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:
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.
In the Working Paper Series a new article has been published. Silja Pietkänen, doctoral researcher at the Department of History and Ethnology at University of Jyväskylä, Finland, discusses the topic: Smiling children of the Soviet Socialist Republics: Representations of children of the Soviet Socialist Republics in the propaganda photographs published in the magazine SSSR na Stroike.
The paper is avaliable via the following link: https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/publication/2915177
Additional Working Paper and more information about the Working Paper Series project you can find here: www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/bghs/Publikationen/Working_Paper/
Sociologist Carla Thiele and an interested audience. Photo by Thomas Abel
On Tuesday, 21 November 2017, the public lecture series Linie 4, organized by the BGHS in cooperation with Volkshochschule Bielefeld, continued with sociologist Carla Thiele. Her lecture was to the topic Persecution and New beginning: Yazidi women in Germany.
According to Carla Thiele, the Yazidi community in Germany is the second largest in the world. Most of them are settled in Eastern Westphalia and Lower Saxony. The daily news often covers Yazidi as refugees or in the context of “Ehrenmorde” (honour killings). But the news rarely provide background information, like: Who are the Yezidi? Where do they come from and what beliefs do they have? Why are they persecuted as a religious minority? These were some of the questions the sociologist Carla Thiele discussed in her lecture.
Germany: a land of many opportunities – but still unfree?
The first aspect of Carla Thiele’s lecture based on the question how Yezidi women find a balance between their old traditions and their new ways of life in Germany. She focused on the inner perspectives of the Yazidi women, setting aside any kinds of descriptions from outside.
Carla Thiele pointed out that the challenge of balancing old and new ways of living is more difficult for the younger Yezidi women who live in Germany in the second or third generation. They feel, that their ideas for emancipation often are in opposition to patriarchal structures of Yazidi traditions – especially in the case of marriage. On the one hand, there is their faith and their social and cultural backgrounds of the Yazidi community. On the other hand, there are desires for freedom, emancipation and self-determination. To combine these life perspectives is not only a challenge for the Yazidi women but for the whole Yazidi community worldwide.
The lecture was followed by a lively discussion, where Carla Thiele could answer more questions, show her expertise and share her knowledge with the interested listeners.
Preview: Chemistry in Court
On Tuesday, 5 Decemer, the open lecture series will be continued with a lecture by the historian Marcus Carrier to the topic Chemistry in Court: Poisonings in the 19th Century. The lecture will be 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)
Text: Theresa Hornischer. Translation: Andreas Hermwille
The participants of the Research Retreat 2017. Foto: Thomas Abel
Research Retreat 2017
A weekend, secluded from the academic everyday work, to be able to focus on the presentation and discussion of new doctoral projects: That is the Research Retreat. The Research Retreat of 2017 took place at the last weekend in Vlotho near Bielefeld. 19 doctoral researchers took the opportunity to present and discuss their dissertation projects. In addition to the new colleagues, Prof. Dr. Ursula Mense-Petermann, Prof. Dr. Thomas Welskopp and Prof. Dr. Oliver Flügel-Martinsen participated in the presentations and discussions of the projects.
Beyond the presentations, the participants of the research retreat had the opportunity to enter into an interdisciplinary dialogue. One of the doctoral researchers, Daniele Toro, highlights the unique atmosphere: “We were able to discuss scientific contents, without being restricted by the formal frames that the university context often carries. We had open and free conversations. If somebody had just seen us without hearing our discussions, he had hardly assumed that we were a group of scholars.”
The yearly research retreat invites first year BGHS doctoral researchers. Besides the presentation and discussion of their dissertation projects the new BGHS colleagues are also welcomed by their doctoral representatives.
The Dissertation Projects of the Participants
- Ina Kiel (History): Fernand Desprès. Ein engagierter Aktivist in internationalen Zirkeln während der Zwischenkriegszeit.
- Stefanie Haupt (History): Völkische Ortungen und Germanische Himmelskunde. Debatten um eine vor- und frühgeschichtliche Astronomie im Deutschland der Zwischenkriegszeit
- Dominik Hofmann (Sociology): Soziologie der Erwartung - Der Wandel der Erwartungsstile und das Phänomen der impunidad in der Weltgesellschaft
- Stefan Roepke (History): Praktiken des Dienens in den Aufzeichnungen Hans von Schweinichens
- Jule Adriaans (Sociology): Bedingungen und Folgen individueller Gerechtigkeitsein-stellungen im internationalen Vergleich – ein Beitrag zur komparativen Gerechtigkeitsforschung
- Susan Krause(History): Blinde Zugänge zur Vergangenheit!? – Empirische Untersuchung zur historischen Imagination von Schüler*innen mit Förderschwerpunkt Sehen als Beitrag zur Inklusion im Geschichtsunterricht
- Anatoly Boyashov(Sociology): World politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society
- Christopher Schulte-Schüren(History): “A strike is nothing but war.” Vergleichspraktiken in der Berichterstattung über Arbeitskämpfe in den USA 1890-1914
- Edvaldo de Aguiar Portela Moita (Sociology): Influxes of subinclusion in the construction of fields of illegality: Analysing street vendors activities in Brazil through legal decisions
- Gladys Vásquez Zevallos (History): 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)
- Ayomide O. Kolawole (Sociology): The Politics of Universalism in the Global South: A case study of Pension policies in Kenya, Botswana, and Nepal.
- Daniele Toro (History): Radikalnationalistische Netzwerke im zentraleuropäischen Raum 1917–1934: Verflechtungsprozesse des Faschismus als transnationale soziale Bewegung
- Mehran Haji Mohammadian (Sociology): The Rise of Retirement in Iran A Development from the Margin to the Center of Social Policy?
- Alisait Yilkin (Sociology):To vote or not to vote: The participation and non-participation in turkish election of young generations of Turkish Citizens living in Germany
- Johannes Nagel (History): The American Military during the Global Transformation, 1865-1905
- Sisay Dirirsa (History): The Ethiopian Empire: A Future Past Dialectics
- Abrham Yohannes (Sociology): National Identities versus cultural identities: Beta Israel Communites
- Henning Middelschulte (Sociology): Conceptual Change in Social Science Education: Integrating Epistemology, Neuro-Psychology and Empirical Evidence of Common Knowledge
- Aziz Elmuradov (Sociology): Competing narratives of EU in Russian foreign policy: in search for identity or policy?
From left to right: Cleovi Mosuela (BGHS), Florence Mok (University of York), José Villareal (BGHS) und Susan Krause (BGHS).
While Ida Jansson from Lund University and Joshua Ravenhill from the University of York were guests in Bielefeld, three members of the BGHS, Cleovi Mosuela, José Villareal and Susan Krause went for two weeks for the Desk Exchange to Lund in Sweden.
Within the Desk Exchange in Lund the three young researchers from Bielefeld and their colleague Florence Monk from the University of York had the opportunity to get an insight into the academic system abroad, to come in contact with colleagues and researchers and to create international networks. During their stay the participants had also the chance to take part in the study programme present their dissertation projects and meet with professors.
More information about the BGHS researchers
Cleovi Mosuela is sociologist. Her research project is on Assembling Circulation: Governing the mobility of health professionals from the Philippines to Germany.
The PhD project of José Villareal is located in the field of historical sociology and focuses on the relation between Insurgent Citizenship, State Power and Regional Differences in Ecuador.
Susan Krause is historian and works with visually impaired pupils, their imaginations of the past and new concepts of inclusive schooling.
More about the Desk-Exchange:
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
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: www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/bghs/Personen/Fellows/shortcuts.html
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.
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.
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:
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:
Text: Theresa Hornischer
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:
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.
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: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/bghs/Personen/Promovierende/
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.
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: