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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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150 BGHS dissertations completed

Veröffentlicht am 25. Juli 2018

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

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BGHS at "Nacht der Klänge"

Veröffentlicht am 19. Juli 2018

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


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3. Interdisciplinary Dialogue: Report

Veröffentlicht am 17. Juli 2018

Start of the Interdisciplinary Dialogue. Fotos: Thomas Abel

On Wednesday, 4 July, the Third Interdisciplinary Dialogue took place at the BGHS. The topic was Inclusion & Exclusion: Historical and Sociological Perspectives on Premodern Societies, the Law, and Organizations.

The deputy director of the BGHS Prof. Dr. Thomas Welskopp introduced into the topic and welcomed the participants of the discussion. Afterwards every discussant explained how he or she approaches Inclusion/Exclusion.

BGHS Deputy Director Prof. Dr. Thomas Welskopp introduces the participants of the discussion.

For the sociological view Prof. Dr. Stefan Kühl and Prof. Dr. Alfons Bora were part of the panel. The historian perspective was represented by Prof. Dr. Antje Flüchter and Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Arlinghaus.

Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Arlinghaus, Professor for the High and Late Middle Ages (left).

Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Arlinghaus described the meaning of Inclusion/Exclusion in medieval societies. As part of his statement he showed that even the death of a person did not necessarily mean his exclusion from society. His example was a law-suit in a case of murder, in which the widow mustn’t speak for herself but only in the name of her husband as the victim.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kühl, Sociology of organizations.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kühl explained that he approaches Inclusion/Exclusion as the decisive mechanism for social systems in modern societies. As social systems he sees families, groups, movements and organisations. It is crucial for every system that it uses its own Inclusion/Exclusion mechanism.

Prof. Dr. Antje Flüchter, Middle Ages and early modern period.

Prof. Dr. Antje Flüchter gave insights about Inclusion/Exclusion phenomena in the early modern period. Beside other aspects she showed how a French colony in India had to deal with questions of Inclusion/Exclusion, since the colony’s French and Indian citizens were distributed to different law systems.

Prof. Dr. Alfons Bora, Sociology of Law

The perspective of law was also familiar to Prof. Dr. Alfons Bora, but with an sociological approach. For him, Inclusion/Exclusion is relevant in the process of juridification, when more questions of society can be judged by a court. As an example he mentioned the question if and how artificial intelligences should be made responsible for their decisions in front of a court.

The statements were followed by a discussion between the participants. In the end the audience addressed questions to the discussants.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Welskopp in discussion with Prof. Dr. Alfons Bora.

The Interdisciplinary Dialogue is meant to strengthen the communication between sociology and history.

For more information about the Interdisciplinary Dialogue please visit:


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Announcement: 10th Annual Seminar

Veröffentlicht am 28. Juni 2018

From 5 till 7 July the 10th Annual Seminar to the topicInclusion and Exclusion: New Perspectives in History and Sociology takes place at the BGHS. The goal is to seek to open a dialogue among historians, sociologists, and correlated researchers in order to raise and discuss issues that relate to theoretical, methodological, and empirical challenges, while approaching aspects of inclusion and exclusion in past, present and future frameworks. Not only is there a great variety of such phenomena in different fields of present and past societies but also a broad spectrum of ways in which they can be described. Inclusion and Exclusion can be seen as forms of being (and not being) part of something or as concepts that ascribe a specifically structured order to the world.

The program consists of ten panel sessions on specific aspects and notions of inclusion/exclusion. In the panels, 35 discussants from 32 universities in 16 different countries will present their work. Alongside the panels, three keynote lectures will be delivered by distinguished international researchers: Srikala Naraian (Columbia University), Janine Dahinden (Université de Neuchâtel), and Rudolf Stichweh (Universität Bonn)

Everybody who is interested joining the Annual Seminar is cordially invited. Conference venue is the building X at Bielefeld University. The opening event will be on 5 July at 11 a.m. in room X-B2-103. The brochure with the schedule and further information is available at:


Further information about the Annual Seminars since 2009 are available at:



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Job offer in BGHS office

Veröffentlicht am 27. Juni 2018

The BGHS office calls for applications for a job as student / academic assistant. The working hours amount to 10 hours per week. All tasks connected to the position and the asked requirements are listed in the [pdf](in German).


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Third Interdisciplinary Dialogue

Veröffentlicht am 27. Juni 2018

On Wednesday, 4 July 2018, the third Interdisciplinary Dialogue takes place at the BGHS. The topic will be: Inclusion and Exclusion: Historical and Sociological Perspectives on Premodern Societies, the Law, and Organizations.

The title is related to this year's Annual Seminar to the topic Grappling with the Global: The Challenge of Boundaries in History and Sociology.



  • Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Arlinghaus, Professor of History
  • Prof. Dr. Alfons Bora, Professor of Sociology
  • Prof. Dr. Antje Flüchter, Professor of History
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Kühl, Professor of Sociology

  • Chair: Prof. Dr. Thomas Welskopp, stellv. Direktor der BGHS

The BGHS cordially invites all doctoral researchers, international guests, and all faculty of the Department of History and the Faculty of Sociology. The discussion will be in English.

For further information about the First Interdisciplinary Dialogue an the Annual Seminar 2018, please see:



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PhD Conference Lund-York-Bielefeld: In York

Veröffentlicht am 27. Juni 2018

f.l.t.r.: Stefanie Haupt (Bielefeld), Lena Strid (Lund) Julian Giesecke (Bielefeld), Kirsten Barnard (York), Joshua Ravenhill (York), Daniele Toro (Bielefeld), Ina Kiel (Bielefeld), Frances Long (York). Image: Stefanie Haupt

From 13 to 15 June the annual PhD Conference in History: Lund–York–Bielefeld took place in York, UK.

Introducing the own research to colleagues

During the conference the group of young researchers from three universities introduced and discussed each other’s doctoral projects. Four participants came from Bielefeld. One of them was Julian Giesecke. „The topics of the projects dealt with lots of aspects of historian research”, he says. „But most of them focused the Middle Ages.” The focus relates to the place the conference took place: The Uaniversity of York is well-known for its Centre for Medieval Studies, so many of the researchers here are connected to the field.

For Julian Giesecke a highlight of the conference was the colloquium with Marc Ormrod, professor Emeritus of History at the University of York. Ormrod described the migration movements in England in medieval times and made comparisons to the situation today. “His lecture was a good composition of information and entertainment”, says Giesecke.

Exploring York

However the conference guests get the chance to be outside the university. With a guided city tour and a visit to the National Railway Museum the participants got the chance to explore York’s history. The visit of a medieval ale house in the evening gave the chance to explore history, combined with socialization.

The participants from Bielefeld and their contributions:

  • Ina Kiel: Fernand Desprès. A Militant Activist in International Circles during the Interwar Period
  • Julian Giesecke: Die griechische Ethnographie des Nordens in römischer Zeit (2. Jh.v. bis 1. Jh.n.Chr.)
  • Stefanie Haupt: 'Völkische Ortungen und Germanische Himmelskunde'. Scientific debates on the possibility of a 'Germanic skylore' during the interwar period in Germany
  • Daniele Toro: Radikalnationalistische Netzwerke im zentraleuropäischen Raum 1917-1934: Verflechtungsprozesse des Faschismus als transnationale soziale Bewegung

The young researchers were accompanied by Prof. Dr. Helga Lutz, Prof. Dr. Martina Kessel and Dr. Levke Harders from the department of history of Bielefeld University.

Further information

As part of the Lund-York-Bielefeld-cooperation there is also the Desk-Exchange. In this program the doctoral researcher can switch offices with their colleagues from the other universities study and research in a different city for a couple of weeks.

More information about the Lund-York-Bielefeld-Cooperation and the Desk-Exchange 2017:

Von Lund & York nach Bielefeld

Von Bielefeld nach Lund

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Report: Meet the Start-ups

Veröffentlicht am 21. Juni 2018
Dr. Verena Molitor introduces to the event “Meet the Start-ups”. Picture: Thomas Abel

Projects, which shall become PhD projects: That was the topic for the event on 30 May, Meet the Start-ups. The six Start-up Scholars working at the BGHS on their ideas to develop them into exposés, presented their research fields in frame of a short poster presentation.

Yordanos Estifanos (Ethopia) explains his topic: „The Political Economy of Transnational Migration: Ethiopian Irregular Migrants“. Picture: Thomas Abel

The sociologist Yordanos Estifanos made the start. He deals with migration movements from Ethopia to Europe and how these are influenced by local socioeconomic developments, but also global factors like border regimes. Furthermore he wants to find out how the networks work which are behind the migration movements.

Moynul Haque (Bangladesh) about his project “Nonviolent Resistance in Bangladesh”. Picture: Thomas Abel

Moynul Haque, sociologist as well, is interested in the civil rights movements in Bangladesh. He wants to find out how the movements mobilize the supporter for their goals, and how they develop into non-violent resistances with support of the whole society.

"Socio-economic inequality and infant morbidity in India“ is the topic of Sundara Hannah Shirley Jeyakumar Christdoss (Indien). Picture: Thomas Abel

Sundara Hannah Shirley Jeyakumar Christdoss’s concern is infant morbidity in India, especially in the region of Chennai. She wants to examine the connection between the socioeconomic status mothers with the danger for their children to suffer of a diarrheal disease. The infant morbidity rate in Chennai is mainly driven by diarrheal diseases.

"Nicolás Gómez Baeza (Chile) introduces his topic: “British management and the workers in the sheep farming industry of Magallanes (Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego in late nineteenth and first half of twentieh century, Chile).” Picture: Thomas Abel

Nicolás Gómez Baeza is a historian. He is interested in how the sheep farming industry in Chile had worked from the end of the 19th century until the middle of the 20th century. His main question is, how British farmers developed repertoires of labour discipline.

Mezgebu Mengistie (Ethiopia) wants to do his PhD about the topic: “Ideal Masculinity and Retaliation among the Knife Fighting People of Raya Kobo District, North Wollo Zone of Amhara Region, North Eastern Ehiopia”. Picture: Thomas Abel

Mezgebu Mengistie examines, how the ideal of masculinity is connected with retaliation – focused on the people in Raya Kobo, an area in the Ethiopian region Amhara. He wants to know why the ideal of masculinity leads into violence, and if the ideal is changing recently.

Olga Olkheft (Russia) presents her topic: “Re-Conseption of the Russian revolutionary art in the throes of cultural Cold War: International Avant-Garde Exhibitions in 1970s – 1980s. Picture: Thomas Abel

Olga Olkheft has the view of an art historian on the Cold War. She asks the question which role Russian modern art played through the Cold War, if the art was used as a weapon or if the Cold War was used as context for representatives of the art.

Start-ups und guests discuss the topics. Picture: Thomas Abel

The poster presentation session was followed by an informal get-together with the doctoral researchers of the BGHS. All participants had the chance to walk around in the poster exhibition, ask further questions, discuss the planned projects and get in contact.

Overview about the Start-up Scholars and their planned dissertation 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 Hannah 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

About the Start-up Scholars and the programme

The Start-up scholars are MA graduates who are planning a doctorate. They spend four month at the BGHS to work on exposés of their dissertation projects. This year’s Start-ups will stay at the BGHS until the end of July. For further information about the Start-up scholars, the Start-up Programme, about the application process and scholars since 2013, please see:


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Round Table Art&Science

Veröffentlicht am 12. Juni 2018

Round Table Discussants (from left): Thomas Thiel, Dr. Britta Hochkirchen, Dr. Bettina Brandt, Thomas Abel, Christin Müller, Lee Chichester, Gesa Fischer. Photo by Andreas Hermwille

On 5 June the BGHS organized an Art&Science Round Table within the exhibition project Reinhart Koselleck und das Bild that dealt with different perspectives and opportunities of cooperations between Art and Sciences for Science Communication.


  • Dr. Bettina Brandt, Bielefeld University, Historian and curator of the exhibition Reinhart Koselleck und das Bild
  • Lee Chichester, Humboldt-University Berlin, Art Historian and curator
  • Gesa Fischer, Bielefeld Marketing
  • Dr. Britta Hochkirchen, Bielefeld University, Art Historian and curator of the exhibition Reinhart Koselleck und das Bild
  • Christin Müller, Leipzig, curator
  • Thomas Thiel, Direktor of Bielefelder Kunstvereins and curator of the exhibition Memory Sluices within the exhibition Reinhart Koselleck und das Bild
The Round table was organized and hosted by Thomas Abel (BGHS, Science Communication)


In the beginning the curators of the Koselleck exhibition explained some key ideas and concepts and how these ideas were materialized, medialized and presented within the exhibition in cooperation with designers from the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. Central to the exhbition was the question how Reinhart Koselleck's concepts could be adequately and creatively shown in form of an exhibitions.

In the second part Lee Chichester, Christin Müller and Gesa Fischer presented different perspectives on the relation between Art and Science in form of exhibitions in museums and for art festivals.
The last part of the Round Table dealt with general ideas about challanges, opportunities and also problems in communicating science as art and with the help of art objects.

The Round Table was part of the exhibition programme Reinhart Koselleck's Images of Time, which is presented from April to July at Bielefeld University, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University and the Bielefelder Kunstverein. The focus of the three-part exhibition is Reinhart Koselleck's central research question, namely the visual dimension of history.

For further information, please see: BGHS Art&Science-Projects
Exhibition Reinhart Koselleck's Images of Time

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