Lecture series "Linie 4" continues

Veröffentlicht am 17. November 2017

The lecture's topic engaged lots of visitor's interest. Photo by Thomas Abel


On Tuesday, 7 November, the historian Theresa Hornischer held a lecture on the subject of Women against her fatherland France (1918-1939). The lecture was the second part of the open series Linie 4, which aims for a dialogue between historical and sociological research and a wider public. Theresa Hornischer's lecture was about intellectual women in France in the interwar period with special focus on Léo Wanner.

With courage against their fatherland France

As a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom she engaged for peace and emancipation. As an intellectual traveller and writer she critized her fatherland France for social problems in the French colonies. Theresa Hornischer drew a precise picture of Léo Wanner: how she discussed the topics peace, freedom and equality and furthermore how she faced up to the problems of other ethnies and minorities.
Additionally, Theresa Hornischer described Wanner a a fighter for the emancipation of women and children's rights. Because the topics which Léo Wanner dealt with in the 1920’s and 1930’s are still relevant today, she can be seen as a role model.

After the lecture, the visitors had the opportunity for questions and to discuss with the historian.

Persecution and recommencement

The next lecture of the open lecture series will be on Tuesday, 21 November, to the topic: Persecution and recommencement: Yezidi women in Germany. The next lecturer will be the sociologist Carla Thiele.

For further information about the open lecture series and the programme please see:
uni.aktuell (in German)
Interview with Theresa Hornischer at campus radio station Hertz 87.9(in German)
Interview with Marcus Carrier at campus radio station Hertz 87.9 (in German)
#Campusminute with Theresa Hornischer (in German)

Text: Carla Thiele, Translation: Andreas Hermwille

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Poster session with BGHS shortcuts

Veröffentlicht am 13. November 2017

The poster session with the BGHS Shortcuts. Photos by Thomas Abel

Interesting research projects from very different scientific fields, approached by young, female scientists: At Meet the Shortcuts the participants of this year's  programme presented and discussed very different fields of research in history and sociology: From street art, to family enterprises, from the interrelation of surreal and commercial photography in France during the interwar period to social networks for foreign students in Germany.

With their posters the young researchers discussed their research ideas, which are meant to become dissertation projects.

Marianne Hösl’s concern are clients of the probationary services in Bavaria in the context of social inequality

Beatrice Adams explains the connection between surrealistic and commercial photography in Paris during the interwar period and models of femininity.

Janina Jäckel shows her poster about gender inequalities and the meaning of social networks for foreign students in Germany.

Charlie Kaufhold describes, how she plans to illuminate the reporting about the NSU-process in her doctoral project.

Mia-Alina Schauf wants to dedicate her doctoral project to family enterprises and their ability of innovating.

Tabea Schroer presents her poster about the topic: „New, old inequalities? Boundaries among students of Grandes Écoles in times of internationalization”

Susann Pham Thi’s planned research project is about “Vietnam Between Activism and Oppression: Analysing and Developing (New) Forms of Protest in a Post-Socialist Context”.

Mira Claire Zadrozny presents her topic "The Territory of Images. Practices of Appropriation in Street Art"

For further information, please see:

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Desk Exchange: Guests from Lund and York at the BGHS

Veröffentlicht am 10. November 2017

Ida Jannsson (Lund University) und Joshua Ravenhill (University of York). Photo by Thomas Abel

From 6 November till 17 November Ida Jansson (University of Lund) and Joshua Ravenhill (University of York) are guests at the BGHS. Their visit is part of the desk exchange Lund-York-Bielefeld program.

Joshua Ravenhill is historian and works in his PhD thesis on migrants experiences in late medieval England. “It is interesting, that the decisions they made are comparable to the decisions migrants have to do today”, he explains.

Ida Jansson, also historian, examines the development of minority rights and minority protection from the First World War until today. Her case study are the Åland Islands, as part of the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland.

Desk Exchange-Programme

The Desk Exchange-Programme offers an opportunity for doctoral researchers from Lund, York and Bielefeld University to gain an insight into the academic system abroad, to come in contact with colleagues and researchers and to create international networks. During their stays the participants have the opportunity to take part in the study programmes of the graduate schools in Lund, York and Bielefeld, present their dissertation projects and meet with professors.

An report about the BGHS doctoral researchers who are in Lund we will we published next week.

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Annoncement: Meet the Shortcuts

Veröffentlicht am 25. Oktober 2017

On Wednesday, 8 November 2017, the new member of the shortcutprogram will introduce themselves and show their planned doctoral research projects. The nine young researchers (two historians and seven sociologists) prepared short poster presentations for the event. After the presentations there will time for further questions and discussions.

The presentations take place in the BGHS seminar room (X-B2-103). Beginning is at 2 pm. (s.t.)

The purpose of the shortcuts prgram is to support female students at the transition between the MA study and doctoral studies. For four months, the participants of the program are part of the BGHS and develop their doctoral projects, supported by colloquia and workshops.

For further information about the shortcuts program, the participants of this year and their projects, please visit:

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Linie 4 has started

Veröffentlicht am 24. Oktober 2017

Dr. Marius Meinhof hold the first lecture within the series »Linie 4«. Photo by Theresa Hornischer

On Tuesday 17 October the first presentation within the open lecture series Linie 4 took place at VHS Bielefeld. Dr. Marius Meinhof presented his latest research on consumption and national modernization in China.

In his lecture, the sociologist focused on the everyday life and the shopping habits of citizens of Chinese cities like Zhengzhou, Wuhan and Nanjing. In addition to very modern shopping areas one can also find streets with mostly illegal but tolerated markets.

Hightech meets market places

China's mega-cities are full of futuristic and highly diverse consumer cultures. These consumer cultures are related to a project of national modernization by the state. The chinese government tries to create a pluralized consuming middle class. Enchanted by this project of modernization, many Chinese tend to overlook how modern and diverse their country already is - and that this modernity and diversity often can be found at places believed to be "backwards".

In addition to the presentation there was also much time for questions and discussions by and with the audiance.

Women against their fatherland

On 7 November the lecture series will be continued with a talk by the historian Theresa Hornischer. The title of the second presentation will be: Women against their fatherland France (1918-1939).

For further information and the schedule please see:

hertz 87,9: Podcast »ImPuls« zur Vortragsreihe Linie 4
Facebook: #campusminute

Text: Theresa Hornischer

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Open Lecture Series »Linie 4«

Veröffentlicht am 15. Oktober 2017

On Tuesday, 17 October 2017 at 6 pm, the third series of public lectures »Linie 4« will start at Ravensberger Park. Within the cooperation project with the Volkshochschule Bielefeld (adult education centre) a total of eight lectures are planned until February 2018. One lecture will be in English.

The programme covers historical topics and current social issues: for example female political activists in France in the inter-war period, Yazidi women as refugees in Germany and murders with secret poison in the 19th century. At the beginning of the lecture series, the sociologist Dr. Marius Meinhof will hold a lecture on the topic: Konsum und nationale Modernisierung in China [Consumption and national modernization in China]. After the presentation there will be time for questions from the audiance.

Everybody who is interested in the lecture series is cordially invited. The lecture series is for free. The doctoral researchers of the BGHS are looking forward to an exciting exchange and a fruitful dialogue with an interested audience in the city centre.

For further information and the programme please see:

UNI.AKTUELL (in German)
hertz 87,9: Podcast »ImPuls« zur Vortragsreihe Linie 4 (in German)

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28 new BGHS researchers

Veröffentlicht am 12. Oktober 2017

20 of 28 new doctoral researchers in summer term 2017 Photo by Thomas Abel

With this winter term, 28 new young researchers start at the BGHS. On Wednesday, 11 October, they were introduced by Ursula Mense-Petermann. The huge group consists of new BGHS members, participants of the short cut program and young researcher of the SFB Practices of Comparing and the graduate school World Politics.

