The InterDisciplines special issue “The body and its Multiple Dimensions is released now. This issues’ focus is understanding the body from different perspectives, such as from physical to metaphysical bodies, to social, to political and economic bodies. The topic evolved for the first time during the Linie 4 series of public lectures hold by members of the BGHS, which took place in 2016. On the occasion of the conference Lund/York/Bielefeld, also in 2016, some of the BGHS members worked out additional papers to approach their ideas of re_thinking the body.
The guest editors of the journal are Cleovi C. Mosuela, , alumna of the BGHS in the faculty of sociology and Britta Dostert, doctoral researcher in the faculty of history. A result is this issue with five articles by young international researchers.
About the topic
Common across the individual articles is an understanding of the body as a sociological and historical category in the center of an analysis of power relations, discourses, social transformations and contested meanings. Some papers demonstrate how biopolitical instruments use the body along intersectional categories for political purposes, which is in line with Foucault’s theory about bodies, being racialized, sexualized and gendered as a part of a biopolitical project.
Along this, Michelle G. Ong investigates aging Filipina migrant bodies in New Zealand. The article questions, how the construction of responsible citizenship is related to a certain healthy body and stabilize social inequalities. She therefore focusses throughout her discourse analysis of migrants’ understanding on health and aging bodies.
Oleksandra Tarkhanova focusses state discourses as well as she takes a critical stance on contemporary Ukrainian welfare and labor policy discourses in their effects on women’s reproductive rights and options. Tarkhanova analyses, how the female body is essentialized as a birth giving material to fulfil its “higher, natural purpose”.
Misogyny as a meaningful structure of gendering bodies, is also part of Susan Lindholms contribution, as she presents her research on the gendered body in the space of hip-hop. In her article she discusses the bodies’ potential of being able or unable to negotiate multiple and sometimes conflicting frames of belonging, such as national, transnational and popular culture.
Dealing with the example of soccer players, Katarzyna Herd argues that the body is a means for constructing narratives. Herd’s analysis signifies how soccer players enlarge their corporealities upon their own agency to impel history writing and the reputation of their team by performing in meaningful connections with their fans.
Also Cleovi C. Mosuela works with the concept of agency in relation to the body. Mosuela inquires into the corporeal element of nursing care in the case of Philippine-trained nurses working in german hospitals. Therefore she points out the significance of “body work” and care work, which leads to a very special, humanized relation to the patient.
About the InterDisciplines
The InterDisciplines, the online journal in editorial responsibility 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:
Professor Thomas Welskopp, deputy director at the BGHS, welcomed the participants Foto: Thomas Abel
In January 2019 the BGHS will launch the pilot project "non-academic careers". For a three-year term, the project, which is financed as part of the Universities’ strategic budget, supports doctoral researchers with their professional job decisions, nationally and internationally. During the project, a broad network to non-academic partners is going to be established, such as foundations, NGOs, public or economic corporations.
Twelve doctoral researchers from BGHS will have the possibility to gain practical experience in these organizations and will be accompanied by a supervision-program to reflect their experiences. For ten more Graduates there is going to be a Mentoring-Program.
The project stands in line with the recent and past BGHS-events for non-academic career options, which were actively provided in the area of Transferable Skills and Career Service.
Programme and Events in Career Service and Transferable Skills:
Job posting (german):
Review of past events:
This year, the BGHS as well as all members and all interested guests will celebrate the 10-year existence of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology. The programme of the convention on 30 November and 1 December is diverse: panel discussions and sessions, lectures and on saturday afternoon various entertainment opportunities. Both the BGHS by itself and all guests will not only reflect about the past and the beaten path but prepare and think about future issues, under the title of the two days Graduate Training of Young Scholars. Responsibility for the Future.
At the central panel discussion The Future of Graduate Education will participate: Peter Strohschneider (President DFG), Tilman Reitz (University Jena), Gerhard Sagerer (Rector Bielefeld University), Ursula Mense-Petermann (Director BGHS). Moderator of the discussion is Manfred Götzke (Deutschlandfunk).
If you are interested, please contact the BGHS at email@example.com until 15 November.
