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Workshop-Report: Italy and 1945

Veröffentlicht am 22. Februar 2018

The participants of the workshop about Italy and 1945. Picture: Thomas Abel

From 29 – 30 January 2018, a workshop took place at the BGHS, titled “Challenging 1945 as a ‘caesura’. New perspectives on transitions, continuity and change in Italy and beyond”. Young researchers from German, Italian, French and Scottish universities discussed aspects of their research that were connected to ‘1945’, be it topically or temporally. 1945 was understood both as the very year and as cipher for processes connected to it (end of World War II; postwar; beginning of the Cold War, etc.). The participants succeeded in shedding new light on the core issue.

The workshop organizers, Stefan Laffin and Teresa Malice gave the introduction to the topic. They pointed out that ‘1945’ needs to be seen as a decisive experience set piece of the international historiography of the 20th Century, and in many respects as epoch-making. In his keynote, Professor Heinz-Gerhard Haupt further stressed this aspect and put it into perspective, highlighting the value of caesurae and the establishment of caesurae – in historical writing.

Afterwards, the mentioned aspects were discussed in four different panels.

A summary in detail by Stefan Laffin and Teresa Malice can be found here:
Report about the workshop (pdf)

More information about the BGHS workshops:
www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Programm/Workshops

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New InterDisciplines issue: Done with Eurocentrism?

Veröffentlicht am 15. Februar 2018

The cover of the new issue "Done with Eurocentrism?"

The new issue of the InterDisciplines "Done with Eurocentrism? Directions, Diversions, and Debates in History and Sociology" has been published. The guest editors of the journal are an alumna of the BGHS, Mahshid Mayar, and a doctoral researcher of the BGHS, Yaatsil Guevara González. The two were organizers of the 8th Annual Seminar of the BGHS, which took place on the same topic in summer 2016.

A result is this issue with six articles by young researchers from all over Europe, as well as the contribution of the key speaker Shahzad Bashir. One of the contributors is the former participant in the Shortcuts program of the BGHS, Mirjam Hähnle, who is now researcher at the University of Basel and has written an article on knowledge about the Orient.

About the topic

Since the 1960s, academia seems to have actively avoided reaching consensus on all-inclusive grand narratives. Nevertheless, it is evident in the twenty-first century that a great number of these “post-” movements and turns have been transitory moments of resistance to and reactionary gestures against one grand narrative from which we have not fully departed.

Since the Enlightenment, and especially over the past century of scholarship, it appears, Eurocentrism has been considered to have been the source of the vocabulary, imagery, language, legal infrastructure, geopolitical imaginaries, scientific tools, executive leverage, even the geographical orientation by which we routinely make sense of ourselves, our histories, our futures, and our surroundings.

Under the light of this, and yet taking a step out of the lively and essential lines of discussion triggered by our awareness of the historical moment we inhabit, the discussions made in the special issue “Done with Eurocentrism? Directions, Diversions, and Debates in History and Sociology” revolve around the foundational idea that confusions, contradictions, and discontinuities, on the one hand, and fusions, conglomerations, and concurrences, on the other, have created an entangled, eclectic power entity that shapes our everyday lives in the modern world.

As such, the present volume aims at tracing new ways of critically engaging with Eurocentrism as a polarizing, plural entity (1) by appraising where in relation to Eurocentrism(s) we stand at this point in the twenty-first century and (2) by identifying the possible trajectories away from it in our ways of viewing the world at large and as we do research.

About the InterDisciplines

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 find the current issue here:
http://www.inter-disciplines.org/index.php/indi/issue/view/23

More information about the Annual Seminar at the BGHS:
http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Programm/Ansem/

Interview with Mahshid Mayar in Uni.Aktuell (in German):
Der Blick durch die westliche Brille

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CfP: Inclusion and Exclusion

Veröffentlicht am 13. Februar 2018

On occasion of the next Annual Seminar, which will be about the topic Inclusion and Exclusion, the organization committee has released a Call for Papers.

The Call for Papers is addressed to everybody, whose research touch one or more of issues of Inclusion and Exclusion, within the inter- and transdisciplinary frameworks of history and sociology.

The Annual Seminar takes place from 5-7 July 2018 at the BGHS. It is intended for junior researchers at any career stage. For the tenth time the BGHS invites junior researchers to Bielefeld to discuss a topic that is central for both the disciplines of history and sociology, thus completing one decade of international conferences within an interdisciplinary framework.

Abstracts (max. 250 words), along with a two-page CV, should be submitted to the conference organizers at annualseminar@uni-bielefeld.de. The deadline for proposals is 25 February 2018.

The Call for Papers:
www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Programm/Ansem/Call_BGHS_AS_2018

More information about the Annual Seminar:
http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Programm/Ansem/2018

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Shortcuts-Programme 2017

Veröffentlicht am 8. Februar 2018

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

Nine young researchers from across Germany – Janina Jaeckel, Julia Rüdel, Mia-Alina Schauf, Tabea Schroer and Mira Claire Zadrozny as well as Shortcuts scholarship holders Beatrice Adam, Marianne Hösl, Charlie Kaufhold and Susann Pham Thi – took part in the Shortcuts-Programme at the BGHS from September till December 2017. The goal of the Shortcuts-Programme is to actively support female young researchers – graduates in history and the social sciences – during the transition from successfully completing a master's degree to beginning a doctorate.

Important components of the programme include the Shortcuts-Colloquia in which project outlines are discussed and developed further. Multi-day writing workshops with a writing trainer as well as information sessions on the status of doctoral researchers and workshops on applying for academic positions and financing doctorates are helpful as well.

Participants about the Shortcuts-Programme 2017

Mira Claire Zadroznys project is mages of Ruins. (New) Comparative Viewing in Mid-19th Century Paris. She highlights the broad course programme: “Peer-Coaching, workshops and time for contemplation by the structured programme were very useful. As especially valuable, I saw the production of an academic poster. I experienced the time at the BGHS as a huge boost of motivation.” Owing to the extensive work to her topic, she eventually came to a conclusion which in most times surfaces much later: “My personal triumph of the Shortcuts-Programme 2017 was that I could evaluate my topic and so realized that it was improper for a dissertation.”

For Marianne Hösl the colloquiums and writing workshops were especially important for her personal progress: “Particularly helpful were the writing workshops and both colloquiums where our projects were discussed in a constructive way. This fuelled me always with new incentives to improve and refine my project.” Marianne Hösls research is about Clients of the probationary services in Bavaria in the context of social inequality - explorig the structures, effects and interdependencies between their health and life situations.

Another important aspect to her was the constant communication between the Shortcuts-Participants within peer coachings and the meeting with doctoral researchers of the BGHS: “Both between the Shortcuts and in general in the BGHS existed a good working atmosphere and there were many opportunities to commute professionally and privately with other doctoral researchers. Therefore I got a good impression how it is to study at a graduate school.”

The shortcuts had their own workplace at the BGHS, which enabled them to work on their exposé in a suitable and quiet atmosphere. This factor highlights Marianne in her conclusion: “I appreciated my own workplace and the comprehensive library in the same building very much. The total package worked well together. Additionally the whole BGHS team (IT support and administration as well) was always helpful and ready to assist when problems emerged.

Prospect

After four months of intensive work, the project specifications are completed and the Shortcuts now labour at different places on their dissertations. Susann Pham Thi has during her time at the BGHS applied and successfully received a scholarship at the University of Manchester and will write about Vietnam Between Activism and Oppression: Analysing and Developing (New) Forms of Protest in a Post-Socialist Context. Charlie Kaufhold obtained a scholarship at the Hans-Böckler junior research group “The relevance of accessory prosecution. The NSU lawsuit at the OLG Munich from the viewpoint of the accessory prosecution lawyer” (dt.: Die Relevanz der Nebenklage. Der NSU-Prozess vor dem OLG München aus Sicht der Nebenklage-VertreterInnen) where she will work on the coverage of the NSU.

Mira Claire Zadrozny and Tabea Schroer have applied for a doctoral position at the BGHS. Tabea Schroer wants to graduate at the BGHS with the topic New, old inequality? - Boundaries among students of Grandes Écoles in times of internationalization.

More about the Shortcuts-Programme at the BGHS under:
http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/bghs/Personen/Fellows/shortcuts.html

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Lecture: Filipino nurses in Germany

Veröffentlicht am 31. Januar 2018

Cleovi Mosuela at the VHS Bielefeld. Picture: Thomas Abel

On Tuesday, 16 January 2018, the lecture format “Linie 4” moved on with the lecture of the sociologist and social anthropologist Cleovi Mosuela. Her topic was Who cares? Filipino nurses in Germany. In this frame she spoke about how Philippine-trained nurses experience migration and adjustments as they work in German hospitals. The framework of such migration is made possible by the agreement, also known as the Triple Win Project, between Germany and the Philippines.

