On 24 June 2019 at 6 p.m. c.t. a "Public lecture and debate" will take place in the BGHS seminar room (X-B2-103) with Prof. Daniel Graff from the University of Notre Dame and Thomas Welskopp from University Bielefeld. The theme of the event is: "The Situation of Labor in the United States".
Daniel Graff is Professor for History at the University of Notre Dame and researches the history of work, race and citizenship. The switching of historical-scientific realizations to a broad public is to it a special request, which it pursues with Lunchtime laboratory RAPS, Blogs and similiar popular media formats.
We invite cordially to join the "Public lecture and debate" with Daniel Graff and Thomas Welskopp.
Welcoming by Ulf Ortmann (Projectcoordination) and Ursula Mense-Petermann (Director BGHS). Photos: Hannah Grüneberg
"Ein Leben nach der Uni ist möglich" - but how exactly can it look like?
With this question in mind, on 27 May, history and social scientists from public institutions and private companies discussed with us at the BGHS the requirements and working conditions that doctoral students face or offer outside the academic university service.
Guests at the BGHS: Historians and sociologists working outside the university
Photos: Hannah Grüneberg
Seven historians and social scientists working in a wide variety of professional fields were guests: Martin Griepentrog (Bundesagentur für Arbeit), Jochen Rath (Stadtarchiv und Landesgeschichtliche Bibliothek Bielefeld), Andreas Daniel (Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung), Andreas Marquet (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung), Miriam von Maydell (Verlag Barbara Budrich), Armando García Schmidt (Bertelsmann Stiftung) and Dirk Schlinkert (Kommunikationsagentur Birke und Partner).
Photos: Hannah Grüneberg
The event was the prelude to the project "Non-academic careers" , which started at the BGHS at the beginning of 2019.
From 2020, the BGHS will award 12 short-term scholarships for practical projects that doctoral students from sociology and history carry out in cooperation with private or public non-university institutions. On the other hand, the BGHS organises a mentoring programme for a total of ten doctoral students with mentors from non-university institutions.
The doctoral candidates presented the results of the discussion rounds to each other. Photos: Hannah Grüneberg
Get more Details about the project „Non-academic careers“:
International PhD Conference in History Lund – York – Bielefeld 2019
The International PhD Conference in History will take place at the University of Bielefeld from 11th to 13th June 2019. During the three-day conference, doctoral students from the three universities will present and discuss their research projects in an international context. Part of the program: Six exciting panels, three workshops and an excursion to MARTA Herford.Check out the detailled program here:
4th Interdisciplinary Dialogue at the BGHS
On Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 6 pm in X-B2-103 the 4th Interdisciplinary Dialogue will take place at the BGHS. The topic is Tracing Racism: Insights from Postcolonial Studies, Global History, Gender Studies, and the Law. On the eve of this year's Annual Seminar on The Making of Mankind. Tracing Race and Racism, scholars from four different faculties of Bielefeld University will present their respective views on racism and discuss them with each other and with the audience. The discussants are: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Davy (Law), Prof. Dr. Angelika Epple (History), Prof. Dr. Julia Roth (American Studies) and Prof. Dr. Heidemarie Winkel (Sociology). Dr. Sabine Schäfer (BGHS) will moderate.
Everybody interested is cordially invited to the 4th Interdisciplinary Dialogue and the subsequent drink. The event will be held in English.
Participants and organisers 2019; Photo: Bettina Brandt, Stephan Fasold
Across the ocean – 10 Years Notre Dame Exchange
This year our cooperation project Notre Dame - Bielefeld will be 10 years old. International perspectives on history and sociology, discussing research projects and being on the road in the "windy city". All of this makes our exchange so special.
According to this pleasant anniversary, we want to look back on exciting exchange years, present concepts of the workshop - and of course we are curious: How was 2019?
The idea of exchange
Since 2009, the Department of History of the University of Notre Dame (USA), the Department of History of the University of Bielefeld and the BGHS have been cooperating in doctoral training. Every year, a theory and method-oriented PhD workshop is held for the historians and sociologists, the venue of which changes every year: in one year at the University of Notre Dame and then again in Bielefeld.
The aims of the workshop are international networking, transcultural learning and intensive exchange between doctoral students and academics from both institutions.
What will be done?
The workshop focuses on the research papers with which the participants present a chapter, a methodologically interesting aspect or the analytical design of their doctoral project. Bettina Brandt, scientific director in the Department of History and organiser of the workshop on the Bielefeld side, explains the programme to us: "The participating doctoral candidates from both history departments and the BGHS exchange their research papers, and each paper receives a detailed commentary from a doctoral candidate from the partner institution during the workshop. Then follows a plenary discussion, in which experienced scientists from Notre Dame and Bielefeld also provide feedback."
Doctoral students practice formulating constructive, professional feedback and expand their English-language proficiency both orally and in writing. Bettina Brandt adds: "They learn from the peers in Notre Dame not only linguistically, but also with regard to different narrative and argumentative strategies. Conversely, the Bielefeld-based doctoral students' orientation towards theory ensures intensive discussions and new perspectives".
Theresa Hornischer has experienced this year what this can look like in concrete terms. She reports: "It was interesting for me to see how our American colleagues work as historians. One noticed the difference between the theoretically designed University of Bielefeld and the American Catholic Notre Dame University. The group from Bielefeld all had an analytical frame of reference in their projects - theory as an important tool of a historian - the doctoral students at Notre Dame University were more able to convince with the way of transforming their analyses in a narrative.”
Between Skyscrapers, Amish farmer's lifes and Sandwiches - The exchange from 5-10 May 2019
After two dense days of discussion in the midst of Notre Damer campus life, there was again a varied offer for doctoral students this year. Especially impressive was the excursion to Chicago with an Architecture Boat Tour and a visit to the Indiana Dunes. Theresa Hornischer likes to remember this highlight: "We were offered a spectacular skyline of different architectural styles with world-famous unusual skyscrapers. A world metropolis located directly on the shore of Lake Michigan; this connection between the element water and the modern skyscrapers impressed me. I can understand Frank Sinatra that he dedicated a song to this "windy city" and confessed his love for this giant city."
This year the group also travelled together to the historic Stahly-Nissley-Kuhns Farm in Nappanee, Elkhart County, Indiana. Theresa tells us: "Not only was I able to learn about the Amish farmer's life in stark contrast to the modern cosmopolitan city of Chicago, but I was also offered a culinary treat in the beautiful dreamy restaurant, far away from burgers and deep dish pizza: a toasted cheese chicken sandwich made from homemade bread with nuts and cranberries - what a treat!”
Many participants appreciate the great group feeling of the exchange and the shared experiences. Theresa agrees and sums it up personally: "For me it was an unforgettable, exciting and beautiful time and the opportunity to travel to the USA for the first time - and this is exactly what I appreciate about the BGHS: the international orientation and cooperation that we are offered as doctoral students. I am grateful to have been there."
Bettina Brandt was also impressed by the hospitable and inspiring atmosphere: "The conversation will be continued at dinner in the house of the event director there.”
What was developed as an idea 10 years ago still works today. “The direct conversation and experience of the different academic, social and political cultures are irreplaceable, and the fact that they are possible across the ocean is a peculiarity," says Bettina Brandt.
Participants from Bielefeld and their topics in 2019:
- Lena Gumpert, “Me, Myself and Jerome: Practices of Self-Comparing in the Twelfth Century”
- Simon Siemianowski, “Like Father, like Son? Generational Succession in 15th and 16th Century Italian Family Book Writing”
- Stephan Fasold, “Auctions as Practices of Property Valuation and Pricing in Great Britain and German Territories Between 1750 and 1870”
- Julian Gärtner, “On ‘L’homme’ and ‘Race’: Comparing in Alexis de Tocqueville’s Political Anthropology”
- Gladys Vásquez Zevallos, “Sovereignty and Representation of Space after Hispanoamerican Independence: The Congress of Panama (1826)”
- Theresa Hornischer, “‘I am Nonsense’: Maneuver and Intervention Strategies of Female Intellectuals—A Case Study of Léo Wanner”
- Daniele Toro, “The Complexity of Transnational Fascism: Empirical Challenges and Theoretical-Methodological Responses”