After a presentation about the department of history (by Dr. Bettina Brandt) and the faculty of sociology Dr. Sabine Schäfer, the executive manager of the BGHS, informed the participants about the structure and the programme of the BGHS and introduced the staff of the BGHS office. The Doctoral Representatives also took the chance for a warm welcome. In the following coffee break in the BGHS-Lounge the doctoral researchers and guests got to know each other.

Getting Started

In the second part of the Welcome Day the new doctoral researchers of the BGHS received some more information concerning the doctorate: information on the study programme and BGHS specific formats (Dr. Sabine Schäfer), on financial support and applications for travel- and mobility grants (Dr. Miriam Kanne), on transferable skills and career services (Melanie Eulitz) and on former and planned public science- and Art&Science-projects (Thomas Abel). Information on technical questions and the infrastructure at the BGHS (Frank Leitenberger) completed the session. The Welcome Day ended with a short campus tour.

The new doctoral reseachers and their projects

  • Anatoly Boyashov (Soziologie): Actors in Establishment of Global Human Rights Networks Within International Organisations: case study of the United Nations Human Rights Council
  • Aziz Elmurodov (Soziologie): Competing narratives of Europe in Russian foreign policy: in search of identity or policy?
  • Takuma Fuji (Soziologie): Kosmopolitismus und Stigma
  • Tobias Gehring (Soziologie): Discourses on refugees and refugee policy in Uganda media
  • Mahir Gökbudak (Soziologie): Der Auswahlprozess des Betriebes und die Wahrnehmung des Praktikums durch Schüler*innen im Schulbetriebspraktikum an der Gesamtschule
  • Sandra Holtgreve (Soziologie): Coloniality in the global South and North. An analysis of Social Work Education in Germany, Mexico and Ecuador
  • Dominik Hofmann (Soziologie): Soziologie der Erwartung< /li>
  • Marc Jacobsen (Soziologie): Antisemitismus in der Weltgesellschaft. Veränderungen der Judenfeindschaft im Kontext von Globalisierung
  • Madeleine Myatt (Soziologie): Cybersecurity a shared responsibility? The role, implementation and strategic promotion of cooperative partnerships with the cybersecurity industry. An analytical perspective on the opportunities and consequences
  • Karsten Pieper (Soziologie): Publikumsbeobachtung der Massenmedien im Wandel. Von der Quotenmessung zur Echtzeit-Verdatung im Internet
  • Daniela Russ (Soziologie): Energy as a Mode of Observation in World Politics
  • Yasin Sunca (Soziologie): Building Political Space at the Intersection of Global Structures and Social Change: The International Relations of the Kurdish Movement in Upper Mesopotamia
  • Alisait Yilkin (Soziologie): To Vote or not to Vote: The Participation and Non-Participation in Turkish Elections of Young Generations of Turkish Citizens Living in Germany
  • Abrham Yohannes (Soziologie): National Identities versus Cultural Identities: Beta Israel Community
  • Andreas Becker (Geschichte): Schweden und die Welt: Vergleichspraktiken im interkulturellen Rechtskontakt während der Großmachtzeit (1611-1721)
  • Pablo Campos (Geschichte): Indigenismo, Entwicklung und Moderne. Eine vergleichstheoretische Perspektive, 1920 bis 1955
  • Anna Dönecke (Geschichte): Ordnung in der Vielfalt. Vergleichspraktiken in der interkulturellen Rechtsprechung in Pondichéry, 17.-18. Jahrhundert
  • Lena Gumpert (Geschichte): Das sich vergleichende Selbst im 11. und 12. Jahrhundert
  • Stefanie Haupt (Geschichte): Völkische Ortungen und Germanische Himmelskunde. Debatten um eine vor- und frühgeschichtliche Astronomie im Deutschland der Zwischenkriegszeit
  • Susan Krause (Geschichte): Blinde Zugänge zur Vergangenheit!? - Empirische Untersuchung zur historischen Imagination von Schüler/innen mit Förderschwerpunkt Sehen als Beitrag zur Inklusion im Geschichtsunterricht
  • Kerrin Langer (Geschichte): Comparing Forces and the Forces of Comparison. Streitkräftevergleiche vom Siebenjährigen Krieg bis zu den Pariser Konferenzen 1919/20
  • Marie Lemser (Geschichte): Vergleichspraktiken im ethnographischen Denken der Griechen nach dem Alexanderzug (Ende des 4. Jh. v. Chr. bis Mitte des 2. Jh. v. Chr.)
  • Johannes Nagel (Geschichte): The American military at the margins of world society, ca. 1865-1900
  • Stefan Roepke (Geschichte): Praktiken des Dienens in den Aufzeichnungen Hans von Schweinichens
  • Robet Schmieder (Geschichte): Die sozialen Netzwerke der jüdischen Arbeiterbewegung Englands und ihre transnationalen Verbindungen nach Osteuropa und in die USA. Innere Dynamik und gesellschaftliche Bedingtheit einer sozialen Bewegung
  • Christopher Schulte-Schüren (Geschichte): 'A strike is nothing but war.' Vergleichspraktiken in der Berichterstattung über Arbeitskämpfe in den USA 1890-1914
  • Daniele Toro (Geschichte): Radikalnationalistische Netzwerke im zentraleuropäischen Raum 1917-1934: Verflechtungsprozesse des Faschismus als transnationale soziale Bewegung
  • Gladys Zevallos (Geschichte): The Creation of American Regional Integration and the Origination of the Inter-American System after Independence. The Congress of Panama (1826) and the American Congress of Lima (1847)

For further information about the research projects of the new colleagues and an overview about all doctoral researchers at the BGHS and their projects, please see:

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Welcome Day - Winter Term 2017/18

Veröffentlicht am 5. Oktober 2017

The BGHS Welcome Day in Winter Term 2017/18 takes place on Wednesday, 11 October. For this term there will be more than 30 new doctoral researchers, including the young scientists from the SFB 1288 and GK World Politics. Furthermore, six short cuts and two guest doctoral researcher from the Johns Hopkins University and the Notre Dame University will join the BGHS.

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Shortcuts Program 2017

Veröffentlicht am 21. September 2017

Six from nine participants of the BGHS Shortcuts-Program 2017 (from left to right): Beatrice Adam, Claire Zadrozny, Janina Jaeckel, Tabea Schroer, Susann Pham Thi, Marianne Hösl. Photo by Thomas Abel

Shortly before the start of the new Winter Term the BGHS welcomes this year’s nine young Shortcuts researcher. These young women researchers have just completed their Master's degrees. In a four-month programme, they will be qualified to prepare for their doctoral studies. Four of the young women researchers also receive a four-month scholarship to prepare their dissertation at BGHS.

Qualification Program

The qualification programme consists of writing workshops, peer group trainings and colloquia. On 8 November 2017 at 2 pm the participants will present their planned dissertation projects as a poster exhibition on X-B2. All members of the BGHS and colleagues are cordially invited to join the presentation Meet the Shortcuts.

Further information:

For further information on this year’s Shortcuts Program and the Shortcuts and Qualifying scholarship programs since 2008 please see:

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New issue of the InterDisciplines „Structure and Events“ is published

Veröffentlicht am 14. September 2017

The cover of the new issue "Structure and Events"

The new InterDisciplines, Issue 2 of Volume 7, „Structure and Events“, has been published. Guest editors of the issue are André Meyer (Bielefeld University), Ramy Youssef (University of Konstanz) und Lili Zhu (Bielefeld University).

Structure and events, and their relations, are of essential importance in both history and sociology. As fundamental concepts in both disciplines, they have influenced the scientific discourse between structuralist and interactionist theories as well as between structural and event history.

This issue of InterDisciplines asks, where and how structure and events are entangled. The topic is discussed in five different articles:

Ramy Youssef (University of Konstanz) provides with “On the Social Constitution of Structures, Actions and Events” a comprehensive introduction to some common issues in theorizing structure and events from a primarily sociological point of view.

Ferdinand Nyberg (University of Tübingen) discusses in “Nancy Reagan in the ghetto” the role of space as a mediator between structure and events. His example is a drug raid in the USA in the late 1980’s.

Issues of global nature are in the focus of the article “Braudel and Foucault on structure and event” of the sociologist Ceyhun Gürkan (Ankara University). He analyzes the event of the financial crisis of 2008 and looks for the connection between the crisis and the structure of capitalism, and how politics deals with the structures. The theories Gürkan uses come from Fernand Braudel and Michel Foucault.

Mátyás Erdélyi (Central European University) analyzes a specific historical case: His article is called “Crucial and local events in the long-term evolution of secondary schooling in Hungary (1867–1938)”.

The interplay between event and structure is also the topic of Elena Dingersen (Technical University of Darmstadt) in her contribution “the city as an assignment”. Using case studies from recent media discourses, she discusses, how structure and events shaped the self-image of the cities Dresden and St. Petersburg.

The articles in this issue are based mainly on selected lectures from the 7th Annual Seminar of the BGHS, which took place from June 29 to July 1, 2015 at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University. The Annual Seminar has provided a platform since 2009 for junior and senior researchers from different countries and disciplinary backgrounds to discuss their research.

The InterDisciplines, the online journal of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS), is published twice a year to different, the sociology or history concerning topics. Every issue is managed by different guest editors.

You could find the current issue here:

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Visiting Fellowships ended

Veröffentlicht am 13. September 2017

Mariana Bodnaruk and Andrew Mitchell. Photo: Thomas Abel

The BGHS has bid farewell to its 2017 Visiting Fellows Mariana Bodnaruk (Ukraine) and Andrew Mitchell (UK).

During their stay at the BGHS the two doctoral researchers of the Central European University (Hungary) and the Kumamoto University (Japan) worked intensively on their dissertations, discussed their research within the colloquium “Meet the Fellows” and got in contact with the BGHS community.

In addition, Andrew Mitchell organized a come together between his supervisor from Kumamoto University and the BGHS members.

We wish Mariana Bodnaruk and Andrew Mitchell a successful future!

For more information about the recent Visiting Fellows, please find:

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Start-up program 2017 ended

Veröffentlicht am 13. September 2017

The start-ups (from left to the right:) Maria Borba Dantas (Brasilien), Daniele Toro (Italien),  Hafdis Hafsteinsdottir (Island), Jovana Vukcevic (Montenegro), Daorotiana Rokotondratandra (Madagaskar), und Kim Anh Dang (Vietnam). Foto: Thomas Abel

With the end of the summer semester, the current start-up scholars have said goodbye to Bielefeld. For four months the six MA graduates were guests at the BGHS to work on a convincing doctorate exposé.

Maria Borba Dantas (Brazil), Kim Anh Dang (Vietnam), Hafdis Hafsteinsdottir (Iceland), Daorotiana Rokotondratandra (Madagascar), Daniele Toro (Italy) and Jovana Vukcevic (Montenegro) used their time as well, to join seminars at the BGHS, get to know other doctoral researcher and scientists with a similar research focus and to present their dissertation projects during the colloquium Meet the Start-Ups.

While Daniele Toro and Kim Anh Dang chose to take part at the doctoral program at the BGHS, Jovana Vukcevic gained a Marie-Curie-Fellowship, to which we congratulate cordially.

We wish all our start-up scholars good fortune and a successful future.

More information about this and the previous start-up-programs, you can find here:

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Veröffentlicht am 7. September 2017

Exhibition in the Main Hall.
Photos by Thomas Abel/BGHS

From 18 to 26 August the Science-Festival GENIALE took place in Bielefeld.The BGHS organized different events within the Campus Days (dt.: Campus Tage) on 22 and 23 August.

