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Interview to Dissertation Awards

Veröffentlicht am 6. Februar 2019

Left: Clemens Eisenmann. Photo: Oliver Wiegner,
Right: Zoltán Boldizsár Simon. Photo: Thomas Abel

Excellent papers: The BGHS congratulates the awardees of the dissertation prize 2018

Every year the Universitätsgesellschaft (University Society) awards the Dissertations Prize to doctoral theses completed at Bielefeld University with the distinction of summa cum laude. On 24 January two Alumni of the BGHS were awarded for their Dissertation projects in 2018, Clemens Eisenmann (Faculty of Sociology) and Zoltán Boldizsár Simon (Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology).

What were their theses about, how was the process behind and what does it mean to receive such an award? We asked Clemens and Zoltan:

How would you describe your Dissertation in one sentence?

CE: In my Dissertation I analyzed spirituality in Yoga as a social practice.

ZBS: It’s about a novel way we conceive ourselves and the world as historical today - this is what I try to capture by the notion of unprecedented change.

What does that mean exactly?

CE: Spirituality is mostly understood internally as something very subjective. In contrast to this, I asked about spirituality as a social practice. The book offers – for the first time – an encompassing ethnographic analysis of Yoga and describes Inwardness in the context of physical exercises, yoga philosophy and (everyday) rituals as a perceivable social activity. It is a contribution to sociology of religion and sociology of the body, a further development of qualitative methodology as well as a reflection on fundamental questions of social theory.

ZBS: I explore the transformation of our overall historical sensibility, ongoing since the middle of the last century, since Western societies conceive of themselves as facing previously unimaginable changes in the technological and ecological spheres as arising out of the workings of increased human powers.

What is it like to receive the Dissertation prize?

CE: I was very happy! When you work on a project for many years, forms of recognition are sometimes rare. So even bigger the joy, especially when you see that other people are also interested in the topic.

ZBS: For me it was a pleasure as well. Now I’m looking forward to the book version coming out with Bloomsbury in June.

How did you feel about the event?

CE: I think it was a really inspiring event, especially the interviews which showed the variety of fields of research, which fits to the values of ZiF (Center of Interdisciplinary Research). I also enjoyed the music and many talks afterwards.

How did being a part of BGHS help you during your Dissertation?

ZBS: I definitely benefited from being a part of BGHS. When I pulled together a project proposal for the BGHS 2013, I planned to focus on theoretical questions related to history understood as historical writing. I was of course aware that the conceptual work I was about to carry out would enable me to talk about history in the sense of human affairs, but I wasn't sure that I want to venture into that. The structures from BGHS enabled me to participate in lots of conferences where I shaped the core ideas of the project, just as well as in internal discussions within BGHS and faculty.
The result was a book which - unlike the original proposal - pays equal attention to questions of historical and historiographical change in providing an overall conceptualization of the altered historical condition of Western societies.

CE: The interdisciplinary BGHS was an ideal framework for my research. There was always an open and warm atmosphere (likewise during my work at the faculty), which made it possible to have an inspiring exchange with colleagues and students also from different faculties. Next to scholarly exchange and financial support, there are the little details, which sometimes are most important. Such as technical support, friendly interactions and helping out with administrative issues. This supported me a lot to succeed writing my theses.

Are there any advices you’d like to give other doctoral researchers?

CE: Oh, that’s a tough one. Every empiric phenomenon needs a different perspective, maybe a different attitude of research or even personality. There are a lot of blind alleys, but in fact I’m not sad about all of those detours, because some of them are just part of the process. Maybe it’s a helpful advice to keep in mind that I also know of no one, who didn’t struggle. Especially in this regard I’m full of gratitude for the support of my supervisors Bettina Heintz and Jörg Bergmann.

