Report: Non-academic careers

Veröffentlicht am 9. Mai 2018

Professor Thomas Welskopp, deputy director at the BGHS, welcomed the participants of the event. Foto: Thomas Abel

What happens after finishing the PhD? Where can I work with my qualifications? How could I find a job which is related to my research? Is this only possible in an academic environment? And what is expected from me in a non-academic job?
These questions were discussed at the event “Non-academic careers for historians and social scientists”. The discussants were not only members of the BGHS and the university, but also representants from institutions which were not related to the university.

These were in particular:
• Rafael Barth, freelancing science journalist
• Jan Carstensen und Mathis Kleinitz, LWL-Freilichtmuseum Detmold
• Heike Herold, LWL Kulturabteilung
• Helen Müller, Bertelsmann, Department Cultural Affairs & Coporate History
• Tomislav Novoselac, Claas Unternehmensarchiv
• Thomas Podranski, Gerda-Henkel-Stiftung
• Kirsten John-Stucke, Kreismuseum Wewelsburg
• Hilde Schaeper, Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung

The goal of the event was to give all participants the chance to discuss ways of making career in the non-academic business sector and to learn from people who made it from the university into this sector how the expectations look like.

Dr. Hilde Schaeper (DZHW) describes how she started with PhD a career outside the university. Foto: Thomas Abel

Dr. Helen Müller (Bertelsmann) during her input.Foto: Thomas Abel

Experience reports

First, the guests from The beginning of these impressions could be made in the introductory round, where all non-university guests deliver an insight into the institution they are now working in and how they have come to their current position. Dr. Hilde Schaeper from the German Center for Higher Education and Science Research (DZHW) and Dr. Helen Müller, who heads Bertelsmann's Cultural Affairs and Corporate History department, went into more details about the expectations of work in her companies and where the doctorate could benefit.

Participants discuss expectations of the non-university labuor market.Foto: Thomas Abel

Discussions in World Café format

The discussions were deepened after the break. In the "World Cafe" format, the participants of the event came together in changing small groups to discuss various theses on the importance of a doctorate for a non-university career. The theses were in detail:

1) Additional skills are more important than the topic of the dissertation.
2) It is almost impossible to get into non-university occupational fields.
3) A doctorate from humanities qualifies primarily for a career in academic.
4) Non-university work and academic work do not match.

Results of the discussions

In the concluding discussion, the discussions that emerged among the participants around the theses were then presented.

The thesis "additional skills are more important than the topic of the dissertation" was here largely approved. However, exceptions are occupations in special areas such as at the Wewelsburg, where promotion issues related to National Socialism are preferred. Another result is that the doctoral process itself is a qualification, but it has to be spliten into its component for non-university employers.

For the thesis, "it is almost impossible to get into non-university occupational fields", there was hardly any agreement among the participants. Rather, it was emphasized that staying at the university is much more difficult. In order to facilitate the transition to the non-university environment, it is recommended, according to the results of the group, to establish contacts in the potential occupational field even before completing the dissertation.

The fact that a doctorate from humanities primarily qualifies for a career in academic was again supported. The main topic of discussion was whether the doctorate is still important as a status symbol, because with increasing numbers of doctoral candidates, a doctorate is needed to "be part of". Furthermore, the discussing doctoral candidates noticed that the term "career" means a form of planned ascent, which most of them have not seen before.

The thesis "Non-university work and academic work do not match " was dismissed very quickly. The work for museums alone would be a counterexample. In addition, according to the discussion, the new generation of academics is better able to "convert" their acquired skills from the academic process into non-university skills. That would make it easier for them to connect to the non-university occupational field than it was to previous generations.

To translate the acquired qualifications

As a synthesis of all theses discussions, it was concluded that the challenge for a non - university career is to break down the qualifications that have been acquired and taken for granted through a doctorate into individual terms so that they can be used for employers in the non-university occupational field.

The event at WDR 5

The event was also reported in the WDR 5 program Leonardo . BGHS Executive Manager Sabine Schäfer, doctoral candidate Klaus Schröder and Tomislav Novoselac from the Claas corporate archive are speaking. The feature starts at minute 59:50. Link:
[WDR 5 Leonardo mp3]

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Report: The Research Fellows Colloquium

Veröffentlicht am 2. Mai 2018

Visiting Fellow Rodrigo Mota presents his doctoral research project.
Foto: Thomas Abel

On 24 April, the Research Fellows, who are guests at the BGHS during the summer semester, introduced themself and their projects during the event Meet the Fellows. This year there are three guests: Visiting Fellows, Rodrigo Mota and Anastasia Zaplatina, and one Researcher in Residence, Gabriel Ferreira da Fonseca.


The sociologist Rodrigo Mota comes from Brazil and researches at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife (Brazil). His topic is „Individualisms and Individuations: Georg Simmel and the Sciology of the Individual“.

With Georg Simmel’s concept of the individuum as a start, combined with other ideas and own conceptions of the term “individuum” and its different meaning in different societies, one of the goals of Rodrigo Mota’s work is to examine how the concept of individualism plays a role in the perception the Global North as about the South.

In Bielefeld, Rodrigo Mota will use the time to get familiar with the systems theory approach to the concept of individuum.

Visiting Fellow Anastasia Zaplatina describes, how she researches the meaning of veneral diseases for the Red Army.
Foto: Thomas Abel

Anastasia Zaplatina is a Russian historian from the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moskau). Her topic is „Venereal Diseases in the Red Army in 1941-45: Gender and Epidemiological Aspects“.

According to Zaplatina, there was little research before about the effect of veneral diseases in the Red Army. She developed the idea that her topic is worth researching after reading the historian Franz Seidler. According to him, more people died in the Second World War due to diseases than to direct war effects. One of her main approaches is he question, how the war changed concept of masculinity in Russia.

Anastasia Zaplatina wants to use her stay in Germany to study the research about the Wehrmacht and look for a comparative approach for her own work.

Gabriel Ferreira da Fonseca about his research concering the House Financing program of Brazil.Foto: Thomas Abel

Gabriel Ferreira da Fonseca, sociologist from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, deals with a problem between sociology and law. He uses an approach from the systems theory, to examine the tensions between the system of law and the system of economy, which occur in the Brazilian House Financing program.

His ambitions are, putted simply, “to help the people having houses”. He wants to commit his time in Bielefeld to the purpose to go deeper into systems theory discussions.

The Fellows will be guests at the BGHS for three months.

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:

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New doctoral researcher and guests

Veröffentlicht am 19. April 2018

12 of the 19 doctoral researcher, who start in the summer terms at the BGHS. Foto: Thomas Abel

On Wednesday, 18 April the BGHS Welcome Day took place. Dr. Sabine Schäfer, the executive manager of the BGHS, welcomed the new colleagues and international guests and informed the 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

19 new colleagues are starting their research projects at the BGHS in summer term: Four female and three male historians, and five female and seven male sociologists.

The new doctoral researcher and their projetcs:

  • Robert Eberhardt (History): Praktiken der paarweisen Zusammenstellung von Bildern im 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhundert
  • Luise Fast (History): Decentering Cultural Encounter Interpreters as Transcultural Brokers in the 19th Century
  • Franz Jakob Kather (History): Südpalast. Microhistory of a globalization
  • Anna Maria Neubuert (History): Research Foundations and their Influence on the Digital Transformation of Arts and Humanities
  • Agnes Piekacz (History): The Colonists‘ Old Clothes. Altkleiderhandel im British Empire, ca. 1850-1910
  • Simon Siemianowski (History): Inclusion individuality and the relational self - A comparative study of Iberian and Italian diaries and family books of the 15th and 16th century
  • Mira Claire Zadrozny (History): Images of Ruins. (New) Comparative Viewing in Mid-19th Century Paris
  • Lisa Baßenhoff (Sociology): Leistungskunst? Die historische Genese von Rankings in der bildenden Kunst
  • Isabell Diekmann(Sociology): Anti-Islam sentiment and anti-Muslim prejudice - on the relationship between religion and individuals
  • Patrick Kahle (Sociology): Collective and the (Figures/Figurations of the) Third: On Construction of Collective Identities in Triads
  • Bernd Kappel (Sociology): Gender self-conception under the condition of the diversification of Gender conceptions. By taking into consideration the experiences and life styles of teenager and young adults.
  • Georg Kessler (Sociology): The Late-Bloomers in the Third Life-Decade - Relevance for Criminological Theory and Methodology
  • Rebecca Knecht (Sociology): Thinking Masculinity. Care Staff’s Ascriptions of Belonging in Working with Minor Refugees
  • Mohamed Haikel Fansuri Bin Mohamed (Sociology): Contested Masculinity in Southeast Asia – Social Media as a Canvas for Belonging
  • Karlson Preuß (Sociology): The unwritten Constitution as an intersection between global law and world politics
  • Yannick Schöpper (Sociology): Renewable energy policy between continuity and change - The regulation of the German and British Electric Power Industry in comparison
  • Tabea Schroer (Sociology): Un-/known inequality? On the (de-)differentiation of belonging among students at Grandes Écoles in times of internationalization
  • Andrea Schwarz (Sociology): Analyzing delinquency in panel studies considering attrition patterns
  • Mathias Wetzel (Sociology): State-Citizen Relation through Taxation. A Fiscal Sociological Study of German Public Finances

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:

International guests at the BGHS: Start-up Scholars and Visiting Fellows

This years international guests – six Start-up Scholars and three 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 Research 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.

The Start-Ups (f.l.t.r.:) Nicolás Gómez, Mezgebu Mengistie, Olga Olkheft, Sundara Hannah Shirley Jeyakumar Christdoss, Yordanos Estifanos and Moynul Haque. Picture: Thomas Abel

Start-up Scholars and their planned projects:

  • Yordanos Estifanos (Ethiopia): The Political Economy of Transnational Migration: Ethiopian Irregular Migrants
  • Nicólas Gómez (Chile): Transnational Labour Discipline: British management and the workers in the sheep farming industry of Magallanes (Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego late nineteenth and early twentieth century)
  • Moynul Haque (Bangladesh): Nonviolent Resistance in Bangladesh
  • Sundara Shirley Jeyakumar Christdoss (India): Socio-economic inequality and infant morbidity in India
  • Mezgebu Mengistie (Ethiopia): Ideal Masculinity and Retaliation among the Knife Fighting People of Raya Kobo District, North Wollo Zone of Amhara Region, North Eastern Ethiopia
  • Olga Olkheft (Russia): Russian Avant-Garde Art as the art of Russian Revolution: The history of re-conception of Russian art of the beginning of the 20th century through the international art exhibitions in 1970-1980

For an overview about the Start-ups 2018 and all Start-up scholars since 2013, please see:

The Research Fellows (f.l.t.r.:) Gabriel Ferreira da Fonseca, Anastasia Zaplatina and Rodrigo Mota. Picture: Thomas Abel

Visting Fellows and their projects

  • Rodrigo Mota (Brazil): Individualisms and Individuations: Georg Simmel and the Sociology of the Individual
  • Anastasie Zaplatina (Russia): Veneral Diseases in the Red Army in 1941-1945: Gender and Epidemiological Aspects
  • Gabriel Ferreira da Fonseca (Brazil): Tensions between law and economy in the Housing Finance System: A reconstruction from the systems theory.

For an overview about the Visiting Fellows 2018 and all Visiting Fellows since 2009, please see:

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BGHS member Justus Heck in WDR Lokalzeit

Veröffentlicht am 17. April 2018

BGHS member and sociologist Justus Heck. Bild: BGHS

Justus Heck was guest in the local news show "WDR Lokalzeit" to speak about his research topic.

You find the video of the interview here (in German):

Report about his lecture the referee's fear of the penalty kick in frame of the Linie 4 lecture series:

Justus Heck's profile with a description of his research topic:

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Announcement: Welcome Day 2018

Veröffentlicht am 10. April 2018

The BGHS-Welcome Day in Summer Term 2018 takes place on Wednesday 18 April, 2 pm. 19 new doctoral researchers, six Start-up Fellows, two Visiting Fellows and one Researcher in Residence are introduced.

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Guest lecturer & researcher in 2018

Veröffentlicht am 4. April 2018

Overview: The four guest researcher & lecturer who visited the BGHS in January and February. Pictures: Thomas Abel

With the end of the winter semester, the BGHS welcomed several international guests from different disciplines and research areas. As guest researcher and lecturer they hold seminars, did research, discussed with the doctoral researchers and gave advice for their projects.

Historian from Finland: Kalle Pihlainen Picture: Thomas Abel

Kalle Pihlainen

From 4 January until 15 February, the adj. professor Kalle Pihlainen (University of Turku, Finland) was a 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.

It was his second time here. The first time was in 2014. Both times he was suggested by Zoltán Boldizsár Simon, who just got the doctorate in history. “He has a very good overview in the field of philosophy of history”, he says. “And especially for me was good, that we often have different opinions in discussions. It sharps your way to argument way better than agreement.”

On 18 January, Pihlainen presented his book The Work of History. Constructivism and a Politics of the Past in frame of the colloquia series of the department of history. On 30 and 31 January he hold a block seminar about violence and legitimacy in 'speaking for others'

Professor for History at the City University of New York: Dagmar Herzog Picture: Thomas Abel

Dagmar Herzog

From 9 to 11 January, Dagmar Herzog, professor at the City University of New York, visited the BGHS. 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. On 10 and 11 January, she gave a Methods Class about Psychoanalysis/ Sexuality: New Methodological Challenges.

Historian at the Universitity of Basel: Peter Bänziger Picture: Thomas Abel

Peter Bänziger

On 16 and 17 January, Dr. Peter Bänziger gave a seminar at the BGHS. Bänziger is a historian from Basel University. As a fellow of the current ZiF-research group In Search of the Global Labour Market, which takes place in Bielefeld, he had not far to the BGHS. The topic of his seminar was: Production or Consumption? Deconstructing a Guiding Difference of Modernity.

One of the participants was Aanor Roland, who works at the BGHS on her doctoral project about tax governance in the European Union. “We discussed basic literature and classics – but with more background and with new perspectives on them”, she says. Among others, they read texts of Karl Marx and Adam Smith and discussed for example, how Smith became the reputation to be the father of neoliberalism.

Marcelo Neves, Professor für Public Law und Legal Theory in Brasilien Picture: Thomas Abel

Marcelo Neves

Professor Marcelo Neves visited the BGHS from 23 January to 1 February. Neves is originally a professor for public law and legal theory and the University of Brasilia. But according to BGHS member Edvaldo de Aguiar Portela Moita, who recommended Neves, his ideas are interesting for historians and sociologists as well. “He is one of the most famous scholars of law in Brazil”, he explains. “And the most interesting part about him is, that he is not only a lawyer, but also works with Systems Theory. His doctoral thesis was a discussion of Luhmann’s theory of the system of law, and Luhmann cited him in his later works about the law.”

The block seminar Marcelo Neves hold was about the topic: Globalization or peripherization: how to conceive of modern democracies in a World Society?

Events and guest lecturer in the summer semester

The semester break will still last until 9 April. The next BGHS event is 17 April, BGHS around the world. On 18 April will be the Welcome Day, where the new BGHS member and start-ups will be introduced.

The guest lecturer of the summer semester will be Dr. Chien-Juh Gu (Western Michigan University) und Prof. Peter J. Heather (King's College London). Chien-Juh Gu is a sociologist with a teaching and research focus on the sociology of gender. Her block seminar will be from 19 – 20 June, and deals with the topic "Immigration and Gender: Theory, Methods, and Analysis". Peter J. Heather is a historian, his research interests lie in the later Roman Empire and its successor states. He holds a seminar about The Christianisation of Europe from 24 – 25 May.

More events in the BGHS calendar:

More information about the guest lecturer program:

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What happens after the finished PhD?

Veröffentlicht am 29. März 2018

What happens after the achieved docotorate? This question gets louder for doctoral researcher, the closer they are to finishing their PhD. Where can I work with my qualifications? How do I get a job which is related to the topics I studied and researched? Do I have to stick to the academic /world/ to fulfil this expectations? To what extinct is a PhD useful, in a non-university context?

Get to know the perspective of companies

Since these questions are more difficult to answer for academics in history or social sciences, the BGHS invites to an event where doctoral researchers and representatives of non-university institutions shall get into discussions. “We don’t want to do advertising for specific companies”, Melanie Eulitz, the organizer of the event explains. “It’s about offering ideas to our doctoral researchers, how a career outside the university can work.”

There will be typical economic companies, however research centers, museums, foundations and research centers will be there as well. The represented working areas reach from applied research, to history marking and work in company archives, to consulting in politics and science journalism. “You don’t have to leave science behind you, just because you leave the university”, Melanie Eulitz sums up.

Focus on discussions with organizations

The goal ist to give all doctoral representatives the opportunity to discuss their individual ideas or questions with the guests. The discussion format “World Café” shall give the chances to do so, while doctoral researchers and guests discuss statements which are common for non-university careers, like that you always need additional qualifications beside your PhD.

In this way it is possible for the doctoral researcher, to level their expectations with the non-university professional practice and eventually get a new sight for career opportunities.

The participating organizations

  • Bertelsmann – Kultur und Geschichte/Cultural Affairs and Corporate History
  • Claas Unternehmensarchiv
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW)
  • Gerda-Henkel-Stiftung
  • Freelancing science journalist
  • Institut für soziale Arbeit
  • Kreismuseum Wewelsburg
  • LWL-Freilichtmuseum Detmold
  • LWL Kulturabteilung

Applications for the event to Melanie Eulitz via bghs@uni-bielefeld.de

Die event in the ekVV (in German):

The whole announcement:

The schedule

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NEXT Network Conference

Veröffentlicht am 26. März 2018

From 19 till 20 March 2018 the 4th NEXT conference - Networks of EXcellent Doctoral Training in Germany (NEXT) took place at Freie Universität Berlin. The conference was organized by the executive managers of the four graduate schools at Freie Universität: Dr. Lars Ostermeier (Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS)), Dr. Jeanette Kördel (Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies (FSGS)), Dr. Katrin Gengenbach (Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS)) und Dr. David Bosold (Graduate School of North American Studies (GSNAS)).

Executive managers and coordinators of Graduate Schools from all over Germany, including Dr. Sabine Schäfer, Melanie Eulitz and Thomas Abel from the BGHS, discussed in various sessions current plans and challenges of the graduate schools within the Excellence Initiative. The focus was on strategies to stabilize the individual institutions in structures at home universities.

Other topics included curricula and finances, supervision agreements for doctoral researchers and questions of personnel development, career services, and perspectives for Alumni.

In addition to the individual sessions, there was a panel discussion on Challenges of Graduate Schhools with discussants from different fields:

  • Dr. Markus Edler, Executive Manager Dahlem Research School
  • Dr. Anselm Fremmer, German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Dr. Sandra Janßen, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Prof. Dr. Gudrun Krämer, Director BGSMCS
  • Prof. Dr. Jule Specht, Humboldt-University and member of Junge Akademie - academy of young academics worldwide
  • Host: Christine Prußky

A conference report by radio station »Deutschlandfunk« (in German) can be heard here: Exzellenzmittel gestrichen: Graduiertenschulen vor unsicherer Zukunft [Excellency canceled: graduate schools in uncertain future] (Author: Claudia van Laak).

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BGHS member involved in a publication about the Externsteine

Veröffentlicht am 14. März 2018

On of the editors and BGHS member: Stefanie Haupt Bild: BGHS

The book presents new scientific research on the Externsteine and gives a critical insight into ideological interpretations, that have been generated by the Völkisch movement since the early 20th century.

Two members of the BGHS and one alumnus contributed to the book: the historians Stefanie Haupt, Julia Schafmeister and Karsten Wilke wrote articles on central Völkisch protagonists and on the significance of the Externsteine for right-wing extremism.

Cover of the book: Die Externsteine

Presentation of the book on 15 March in Detmold

The book will be presented in a ceremonial address on Thursday, 13 March 2018, at 7:30 p.m. at Lippisches Landesmuseum in Detmold. Among other speakers, co-editor Stefanie Haupt will present the concept of the book, as well as the concept of the conference which gave the fundament for it.

More information about the book “„Die Externsteine - Zwischen wissenschaftlicher Forschung und völkischer Deutung “ (in German):

More information about the event on Thursday:

The involved BGHS member:
Stefanie Haupt
Julia Schafmeister
Karsten Wilke

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Lecture report: The referee's fear of the penalty kick

Veröffentlicht am 5. März 2018

Justus Heck during his lecture in the VHS Bielefeld. Photo by Thomas Abel

A penalty kick is a very special situation in football, not for only the players, but also for the referees. What makes the situation that special was the question of the presentation by sociologist Justus Heck, he hold on 6 February within the open lecture series Linie 4 at the VHS Bielefeld. Under the heading The referee’s fear of the penalty kick. Towards an interaction sociology of football games he discussed, how the presence of a referee changes the game.

In the beginning Justus Hecks pointed out, that normally the referee himself is seen as frightening and formidable. But also the referee has reasons to fear, last but not least because his decisions can make the game. Moreover the referee's power about the games’ development leads to a different behavior of the players, claimed Heck: They commit more fouls.

Comparison between Wilde Liga and amateur football league

To proof his thesis, Heck compared the behavior of players in the normal amateur football league with players of the “Wilde Liga”, (wild league). Temas in the “Wilde Liga“ organize themselves and play football games without a referee involved. If a player thinks that he he was fouled, he only has to tell it. If the player who probably committed the foul do not agree, other players that stood next to the situation are asked to make a decision. That means, every player also is a referee.

In the normal amateur league, the referee has the power for decisions. So the players don't have any longer the chance and power to decide about fouls. They can ask the referee for decision or express they they have a different view, but they have no influence on the decision itself. Since the referee decides about the game – start, end, goals, fouls and minor details, the teams play in first instance for him and his decisions. That leads to more competition between the teams, says Justus Heck. For the players it becomes very important to show fouls. On the other side the players can break rules without any effect, if the referee does not notice the fouls. In the Wilde Liga, this unfair situation cannot occur, because everybody is a referee.

The audience of the lecture "the referee's fear of the penalty kick".Photo by Thomas Abel

Teams play for the referee

During the the discussion with the audience the question was discussed, if football teams prepare themselves for the referee in particular - for example if they are told by their coaches that it is okay for a certain referee to tackle harder. Also the question was raised why players question the referees’ decisions in the first place, although they will never be corrected afterwards. The answer of Justus Heck: To increase the referee’s fear for the next decision against the same team.

End of the Open Lecture Series Linie 4

With the presentation by Justus Heck, the open lecture series Linie 4 came to an end for the winter term 17/18. Seven doctoral researchers from the BGHS presented their topics from history and sociology. From Consumption and national modernization in China, Persecution and recommencement: Yezidi women in Germany, and finally to the referee’s fear of the penalty kick, the lecture series discussed a broad variety of topics, which can be seen as an example for the variety of doctoral research projects at the BGHS.

The lecture series Linie 4 is organized by the doctoral researchers of the BGHS and takes place every winter term at the VHS Bielefeld. The dates and topics of the next series will be announced in summer 2018.

For further information to the past 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)

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Workshop-Report: Italy and 1945

Veröffentlicht am 22. Februar 2018

The participants of the workshop about Italy and 1945.Photo by Thomas Abel

From 29 to 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’. 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, e.g.).

Teresa Malice and Stefan Laffin, doctoral researchers at the BGHS and the workshop organizers, 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:

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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:

More information about the Annual Seminar at the BGHS:

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:

More information about the Annual Seminar:

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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.


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:

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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)

Text: Cleovi Mosuela

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