Exhibition: Das ABC der Geschichte und Gesellschaft


In ccoperation with the Department of Arts and Design at Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences the BGHS presented the exhibition »Das ABC der Geschichte und Gesellschaft« [ABC from History and Sociology].



Visitors within the exhibition.








Workshops, Discussions and Video Experiments

Video experiment by Ulrich von Wedelstaedt: »Foul, Schwalbe, Platzverweis«. Photos by Thomas Abel/BGHS

In the building X researchers from the BGHS presented workshops, discussions and video experiments

Workshop by Theresa Hornischer: »Wenn jemand eine Reise tut...« .

»Sütterlin: Kannst Du es lesen?« – Workshop by Kerstin Schulte.

Eziden? Jesiden? Yeziden? Was wissen wir über ezidische Geflüchtete in Bielefeld? Discussion with Carla Thiele.

Workshop »Götter, Monster, Könige« by Daniel Emmelius und Julian Gieseke.

Workshop »The Power of Make up« by Susanne Richter.

»Jungs gegen Mädchen, Mädchen gegen Jungs...« Diskussionsrunde by Katharina Wojahn.

Visualising Research

Exhibition on 22-23 August at Bielefeld University. Photos by Thomas Abel/BGHS

Within the GENIALE the BGHS also presented the Art&Science Projecct »Visualising Research« on two diferent places: at Bielefeld University and in the city at the WissensWerkstatt (planned science center near Jahnplatz).

Exhibition at Campus-Tage.


Exhibition at WissensWerkstatt.

Exhibition at WissensWerkstatt.


For further information please see:

uni.aktuell: Das Bielefelder Festival für die Wissenschaft (in german)

uni.aktuell: GENIALE: zwei Campus-Tage mit den Wissenschaftsprofis (in german)

uni.aktuell: Picture Gallery from GENIALE



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Veröffentlicht am 8. August 2017

From 18 to 26 August the Science-Festival GENIALE will take place in Bielefeld.

The BGHS will participate within the Campus Days (dt.: Campus Tage) on 22 and 23 August with different projects.

BGHS programme as PDF


Further Information

For further information and the whole GENIALE programme please see:

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Annual Seminar 2017

Veröffentlicht am 3. August 2017

Participants of the Annual Seminar 2017. Photo: Thomas Abel/BGHS

From 13 to 15 July 2017 the BGHS hosted the 9th Annual Seminar which was focused on the subject Grappling with the Global: The Challenge of Boundaries in History and Sociology. Within the three-day conference young researchers from Germany and abroad discussed  national and global interdependencies and consequential challenges with a sociological and historical perspective. The discussions covered current social and political phenomena and questions beyond national contexts, but also processes and connections of the past.

The programme

Welcome by BGHS Director Ursula Mense-Petermann

At the beginning of the Annual Seminar, Ursula Mense-Petermann, director of the BGHS, welcomed the participants. In addition to the doctoral researchers of the BGHS and members of the Faculty of Sociology and Department of History, she especially greeted the young researchers and keynote speakers.

Julia Engelschalt, who organized the conference with her colleagues Britta Dostert, Lasse Bjoern Lassen, Pınar Sarıgöl and Sebastian Matthias Schlerka, gave a brief introduction into the topic of the seminar. The first keynote speech was held by Ahmet Öncü, professor of sociology at the school of management, Sabancı University, Istanbul. He spoke about the topic Hakk or Right: A Veblenian Reflection on the Social Origins of Juridical Sensibilities in Western Europe and Turkey. The discussion afterwards was moderated by Pınar Sarıgöl.

The organizing team of the Annual Seminar (from the left): Julia Engelschalt, Pınar Sarıgöl, Britta Dostert, Sebastian Matthias Schlerka, Lasse Bjoern Lassen
Keynote Lecture: Ahmet Öncü (Sabancı University, Istanbul): Hakk or Right: A Veblenian Reflection on the Social Origins of Juridical Sensibilities in Western Europe and Turkey

In the afternoon the programme continued with two panel sessions, which contained a total of six presentations. The first panel session was about Shock and Awe - Violent Conflicts and their Global Repercussions, the second about Outside the Box - Reflecting the Global in the History of Ideas. The panels were chaired by Lasse Bjoern Lassen and BGHS Visiting Fellow Andrew Mitchell.

Panel 1: Shock and Awe - Violent Conflicts and their Global Repercussions: Moran Zaga (Haifa): The Challenge of Boundaries in Syria: Past, Present and Future
Panel 2: Outside the Box - Reflecting the Global in the History of Ideas: Zoltán Boldizsár Simon (Bielefeld): Is There a Global Subject of History?

Saskia Sassen (Columbia University, New York) gave the second keynote lecture on the first conference day to the topic Embedded Borderings: Making New Geographies of Centrality. The event was moderated by Sebastian Matthias Schlerka.

Keynote Lecture: Saskia Sassen (Columbia University, New York): Embedded Borderings: Making New Geographies of Centrality

The first conference day ended with a conference dinner.

On the second conference day, a total of three panel sessions were on the conference schedule. The topics were Globalism avant la lettre? - Rethinking Empire, Crossing Borders - Global Dimensions of Religion and Behind the Scenes - Staging the Global in the Political Arena.

Panel 3: Globalism avant la lettre? - Rethinking Empire: Adetiba Adedamola Seun (Grahamstown): "Tracks of Death": A Global History of Railway and Malarial Mortality in Twentieth Century Africa
Panel 4: Faith Crossing Borders - Global Dimensions of Religion: Rouven Wirbser (Bielefeld): From East Asia to Westphalia: The Global Cult of St. Francis Xavier and His Veneration in the Prince-Bishopric of Paderborn
Panel 5: Behind the Scenes - Staging the Global in the Political Arena: Melinda Harlov-Csortán (Budapest): UNESCO World Heritage: Connecting Local to Global in One Cultural System

In the afternoon, the third keynote lecture followed, hold by Drew Thompson, (Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson), concerning the topic Naming Mozambique's Dead Photographs. The moderation of the keynote lecture had Julia Engelschalt.

Keynote Lecture Drew Thompson (Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson): Naming Mozambique's Dead Photographs

The second conference day ended with an artist talk by multimedia artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski (Munich). Her analogue-interactive installation (kinetic sculpture/ post-digital drawing machine) was chosen by the organizers as key visual for the Annual Seminar. The title of her lecture was ADA - Grappling with the Globe. Britta Dostert moderated the artist talk.

Artist Talk by Karina Smigla-Bobinski (Munich): ADA - Grappling with the Globe

The last conference day dealt with two panel sessions and a total of five lectures about Globalised Cities and Migration in a Globalising World. The sessions were led by Sebastian Matthias Schlerka and BGHS-Alumni Kristoffer Klammer.

Panel 6: Inside Moloch - Dissecting the Globalised City: Baptiste Colin (Paris): Beyond the Phenomenological Global Reading: Introducing a Global Perspective. Squatting as a Way to Link Scales and Boundaries
Panel 7: Transcending Identities - Migration in a Globalising World: Jialin Christina Wu (Louvain): The Location of the Global: Anecdotal Histories of Diasporic Identities in Colonial Southeast Asia

A roundtable discussion to the topic Grappling with the Global, moderated by Dr. Sabine Schäfer (Executive Manager of the BGHS) summarized the panel sessions and the keynote lectures of the Annual Seminar.

Further information:

The programme of the Annual Seminar 2017 in detail is available at:

The reportings and press releases by Bielefeld University about the Annual Seminar 2017 and further information about the annual conferences of the BGHS since 2009 as well, are available at:

News Release

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