Lena Sadovski



Lena Sadovski is a Post-Doc-Track-Fellow in the research unit Balkan Studies.

Brief biography

Lena Sadovski studied history and romance philology at the University of Vienna, where she received her PhD (summa cum laude) in April 2023 with a thesis on the social structures of the Dalmatian town Split between Venetian dominion and Ottoman menace (1479-1525). Her research was supported by a DOC-fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and a Wrap-up-scholaship of the University of Vienna. Between September 2019 and February 2023, Sadovski was University assitant (pre-doc) at the Institute for Eastern European History of the University of Vienna; from May until November 2023, she joined the Institute for Area Studies of Leiden University/Netherlands as a visiting researcher. Between 2016 and 2024, she was first a student assistant and then a visiting researcher at the Institute for Medieval Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Since February 2024, she has been a Post-Doc-Track-fellow at the Academy’s Balkan Studies Research Unit with a habilitation project on Catholicism in Ottoman Bulgaria in the 17th and 18th century. Sadovski has been awarded the Appreciation Award (Würdigungspreis) of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research for her MA thesis in 2018 and the Anniversary Prize (Jubiläumspreis) of the Böhlau Verlag Vienna 2023 for her monograph “Split. Sozialgeschichte einer Stadt im venezianischen Dalmatien, 1480-1530”.

Research interests

Period: Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period
Area: South-Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean space, Venice and the Venetian Maritime Empire, Habsburg Monarchy
Topics: Social, micro and global history; history of religion, confessions, multilingualism and administration; Jewish history; historical anthropology and processes of identity and community building; history of diplomacy and international relations