Dr. Florian Grafl

Gymnasium teaching degree in English, history, Spanish and philosophy

Master's degree in journalism history with the study elements Russian and Italian at the Justus Liebig University Giessen

01/2007-3/2008: Research student in the DFG Research Training Group "Transnational Media Events from the Early Modern Period to the Present" at the Justus Liebig University Giessen

08/2009-07/2013: Research assistant at the Institute of History at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen, member of the DFG research group "Communities of Violence", qualification in higher education didactics and acquisition of the certificate ""Competence for Professional University Teaching" of the Higher Education Didactic Network Mittelhessen

02/2014-04/2014: Visiting scholar at the Universitat Autònoma Barcelona

05/14-01/2016 Teacher traineeship for grammar school teachers

02/2016-06/2016: Visiting scholarship at the Universidad Carlos III Madrid

10/2016-7/2017: Research assistant at the Institute of History of the Justus Liebig University Giessen, member of the SFB "Dynamics of Security".

2017: PhD in Modern History, title of the dissertation: "Terroristas, Pistoleros, Atracadores - Actors, Practices and Topographies of Collective Violence in Barcelona during the Interwar Period (1918-1936)"

03/2018-02/2021: Research assistant at the Institute for Empirical Cultural Studies and European Ethnology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, member of the ERC Starting Grant project "Dissecting Society. Nineteenth-Century Sociographic Journalism and the Formation of Ethnographic and Sociological Knowledge", university didactic qualification and acquisition of the certificate "Self-, Leadership and Teaching Competence" of the Center for Leadership and People Management.

07/2021-09/2023: Research assistant at the Heidelberg University of Education, coordinator of the research and transfer cluster "Cultural Heritage and Canonisation of Knowledge" of the Heidelberg School of Education.

From October 2023, research associate at the Institute for History, Theory and Ethics of Medicine at Ulm University Hospital.



German: mother tongue, English (1st state exam): C2, Spanish (1st state exam): C2, Catalan (CPNL): B2, Italian: A2/B1, Russian: A1.



European Association for the History of Medicine

Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies 

Association of Historians of Germany

German Catalanist Association

Society for Urban History and Urbanisation Research


Main research interests:

Medicine as a means of repression in 20th century European dictatorships, European history of violence in the interwar period, Global history of (science) in the 19th century, Media history of modernity, History of the Iberian Peninsula with a special focus on nationalism in Catalonia and the urban history of Barcelona.