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.

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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.

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BGHS Summer Party

Veröffentlicht am 10. Juli 2018

The lecture period comes to an end. As usual, the BGHS invites all its members and friends to the Summer Party: On Tuesday, 17 July. The event starts at 6 pm in the BGHS seminar room X-B2-103 with the tributes to the BGHS member who got their PhD recently.

For the socializing part afterwardsm the drinks are organized by the BGHS. If everybody who comes around adds something to the buffet, the food supply is guaranteed as well.

We look forward to meet you!

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