Lively dialogue between sociological research and an interested public

The lecture, and more importantly the discussion with the public, focused on how Filipino nurses deliver their "tender, loving care" through performing basic work, such as washing, cleaning the body of the patient, feeding and positioning a paralyzed patient correctly in bed. Smiling and touching the body of the patient in a therapeutic way help define and differentiate Filipino care work which contributes not only to their full integration at the workplace but also to the humanization of the patient.

The referee’s fear of the penalty kick

The next lecture of Linie 4 will be with the sociologist Justus Heck on 6 February 2018. He speaks about the topic The referee’s fear of the penalty kick. Towards an interaction sociology of football games. The lecture will be held in German.

For further information to 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)
www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Public_Science/Linie_4/
www.vhs-bielefeld.de

Text: Cleovi Mosuela

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Interdisciplinary Dialogue: What is Modernity?

Veröffentlicht am 24. Januar 2018

The audience of the Interdisciplinary Dialogue. Picture: Thomas Abel

On Wednesday, 17 January 2018, the Interdisciplinary Dialogue took place at the BGHS. The event was entitled What is Modernity? Interdisciplinary perspectives on a contested concept

Sisay Megersa Dirirsa, (History) and Edvaldo de Aguiar Portela Moita (Sociology) - two doctoral researchers of the BGHS - discussed with Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka, professor for social anthropology at the Faculty of Sociology, Thomas Welskopp, professor for the history of modern societies at the department of history and Katsuo Nawa, professor für socio-cultural Anthropology at the University of Tokyo.

The discussion dealt in an interdisciplinary way with the complex and controversial topic of modernity. Not only theoretical questions were discussed. Also the challenges, problems and opportunities of dealing with the concept »modernity« empirically was one important aspect.

BGHS member Edvaldo de Aguiar Portela (left) and professor Katsuo Nawa. Photo by Thomas Abel

Katsuo Nawa started the discussion with some remarks on modernity from his perspective as an anthropologist, questioning the academic value of this concept. The other participants commented his ideas and added their own disciplinary approaches in the discussion.

Afterwards, the audience had the opportunity to ask questions. The event was chaired by Éva Rozália Hölzle, BGHS Alumna and PhD at the Faculty of Sociology.

Further information about the series of events »Interdisciplinary Dialogue« are available here: www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Programm/BGHS_spezifische_Formate/dialog.html

 

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Dagmar Herzog at the BGHS

Veröffentlicht am 24. Januar 2018

Dagmar Herzog. Photo by Thomas Abel

From 9 – 11 January, Dagmar Herzog, professor at the City University of New York, was a guest at the BGHS. Dagmar Herzog is a historian with research interests in Modern Europe, History of Sexuality and History of Religion.

Jana Hofmann, doctoral reseracher at the BGHS, had the idea to invite Dagmar Herzog. “The first time, I met her was at the German Historikertag in Göttingen, where she hold a lecture, and then a second time in the USA.”, she says. “I was impressed of her presence. Also Dagmar Herzog's research focus matches very well to the interests of lots of BGHS members.”

On 9 January, Herzog hold a lecture about How Psychoanalysis Got Sexually Conservative: The “Jewish Science” Crosses the Atlantic. The lecture was organized by the research colloquium Transkulturelle Geschlechterforschung and a broad and interested audience from a variety of disciplines joined the presentation.

The participants of the Methods Class with Dagmar Herzog. Photo by Thomas Abel.

Methods Class about the rediscovery of research areas

From 10 – 11 January, Herzog gave a Methods Class about Psychoanalysis/ Sexuality: New Methodological Challenges. “We were just a small number of people, which made the seminar very fruitful”, Jana Hofmann says. “The core of the seminar was about the idea, that research areas of history, which are already labelled as completed, can be revitalized by choosing different methods and asking different questions.”

At the end of the Methods Class, every participant presented his or her recent research project and discussed it with the participants. According to Jana Hofmann, especially this part was very helpful. “The projects the participants work on are about very different topics." But she had ideas for everybody, for example further literature, names of researchers working in the same field or in form ideas for a different approach to the topic.

Next Guest: Marcelo Neves

The next guest at the BGHS will be professor Marcelo Neves from the University Brasília (Brazil). His main interest concerns the interplay between the legal/constutional theory and social system theory.

www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Programm/Gastlehrendenprogramm

 

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Meet the Researcher: Kalle Pihlainen

Veröffentlicht am 11. Januar 2018


Since this week until 15 February, the adj. professor Kalle Pihlainen (University of Turku, Finland) will be guest at the BGHS. Kalle Pihlainen is a historian, with a focus on on the theory and philosophy of history, narrative theory, embodiment and existential phenomenology. At the BGHS he holds a seminar and can be asked for advice in case of questions concerning the projects of the doctoral researchers.

Within the frame of the event Meet the Guest Researcher all doctoral researchers have the opportunity to meet Kalle Pihlainen and get to know him.

The Get-Together takes place on 15 January at 2 p.m. (s.t.) in the BGHS Lounge.

All members of the BGHS are cordially invited.

More dates with our guest researcher Alan Lessoff and further information:

18 January: Discussion about Pihlainen’s book:
The Work of History: Constructivism and a Politics of The Past
6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Room: X-E1-202

30 - 31 January: Seminar
Violence and legitimacy in 'speaking for others'
Please subscribe in the ekVV.

To speak to Kalle Pihlainen in person, there will be of course chance at the Meet the Guest Researcher, or you can come to his office at X-B2-240. It is recommended to make an appointment via [kalle.pihlainen(at)utu.fi].

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Lecture: Nazis behind barbed wire

Veröffentlicht am 10. Januar 2018

BGHS doctoral researcher Kerstin Schulte at the VHS Bielefeld. Bild: Thomas Abel

On 19 December 2017, in the last public lecture of the series Linie 4, organized by the BGHS in cooperation with the Volkshochschule Bielefeld, the historian Kerstin Schulte talked in a fully occupied hall about Camp stories from the Senne: Nazis behind barbed wire. The doctoral researcher talked about the two allied camps Staumühle and Stukenbrock where civil functionaries of the national socialis regime were detained waiting for either their trial or their release.

In her talk, Kerstin Schulte gave a detailed insight into the camp life. She managed that by not only showing allied instructional videos concerning the arrest, but also discussed the perception of the camps by the imprisoned people themselves. To do this, she talked in detail about the artistic processing of the experiences of internment in the form of, for example, autobiographies and caricatures.

The audience for the lecture “Nazis behind barbed wire” Bild: Thomas Abel

The lively discussion afterwards involved topics ranging from the supply situation of the internees to women in the camps.

From camp experience to politics of history in the early Federal Republic

In her doctoral theses, the historian compares internment camps in the British and the U.S.-american occupation zone. Especially the internees themselves and their experiences are the focus of her interest. Schulte’s hypotheses is that these experiences had a formative influence on the narratives which later would play a leading role in the politics of history in the early Federal Republic.

With Who Cares? Linie 4 continues in 2018

On 16 January, Cleovi Mosuela will continue the public lecture series with her talk titled Who Cares? Filipino Nurses in Germany. The talk will be held in English.

For further information to 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)
www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Public_Science/Linie_4/
www.vhs-bielefeld.de

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Interdisciplinary Dialogue: What is Modernity?

Veröffentlicht am 10. Januar 2018

On Wednesday, 17 January 2018, the next Interdisciplinary Dialogue takes place at the BGHS. The topic will be: What is Modernity? Interdisciplinary perspectives on a contested concept.

Discussants:

  • Katsuo Nawa, Professor of Cultural Anthropology (University of Tokyo)
  • Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka, Professor of Social Anthropology (Faculty of Sociology)
  • Thomas Welskopp, Professor of History of Modern Society (History Department)
  • Sisay Dirirsa, BGHS Doctoral researcher (History Department)
  • Edvaldo de Aguiar Portela Moita, BGHS Doctoral researcher (Faculty of Sociology)

  • Chair: Éva Rozalia Hölzle, BGHS alumna and postdoc researcher (Faculty of Sociology)

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 please see:

www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Programm/BGHS_spezifische_Formate/dialog.html

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Karsten Wilke about his work

Veröffentlicht am 21. Dezember 2017

BGHS Alumnus Karsten Wilke (right side of the picture) during the "Woche der Berufsorientierung". Picture: Andreas Hermwille

What is the next step after finishing the PhD? In what kind of jobs is it possible to connect the research projects from the past with the new tasks? One example for a well working connection between academic and working career is BGHS Alumnus Karsten Wilke. He graduated in history and is now working for Mobile Beratung gegen Rechts OWL, an Anti-Rightist institution in Eastern Westphalia. He spoke about his work at the Woche der Berufsorientierung, an event for carrier opportunities at Bielefeld University.

Wilke made his first steps in the field when he was a young adult. “In Vlotho, the town I grew up, there was an educational centre of extreme rightists. We founded a group to enlight the town about the centre's ideology.”

Using the knowledge to classify rightist symbols

When Wilke came to Bielefeld University, he studied history and did his PhD at the BGHS to the topic Die 'Hilfsgemeinschaft auf Gegenseitigkeit der Angehörigen der ehemaligen Waffen-SS' (HIAG). Organisierte Veteranen der Waffen-SS zwischen Integration und Systemopposition 1950-1990“ [Mutual aid association of former Waffen-SS members].

In his job for Mobile Beratung gegen Rechts OWL he connected his engagements from the past with his new knowledge. His expertise in history helped him to classify rightists and Nazi symbols or statements.

The tasks for the Mobile Beratung gegen Rechts OWL ranges from giving advice to clients, networking with other organisations which deal with rightists, supporting institutions in their prevention work, finally researching the ideolgy and ideas of extreme right-wing movements in Eastern Westphalia.

No relaxing working field

Beside typical formats - like going into schools where pupils with right wing symbols or statements were noticed - there is need for special expertise in the field of conspiracy theories at the moment. “It is rather difficult to find access to these people, since they have built for themselves their own conceptions of the world”, Wilke says.

It is not very surprising, that Wilke's job is not that relaxing. Although he says, he was never attacked personally, his insitution receives lots of insulting mails concerning their work. And most of the cases, ecpecially if teenager or young adults are involved, are caused by deeper problems in the families. “You need a thick skin”, he sums up. “Because there are some stories you cannot forget.”

Further information:

The BGHS Alumni
Career Service – Woche der Berufsorientierung (in German)
Mobile Beratung gegen Rechts OWL (in German)
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InterDisciplines: New Issue

Veröffentlicht am 19. Dezember 2017

The cover of the new InterDisciplines issue, Postcolonialism and China.

Why did generations of intellectuals and political elites produce a discourse on a Chinese backwardness? How do and did people in China try to conciliate alternative visions of Chineseness or of socialism with the notion of catching-up with the west? What discursive resources do the Chinese have to escape this west-centered perception of modernity? These typically postcolonial questions are asked by many scholars today, but surprisingly few have turned towards postcolonialism in order to understand socio-cultural changes in China.

The thematic issue “Postcolonialism and China” tries to do exactly this: Building on existing works in anglo-american and Chinese scholarship, the authors ask how “postcolonial concerns” can be articulated in and about China. They look at new ways to make sense of China’s encounter with the global system of coloniality and Chinese attempts to escape from the structures of colonial modernity.

The authors claim that “Postcolonialism” does not imply an application of anglo-indian postcolonial studies. Rather, they show the need to develop new perspectives revolving around postcolonial concerns from China. These concerns focus on issues such as colonial history and colonial memories in China, the regime of asymmetric knowledge production in China and, most importantly, the question of “modernity”, both as a discourse and an aspiration for China.

The articles of the new InterDisciplines issue Postcolonialism and China can be found here:
www.inter-disciplines.org/index.php/indi/issue/view/22

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Poisonings in the 19th century

Veröffentlicht am 14. Dezember 2017

Marcus Carrier during his lecture about poisonings in the 19th century. Picture: Thomas Abel

With fingerprints and DNA traces criminologists try to find the suspects in crimes of violences. These methods are known as forensics. The origins of the forensic methods are in the 19th century – and got described by the BGHS doctoral researcher Marcus Carrier in his lecture Chemistry in Court – Poisoning in the 19th century, in frame of the lecture series Linie 4.

His focus was on the rising influence of science experts at court and how they helped enlighting cases of suspected poisoning by using new scientific methods. The best-known poison of the 19th century was arsenic. “It was the one big seller”, is Carrier’s description, because it is used everywhere in the household: As poison against rats, home remedies or as medicine, got by prescription from a doctor. Accordingly, it was easy to get.

The Marsh Test

The doctoral researcher describes different deaths, where arsenic might have played a role. In the enlightment of the cases, the work of the chemist James Marsh was crucial: After a lawsuit about poisoning, he developed a method to prove the existence of arsenic in taken samples. The method was very successful and got established as standard test for proving arsenic, known as “the Marsh test”.

The importance of using the Marsh test in lawsuits was explained by Marcus Carrier with his second example of a m from 1840. The suspect in the suit was the Frenchwoman Marie Lafarge. She was accused of poisoning her husband after recognizing, that he is not the rich industrialist she got promised, but a small-scale merchant close to bankruptcy.

„Madame Lafarge wasn’t impressed, as you can imagine“, Carrier sums up his descriptions. The marriage took place in August 1839. In December, Monsieur Lafarge got surprisingly ill. Carrier: “But his wife cares for him solicitously, cooking for him.” In January 1840, Monsieur Lafarge died and his wife is accused of poisoning him. The following lawsuit is framed by the debate, that nothing but a correct Marsh Test can be used a proof for arsenic.

Marcus Carrier finished his lecture with the statement, that the Marsh Test is a good example how science can answer questions from the society.

After the lecture, the audience had the opportunity to ask questions. Picture: Thomas Abel

After the lecture, the audience had the chance to discuss with the lecture. The discussion focused on the relation between science and society, next to the question who usually uses poison as weapon. The myth is, that poison is a women’s weapon. According to Carrier, the myth is somehow correct: “Most of murderer are and were men, independent of the weapon. But for poisoning it is 50 / 50 women and men – at least in England in the 19th century.”

Nazis behind barbed wire

On the next appointment of the lecture series Linie 4, on 19 December, the historian Kerstin Schulte will speak about “Camp stories from the Senne: Nazis behind barbed wire”.

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)
www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Public_Science/Linie_4/
www.vhs-bielefeld.de

Text: Andreas Hermwille & Kerstin Schulte

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Interdisciplinary Colloquium

Veröffentlicht am 14. Dezember 2017


Mahesar Ghulam presents his dissertation project Photo by Thomas Abel

On 23 November the first Interdisciplinary Colloquium in Winter Term 2017/18 took place at the BGHS. The discussion focused on a paper by Mahesar Ghulam, “Grounding Dalit epistemology in Pakistan”. The paper is baded on the third chapter of Mahesar Ghulam's dissertation.

The colloquium started with a presentation of some key aspects of the whole research project. The title of the presentation was "Mainstreaming Dalitbahujan perspective (DBP) - Social dis/orders: caste, race, ethnicity and gender in focus". Afterwards the paper was commented by José Velásquez (Historian) and Abrham Yohannes (Sociologist) from the BGHS.

Afterwards the colloquium was opened for questions from the audience: doctoral researchers of BGHS, master students from the Faculty of Sociology and interested visitors. Th event was not only interdisciplinary, but also very international: there were people from Pakistan, Russia, Brazil, Equador, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Germany, Iran. The questions and comments ranged from methodology to epistemological and empirical aspects of the research.

About the Interdisciplinary Colloquium

The format Interdisciplinary Colloquium was initiated by doctoral researchers of the BGHS in 2009. Since then it is a self-organised platform. The idea is to strengthen academic collaboration at the graduate school and take advantage of its interdisciplinary structure. These periodic colloquia, unlike other courses, are not led by a professor. To enable discussion on research projects in progress in a non-judgmental atmosphere, the colloquium is organised and run by the doctoral researchers themselves.

Currently the colloquium is organised by Edvaldo Moita and Mehran Mohammadian. Those who are interested in presenting their research (ongoing dissertation, chapters, papers etc.) are warmly invited to contact them.

More information about the Interdisciplinary Colloquium and the topics of the colloquia since 2009:
www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/bghs/Programm/BGHS_spezifische_Formate/kolloquium

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Plenary Meeting and Winter Party

Veröffentlicht am 6. Dezember 2017

On the occasion of the end of the year the BGHS cordially invites all its members to the BGHS Plenary Meeting. It takes place on Wednesday, 13 December 2017, from 5 to 6pm in the BGHS seminar room (X B2 103).

In addition, the BGHS cordially invites all its members to the BGHS Winter Party, at 6 pm in in the BGHS seminar room (X B2 103) and the BGHS Lounge (X B2 109). Drinks will be available against minimal consumption charges. Everybody is welcome to bring some snacks for the buffet.

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