Christopher Wendt


Christopher Wendt completed his MA in Comparative History at the Central European University in 2017. His thesis, “Schwaben, Banater, Deutsche: Formulating ‘Germanness’ in the Greater Romanian Banat, 1918–1935” examined the process of nationalization among German-speaking Swabians after the first World War, analyzing why and how notions of what it meant to be German in the Banat were transformed across the interwar period. He previously studied history and German at Colgate University in Upstate New York.

He continues to be interested by the use of concepts such as nationhood, ethnicity, and race in the history of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe, and how affiliations to groups rooted in these notions—as well as others, such as state, dynasty, and faith—were fostered and remade throughout the (former) Habsburg space across the upheavals of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.