The preliminary programme is now online available at the website of the convention:http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/bghs/Programm/Jubilaeum/index.html
Honorees Katharina Wojahn and Tabea Schroer. Photo: Thomas Abel
On 5 October the Bielefeld Equality Award got granted for the category Gender Studies. The BGHS is very pleased to inform you that two of the three recipients were members of the BGHS. Alumna Katharina Wojahn got decorated for her dissertation about the topic „An empirical study of female commuters with child” (dt.: „Eine empirische Untersuchung von Pendlerinnen mit Kind“). Tabea Schroer, who participated at the Shortcuts Programme 2017 of the BGHS, received honors for her master thesis “Styling Knowledge – Drawing of Boundaries and Affiliations in the Job Biography of Afro Hair Stylists in Germany” (dt.: „Styling Knowledge - Grenzziehungen und Zugehörigkeiten in den Berufsbiographien von Afro Hair Stylistinnen in Deutschland“).Further information about the Bielefeld Equality Award:
Claas-Technoparc. Foto: Thomas Abel
On 18 October 2018 doctoral researchers and employees of the BGHS office visited the headquarters of agricultural machinery company Claas in Harsewinkel. Contact with Claas was made as a result of the BGHS Conference “Non-academic careers” in April, to which Claas's Head of Corporate History, Tomislav Novoselac, was invited as a speaker.
On the one hand, the excursion served to get to know Claas as an employer for historians and social scientists, but on the other hand, it also provided a general insight into the company.
The excursion consisted of a company presentation and a factory tour. Subsequently, Tomislav Novoselac gave an insight into his work area, the area of Coporate History. There was a lively discussion about the opportunities and limitations of this field of work. Finally, the participants were able to get to know the work area even better - by visiting the company archive and visiting an exhibition on the history of agricultural machinery under construction.
Tomislav Novoselac presented his working field Heritage Communication. Photo by Thomas Abel
Participants of the excursion to Claas. Photo by Thomas Abel
The excursion is part of the Transferable Skills programme of the BGHS: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Programm/Forschung_Karriere/index.html
Bericht zur Veranstaltung „Außeruniversitäre Karrierewege“: BGHS.NEWS
The new Doctoral Representatives (from left to right): Patrick Kahle, Ina Kiel, Mira Claire Zadrozny, Henning Middelschulte, Sisay Dirirsa, Ayomide Kolawole
Photo by Thomas Abel
The new doctoral representatives started their work at the BGHS. The representatives for »Doctoral Programme« are Mira Claire Zadrozny (History) and Henning Middelschulte (Sociology). The representatives for »Internationals« are Ayomide Kolawole (Sociology) and Sisay Dirirsa (History). Patrick Kahle (Sociology) and Ina Kiel (History) are elected representatives for »Social and Cultural Affairs«. The office term of the new elected doctoral representatives is one year.
Doctoral representatives at the BGHS
Doctoral representatives at the BGHS are there for the concerns of the doctoral researchers. Since the BGHS lays a great emphasis on its members' participation, the doctoral researchers choose their representatives among themselves. These are in complete six doctoral researchers, one in history and one in sociology for the "Doctoral Programme". In addition, there are two representatives for "Internationals" and "Social and Cultural Affairs".
The doctoral representatives for the "Doctoral Programme" are the main contact persons for all doctoral researchers of the BGHS. They represent the interests of the doctoral researchers, attend the meetings of the Executive Board, participate in the selection of fellows, mediate conflicts etc.
The doctoral representatives for the "Internationals" are contact persons for international doctoral researchers and fellows. They promote the specific interests of international doctoral researchers and accompany and advise the newcomers, as well facilitate their entry into university life in Bielefeld.
The doctoral representatives in the field of "Social and Cultural Affairs" are contact persons for social and cultural events at BGHS. Their task is to bring the BGHS members together, to plan joint activities, to perform and help shape the social and cultural life at the BGHS.
For further information on the representation of interests at the BGHS and the Guidelines of Representation, please see:
9 of the 15 doctoral researchers, who start in the winter terms 2018/19 at the BGHS. Foto: Thomas Abel
On Wednesday, 10 October the BGHS Welcome Day in winter term 2018/19 took place. Ursula Mense-Petermann, Director of the BGHS, welcomed the new colleagues. Following this Sabine Schäfer (Executive Management of the BGHS) and Bettina Brandt (Scientific Management of the Department of History) informed the new doctoral researcher about the BGHS, the Faculty of Sociology and the Department of History. After that the doctoral representatives introduced themselves. At the following coffee break in the BGHS-Lounge the doctoral researchers and guests had the chance to get to know each other better.
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 new doctoral researchers at the BGHS
15 new colleagues are starting their dissertaion projects this winter term: Five Historians (3 female, 2 male) and nice Sociologists (4 female, 6 male).
The new doctoral researchers and their projects:
- Paul Akuetteh Agoe (Sociology): Transnational Influences on Clothing Practices of Second-Generation Ghanaian Immigrants in North-Rhine Westphalia
- Marvin Bürmann (Sociology): Educational Mismatches in Times of Migration and Digitization
- Kim Dang (Soziologie): Self-governance through the concept of career in Vietnamese workers
- Stephan Fasold (History): Auctions as practices of property valuation in the UK and German Territories between 1750 and 1870
- Jan Handelmann (Sociology): Professionalität von sozialwissenschaftlichen Lehrkräften aus Sicht von Fachleiter*innen – Erhebung und Analyse der Professionskonzepte
- Cornelis Holtkamp (History): Class Struggle, Works Community, and Social Partnership. Labour Relations in the Westphalian Metalworking Industry, 1929-1949
- Laura Lükemann (Sociology): Women’s successful labor market integration over the life-course: A study of employee’s and workplace adaption processes to facilitate high career involvement of women around family formation
- Nina Martini (History): Collecting and understanding imagination of learner: An exploratory study about early historical thinking
- Charlotte Marx (Sociology): The impact of the organizational framework on the job quality of women and men
- Charles Simplice Mbatsogo Mebo (Sociology): Return migration policy in Cameroon: Strategic framework and prospects for Co-development
- Jascha Nord (Sociology): Nationen und Verfassungen: Eine historisch-soziologische Analyse zum Beitrag von Verfassungen bei der Entstehung von Nationalstaaten an den Beispielen USA, Frankreich und Haiti
- Eileen Peters (Sociology): How does the organizational framework shape social inequalities between immigrants and natives within workplaces?
- Álvaro Augusto Esinoza Rizo (Sociology): Sacred Spaces in Managua: Approaches from Bourdieu and Lefebvre
- Wanda Schürenberg (History): Narrating National Socialism in contributions to the German Federal President's History Competition: Change and continuity 1973-2017
- Malin Sonja Wilckens (History): Measuring Difference – A Global History of Travelling Skulls
New Researcher in Residence:
Aside from the doctoral researcher we also welcome researcher in residence Murat Kalkan at the BGHS. Murat Kalkan is a research assistant and doctoral researcher in labour economics and industrial relations at Istanbul University. His stay is going to last for one year.For further information about the research projects of the new doctoral researcher and an overview about all doctoral researchers at the BGHS and their projects, please see:
On Wednesday, 10 October, this semesters Welcome Day will take place. The event begins at 2 pm in the BGHS seminar room (X-B2-103). We welcome 14 new Doctoral Researcher writing their dissertation in Sociology and History as well as the Doctoral Researcher in Residence Murat Kalkan. The BGHS team will introduce themselves and all services. The Doctoral Representatives will introduce themselves as well. Everyone interested is warmly invited!
Further dates: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/bghs/Profil/kalender.html
Marius Meinhof. Picture by: Thomas Abel
This dissertation was outstanding - this is the judgment of the German Society of Sociology (DGS) about the work of BGHS-Alumnus Marius Meinhof, which deals with the shopping experiences of Chinese students. On 26 September, Marius Meinhof will be honoured with the “Dissertationspreis” at the congress of the DGS.
“I did not intend to do research about China”
“I went to China to learn the language, not to find a research topic”, says Marius Meinhof. “But the experiences I made during my stay were too interesting to not use them.” Concerning which aspect of life in China is easy to approach for people who are not familiar with the country, he decided to go for consumption behavior.
For his research, Meinhof did interviews with Chinese students about their way of living and how they buy and consume. In these interviews it appeared as tenor that the Western way of consumption, like shopping malls, are cutting out the traditional market and street vendors. In sociology, this development is known as “diffusion” and corresponded with Marius Meinhof’s expectations.
Surprise during the evaluation
But back in Bielefeld, evaluating his material, he was surprised: The descriptions the students have made about their lives did not match, what he had experienced with them. “I recognized it, when I read my research diary. I met students, who told me that the markets had disappeared, only to go with them to a market afterwards. This mismatch forced me to revise my theoretical approach.”
Discussing the theoretical approach
To do so, he approached sociologist all around in Germany, visited their colloquia and discussed his problem with the participants. He did the same at the BGHS, especially with internationals like the participants in the Startup-Scholar-program. Startup-Scholars are international MA graduates at the BGHS who get the chance to develop an idea for a project into an expose. “They had similar experiences as I had”, says Marius Meinhof. “The terms, western research offer do not always fit the reality in postcolonial countries.”
The discussions led him into the solution. Marius Meinhof developed new terms to describe the consumption behavior he had found, which helped him to become more precise in his writing. “I learnt with this project the importance of being precise. And not to lean onto too simple concepts.”
Bielefeld University about the award for Marius Meinhof(in German:
Die current call for applications at the BGHS:
The guest lecturer in summer term. Picutre by: Thomas Abel
In summer term the BGHS welcomed Chien-Juh Gu (Western Michigan University) and Peter J. Heather (King's College London) as guest lecturers.
Peter J. Heather, is a historian, his research interests focus on the later Roman Empire and its successor states. He gave a seminar about The Christianisation of Europe from 24 – 25 May.
Chien-Juh Gu is a sociologist with a teaching and research focus on the sociology of gender. Her block seminar was from 19 – 20 June, and dealt with Immigration and Gender: Theory, Methods, and Analysis.
Guest lecturer in winter term
In winter term 2018/19 Professor Vivian A. Schmidt from Boston University will be the guest lecturer at the BGHS. Vivien A. Schmidt is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Professor of International Relations in the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Professor of Political Science at Boston University. Her scholarly research is situated at the intersection of political theory, comparative politics, and international relations. The field she is interested in is the changing nature of European politics and economics in a globalizing world.
Vivien A. Schmidt will give a seminar at the BGHS from 27 - 28 November. The exact topic will be announced in the newsletter and the ekVV when it is settled.
The other guest lecturers, who visited the BGHS in the last ten years and the topics they taught are listed here:www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Personen/Gastlehrende/
The Start-Up Scholars (f.l.r.): Yordanos Estifanos, Nicolás Gómez, Moynul Haque, Sundara Hannah Shirley Jeyakumar Christdoss und Mezgebu Mengistie. Not on this picture: Olga Olkheft. Image: Thomas Abel
In summer term two guest programmes took place at the BGHS. The programme for Start-Up Scholars gave six international young MA graduates the opportunity to expand their ideas for an research project to an exposé. Part of the programme are consultations for developing research questions, academic writing workshops, the presentation of their own topics for an interdisciplinary audience and support in finding a supervisor.
The projects of the Start-up Scholars 2018 were the following:
- 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
Three Research Fellows
The Research Fellows (f.l.): Gabriel Ferreira da Fonseca, Anastasia Zaplatina und Rodrigo Mota. Foto: Thomas Abel
Beside the Start-Up Scholars, three Research Fellows were guests at the BGHS. Research Fellows already have a doctoral project and can use their time at the BGHS to get in touch with the other scholars and professors in the faculties. The three months are also an opportunity to focus on their projects outside their all-day life.
This year's Fellows and their projects:
- Rodrigo Mota (Brazil): Individualisms and Individuations: Georg Simmel and the Sociology of the Individual
- Anastasia 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:
For an overview about the Start-ups 2018 and all Start-up scholars since 2013, please see:www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/bghs/Personen/Fellows/startup_fellows
The BGHS awards six scholarships for international MA graduates. The scholarships, will start on 1 April 2018, and last for three years. Applications can be made until 30 September 2018.
The scholarships address graduates of History, Sociology, or related disciplines, who obtained their Master’s degree at a university abroad. They will be offered the chance to conduct their studies within the interdisciplinary environment of the BGHS, to experience German academia, and to enrich the BGHS research spectrum.
The BGHS office is looking forward to plenty of applications. They will be evaluated in an anonymised review procedure and awarded genderbalanced.
More information about the scholarships is available on the BGHS homepage:
Participants of the Annual Seminar 2018. Photos: Thomas Abel/BGHS
From 5 to 7 July the 10th Annual Seminar took place at the BGHS, this time about: Inclusion/Exclusion: New Perspectives in History and Sociology. During the conference young researchers from all over the world discussed for three days the concept of Inclusion/Exclusion and its approaches in different contexts. The conference aimed to define and specify Inclusion and Exclusion in terms of time, space, theory and methodology.
Welcome adress by deputy director Prof. Dr. Thomas Welskopp.
The deputy director of the BGHS Prof. Dr. Thomas Welskopp welcomed the participants of the conference, especially the keynote-speaker and the young researchers who came to Bielefeld from abroad to attend the conference. Johanna Paul, as part of the organizing team, gave an introduction into the programme. Afterwards, the first keynote lecture started.
Srikala Naraian, Associate Professor of Education an der Columbia University (USA), hold her lecture about A Transnational Approach to Inclusive Education: Addressing the Imperative for Intersectionality.
Johanna Paul during the introduction.
Keynote Lecture: Srikala Naraian (Columbia University, New York, USA): A Transnational Approach to Inclusive Education: Addressing the Imperative for Intersectionality.
