School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature


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Dr Mathias Seiter

  • Qualifications: Magister Artium (M.A.) Modern and Contemporary History (Universität Augsburg, Germany), PhD History (University of Southampton), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in History
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2203
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  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am interested in the cultural and social history of Germany and Central Europe during the long nineteenth century. My research focuses on the formation of national identity as well as the construction, use and perception of spaces. I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2010, having previously taught at the University of Southampton. I am currently History Year 2 Tutor.

I received a M.A. in Modern & Contemporary History, Sociology, and Human & Economic Geography from the Universität Augsburg (Germany) and completed a PhD in History at the University of Southampton in 2009. I also have a Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach across core and optional History units at undergraduate level and supervise research projects on the MRes in Humanities and Social Sciences as well as PhD dissertations. My teaching at undergraduate level includes: 

  • Ruins, Revolutions, and Reunification: Post-War German Society and Culture (unit coordinator)
  • The Making of the German Nation: Germany during the 19th and 20th Century (3rd Year Special Subject)
  • Masses and Modernity, 1750-1914 (unit coordinator)
  • Introduction to Historical Research
  • Empires and Identities, 1750-1914
  • History at University
  • History beyond University
  • BA Dissertation
  • Research


My research interests centre on identity formation, nation building, liminal spaces such as port towns and borderlands as well as on German-Jewish history. My current research focuses on German naval port towns between the 1860s and 1918. It explores the interplay and connectedness of communities and cultures which existed in naval towns. The research assesses and maps how urban spaces such as sailortowns were constructed and perceived. A second project focuses on the complex identities of Jewish minorities living in contested borderlands of the German Empire. I am a core member of Portsmouth's Port Towns and Urban Cultures group ( and an Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations at the University of Southampton.


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