Interdisciplinary Colloquia series has started
BGHS doctoral researcher Ina Kiel (center) welcomes all colleagues at the first session of the new series of interdisciplinary colloquia at the BGHS. Photo: Thomas Abel
On 6 July a series of new Interdisciplinary Colloquia started at the BGHS. The Interdisciplinary Colloquium is a specific format exclusively organized for and held by doctoral researchers of the BGHS. Intended as an additional platform to present and get input on research projects, it offers an opportunity to collect feedback and ideas by including different research-backgrounds from history and sociology.
Initiated by the new doctoral researchers and position holders at the BGHS as a regular monthly format by winter-term 2017/18, the debut-summer-session was hosted by historians Ina Kiel and Sisay Megersa Dirirsa.
Guest researcher Andrew Mitchell from Kumamoto University (Japan) was the first to present “Function and failure in the post-Fukushima protest movements: a Luhmannian perspective” one chapter of his dissertation project: “Observing Fukushima: A Case Study of Japanese Nuclear Policy through Luhmann's Social Systems Theory”.
Mitchell uses Luhmann’s System Theory as a theoretic framework to analyze social protest movements in Japan with reference to the environmental issues the country faces after March 2011. The presentation by Andrew Mitchell was followed up by two commentaries by sociologist Edvaldo Moita and historian Stefan Laffin. Finally the other participants had the chance for general questions and remarks.
More details on the next sessions, taking place during the winter-term, will be published in September. For further information and the list of more than forty presentations since 2009 please see: