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Christian Cwik

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Christian Cwik (1970 in Vienna) is an Austrian historian. His field of research focus on Latin American, Caribbean and Atlantic History. He has written books and several articles about revolutionary processes, indpendencies, Afro-Caribbean resistance, Jewish Diaspora and European migration. Currently he is chair in Atlantic and European History at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. He previously taught Latin American History at the University of Havana in Cuba, at the University of Cartagena in Colombia and the Bolivarian University in Caracas, Venezuela. He is the Vice-president of the Association of Latin American and Caribbean historians (ADHILAC).

Early life[edit]

Christian Cwik was born on the 2nd of November 1970 in Vienna. He is the grandson of the Austrian painter Ernst Fuchs. He attended the University of Vienna where he graduated in 1996 with a Mphil (Mag.phil.) degree in History and Philosophy. in 2000, he earned his PhD. (Dr. phil.) degree from the University of Vienna.



After finishing a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Latin American Studies from the Austrian Institute for Latin American Studies in Vienna in 1997 he joined the teaching staff of the Department of History at the University in 1999. After his employment in 2000, he went to Venezuela where he did research at the Central University of Venezuela. From 2001 until 2006 he was the director of the Institute of Americanology in Vienna before he joined the Bolivarian University in Caracas as professor for Colonial Latin American History. From 2009 to 2011 he has also served as invited professor at the University of Cartagena and from 2012 to 2013 at the University of Havana in Cuba before he joined the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. Furthermore, he taught at the University of Cologne in Germany, the University of Erfurt in Germany, the Technical University of Dresden in Germany, the University of Graz in Austria and the University Pablo Olavide in Seville.


Cwik represents the thesis of the uncompleted Spanish conquest of the Americas, whereby domains of independent indigenous power survived almost territorial unchanged until the 19th century. Between these dominions, frontiers emerged that became the settlement area for those who wanted to break out of the systems such as Maroons, Arochelados, Pirates and Filibusters. From this point of view, Cwik developed the concept of the "Independencies before Independence." Together with the Italian scholar Carlo Taviani (Center for Italian Renaissance Studies) at Villa i tatti[1], Harvard University he do research on Genoese Merchant Networks in Africa and across the Atlantic Ocean (circa 1450-1530) where Cwik examines the relationships between Genoese and Sephardic merchant networks. This Research Project is based at the German Historical Institute in Rome.

Writing and editing[edit]

Together with his wife Verena Muth, he traveled in Latin America and the Caribbean, with some routes, such as crossing the Comarca de San Blas on a pirogue, were pioneering achievements. His writings about runaway slaves, smugglers, sephardic merchants, shoa-refugees and internment inmates are always set in relation to the respective landscape through self-awareness of the respective landscape.

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 2017: Staff Research Award. School for Graduate Studies and Research. The University of the West Indies St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • 2005: Science Prize of the City of Vienna
  • 2005: Prize of the University Jubilee Foundation of the University of Vienna

Boards and memberships[edit]

  • 2015: Steering Committee, “Network of World and Global History Organizations (NOGWHISTO),” 22nd International Congress of Historical Sciences (CISH), Jinan, China, 23-29 August 2015.
  • 2014-2022: Vice-President, Asociación de Historiadores Latinoamericanos y del Caribe (ADHILAC) [Association of Latin American and Caribbean Historians].
  • 2011-2017: Member of the Executive Council, Caribbean Economic History Association (AHEC).
  • 2010-2014: Chair of the 11th International Meeting of the Association of Latin American and Caribbean Historians: The Congress of Vienna and and its Global Dimension,” University of Vienna, Austria, 18-22 September 2014.

Published works[edit]

Books (co-writer)

Cwik, Christian; Laviña Javier and Michael Zeuske (2013). Esclavitud, huida y resistencia en Cuba [Slavery, Flight and Resistance in Cuba]. Continental American and Caribbean Studies Series, Vol. 1, Berlin: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Berlin, 2013. 206 pages {{ISBN|978-3-86573-758-8}}

Cwik, Christian; and Verena Muth (2012). Von Wien nach Barranquilla. Flucht ins karibische Exil, 1938/39 – De Viena a Barranquilla. Huida al exilio caribeño, 1938/39 [From Vienna to Barranquilla. Flight to the Caribbean exile, 1938/39]. Translation: Isabella Andert. Vienna: Forschungs- und Kulturverein für Kontinentalamerika und die Karibik, 2012. 188 pages.


Review. A Journal of the Fernand Braudel Center. 38 1/2: “Manfred KossoK: Toward a Historical Social Science.” Co-edited journal with Dale Tomich and Michael Zeuske. (Binghamton: New York State University Press, 2015). 212 pages :

Revista Outros Tempos [Other Times Journal] 12:20 (2015), Dossiê “O Congresso de Viena em seu Bicentenário [Dossier: The Bicentenary of the Congress of Vienna]”: Co-edited journal with Marcelo Cheche Galves. (São Luís: Maranhão State University). 204 pages

Zeitschrift für Weltgeschichte. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven [Journal of World History. Interdisciplinary Perspectives] 46:2 (2015), “The Congress of Vienna and its impact on World history”. Co-edited journal with Michael Zeuske. (Frankfurt a. Main, New York and Oxford [et al.]: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers). 208 pages. Print ISSN: 1615-2581;jsessionid=g9oso2a221r2.x-ic-live-01


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