Christian Standhartinger


Christian Standhartinger is is a research associate in the research unit History of the Habsburg Monarchy.

Brief Biography

Christian Standhartinger holds a master’s degree in History and Romance Studies (Spanish Philology and Literature) from the University of Vienna. He spent one semester abroad at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid as an Erasmus student. Since 2017, he has been a scientific assistant in a project centered around the editing and publication of letters of empress Maria Anna (1606-1646), directed by Katrin Keller and Andrea Sommer-Mathis. In 2020, he worked as an administrative trainee at the Austrian State Archives (Allgemeines Verwaltungsarchiv, Finanz- und Hofkammerarchiv). He is associated member of the research project „The Interpretation of Childbirth in Early Modern Spain“ (FWF P 32263-G30), directed by Wolfram Aichinger at the Institute of Romance Studies at the University of Vienna. Since January 2021, he is a PhD candidate and a member of the research project „Der Wiener Hof um 1800. Eliten, Herrschaft und Repräsentation (1790-1835)“ (FWF P 33221) at the IHB.

Research Interests

Period: 17th and 18th centuries
Area: Habsburg Monarchy, Spain
Topics: History of the Imperial Court in Vienna, letter correspondences and ego-documents of the nobility, cultural history of pregnancy and childbirth

Selected Publications

  • Embarazo y nacimiento en las cartas de Mariana de Austria, Avisos de Viena (Viennese Siglo de Oro Journal) 3, 2022, pp. 105-108.
  • Das Italienische Departement der k. k. geheimen Hof- und Staatskanzlei und seine Vorläuferinstitutionen: Neuordnung und Verzeichnungsarbeit des Bestandes im Finanz- und Hofkammerarchiv, Scrinium (Zeitschrift des Verbandes Österreichischer Archivarinnen und Archivare) 75, 2021, pp. 56-64.
  • An Everyday Miracle. Three birth descriptions in count Ferdinand Bonaventura von Harrach’s diary (1674-1676), Avisos de Viena (Viennese Siglo de Oro Journal) 0, 2020, pp. 34-43.
  • Mit Wolfram Aichinger: Midwife Diplomacy. The Recruitment of a Midwife for Empress Margarita María Teresa de Austria (1666-1673), Memoria y Civilización 23, 2020, pp. 1-20.


An Everyday Miracle, pp. 34-43


Midwife Diplomacy. The Recruitment of a Midwife for Empress Margarita María Teresa de Austria (1666-1673), pp. 1-20