Report: Meet the Start-ups
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: