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.
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.
For further information on this year’s Shortcuts Program and the Shortcuts and Qualifying scholarship programs since 2008 please see:
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:
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: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/bghs/Personen/Fellows/visiting_fellows.html
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: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/bghs/Personen/Fellows/startup_fellows.html
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
BGHS Director Ursula Mense-Petermann (center) at the opening. Photos by Thomas Abel
On Wednesday 12 July a new series of events for interdisciplinary exchange started at the BGHS – the First Interdisciplinary Dialogue. The discussion round was titled Grappling with the Global: The Challenge of Boundaries in Interdisciplinary Perspective.
Prof. Dr. Ursula Mense-Petermann, director of the BGHS, gave a brief introduction to the topic and introduced the discussants. Afterwards everybody of them was asked to describe their own perspectives towards Grappling with the Global related to their own disciplinary backgrounds and research topics.
Prof. Dr. Mathias Albert, Faculty of Sociology
Prof. Mathias Albert represented the Political Sciences. Angelika Epple, Professor of History with particular focus on the History of 19th and 20th Century, Assistant Professor Eleonora Rohland, whose research is about Entangled History in the Americas, 1600–1850 and BGHS guest researcher Alan Lessoff presented different perspectives from history.
Prof. Dr. Angelika Epple, Department of History
Junior Professorin Eleonora Rohland, Department of History.
BGHS Guest researcher and historian Prof. Alan Lessoff (Illinois State University)
Prof. Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka focused on anthropological aspects of the Global and Tobias Werron, Professor of Sociological Theory highlighted some sociological questions within the topic Grappling with the Global.
Prof. Dr. Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka, Faculty of Sociologie
Prof. Dr. Tobias Werron (rechts), Faculty of Sociology
An open interdisciplinary debate and discussion about the Global was the main part of the event. Finally the discussion was opened for questions and comments by the audience.
Interdisciplinary exchange between history and sociology
The participants of the Round Table
BGHS doctoral researcher Ina Kiel (center) welcomes all colleagues at the first session of the new series of interdisciplinary colloquia at the BGHS. Photo: Thomas Abel
On 6 July a series of new Interdisciplinary Colloquia started at the BGHS. The Interdisciplinary Colloquium is a specific format exclusively organized for and held by doctoral researchers of the BGHS. Intended as an additional platform to present and get input on research projects, it offers an opportunity to collect feedback and ideas by including different research-backgrounds from history and sociology.
Initiated by the new doctoral researchers and position holders at the BGHS as a regular monthly format by winter-term 2017/18, the debut-summer-session was hosted by historians Ina Kiel and Sisay Megersa Dirirsa.
Guest researcher Andrew Mitchell from Kumamoto University (Japan) was the first to present “Function and failure in the post-Fukushima protest movements: a Luhmannian perspective” one chapter of his dissertation project: “Observing Fukushima: A Case Study of Japanese Nuclear Policy through Luhmann's Social Systems Theory”.
Mitchell uses Luhmann’s System Theory as a theoretic framework to analyze social protest movements in Japan with reference to the environmental issues the country faces after March 2011. The presentation by Andrew Mitchell was followed up by two commentaries by sociologist Edvaldo Moita and historian Stefan Laffin. Finally the other participants had the chance for general questions and remarks.
More details on the next sessions, taking place during the winter-term, will be published in September. For further information and the list of more than forty presentations since 2009 please see:
From 13 till 15 July the 9th Annual Seminar to the topic Grappling with the Global: The Challenge of Boundaries in History and Sociology takes place at the BGHS.
The conference highlights and questions contemporary approaches that challenge the ongoing conceptual dominance of the nation state. The conference schedule will revolve around global interconnections, challenges and crises. The contributions and presentations include discussions of the socio-economic implications of globalisation, international migration as well as economic, political and religious entanglements and conflicts.
The programme includes seven panel sessions on specific aspects and notions of the global such as "Global Conflicts", "Global Dimensions of Religion" or "Migration in a Globalising World". Furthermore, three keynotes by Ahmet Öncü (Sabanci University, Istanbul), Saskia Sassen (Columbia University, New York), and Drew Thompson (Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson) – distinguished international researchers – and a presentation by intermedia artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski complete this year's conference.
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 13 July at 9 p.m. in room X-A2-103. The brochure with the schedule and further information is available at:
The press release of the Annual Seminar 2017 and further information about the Annual Seminars since 2009 are available at:
On Wednesday, 12 july 2017, the new series of events called Interdisciplinary Dialogue takes place at the BGHS. The topic of the First Interdisciplinary Dialogue will be: Grappling with the Global: The Challenge of Boundaries in Interdisciplinary Perspective.
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.
Professores from the Department of History and the Faculty of Sociology will discuss about »the Global« from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Prof. Dr. Mathias Albert, Professor of Political Science
- Prof. Dr. Angelika Epple, Professor of History with particular focus on the History of 19th and 20th Century
- Prof. Alan Lessoff, PProfessor of History, Illinois State University, Guest Researcher at the BGHS in summer term 2017
- Prof. Dr. Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka, Professor of Social Anthropology
- Prof. Dr. Eleonora Rohland, Assistant Professor for Entangled History in the Americas, 1600-1850
- Prof. Dr. Tobias Werron, Professor of Sociological Theory
- Chair: Prof. Dr. Ursula Mense-Petermann, Director of the 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. Please register: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about the First Interdisciplinary Dialogue an the Annual Seminar 2017, please see:
From 27 June till 17 July Professor Alan Lessoff (Illinois University) will be our guest researcher at the BGHS. Alan Lessoff is a historian with focus on American History. At the BGHS he will hold a seminar about public history.