Further information:

The official reporting by Bielefeld University:
Awarded: The best dissertations of 2018

Book by Zoltán Boldizsár Simon:
History in Times of Unprecedented Change

The book by Clemens Eisenmann will be published this year in the series "Qualitative Soziologie" (Qualitative Sociology) by De Gruyter:
"Alles ist Yoga!" Die spirituelle Konstruktion von Wirklichkeit /

Reporting about DFG-prize awardee BGHS-alumnus Marius Meinhof:
Prize for dissertation by Marius Meinhof

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Report: Research Retreat 2018

Veröffentlicht am 13. Dezember 2018

Participants of the Research Retreat 2018 Photo: Sabine Schäfer

Research Retreat 2018

A weekend, secluded from the academic everyday work, to be able to focus on the presentation and discussion of new doctoral projects: That's the Research Retreat . The Research Retreat of 2018 took place from 23 to 24 december in Vlotho near Bielefeld. 13 doctoral researchers took the opportunity to present and discuss their dissertation projects. In addition to the new colleagues, Prof. Dr. Ursula Mense-Petermann 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, Malin Sonja Wilckens, highlights the unique atmosphere: “We discussed scientific contents deeply and the exciting frame of different disciplines was therefor very fruitful. I also remember the nice talk inbetween, because it was a pleasure to get to know everyone better.”

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.

For further information about the Research Retreat please see: Research Retreat
You can find an overview of current programmes here: BGHS Programme

The Dissertation Projects of the Participants

  • Paul Akuetteh Agoe (Soziologie): Transnational Influences on Clothing Practices of Second-Generation Ghanaian Immigrants in North-Rhine Westphalia

  • Kim Dang (Geschichte): Post-socialist Governance at Work:Urban Vietnamese Workers and Their Management

  • Álvaro Augusto Espinoza Rizo(Soziologie): Sacred Spaces in Managua: Approaches from Bourdieu and Lefebvre

  • Haikel Latiff Fansuri (Soziologie): Contested Masculinity in Southeast Asia - Social Media as a Canvas for Belonging

  • Marvin Bürmann (Soziologie): Formale Fehlqualifikationen in Zeiten von Migration und Digitalisierung

  • Jascha Nord(Soziologie): Nationen und Verfassungen: Eine historisch-soziologische Analyse zum Beitrag von Verfassungen bei der Entstehung von Nationalstaaten an den Beispielen USA, Frankreich und Haiti. (1776~1848)

  • Agnes Maria Piekacz(Geschichte): The Colonists‘ Old Clothes. Altkleiderhandel im British Empire, ca. 1850–1910

  • Robert Schmieder (Soziologie): 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

  • Andrea Schwarz (Soziologie): Applying a Latent Class Framework to Explore Panel Attrition Processes in Criminological Studies: An Illustration Based on the Study Crime in the Modern City

  • Rebecca Knecht (Soziologie): Thinking Masculinity. Care Staff’s Ascriptions of Belonging in Working with Minor Refugees.

  • Yannick Schöpper (Soziologie): Erneuerbare Energien-Politik zwischen Kontinuität und Wandel. Die Regulierung der deutschen und britischen Elektrizitätswirtschaft im Vergleich

  • Malin Sonja Wilckens (Geschichte): Das große Köpfemessen – Eine Globalgeschichte der reisenden Schädel

  • Mira Claire Zadrozny (Geschichte):Ruinenbilder.(Neues) Vergleichendes Sehen im Paris der Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts


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BGHS conference and celebration of the 10th Anniversary

Veröffentlicht am 5. Dezember 2018

Letter installation "BGHS" in front of the conference rooms. Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

On 30 November and 1 December the conference "Graduate Training of Young Scholars in Germany” took place in the X Building of the University of Bielefeld as part of the 50th anniversary of the University of Bielefeld and the 10th anniversary of the BGHS. The welcome was addressed by the rector of the university, Gerhard Sagerer, who emphasized the success of the BGHS in the last 10 years, as well as the director of the BGHS, Ursula Mense-Petermann.

The welcome by the director of the BGHS Prof. Mense-Petermann.
Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

The director of the BGHS Prof. Mense-Petermann and the deputy director of the BGHS, Prof. Thomas Welskopp can look back on 10 years of BGHS.
Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

Then the two directors of the BGHS, Ursula Mense-Petermann and Thomas Welskopp, looked back on 10 years of BGHS. The main elements and events were recapitulated under the keywords formation and establishment as an organization - the doctoral researcher of the BGHS - the development of the structured study program - interdisciplinarity - internationality - equality - activities of the doctoral researchers - contributions to the structural development of the university. In the end, they showed various results and gave a small outlook on the future of the BGHS.

The panel discussion on "The Future of Graduate Training" in X-E0-001.
Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

Prof. Reitz (middle) answers questions on the podium. The moderator Götzke on the left next to him, along with Rector Sagerer. Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

Peter Strohschneider in conversation with BGHS Director Ursula Mense-Petermann. Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

This was followed by a panel discussion titled "The Future of Graduate Training", moderated by Manfred Götzke, editor and moderator of “Campus und Karriere” at Deutschlandfunk. The podium included Peter Strohschneider, President of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Tilman Reitz, professor of sociology of knowledge at the University of Jena and expert on the subject of young researchers, Gerhard Sagerer, the rector of the Bielefeld University and Ursula Mense-Petermann, the director the BGHS, high-carat occupied. The panel discussion quickly became lively. One topic that Tilman Reitz included in the discussion was the 9-point catalog "On the Education and Promotion of Young Academics", which BGHS doctoral candidates had prepared in the run-up to the event and which was also handed over to all panelists. Some questions related to the catalog were then put to the podium by doctoral candidates in the open discussion round.

The doctoral researcher Jana Hoffmann hands over the 9-point catalog for training and promotion of young researchers, which was created by BGHS doctoral candidates. Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

The participants of the panel discussion "The future of graduate training".
Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

Richard Münch gives the lecture on "Academic careers". Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

After the panel discussion, there was a small snack, followed by the ceremonial lecture of Prof. Richard Münch, Emeritus of the University of Bamberg and sociologist, who has published among other things on academic capitalism. He gave his lecture on "Academic careers. Between global competition and national traditions."

The next morning, 1 December, the conference continued with two panel discussions. The first panel dealt with the topic "Situation of Young Scientists" and was moderated by Prof. Flügel-Martinsen. The first lecture was given by Jens Ambrassat from the German Center for Higher Education and Science Hannover. The lecture was titled "Staying in Academia? On the opportunity structure of young researchers" and gave an empirical basis for the current employment situation of doctoral researcher and postdocs in German academia. The peculiarities of humanities and social scientists became clear. As the second speaker Tilman Reitz talked about the the plight of employment of young scholar- about causes and alternatives.

Jens Ambrassat (DZHW) gives a lecture on remaining in academia.
Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

Tilman Reitz (University of Jena) talks about the employment misery for the young researcher, its causes and possible alternatives. Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

Panel 1 on the Situation of young researcher. Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

Carola Bauschke-Urban (Fulda University of Applied Sciences) spoke about doctoral thesis at the University of Applied Sciences. Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

Mandy Böhnke (University of Bremen / Jacobs University) was dedicated to the topic of doctoral research in a network. Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

The second panel was about cooperation and competition in academia and was moderated by Sabine Schäfer, the academic director of BGHS. Carola Bauschke-Urban from the University of Applied Sciences Fulda spoke on the doctoral thesis at Universities of Applied Sciences and Mandy Boehnke of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences on doctoral thesis in a network.

Panel 2 about cooperation and competition in academia. Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

A snack on X-B2 then leads to the ceremonial part. On Saturday afternoon, the jubilee could be celebrated in the premises of the BGHS with various program items.

The presenter Sissy Lorenz warms up the audience for the Science Slam.
Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

The moderator Sissy Lorenz first led a Science Slam, in which three BGHS doctoral researcher and a BGHS alumnus competed and slams were heard that have revealed, for example, how to get into the holiday paradise with blast prices. Then the alumni Ulf Ortmann and Mahshid Mayar talked about their time in the BGHS and the doctoral representative for the International, Sisay Dirirsa, read a letter from the Alumna Rumin Lou. After Reinhard Nießner had performed the piece "From the Life of a Humanities Scientist", the 10th anniversary was celebrated for a long time in the rooms of the BGHS.

The participants of the Science Slam Patrick Kahl, Franz Kather, Carolin Kunz and Christian Ulbricht in the order of their appearance. Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

Sisay Dirirsa speaks for the international doctoral researcher of the BGHS and reads a letter from Alumna Rumin Lou. Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

The DJ at the BGHS anniversary party. Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

Party talks at the BGHS anniversary party. Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

BGHS doctoral researchers in front of the letter installation ‘BGHS’.
Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer.

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Desk-Exchange: Report from Lund

Veröffentlicht am 29. November 2018

The University in Lund. Photo by Stefanie Haupt (BGHS).


This november two members of the BGHS, Johanna Paul and Stefanie Haupt, visited Lund, to develop their research and to amplify international networking with others. Now they are back in Bielefeld, having lots of new ideas, which they gained through the two weeks in Lund. A very interesting experience was the entry to the University's Library and the huge archieve, so it became possible to have an insight in exciting correspondences. The University of Lund is one of the oldest ones in Scandinavia and exists for more than 300 years

According to that, also personal conversations were helpful and inspiring for further steps in their research. As Stefanie said: "Those two weeks were so much fun! Everyone was welcoming, showed interest in our projects and supported us excellently. Tack så mycket!"

About the program:

The Desk Exchange-program offers the possibility for doctoral researchers from Lund and Bielefeld to get an insight into the academic system abroad, to come in contact with colleagues and researchers internationally. Therefore they meet during two weeks in Lund and two weeks in Bielefeld.

Participants and projects:

Johanna Paul: Transnational mobilization for memorialization in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina: Reconceiving diasporans as transnational actors of reconciliation.

Stefanie Haupt: Völkische Ortungen und Germanische Himmelskunde. Debatten um eine vor- und frühgeschichtliche Astronomie im Deutschland der Zwischenkriegszeit.

Further Information:

About the Desk Exchange from last year

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Anniversary Conference: 10 Years BGHS

Veröffentlicht am 20. November 2018

This year the BGHS celebrates its 10th anniversary. The programme of the final conference within the jubilee entitled Graduate Training of Young Scholars. Responsibility for the Future on 30 November and 1 December offers many highlights: a panel discussions, a jubilee lecture and various panel session to the conference topic.

At the central panel discussion The Future of Graduate Education the BGHS welcomes as discussants: Peter Strohschneider (President German Research Foundation, DFG), Tilman Reitz (University Jena), Gerhard Sagerer (Rector Bielefeld University), Ursula Mense-Petermann (Director BGHS). Moderator of the discussion is Manfred Götzke from Deutschlandfunk.

The jubilee lecture will be hold by Richard Münch (University of Bamberg) to the topic: Academic Careers. Between Global Competition and National Traditions


The detailed programme is available on the BGHS website


If you are interested attending the conference, please register: 10jahre-bghs@uni-bielefeld.de

On saturday afternoon the BGHS celebrates its birthday with a science slam and a birthday party. All BGHS members and guests are cordially invited.

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New project: "Non-academic-careers"

Veröffentlicht am 2. November 2018

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.

Further information:

Programme and Events in Career Service and Transferable Skills:


Job posting (german):


Review of past events:

Report: non-academic careers

Excursion to Claas

Brochure (german):

Perspektiven nach der Promotion

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Bielefeld Equality Award: BGHS members decorated

Veröffentlicht am 23. Oktober 2018

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:
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Excursion to Claas

Veröffentlicht am 21. Oktober 2018

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

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New Doctoral Researchers and Guests

Veröffentlicht am 10. Oktober 2018

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.

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 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:
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Welcome Day Winter Term 2018/19

Veröffentlicht am 2. Oktober 2018

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

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"Dissertationspreis" for Marius Meinhof

Veröffentlicht am 20. September 2018

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.”

More information

Bielefeld University about the award for Marius Meinhof(in German:


Die current call for applications at the BGHS:


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Guest lecturer in summer 18 and winter term 18/19

Veröffentlicht am 6. September 2018

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:

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Guest scholars in summer term

Veröffentlicht am 5. September 2018

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:



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Doctoral scholarships for Internationals

Veröffentlicht am 23. August 2018

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:

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10. Annual Seminar: Report

Veröffentlicht am 25. Juli 2018

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.

The programme

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.

Further information:

The programme in detail is available here:


More information about the BGHS conferences since 2009 you finde here:


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