How does sociology sound like? What is the tone of history? There are no answers to these questions most of the time, but at the Nacht der Klänge they are audible.
The main hallway between the department of history and the faculty of sociology (2nd floor, Gebäude X), is transferred into a soundwalk, made out of sound installations from 26 terms out of the fields of history and sociology. From A like “Antike” until Z like “Zeuge” (whitness) visitors can explore how the research of 26 young researchers from BGHS sound while walking through it.
Der Klang der Soziologie und Geschichte, the sound of sociology and history, in the main hallway at X-B2, is station 39 at the Nacht der Klänge.
On the same floor another station got realized in cooperation with the BGHS: At the station Soundschichten, Sound layers, at X-A2 visitors can experience a sound installation, which interacts with the “Reinhart Kolleseck und das Bild” exhibition. Several arrangements of the sound artist duo “Krabönte” (Joel Köhn (Electronics), Nils Rabente (Piano)) will show the exhibition in a new frame.
Soundschichten. Installation zur Ausstellung "Reinhart Koselleck und das Bild", at X-A2, is station 38 during the Nacht der Klänge Both stations can be visited during the whole length of the event.
An overview about all stations at Nacht der Klänge is here available (in German):
Start of the Interdisciplinary Dialogue. Fotos: Thomas Abel
On Wednesday, 4 July, the Third Interdisciplinary Dialogue took place at the BGHS. The topic was Inclusion & Exclusion: Historical and Sociological Perspectives on Premodern Societies, the Law, and Organizations.
The deputy director of the BGHS Prof. Dr. Thomas Welskopp introduced into the topic and welcomed the participants of the discussion. Afterwards every discussant explained how he or she approaches Inclusion/Exclusion.
BGHS Deputy Director Prof. Dr. Thomas Welskopp introduces the participants of the discussion.
For the sociological view Prof. Dr. Stefan Kühl and Prof. Dr. Alfons Bora were part of the panel. The historian perspective was represented by Prof. Dr. Antje Flüchter and Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Arlinghaus.
Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Arlinghaus, Professor for the High and Late Middle Ages (left).
Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Arlinghaus described the meaning of Inclusion/Exclusion in medieval societies. As part of his statement he showed that even the death of a person did not necessarily mean his exclusion from society. His example was a law-suit in a case of murder, in which the widow mustn’t speak for herself but only in the name of her husband as the victim.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Kühl, Sociology of organizations.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Kühl explained that he approaches Inclusion/Exclusion as the decisive mechanism for social systems in modern societies. As social systems he sees families, groups, movements and organisations. It is crucial for every system that it uses its own Inclusion/Exclusion mechanism.
Prof. Dr. Antje Flüchter, Middle Ages and early modern period.
Prof. Dr. Antje Flüchter gave insights about Inclusion/Exclusion phenomena in the early modern period. Beside other aspects she showed how a French colony in India had to deal with questions of Inclusion/Exclusion, since the colony’s French and Indian citizens were distributed to different law systems.
Prof. Dr. Alfons Bora, Sociology of Law
The perspective of law was also familiar to Prof. Dr. Alfons Bora, but with an sociological approach. For him, Inclusion/Exclusion is relevant in the process of juridification, when more questions of society can be judged by a court. As an example he mentioned the question if and how artificial intelligences should be made responsible for their decisions in front of a court.
The statements were followed by a discussion between the participants. In the end the audience addressed questions to the discussants.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Welskopp in discussion with Prof. Dr. Alfons Bora.
The Interdisciplinary Dialogue is meant to strengthen the communication between sociology and history.
For more information about the Interdisciplinary Dialogue please visit:
The lecture period comes to an end. As usual, the BGHS invites all its members and friends to the Summer Party: On Tuesday, 17 July. The event starts at 6 pm in the BGHS seminar room X-B2-103 with the tributes to the BGHS member who got their PhD recently.For the socializing part afterwardsm the drinks are organized by the BGHS. If everybody who comes around adds something to the buffet, the food supply is guaranteed as well.
We look forward to meet you!
From 5 till 7 July the 10th Annual Seminar to the topicInclusion and Exclusion: New Perspectives in History and Sociology takes place at the BGHS. The goal is to seek to open a dialogue among historians, sociologists, and correlated researchers in order to raise and discuss issues that relate to theoretical, methodological, and empirical challenges, while approaching aspects of inclusion and exclusion in past, present and future frameworks. Not only is there a great variety of such phenomena in different fields of present and past societies but also a broad spectrum of ways in which they can be described. Inclusion and Exclusion can be seen as forms of being (and not being) part of something or as concepts that ascribe a specifically structured order to the world.
The program consists of ten panel sessions on specific aspects and notions of inclusion/exclusion. In the panels, 35 discussants from 32 universities in 16 different countries will present their work. Alongside the panels, three keynote lectures will be delivered by distinguished international researchers: Srikala Naraian (Columbia University), Janine Dahinden (Université de Neuchâtel), and Rudolf Stichweh (Universität Bonn)
Everybody who is interested joining the Annual Seminar is cordially invited. Conference venue is the building X at Bielefeld University. The opening event will be on 5 July at 11 a.m. in room X-B2-103. The brochure with the schedule and further information is available at:
Further information about the Annual Seminars since 2009 are available at:www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Programm/Ansem/
The BGHS office calls for applications for a job as student / academic assistant. The working hours amount to 10 hours per week. All tasks connected to the position and the asked requirements are listed in the [pdf](in German).
On Wednesday, 4 July 2018, the third Interdisciplinary Dialogue takes place at the BGHS. The topic will be: Inclusion and Exclusion: Historical and Sociological Perspectives on Premodern Societies, the Law, and Organizations.
The title is related to this year's Annual Seminar to the topic Grappling with the Global: The Challenge of Boundaries in History and Sociology.
- Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Arlinghaus, Professor of History
- Prof. Dr. Alfons Bora, Professor of Sociology
- Prof. Dr. Antje Flüchter, Professor of History
- Prof. Dr. Stefan Kühl, Professor of Sociology
- Chair: Prof. Dr. Thomas Welskopp, stellv. Direktor der BGHS
The BGHS cordially invites all doctoral researchers, international guests, and all faculty of the Department of History and the Faculty of Sociology. The discussion will be in English.
For further information about the First Interdisciplinary Dialogue an the Annual Seminar 2018, please see:
f.l.t.r.: Stefanie Haupt (Bielefeld), Lena Strid (Lund) Julian Giesecke (Bielefeld), Kirsten Barnard (York), Joshua Ravenhill (York), Daniele Toro (Bielefeld), Ina Kiel (Bielefeld), Frances Long (York). Image: Stefanie Haupt
From 13 to 15 June the annual PhD Conference in History: Lund–York–Bielefeld took place in York, UK.
Introducing the own research to colleagues
During the conference the group of young researchers from three universities introduced and discussed each other’s doctoral projects. Four participants came from Bielefeld. One of them was Julian Giesecke. „The topics of the projects dealt with lots of aspects of historian research”, he says. „But most of them focused the Middle Ages.” The focus relates to the place the conference took place: The Uaniversity of York is well-known for its Centre for Medieval Studies, so many of the researchers here are connected to the field.
For Julian Giesecke a highlight of the conference was the colloquium with Marc Ormrod, professor Emeritus of History at the University of York. Ormrod described the migration movements in England in medieval times and made comparisons to the situation today. “His lecture was a good composition of information and entertainment”, says Giesecke.
However the conference guests get the chance to be outside the university. With a guided city tour and a visit to the National Railway Museum the participants got the chance to explore York’s history. The visit of a medieval ale house in the evening gave the chance to explore history, combined with socialization.
The participants from Bielefeld and their contributions:
- Ina Kiel: Fernand Desprès. A Militant Activist in International Circles during the Interwar Period
- Julian Giesecke: Die griechische Ethnographie des Nordens in römischer Zeit (2. Jh.v. bis 1. Jh.n.Chr.)
- Stefanie Haupt: 'Völkische Ortungen und Germanische Himmelskunde'. Scientific debates on the possibility of a 'Germanic skylore' during the interwar period in Germany
- Daniele Toro: Radikalnationalistische Netzwerke im zentraleuropäischen Raum 1917-1934: Verflechtungsprozesse des Faschismus als transnationale soziale Bewegung
The young researchers were accompanied by Prof. Dr. Helga Lutz, Prof. Dr. Martina Kessel and Dr. Levke Harders from the department of history of Bielefeld University.
As part of the Lund-York-Bielefeld-cooperation there is also the Desk-Exchange. In this program the doctoral researcher can switch offices with their colleagues from the other universities study and research in a different city for a couple of weeks.
More information about the Lund-York-Bielefeld-Cooperation and the Desk-Exchange 2017:
Projects, which shall become PhD projects: That was the topic for the event on 30 May, Meet the Start-ups. The six Start-up Scholars working at the BGHS on their ideas to develop them into exposés, presented their research fields in frame of a short poster presentation.
Yordanos Estifanos (Ethopia) explains his topic: „The Political Economy of Transnational Migration: Ethiopian Irregular Migrants“. Picture: Thomas Abel
The sociologist Yordanos Estifanos made the start. He deals with migration movements from Ethopia to Europe and how these are influenced by local socioeconomic developments, but also global factors like border regimes. Furthermore he wants to find out how the networks work which are behind the migration movements.
Moynul Haque (Bangladesh) about his project “Nonviolent Resistance in Bangladesh”. Picture: Thomas Abel
Moynul Haque, sociologist as well, is interested in the civil rights movements in Bangladesh. He wants to find out how the movements mobilize the supporter for their goals, and how they develop into non-violent resistances with support of the whole society.
"Socio-economic inequality and infant morbidity in India“ is the topic of Sundara Hannah Shirley Jeyakumar Christdoss (Indien). Picture: Thomas Abel
Sundara Hannah Shirley Jeyakumar Christdoss’s concern is infant morbidity in India, especially in the region of Chennai. She wants to examine the connection between the socioeconomic status mothers with the danger for their children to suffer of a diarrheal disease. The infant morbidity rate in Chennai is mainly driven by diarrheal diseases.
"Nicolás Gómez Baeza (Chile) introduces his topic: “British management and the workers in the sheep farming industry of Magallanes (Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego in late nineteenth and first half of twentieh century, Chile).” Picture: Thomas Abel
Nicolás Gómez Baeza is a historian. He is interested in how the sheep farming industry in Chile had worked from the end of the 19th century until the middle of the 20th century. His main question is, how British farmers developed repertoires of labour discipline.
Mezgebu Mengistie (Ethiopia) wants to do his PhD about the topic: “Ideal Masculinity and Retaliation among the Knife Fighting People of Raya Kobo District, North Wollo Zone of Amhara Region, North Eastern Ehiopia”. Picture: Thomas Abel
Mezgebu Mengistie examines, how the ideal of masculinity is connected with retaliation – focused on the people in Raya Kobo, an area in the Ethiopian region Amhara. He wants to know why the ideal of masculinity leads into violence, and if the ideal is changing recently.
Olga Olkheft (Russia) presents her topic: “Re-Conseption of the Russian revolutionary art in the throes of cultural Cold War: International Avant-Garde Exhibitions in 1970s – 1980s. Picture: Thomas Abel
Olga Olkheft has the view of an art historian on the Cold War. She asks the question which role Russian modern art played through the Cold War, if the art was used as a weapon or if the Cold War was used as context for representatives of the art.
Start-ups und guests discuss the topics. Picture: Thomas Abel
The poster presentation session was followed by an informal get-together with the doctoral researchers of the BGHS. All participants had the chance to walk around in the poster exhibition, ask further questions, discuss the planned projects and get in contact.
Overview about the Start-up Scholars and their planned dissertation projects
- Yordanos Estifanos (Ethiopia): The Political Economy of Transnational Migration: Ethiopian Irregular Migrants
- Nicólas Gómez (Chile): Transnational Labour Discipline: British management and the workers in the sheep farming industry of Magallanes (Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego late nineteenth and early twentieth century)
- Moynul Haque (Bangladesh): Nonviolent Resistance in Bangladesh
- Sundara Hannah Shirley Jeyakumar Christdoss (India): Socio-economic inequality and infant morbidity in India
- Mezgebu Mengistie (Ethiopia): Ideal Masculinity and Retaliation among the Knife Fighting People of Raya Kobo District, North Wollo Zone of Amhara Region, North Eastern Ethiopia
- Olga Olkheft (Russia): Russian Avant-Garde Art as the art of Russian Revolution: The history of re-conception of Russian art of the beginning of the 20th century through the international art exhibitions in 1970-1980
About the Start-up Scholars and the programme
The Start-up scholars are MA graduates who are planning a doctorate. They spend four month at the BGHS to work on exposés of their dissertation projects. This year’s Start-ups will stay at the BGHS until the end of July. For further information about the Start-up scholars, the Start-up Programme, about the application process and scholars since 2013, please see:
Round Table Discussants (from left): Thomas Thiel, Dr. Britta Hochkirchen, Dr. Bettina Brandt, Thomas Abel, Christin Müller, Lee Chichester, Gesa Fischer. Photo by Andreas Hermwille
On 5 June the BGHS organized an Art&Science Round Table within the exhibition project Reinhart Koselleck und das Bild that dealt with different perspectives and opportunities of cooperations between Art and Sciences for Science Communication.
- Dr. Bettina Brandt, Bielefeld University, Historian and curator of the exhibition Reinhart Koselleck und das Bild
- Lee Chichester, Humboldt-University Berlin, Art Historian and curator
- Gesa Fischer, Bielefeld Marketing
- Dr. Britta Hochkirchen, Bielefeld University, Art Historian and curator of the exhibition Reinhart Koselleck und das Bild
- Christin Müller, Leipzig, curator
- Thomas Thiel, Direktor of Bielefelder Kunstvereins and curator of the exhibition Memory Sluices within the exhibition Reinhart Koselleck und das Bild
In the beginning the curators of the Koselleck exhibition explained some key ideas and concepts and how these ideas were materialized, medialized and presented within the exhibition in cooperation with designers from the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. Central to the exhbition was the question how Reinhart Koselleck's concepts could be adequately and creatively shown in form of an exhibitions.
In the second part Lee Chichester, Christin Müller and Gesa Fischer presented different perspectives on the relation between Art and Science in form of exhibitions in museums and for art festivals.
The last part of the Round Table dealt with general ideas about challanges, opportunities and also problems in communicating science as art and with the help of art objects.
The Round Table was part of the exhibition programme Reinhart Koselleck's Images of Time> , which is presented from April to July at Bielefeld University, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University and the Bielefelder Kunstverein. The focus of the three-part exhibition is Reinhart Koselleck's central research question, namely the visual dimension of history.
The participants of the Workshop Exchange. Image: Thomas Abel
The discussion of research projects, presentation of proposals and the exploration of History: These were the topics of the PhD Student Workshop Exchange Bielefeld - Notre Dame, which took place at the BGHS from 19 to 24 May.
Two of the days were used to present and discus papers. “We did eight paper per day. That was intense in both reading and discussing”, says Ina Kiel, who is a doctoral researcher in history at the BGHS and was involved in organizing the Workshop Exchange.
Get a view from a different research culture
As part of the discussion the BGHS member and the doctoral researcher from Notre Dame commented on each other’s papers. “The goal was to get an input from another academic culture for the projects”, Ina Kiel describes the purpose. And the purpose was fulfilled: “The main difference was, that the doctoral researcher from the BGHS put a focus on the theory and the argumentation, while Notre Dame members put more effort in a good narration”, Kiel explains.
Beside the discussion of papers the workshop participant went for an excursion to Essen. With a visit of Zeche Zollverein, the Domschatz and Villa Hügel of the Krupp family in Essen the group explored interesting parts of German history. Especially the visitors from the USA appreciated the chosen places, says Kiel: “They were an grateful audience”.
Workshops ends with conference dinner
At the last day of the workshop exchange the participants were free to go for visits in Bielefeld they liked, like the Sparrenburg or Kunsthalle. With the Conference Dinner on Wednesday evening everybody who was involved in the workshop got the chance to speak about the experiences of the past days and to say goodbye to each other.
The cooperation between the University of Notre Dame, der the department of history of Bielefeld University and the BGHS exists since 2010. The workshop takes place every year and is run by the universities of Notre Dame and Bielefeld in turn.
More about the workshop in general:
BGHS member Daniele Toro. Bild: Julia Bömer/Universität Bielefeld
BGHS member Daniele Toro speaks in an interview for uni.aktuell
about his way to Bielefeld University and how the academic culture between here and Italy differs. Daniele Toro is member of the BGHS since winter terms 2017/18.
In summer semester 2017 he took part at the BGHS start-up program with is planned research project about fascist networks in Central Europe.The start-up programm of the BGHS is meant for persons, who are interested in becoming doctoral researcher and have a promising project in mind. The program gives them time to develop it.
You find the interview here (in German)
More information about the start-up program
On Tuesday 5 June at 6 p.m. a Round Table to the topic Science-Art-Design takes place at the BGHS. The discussed question would be: Why does it makes sense to reflect and present research projects with art and design?
The dicussion ist part of the programme within the exhibition Reinhart Koselleck und das Bild. For futher information please see: www.uni-bielefeld.de/koselleck-und-das-bild/
On 30 May at 2 p.m the new Start-up Scholars will introduce themselves and their planned dissertation projects in the BGHS seminar room (X-B2-103). The four historians and two sociologists prepared short poster presentations for the event.
After the presentations, which will last for about 30 minutes, there will time for further questions and discussions.
Additional information about the Start-Ups and their projects are available here:
[The poster of the event]
From 19 - 24 May 2018, the PhD Student Workshop Exchange Notre Dame / Bielefeld takes place in Bielefeld. In frame of this workshop, doctoral researcher from the Notre Dame University, Baltimore, USA, and doctoral researcher from the BGHS present their projects. The aim of the workshop is to foster an intensive exchange between the PhD students and scholars of both institutions.
On sunday and tuesday the doctoral researcher will deal in seven sessions with about 15 projects and research topics. Every topic will be introduced by the young scientists who wants to or does already work on his PhD about it. Afterwards the topic will be discussed, while the discussion is hosted by other doctoral researchers who are familiar with the field as well.
An overview about the topics which are discussed, and when, is available with the whole programme here:
Programme International PhD Student Workshop Exchange
The future of graduate schools in Germany was discussed at "Deutschlandfunk" on last saturday. One discussant was the executice manager of the BGHS, Sabine Schäfer, who represented the perspective of the graduate schools.
The remaining participants of the discussants were doctoral researcher from different graduate schools, and the president of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Peter Strohschneider.
The whole broadcast is available as a podcast (the button to start playing it is in the right corner of the image):