After a lunch break, the programme continued with four Panel Sessions, including 13 presentations with discussions. The topics were ”Disability and Education”, “Construction of Spaces and the Role of the Local”, “Integration and Segregation”, and ”Urbanization and its Problems”.
Panel II: Construction of Spaces and the Role of the Local: Beya Topuz (Istanbul).
Panel II: Construction of Spaces and the Role of the Local: Simon Yin (Beijing).
Panel III: Integration and Segregation.
Panel III: Jagger Andersen (Lund).
Panel III: Via videoconference - Leila Tabatabaie Yazdi (Tehran).
The panels were followed by an Artist Talk with the artist Marta Beauchamp, who designed the Key Visuals for the Annual Seminar.
Artist Talk on the Key Visual: Marta Beauchamp (Bielefeld).
Art Work for the Annual Seminar Inclusion/Exclusion.
The second conference day startet with a Keynote Lecture by Janine Dahinden (University of Neuchâtel) about the topic: The Making of National Societies: Borders, Boundaries and Migrant Inclusion and Exclusion in a Transnational Perspective.
Two panels took place at noon: Migration and Ethicity and Revolution and Nation. In the afternoon, professor. Dr. Rudolf Stichweh hold the third Keynote Lecture of the Annual Seminar. His topic: Inclusion Revolutions and the Emergence of Modernity.
Key Note Lecture: Janine Dahinden (University of Neuchâtel).
Key Note Lecture: Rudolf Stichweh (Bonn University).
More panels took place afterwards: Panel VII, Systems Theoretical Approaches and Panel VIII, Memory and Discourse.
Panel VII: Systems Theoretical Approaches. Mariana Farias Silva (Recife).
The participants of Panel VII.
Yoko Haroka (Tokyo) in Panel VIII, Memory and Discourse.
The participants of Panel VIII. Brahim Benmoh (El Jadida) presents his topic
The day ended with guided tours to different places at Bielefeld University: To Niklas Luhmann’s archive, to the Reinhart-Koselleck exhibition in the department of history, and to Hans-Ulrich Wehler’s library.
The last conference day, Saturday, started with two panel sessions with an amount of six presentations, dealing with the broader topics of Labor Market and Working Conditions and Epistemic Dominance.
Laura Knöpfel (London) presents her topic in Panel IX.
Panel IX: Kathrin Mittelstaet (Bielefeld).
Panel IX: Xi Chen (Hamden).
Panel X: Ismael Frouini (El Jadida) stellt sein Thema per Videozuschaltung vor.
Panel X: Ksenia Eltsova (Moskau).
With a Roundtable Discussion, chaired by Dr. Sabine Schäfer (BGHS executive Manager), the 10. Annual Seminar der BGHS ended.
The participants of the final discussion.
The programme in detail is available here:
More information about the BGHS conferences since 2009 you finde here:
Dennis Walkenhorst has successfully completed his research project. Photo by Christina Lux
The BGHS is pleased about the 150th completed dissertation project. On 17 July 2017 sociologist Dennis Walkenhorst successfully defended his doctoral thesis at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University. Dennis Walkenhorst submitted a dissertation entitled Widerstand, Wohlfahrt, Welt im Spiegel. Zur Persistenz islamistischer Bewegungen im Nahen Osten: Eine systemtheoretische Analyse von Hamas und Hisbollah [Persistence of Islamist Movements in the Middle East]. It offers an innovative approach and uses system theory to explain the self-preservation of the Islamist movements Hamas and Hezbollah on several levels of analysis and their long-term structural ›success‹. The first- and second supervisors of the doctorate are Prof. em. Dr. Klaus Japp und Prof. Dr. Volker Kruse (both from Bielefeld University).
With the defence Dennis Walkenhorst officially joins the list of the BGHS Alumni. For an overview of other Alumni of BGHS and descriptions of their dissertation projects, please see: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/bghs/Personen/Alumni/index.html
Starting point of the Sound installation Photo by Thomas Abel
How does sociology sound like? What is the sound of history? Within the Nacht der Klänge on 20 July the main hallway between the department of history and the faculty of sociology on the second floor in buliding X became a soundwalk.
Doctoral researchers of the BGHS had identified 26 key words on current BGHS research projects from A to Z, which were presented as sound fragments in an endless loop on the walk. While the visitors moved from the starting point at the department of history towards the faculty of sociology, they were treated with very different words that made sociology and history audible in a acoustic conceptual manner.
Environment and details of the installation.
For further information about the Nacht der Klänge 2018 a photo gallery and an overview abiut the whole programme, pleasse sess:
Fotogalerie: Nacht der Klänge 2018