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:
On Wednesday 24 May 2017 the colloquium Meet the Start-ups took place at the BGHS.
Dr. Verena Molitor welcomes all participants in the BGHS seminar room. Photo by Thomas Abel/BGHS
This year’s Start-up scholars from Brazil, Iceland, Italy, Madagascar, Montenegro and Vietnam introduced themselves and their planned research projects with short poster presentations to very different topics among them: politics of the sporting body in Northern Europe from the 1950s until today, transnational radical nationalist networks between Germany and Italy in the inter war period (1918–1933), self-governance and career of Vietnamese workers and career paths of women in Madagascar.
Hafdis Hafsteinsdottir presents her planned project »The Politics of the Sporting Body. Recreational Sport in Northern Europe 1950-2000«. Photo by Thomas Abel/BGHS
Daniele Toro presents his planned project »Transnational Radical Nationalist Networks between Germany and Italy 1918 – 1933: An Entangled History of ›Fascistisation‹«. Photo by Thomas Abel/BGHS
Daorotiana Rakotondratandra presents his planned project »Social representations, family involvement and servicewomen‘s career paths in Madagascar«. Photo by Thomas Abel/BGHS
Jovana Vukcevic presents her planned project »The price of memory: Commodifying legacies of unwanted heritage in the Balkans«. Photo by Thomas Abel/BGHS
Kim Anh Dang presents her planned project »Self-governance through the concept of career in Vietnamese workers«.
Photo by Thomas Abel/BGHS
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.
BGHS Start-ups 2017 and their planned dissertation projects
- Maria Borba Dantas, Brasilien (Sociology): Stratification, social inequalities and world society: the argument for a peripheral constitutionalism
- Hafdis Hafsteinsdottir, Island (History): The Politics of the Sporting Body. Recreational Sport in Northern Europe 1950–2000
- Daniele Toro, Italien (History): Transnational Radical Nationalist Networks between Germany and Italy 1918 – 1933: An Entangled History of ‘Fascistisation’
- Daorotiana Rakotondratandra, Madagaskar (Sociology): Social representations, family involvement and servicewomen‘s career paths in Madagascar
- Jovana Vukcevic, Montenegro (Sociology): The price of memory: Commodifying legacies of unwanted heritage in the Balkans
- Kim Anh Dang, Vietnam (Sociology): Self-governance through the concept of career in Vietnamese workers
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:
On 24 May at 2 p.m this year's Start-up Scholars will introduce themselves and their planned dissertation projects in the BGHS seminar room (X-B2-103). The two historians and four 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 in our Blog BGHS.NEWS.
All BGHS members are cordially invited.
From 19 May-15 June the sociologist Thien-Huong Ninh (California State University; Cosumnes River College, Sacramento) will be our guest researcher at the BGHS. Thien-Huong Ninh works in the fields of migration and religion and will teach to these topics in particular during her time in Bielefeld.
Within the frame of the event Meet the Guest Researcher all doctotral researchers have the opportunity to meet Thien-Huong Ninh and get to know her.
The event is planned as a Get-Together and takes place on 23 May, 2 p.m., in the BGHS Lounge.
All members of the BGHS are cordially invited.
More dates with our guest researcher Thien-Huong Ninh and further information:
24 May: Lecture
The Virgin Mary With an Asian Face: Religion and Race in the Lives of Vietnamese Catholic Refugees
(4-6 p.m. Room: X-C3-107)
From 4 to 8 May this year’s Notre Dame/Bielefeld workshop for doctoral researchers took place at Notre Dame University (Indiana/USA).
Nine young scholars from the BGHS participated at the international workshop. Dr. Bettina Brandt, the manager of the School for historic research and Prof. Stephan Merl from the Department of History, Philosophy and Theology accompanied the group.
The international workshops focal point were parts and chapters of the still worked on dissertations of the participants. Short introductions by the authors were followed by comments, critics and concluding discussions.
Aside from the intensive textual work the stay at Notre Dame was a great chance to exchange knowledge about historical and sociological questions in general and doctorates in Germany and the US. A sightseeing tour in Chicago and a hike through the dunes of South Bend completed this year’s international workshop.
An overview of the participants from Bielefeld and their dissertation projects:
Marcus Carrier: Methodenwahl in der forensischen Chemie/Toxikologie des 19. Jahrhunderts im deutsch-französischen Vergleich
Jana Kristin Hoffmann: Family and Gender Concepts in American Mainline Protestantism with a Special Focus on the United Methodist Church 1950-1990 (Working Title)
Teresa Malice: Between agreement and dissent. The Italian Left and 'real socialism' in the German Democratic Republic (1949-1976)
Kerstin Schulte: “Volksgemeinschaft” behind barbed wire. The internment camps of the British and American Occupation Zone and their significance for the German postwar society, 1945-1950
Zoltán Simon: History, Presence, Experience: History in Times of Unprecedented Change
Oleksandra Tarkhanova: Transformation of the State Gender Regime: Policy Change and Policy Framing in Post-Soviet Ukraine
Niko Rohé: European Observation and Comparison in Wars of "others" during the 1890s
Paul-Matthias Tyrell: Integrative Utilization of a Border? The National Border between the USA and Canada in the Metropolitan Region of Detroit – Windsor as Mutually Accessed Local Economic Resource
Lili Zhu: Die deutsche Kulturpolitik in China und ihre Auswirkungen-Eine Analyse der kulturellen Expansion des Deutschen Reiches nach China von 1900 bis 1914.
Additional information about the Notre Dame/Bielefeld workshop
Additional information about the Notre Dame/Bielefeld workshops for doctoral researchers, which take place since 2010 at Bielefeld University and at Notre Dame University, about this year’s workshop in particular and BGHS projects with international cooperation partners are available at:
Visiting Fellow Marina Bodnaruk and the audience from the BGHS.
Foto: Thomas Abel
On 10 May 2017 the BGHS Visiting Fellows 2016 introduced their doctoral projects to the BGHS community. The two young researchers, Mariana Bodnaruk (Ukraine), and Andrew Mitchell (U.K.), will use their time at the BGHS to work on their dissertation projects to the topics.
Marina Bodnaruk is a historian from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and does research on „Production of Distinction: The Representation of Senatorial Elites in the Later Roman Empire (306–395)”.
Andrew Mitchell, a sociologist who works at University Kumamato in Japan, covers the topic: „Observing Fukushima: A Case Study of Japanese Nuclear Policy through Luhmann’s Social System Theory“.
Visiting Fellow Marina Bodnaruk presented her research projects about the Senatorian Elites in the Late Roman Empire.
Foto: Thomas Abel
Andrew Mitchell explains which insights can be achieved applying Luhmann’s System Theory to the Japanese Nuclear Policy.
Foto: Thomas Abel
Both of the international researchers from the U.K. and Ukraine are guests at the BGHS until the end of July 2017. Their want to use the great chance to discus their research projects with other doctoral researcher and get connected to other scientists who are located at the BGHS.
Further information about the current Visiting Fellows, the Visiting Fellows who joint us since the start of the program in 2009 and information about the Visiting Fellow program in general:
Information about the application to become Visiting Fewllow:
On 10 May at 2pm (s.t.) the colloquium Meet the Fellows takes place at the BGHS.
- Mariana Bodnaruk (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary): The Representation of Senatorial Elites in the Later Roman Empire (306–395)
- Andrew Mitchell (Kumamoto University, Japan): Observing Fukushima: A Case Study of Japanese Nuclear Policy through Luhmann's Social Systems Theory
The colloquium offers the opportunity for the BGHS visiting fellows to present their dissertation projects and discuss their works with colleagues from the BGHS and from Bielefeld University.
All members of the BGHS are cordially invited to join the event.
Date/Time/Place: Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 2 pm, BGHS-Seminar room, X-B2-103
For further information please see: www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Personen/Fellows/visiting_fellows.html
Within the Welcome Day on 12 April the new Visiting Fellows were officially welcomed at the BGHS. Mariana Bodnaruk (Ukraine) and Andrew Mitchell (U.K.) successfully applied for the BGHS Visiting Fellowships, addressed to international doctoral researchers to work in an on their thesis discuss dissertation projects within the BGHS community, creating new networks and.
Mariana Bodnaruk, historian and doctoral researcher of the Central European University Budapest (Hungary), came to Bielefeld in order to intensively work on her dissertation with the work title Production of Distinction: The Representation of Senatorial Elites in the Later Roman Empire (306-395). Andrew Mitchell is doing his doctorate at Kumamoto University (Japan), where he works on the dissertation Observing Fukushima: A Case Study of Japanese Nuclear Policy through Luhmann's Social Systems Theory.
Both Fellows will stay at the BGHS until 31 July. On 10 May they will present and discuss their projects within the BGHS colloquium Meet the Fellows. All members of the BGHS are cordially invited.
Welcome Mariana and Andrew at the BGHS!.
More information on the Visiting Fellows are available at: www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Personen/Fellows/visiting_fellows.html
Within the Welcome Day on 26 April the BGHS welcomed this years Start-up scholars from Brazil, Iceland, Italy, Madagascar, Montenegro and Vietnam. The six MA graduates plan to further develop their dissertation projects in the upcoming four month. To support them in devising a dissertation proposal, the Start-up scholars will attend to workshops, colloquia, and other focused trainings.
Historian Hafdis Hafsteinsdottir (Iceland) will intensively work on a proposal on The Politics of the Sporting Body. Recreational Sport in Northern Europe 1950–2000. Like her Start-ups colleagues she has just moved in her office room on the BGHS floor.
Daniele Toro (Italy) is quite familiar with the History Department at Bielefeld University. The former exchange student returned as a future doctoral researcher from his home university in Bologna and is now accelerating his topic Transnational Radical Nationalist Networks between Germany and Italy 1918–1933: An Entangled History of ‘Fascistisation’.
The four sociologists are also settled on the BGHS floor. Kim Anh Dang (Vietnam) is working on her planned dissertation project Self-governance through the concept of career in Vietnamese workers, while Daorotiana Rakotondratandra (Madagascar) surveys the Social representations, family involvment and servicewomen's career paths in Madagascar.
Aiming on global policy, Maria Borba Dantas (Brazil) will focus in her dissertation project at Stratification, social inequalities and world society: the argument for a peripheral constitutionalism. Her colleague, Jovana Vukcevic (Montenegro), is especially looking forward to discuss her planned project with her peers. She will focus on The price of memory: Commodifying legacies of unwanted heritage in the Balkans in an interdisciplinary perspective.
The Start-ups will present and discuss their planned dissertation projects within the BGHS colloquium Meet the Start-ups on 24 May. All members of the BGHS are cordially invited to join this event.
More information on the Start-up scholars are available at:
Mehr Informationen über die diesjährigen Start-up Scholars sind abrufbar unter: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Personen/Fellows/startup_fellows.html
We cordially welcome the Start-ups and look forward to the upcoming month.
On Wednesday, 26 April the BGHS Welcome Day took place. Ursula Mense-Petermann, the director of the graduate school, welcomed the new colleagues and international guests. 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 researchers at the BGHS
17 new colleagues are starting their research projects at the BGHS in summer term: five historians and twelve sociologists. They are from Brasil, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Iran and Nigeria.
Neue BGHS Promovierende und ihre Forschungsprojekte:
- Jule Adriaans (Soziologie): Der Einfluss gesellschaftlicher Diskurse auf individuelle Gerechtigkeitseinstellungen im internationalen Vergleich. Ein Beitrag zur komparativen Gerechtigkeitsforschung [A cross-national comparison of the influence of public discourse on individual justice attitudes. A contribution to comparative justice research]
- Edvaldo de Aguiar Portela Moita (Soziologie): Influxes of Subinclusion in the Construction of Constitutional Fields of Illegalities
- Indra Bock (Soziologie): Studien an den Grenzen des Sozialen. Multimodale Analysen der kommunikativen Praktiken zwischen Mensch und Hund [Studies at the borders of the social world. A multimodal analysis of the communicative practices between humans and dogs]
- Sisay Megersa Dirirsa (Geschichte): Ethiopia as a supra national state: An inquiry into the space of Contemporary Ethiopian History [Äthopien als supranationaler Staat – eine Untersuchung der Zeitgeschichte Äthopiens]
- Julia Engelschalt (Geschichte): Ilustrado Scientists, Revolution, and Transformations of Empire in the Philippines, 1872–1916
- Paul Goerigk (Soziologie): Berufsbildung in (Inter-)Aktion. Vermittlung von Praktiken des Werkzeuggebrauchs [Vocational Education in (Inter-)Action. Impartation of Tool Use Practices]
- Mehran Haji-Mohammadian (Soziologie): The Rise of Retirement in Iran. A Movement from the Margin to the Center of Social Policy?
- Simon Hecke (Soziologie): Delegitimizing Empire: Social Sciences and the Demise of Empire as a Legitimate Political Form
- Anja Henkel (Geschichte): Erika Mann. Eine intellektuelle Nomadin? [Erika Mann. An intellectual nomad?]
- Theresa Renana Faye Hornischer (Geschichte): »Les écrivaines-voyageuses« - Reisende Frauen als Intellektuelle in der Zwischenkriegszeit in Frankreich am Beispiel von Léo Wanner [Women travellers as French intellectuals in the inter-war period: The example of Léo Wanner]
- Björn Huß (Soziologie): Machen Kinder glücklich? Auswirkungen von persönlichen, familialen und sozioökonomischen Rahmenbedingungen auf das subjektive Wohlbefinden von Müttern und Vätern [Parenthood and Life Satisfaction. The Impact of Personality Traits and Socio-Economic Conditions on New Parents' Well-Being]
- Ina Kiel (Geschichte): Fernand Desprès. Ein engagierter Aktivist in internationalen Zirkeln während der Zwischenkriegszeit – Un militant engagé dans des cercles internationaux pendant l'entre-deux-guerres [Fernand Desprès - an activist in international networks during the interwar period]
- Ayomide Kolawole (Soziologie): The Politics and Outcomes of Welfare in Developing Economies – A Comparative Analysis of Brazil and South Africa
- Henning Middelschulte (Soziologie): Conceptual change in der sozialwissenschaftlichen Bildung: Zur fachdidaktischen Integration von Wissenschaftstheorie, Lernpsychologie und empirischer Sozialforschung [Conceptual change in social science education: Integrating epistemology, psychology of learning and social research]
- Rodney Buadi Nkrumah (Soziologie): The Politics of Social Protection in Comparative Perspectives. Between Policies, Programmes and the Lived Experience of Vulnerable Children
- Johanna Paul (Soziologie): Transnational mobilization for memorialization in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina: Reconceiving diasporans as transnational actors of reconciliation
- Aanor Roland (Soziologie): Tax governance in the European Union: Explaining the post-crisis answer of the EU towards corporate tax avoidance
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: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/bghs/Personen/Promovierende/
International guests at the BGHS: Start-up Scholars and Visiting Fellows
This years international guests – six Start-up Scholars and two Visiting Fellows – will stay for four month at the BGHS. During that time the Start-up Scholars will work on proposals for their planned dissertation projects. The Visiting Fellows use their time at the BGHS to work on their dissertation projects, discuss their works with BGHS colleagues and network with researchers at Bielefeld University.
Start-up Scholars und ihre geplanten Dissertationsprojekte:
- Maria Dantas (Brasil): Stratification, social inequalities and world society: the argument for a peripheral constitutionalism
- Kim Dang (Vietnam): Self-governance through the concept of career in Vietnamese workers
- Hafdis Hafsteinsdottir (Island): The Politics of the Sporting Body. Recreational Sport in Northern Europe 1950–2000
- Daorotiana Rakotondratandra (Madagascar): Social representations, family involvment and servicewomen's career paths in Madagascar
- Daniele Toro (Italy): Transnational Radical Nationalist Networks between Germany and Italy 1918– 1933: An Entangled History of "Fascistisation"
- Jovana Vukcevic (Montenegro): The price of memory: Commodifying legacies of unwanted heritage in the Balkans
For an overview about the Start-ups 2017 and all Start-up scholars since 2013, please see: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/bghs/Personen/Fellows/startup_fellows.html
Visting Fellows and their projects
- Mariana Bodnaruk (Ukraine): Production of Distinction: The Representation of Senatorial Elites in the Later Roman Empire (306–395)
- Andrew Mitchell (UK): Observing Fukushima: A Case Study of Japanese Nuclear Policy through Luhmann's Social Systems Theory
For an overview about the Visiting Fellows 2017 and ALL Visiting Fellows since 2009, please see: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/bghs/Personen/Fellows/visiting_fellows.html
The BGHS-Welcome Day in Summer Term 2017 takes place on Wednesday 26 April. 17 new doctoral researchers, six Start-up Fellows and two Visiting Fellows are introduced.
More information about the new doctoral researchers of the BGHS and our guests in Summer Term 2017 are available at:
New employees at the BGHS (from left): Sisay Megersa Dirirsa, Theresa Renana Faye Hornischer, Aanor Roland, Ina Kiel, Mehran Haji Mohammadian, Edvaldo de Aguiar Portela Moita. Photo by Thomas Abel/BGHS
On 01 April 2017 six new doctoral researchers started their work at the BGHS as new employees. The three sociologists and three historians applied for the announced doctoral positions of the BGHS at the end of 2016. They managed to be successful in a multistage selection process with more than one hundred applicants.
One of them is the sociologist Aanor Roland from France. She will research the topic “Tax governance in the European Union: Explaining the post-crisis answer of the EU towards corporate tax avoidance” and looks forward to her time of doctoral work at Bielefeld University – just as her colleagues, the sociologists Edvaldo de Aguiar Portela Moita from Brazil and Mehran Haji Mahammadian from Iran. While Edvaldo Moita, who works on “Influxes of Subinclusion in the Construction of constitutional fields of Illegalities”, is new at the BGHS, Mehran Haji has already gained experiences as a Start-up Scholar in 2016. The funding programme, which supports international MA-graduates, convinced him to work on his dissertation topic “The Rise of Retirement in Iran. A Movement from Margin of Social Policy to Center?” here in Bielefeld.
The historian Sisay Megersa Dirirsa from Ethiopia was also a Start-up Scholar at the BGHS in 2016, to work on his exposé for his current research project ”Ethiopia as a supra national state? An inquiry into the space of Contemporary Ethiopian History”. Now he is able to realize the research project, financed by the BGHS. Theresa Hornischer can also look upon a similar story of success. The historian was a participant of the BGHS Shortcut programme in winter semester 2015/16 and applied subsequently to a doctoral position at the BGHS. As a new member of the BGHS, she will turn her attention on ”‘Les écrivaines-voyageuses‘ – Reisende Frauen als Intellektuelle in der Zwischenkriegszeit in Frankreich am Beispiel von Léo Wanner.” – A research project about travelling intellectual women in the interwar period in France on the example of Léo Wanner.
The interwar period is also the topic of her colleague Ina Kiel. The historian will write her dissertation about “Fernand Desprès. Ein engagierter Aktivist in internationalen Zirkeln während der Zwischenkriegszeit – Un militant engagé dans des cercles internationaux pendant l’entre-deux-guerres “ – an activist in international networks during the interwar period.
We cordially welcome all new employees and wish all of them a productive and successful time at the BGHS.
A report on the new employees of the BGHS and all new doctoral researchers at the BGHS in Summer term 2017 is available at: uni.aktuell (in german)
Beyond External Borders: Multi-level analysis and comparative perspectives on migration governance
Participants of the workshop(from left)): Richard Staring, Aysen Üstübici, Beste Isleyen, Soledad Alvarez Velasco, Susanne Schultz, Thomas Faist, Sibel Karadag, Inka Stock, Lena Laube. Photo by Thomas Abel
On 16 and 17 March 2017, an international workshop on Beyond External Borders: Multi-Level Analysis and Comparative Perspectives on Migration Governance took place at the BGHS. The focus of the event was on the effects of the externalization policies of migration (in particular by the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (USA)). Particular attention was paid to the outsourcing and differentiation of border controls and the management of migration in countries of the global South.
The workshop attracted young, above all female, scientists from Turkey, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Germany: Soledad Alvarez Velasco (Kings College London, United Kingdom), Best Isleyen (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Sibel Karadag (Koc University, Turkey), Lena Laube, (University of Bonn, Germany), Richard Staring (University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands). Invited speaker was Thomas Faist (Bielefeld University). The workshop was organized by Yaatsil Guevara- Gonzalez, Susanne Schultz and Inka Stock (all Bielefeld University) as well as Aysen Üstübici (Koc University, Turkey).
After an introductory speech by Prof. Dr. Thomas Faist on Mechanisms of Externalization, two central questions were focused in a brainstorming: What exactly do we mean by externalization? and What are the effects of externalization?. An affinity mapping served the participants of the workshop to arrange various aspects of externalization: the perspectives of the countries of destination of migration, of origin and transit as well as the perspectives of different groups of actors (migrants, nation states and market-relevant actors, e.g. "smugglers").
The second workshop day was devoted to the presentation and discussion of various article abstracts from the workshop participants. Here, the contexts, mechanisms, instruments, actors and areas of externalization, which were developed together on the preceding day, played an important role.
With the workshop, another important step on the way to a planned special issue on the topic of externalization in a high-ranking academic journal has been made, which is to appear in the near future. Besides the questions concerning the definition and conceptualization of externalization, different research projects on migration policies and their effects, above all in the Global South, will be at the center.