Within the frame of the event Meet the Guest Researcher all doctoral researchers have the opportunity to meet Alan Lessoff and get to know him.
The Get-Together takes place on 27 June at 2 p.m. in the BGHS Lounge.
All members of the BGHS are cordially invited.
More dates with our guest researcher Alan Lessoff and further information:
28 -29 June: Seminar
Public and Local History: Methods, Concepts, and Issues
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7 July: Excursion to Mindener Museum, Minden
Menschen, Schiffe und Maloche (Exhibition about Minden Harbors), Museum Minden, time and schedule to be announced. Please register for the trip in the BGHS-office.
12 July: Discussant at the Interdisciplinary Dialogue
Grappling with the Global - First Interdisciplinary Dialogue at the BGHS
18: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., room: X-B2-103
In 2016 the BGHS has undergone a voluntary evaluation for the second time since 2010. The evaluation aims are to identify BGHS’ strengths and weaknesses. The results of the multi-layered process will fuel the further development of the institution. Thereby perspectives for the continuation after the funding of the excellence initiative runs out in October 2019 are gathered.
The Multistage Evaluation Process
In January / February 2016 the BGHS staff conducted an online survey poll of their doctoral researchers. More than two thirds participated. Subsequently interviews with academic supervisors took place in April and May 2016. Both assessments lay the groundwork for the report Obtaining a doctorate at the BGHS. Report on the findings of the 2016 evaluation survey. On Friday 11 November five experts on the subject of graduate education were invited for an inspection. Prepared with the aid of the above mentioned report they were able to survey the BGHS for themselves. Among others the experts had conversations with doctoral researchers, supervising professors as well as BGHS board members and the vice-rector for research, young researchers and equal opportunities. In addition a tour of the BGHS grounds gave an impression of the surroundings. Based on these various findings the group of experts drafted a ten pages long evaluation report.
Results of the Evaluation
The report highlights the strengths of the BGHS, for example the international networking, the encouragement and funding of mobility, the interdisciplinary communication, the program in general and the infrastructure. But the experts also made recommendations for further improvements. According to them the interdisciplinary communication could be stronger, especially between professors. To the University Directorate the group suggests the continuation of the BGHS and praise it as a suitable model for the University in general.
The evaluation was discussed with the vice-rector for research, young researchers and equal opportunities, representatives of doctoral researchers and the BGHS board. One first step to realize emerged suggestions is the Interdisciplinary Dialogue. This exchange by members of both faculties to one topic will have its premiere on the eve of the Annual Seminar on 12 July 2017. This year’s talking point will be “Grappling with the Global”.
Additional information about the evaluation:
Participants of the PhD Conference Lund-York-Bielefeld. Foto: Kajsa Brilkman, Lund University
From 7 June – 9 June, the PhD Conference in History: Lund-York-Bielefeld took place. This year the venue of the conference was Lund, Sweden.
During the conference 23 doctoral researchers presented and discussed their research projects, benefetting from an international context. Seven of them were doctoral researchers from the BGHS of the Bielefeld University.
Aside of the presentation and discussion of the research projects, the program also contained two round-table discussions to the topics Writing entangled histories of Europe – breaking away from national histories and Making an academic career. The program of the conference was completed by shared conference dinners, and a tour across the campus of the Lund University, Lund Downtown and the cathedral.
Across national and epochal boundaries, and across historiographical the discussions were very productive, enlightening and amusing.
An overview about the participants from Bielefeld and their contributions:
- Daniel Emmelius: Writing Boundaries. The Pomerium and the Constitution of City Boundaries in the Ancient City of Rome
- Simon Füchtenschnieder: Planning and Organising of Voyages of Research and Voyages of supply Conducted by the Royal Navy in the 18th Century Focusing on the two Breadfruit Voyages by William Bligh abroad HMAV (His Majesty’s Armed Vessel) Bounty and HMS (His Majesty’s Ship) Providence
- Theresa Hornischer: Female Intellectuals in France between the Two World Wars
- Arne Käthner: West-Germany as Neoliberal Pioneer: Transnational Conceptual Struggles about the ‘Good Society’ in the Post-War Period (1945–1963)
- Teresa Malice: The Italian Left and the German Democratic Republic. Trans-Local Contacts, Entangled Views and Reciprocal Imaginations During the Cold War (1950s–1970s)
- Niko Rohé: European Observations and Comparison in Wars of ‘Others’ in the 1890s. British, French and German Imaginations of Imperial World Order
- Rouven Wirbser: Can India also be found in Westphalia? Early Modern Jesuit Acitivity in Westphalia as a Part of the Global Catholic Missions
The young scientists were accompanied by Dr. Levke Harders and Prof. Dr. Peter Schuster from the department of history of the Bielefeld University.
Further information about the format of the PhD Conference Lund–York–Bielefeld, about the PhD Conference Lund–York–Bielefeld 2016, which took place in Bielefeld and about the ‚desk exchange‘ Lund-York-Bielefeld, coming up in November 2017, and about the other national and international cooperation partners and formats of the BGHS as well, can be found here:
On 6 June the exhbition Visualising Research was opened in the main buiding at FH Bielefeld - University of Applied Sciences. The presentation can be visited until 22 June.
The exhibition at FH Bielefeld. Photos by Thomas Abel/BGHS
FH Bielefeld is the third place, where the exhibition is shown. It was already presented in December 2016 at the 10. Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation - a conference for science communication. From February till May the Art&Science-Project was shown at the BGHS.
The exhibition at the 10. Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation. Photos by Thomas Abel/BGHS
The exhbition at the BGHS. Fotos: Thomas Abel/BGHS
In August 2017 the Art&Science Project will be presented at the science festival GENIALE at Bielefeld University.
For further information please see: