Linie 4 Lecture - Travelling Memorial

Veröffentlicht am 26. März 2019
Update from 04 April 2019

On 2 April 2019 the lecture The White Armband Day – Cross-boarder remembrance to the genocide in Prijedor (Bosnia-Herzegovina) by Johanna Paul took place. After an introduction by Daniele Toro, the artist Anita Zečić spoke about her exhibition and her own ties with the genozid in Prijedor. Afterwards the audience was lead through the exhibition. This was followed by doctoral researcher Johanna Pauls presentation and a discussion.

From left to right: Artist Anita Zečić and moderator Daniele Toro, the art exhibition from outside and inside, as well as lecturer Johanna Paul

The next lecture on 7 May by Zeynep Demir will be about „The Mental Health of Young Migrants in the (Post)Migration Society“.

Everyone is cordially invited. Entrace is free of charge.

Further information about the lecture series:

Original post from 26 March 2019:

On 2 April from 1 to 8 pm an exhibition of the travelling memorial "Prijedor '92" by artist Anita Zečić takes place at Ravensberger Park in front of the Volkshochschule Bielefeld. The installation is a dedication for all civilian casualties of Prijedors of the war in Bosnien-Herzegowina (1992–95). Despite struggeling for many years, a memorial does not exist in Prijedor. This exhibition supports the demand of the survivors and makes a first step toward a permanent memorial. The intent of the installation is to facilitate the sense of fear in closed and narrow spaces without the option to escape. This is only a part of the emotions the captives of the concentration camps had to endure.

The exhibition accompanies the lecture The White Armband Day – Cross-boarder remembrance to the genocide in Prijedor (Bosnia-Herzegovina) by Johanna Paul (2 April, 6-8 pm, vhs). Both events are a part of the public lecture series Linie 4 "About the Dealing with Discrimination: News From Social Sciences and History" which takes place from 19 March to 25 June and offers various presentations by members of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS).

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Linie 4 Opening and Dates

Veröffentlicht am 25. März 2019

Linie 4 - Start of events

About the Dealing with Discrimination: News from Social Sciences and History, is the title of the lecture series Linie 4 in the VHS, which has opened on 19 March by Malika Mansouri.
She talked about the topic "50 Years of ICERD - The United Nations on Racial Discrimination in and by Germany". The well-attended lecture invited with exciting input to discussion and questions.

We talked to Malika about her lecture.

Malika, how was the event for you?

MM: It was definitely a positive and rewarding experience. I found the questions and the discussion afterwards very interesting and fruitful. You could see that the participants were very interested and reflected on the topic. As you know, this is not always the case with this topic.

What did you particularly enjoy about the format?

MM: I was surprised that some of the participants came from more distant cities. This perhaps shows how important it is and how rarely such themes - racism from a critical legal perspective - are addressed. This makes it all the more important that the BGHS together with the VHS provides a forum for that topic.

On 02 April Johanna Paul will give her lecture on "The White Armband Day – Cross-boarder remembrance to the genocide in Prijedor (Bosnia-Herzegovina)".

All dates and descriptions of the events can be found here: Linie 4

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Linie 4 - Start of events

Veröffentlicht am 6. März 2019

Linie 4 - Start of events

"Vom Umgang mit Diskriminierung: Neues aus der historischen und sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschung"(On Dealing with Discrimination: News from Historical and Social Science Research), under this title BGHS members will publicly present their current research projects in the VHS from March 19 - June 25. With the lecture series Line 4, junior research will be made accessible to a broad audience and illustrated in concrete examples. In addition, the diversity of research projects carried out by doctoral students at the BGHS becomes visible.

All dates and descriptions of the events can be found here: Linie 4

On March 19 Malika Mansouri opens the series with her lecture on "50 Years of the UN Convention against Racism".


Lecturers and organisers of Line 4 2019 from left to right: Lasse Bjoern Lassen, Malika Mansouri, Carla Thiele, Anja Henkel, Daniele Toro(except: Johanna Paul) Photo: Hannah Grüneberg


With Daniele Toro , the coordinator of this year's series, we talked about the background of the series.

How did you come up with the subject?

The fourth series of lectures of the line4 was first announced without a specific main topic. The main topic for the lecture series then de facto arose by itself as a clear common denominator between the six lectures. The fact that all six lectures and speakers had a clear reference to discrimination in their own contributions and research topics, and that this appeared without prior notice, showed us a clear professional interest. We therefore considered it important to address the public relevance of the topic of "discrimination" through subject-based expertise.

How is the main topic reflected in the individual lectures?

Some speakers already refer to the handling of discrimination as a focus of their own lectures. Others, on the other hand, take the main topic as a guideline, in order to thematise important case studies from their own research. Others will only reveal the closer relationship to the topic more explicitly in the course of reading.

What is special about this series of events as an organizer? What are you looking forward to?

I am very excited about the exchange with the audience! Line 4 has become Since its foundation a few years ago - and already by its name - it has been understood as an exchange platform to make technical expertise available to civil society. Nevertheless, this does not only mean pure mediation, but also open exchange with a non-academic audience. This challenges the speakers both in their ability to communicate and in their role as technical experts, because it is a real art to treat a complex phenomenon so precisely and clearly that even non-specialists can take part in the discussion. It is not enough just to master a topic linguistically and professionally. Rather, it is necessary to look far beyond one's own experience and disciplinary boundaries. In view of the broad range of topics covered by the six lectures, I am therefore very much looking forward to the discussion.

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InterDisciplines - Summary of a dialogue

Veröffentlicht am 5. März 2019

InterDisciplines - Summary of a dialogue

Since 2010, InterDisciplines has stood for a supporting pillar of the BGHS, the interdisciplinary and international exchange between social and historical sciences. After 17 successful editions, the last edition 2/2018 "Social History - Historical Sociology: On Interdisciplinary Research" for the time being now takes us back to the beginnings of this idea.

The current issue contains exciting articles by Agnes Piekacz, Chris Thornhill, Felix M. Bathon, Heidemarie Winkel, Laura Benítez Cojulún and Sebastian M. Schlerka.

With the end of funding by the Excellence Initiative, editorial work will cease with the publication of the last issue.

That is why we have taken stock and are happy to take a look at the past and present of InterDisciplines with Prof. Dr. Thomas Welskopp and Sebastian Schlerka


Left: Sebastian M. Schlerka.
Right: Prof. Dr. Thomas Welskopp. Photo: Hannah Grüneberg


"A relevant scientific journal and not only an internal magazine."

Thomas Welskopp is Deputy Director of the BGHS and Professor of the Department of History of Modern Societies (18th-20th centuries). Since the first issue he has been editor of the InterDisciplines.

Thomas, how did the idea of publishing a journal come up?

TW : "Our intention was to identify the BGHS as an innovative research context, to offer doctoral students' results a forum that is truly perceived and recognized in the professional world even before they complete their dissertations. And to create an experimental field for interdisciplinary debates that enriches research in all the disciplines involved and has a voice in the international research community."

What is the concept of InterDisciplines?

TW : In our opinion, the above objectives could be achieved best with a well-done online journal (although there were limited print editions). The main criteria of interdisciplinarity and internationality were implemented with themed issues that were of interest to all disciplines and with an openness to contributions from external sources as well as from all academic career levels.

How does quality assurance work at InterDisciplines?

TW : The InterDisciplines were supposed to be a real professional journal, not a BGHS house internal magazine and more than a "grey" working paper series for doctoral students. Therefore, we have installed an elaborate quality assurance procedure, with a two-stage peer review process (double blind) and professional (mainly foreign-language) editing.

What gave you the most pleasure?

TW: The InterDisciplines were an exciting intellectual project in which many interesting discussions about disciplinary boundaries actually took place. The cooperation of the editors, especially with Kathleen Thelen and Peter Jelavich, was also gratifying, as was the commitment of our reviewers. The appearance of each issue was a joyful event. And to be completely honest, I really enjoyed the choice of motifs for the covers.

"It's exciting to experience the process of a publication"

As a valuable and sustainable link between various offers and initiatives of the BGHS, InterDisciplines enabled doctoral students to try their hand both as an author and as a guest editor.

Sebastian M. Schlerka is doing his doctorate at the BGHS under the working title "More than secularism: Islam and Muslims in German parliamentary debates" and has worked as guest editor of the current InterDisciplines.

Sebastian, how did you come to work as a guest editor?

SMS: I was part of the organizing team for the Annual Seminar in 2017. There I had already expressed interest quite early to participate in the publication of some contributions, which has always happened in the InterDisciplines so far.

What was that experience like for you?

SMS: Hard working, but exciting. Of course it was a lot of work, especially because I published an article in the magazine myself, which had to be revised several times and I had to deal with a source that was not easy to interpret for the Diss at that time. Nevertheless, I found it exciting to experience the process of a journal publication first hand, from the completion of the call to the search for reviewers and the selection of contributions to the publication of the issue.

What interested you in the topic of the current issue?

SMS: Since my bachelor's degree in both subjects, sociology and history, I have felt a great closeness between the two subjects and have therefore already worked interdisciplinary in my bachelor's thesis. It dealt with the conflicts within the republican camp in the Spanish Civil War from Bourdieu's perspective. All in all, I think that both disciplines with their common object - human societies that have "become and are always becoming" (Norbert Elias) - can only benefit from cooperation.

Numbers, please!

In addition to the BGHS internal work on the magazine, the question arises as to how far InterDisciplines could reach. The reception data indicate a high benefit. In 2017, approximately 35,000 different visitors* were registered on the homepage with a total of about 437,000 accesses. A new edition generates more hits. In November 2017, for example, the number of visits to the "Postcolonialism and China" edition rose from 37,000 to 61,000.

Top-3 articles:

The evaluation is based on OJS views and AWStats from 2010-2018.

The BGHS would like to thank all editors, Sandra Lustig (editing), Anne Ware (layout), Melanie Eulitz (editorial manager) and Thomas Abel (cover-design) for their many years of cooperation. In addition, thanks go to all guest editors and reviewers as well as all editorial assistants.

We are happy to remain in touch with possible perspectives and would be pleased if the dialogue could be continued.

Our new InterDisciplines-Homepage:

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