Daniel Baric: Research & CV

From Bohemia to the Adriatic Sea and Back: The Topography of Central-European Patrimony between Imperial Paradigm and National Contingencies (1900-1940)

Research Area 1. Displacements, “Dépaysements” and Discrepancies: People, Knowledge and Practices
Research Area 3. Objects, Traces, Mapping: Everyday Experince of Spaces

Daniel Baric’s researches focus on cultural transfers and interculturality in Central Europe, especially within the Habsburg Empire.

To reflect upon the elaboration of patrimony policies and their endorsement by local actors means necessarily to take into account a wider context. The relationship of central imperial power with its Oriental circumferences is one of its major dimensions even more significant for the Austrian Empire.

There is a double aspect in Daniel Baric’s ongoing researches. They can be especially observed located among its geographical and historical boundaries. On the one hand, we can find a focus point on imperial Viennese institutions as they are considered to be an instrumental in the genesis of modern patrimony policies. On the other hand, there is a specific study revolving around the most peripheral provinces of Austria-Hungarian, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Adriatic coast under Austria-Hungarian administration (1878–1918).

Our considerations will be concerned by the tremendous consequences due to the evanescence of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the domains of embellishment policy and cataloging process.

Archeologists had indeed to find new ways of protecting patrimony through the implementation of new museums and university chairs (i.e. Carl Patsch in Sarajevo and then Vienna, Anton Gnirs in Pula and then at Loket). This process had been achieved by overcoming imperial structures that had collapsed in 1918. Both of them were scholars born in Bohemia and trained in Prague. In accordance with their acknowledged expertise, they were sent to the Slavonic speaking provinces in the South of Austria-Hungary. They also both finished their researches once they went back to Bohemia and Austria.

The mainstream archeological researches were modified due to political changes and their own departure from their first fields of excavation. De facto, studies on romanization and imperial latinity that were so strongly developed in the Austria-Hungarian period were no more dominant. A new interest emerged for all things medieval and national, giving way to a new paradigm in archaeology.



  • 2007-2010: Studying at ELCOA (École des Langues et Civilisations de l’Orient Ancien) of Catholic Institute in Paris, specialization in Egyptien hieroglyphics
  • 2004: PhD in History, EPHE (École pratique des Hautes Études-Paris, Section des sciences historiques et philologiques)
    Title of the thesis: “La langue allemande en Croatie (1815-1848) : étude interculturelle”
  • 1996: Bachelors’s degree in Slavic Studies [Bosnian-Croatian-Montenegrin-Serb] at Paris IV
  • 1996: Diploma in Hungarian at INALCO
  • 1993-1998: Studying at École normale supérieure (Ulm)


  • Since 2018: Senior Lecturer, Sorbonne Université, UFR Slavonic Studies, Department of BCMS (Bosnian-Croatian-Montenegrin-Serb)
  • 2005-2018: Senior Lecturer, University of Tours, Institute of Germanic Studies 
  • 2008-September 2010: Lecturer at EPHE (Paris), chair “L’Europe et le monde germanique (époque moderne et contemporaine)”, Jacques Le Rider. Title of the conferences: “Les provinces orientales de l’empire des Habsbourg, XVIIIe siècle-1918 : histoire et identités”

Selected Publications

  • Langue allemande, identité croate. Au fondement d’un particularisme culturel, Paris, Armand Colin, 2013, 403 p.
  • Proziran i prezren. Njemački jezik u hrvatskom društvu u prvoj polovici 19. stoljeća, Zagreb, Leykam (coll. « Germano-croatica »), 2015, 383 p. [Adaptation/traduction du titre précédent]
Edited Volumes
  • Identités juives en Europe centrale, des Lumières à l’entre-deux-guerres, avec Tristan Coignard et Gaëlle Vassogne, Tours, Presses universitaires François-Rabelais, 2014, 276 p.
  • Archéologies méditerranéennes, Revue germanique internationale, 2012, 220 p.
  • Mémoire et histoire en Europe centrale et orientale, avec Jacques Le Rider et Drago Roksandić, Rennes, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2010, 358 p.
Peer-reviewed articles
  • “Vepar i Zlatno Runo: odjeci viteštva Nikole Zrinskog u suvremenim pohvalnicama na francuskom jeziku”, Dometi, 2017, p. 67-79
  • “‘De la tranchée où l’on fouille à celle où l’on se bat’ : Français et Autrichiens sur le front de la science entre Balkans et Dardanelles”, in Bulletin de l’Institut Pierre Renouvin, “L’Archéologie à l’aune des relations internationales”, Gabrielle Abbe et Mathieu Jestin (dir.), n° 46/automne 2017, p. 61-76
  • “La dualité nationale et universitaire des bibliothèques de Strasbourg et Zagreb : une histoire parallèle entre empires, nations et régions”, in Histoire et civilisation du livre : revue internationale, XII, 2017, p. 439-456
  • “L’archéologie austro-allemande en Méditerranée orientale, enjeux et interactions”, in Revue germanique internationale, 2012 (16), p. 5-11
  • “Archéologie classique et politique scientifique en Bosnie-Herzégovine habsbourgeoise : Carl Patsch à Sarajevo (1891-1918)”, in Revue germanique internationale, 2012 (16), p. 73-89

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