ. Prof. Dr. Margareth Lanzinger


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Room: ZG 201.78 (main building, staircase VI)
Telephone: +43 1 4277 – 41369

Office hours: Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00
Email: margareth.lanzinger@univie.ac.at

Vice-head of department

Speaker for the research area on  Economy and Society from a Historic Cultural Science Perspective

Speaker for the Research Group “Figurations of Inequality”

Member of DFG (German Research Foundation) Scientific Network "Inheritance patterns and property transfers since 1800"

Professor of Economic and Social History from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century

Research Interests

  • Historical Anthropology, Microhistory, Gender History
  • Kinship, Family and Marriage
  • Property and Wealth, Inheritance Practices and Marital Property Regimes
  • Cultural History of Administration
  • The Making of Heroes and Heroines
  • Historiographic Topics


  • Research Project: The Role of Wealth in Defining and Constituting Kinship Spaces from the 16th to the 18th Century, funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF (September 2016–February 2020) Members: Dr. Janine Maegraith, Dr. Birgit Heinzle (March 2017–September 2017), Mag. Johannes Kaska (since October 2017).
  • Book projects:
    • Margareth Lanzinger et al. (eds.), Stipulating - Litigating - Mediating. Negotiations of Gender and Property, Leiden, Brill (forthcoming 2019).
    • Margareth Lanzinger and Raffaella Sarti, Eine Löwin im Kampf gegen Napoleon? Die Konstruktion der Heldin Katharina Lanz, Wien/Köln, Böhlau (forthcomint 2019).
    • Joachim Eibach and Margareth Lanzinger (eds.), The Domestic Sphere in Europe (Sixteenth to Nineteenth Century), London, Routledge (forthcoming 2019).

Networks and Activities

  • Coordinator of the network Family and Kinship of the German Studies Association (GSA)
  • Member in the editorial board of Historische Anthropologie (peer reviewed), Jahrbuch für Geschichte des ländlichen Raumes (peer reviewed), L’Homme. Z.F.G. (peer reviewed), Quaderni storici (peer reviewed), Zeitschrift für Agrargeschichte und Agrarsoziologie (ZAA)
  • Member of the research group “Familias e individuos: Patrones de moder¬nidad y cambio social (siglos XVI–XXI)“, team of the Universidad de Murcia
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Edith Saurer Fund for sponsoring projects in the field of historical research
  • Memberships (a selection): Asociación de Demografía Histórica, Working Group “House in context – communication and spheres of life“,Research Network Gender Differences in the History of European Legal Cultures, International Association for Alpine History, Interdisciplinary network “Work – Love – Violence. Rural Societies in Cross-Epochal Perspectives”, GWZO Leipzig, Società italiana delle storiche (SIS)

Selected recent Publications

  • Margareth Lanzinger, Emotional Bonds and the Everyday Logic of Living Arrangements: Stepfamilies in Dispensation Records of Late Eighteenth-Century Austria, in: Lyndan Warner (Hg.), Stepfamilies in Europe, 1400–1800, Abingdon/New York: Routledge 2018, 168–186.
  • Margareth Lanzinger, Widowers and their Sisters-in-Law: Family Crises, Horizontally Organised Relationships and Affinal Relatives in the Nineteenth Century, in: The History of the Family 23, 2 (2018), 175–195, https://doi.org/10.1080/1081602X.2016.1176586.
  • Simone Derix and Margareth Lanzinger (ed.), special issue “Housing Capital. Resource and Representation”, Jahrbuch für Europäische Geschichte / European History Yearbook (2017), open access. https://www.degruyter.com/viewbooktoc/product/484345.
  • Erich Landsteiner and Margareth Lanzinger (ed.), special issue „Verträge“, Historische Anthropologie 25, 2 (2017).
  • Margareth Lanzinger, Sandra Maß and Claudia Opitz (ed.), special issue „Ökonomien“, L’Homme. Z.F.G. 27, 1 (2016).
  • Christine Fertig and Margareth Lanzinger (ed.), Beziehungen, Vernetzungen, Konflikte. Perspektiven Historischer Verwandtschaftsforschung, Köln/Wien/Weimar: Böhlau, 2016.
  • Margareth Lanzinger, Verwaltete Verwandtschaft. Eheverbote, kirchliche und staatliche Dispenspraxis im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert, Wien/Köln/Weimar, Böhlau, 2015, open access.  https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/457733.
  • Margareth Lanzinger (ed.), The Power of the Fathers. Historical Perspectives from Ancient Rome to the Nineteenth Century, London/New York, Routledge, 2015.