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Linie 4: Making friends through sport

Veröffentlicht am 23. May 2024

Linie 4: Making friends through sport

Simon Lütkewitte (Foto: Stefan Knauff)

Sport is very popular among young people. It offers opportunities to make new friends and maintain existing friendships. Different sports offer different options when it comes to friendships between the sexes: many team sports, such as football, handball or basketball, are practised separated by gender, while in other sports, such as judo, dance or karate, boys and girls train together.

In his presentation "Friendships in sport: How boys and girls make different friends in sport" at Linie 4, the public lecture series of the BGHS in cooperation with the vhs Bielefeld, Simon Lütkewitte addresses the question of whether there is a connection between participation in team sports or other forms of organised sport and the proportion of same-sex friendships. Do young people who are active in team sports have more same-sex friendships, while young people who participate in other sports are more likely to form friendships across gender boundaries? And does this change during puberty?

Simon Lütkewitte analyses these questions using statistical data from the "Friendship and Identity at School" (FIS) study and is looking forward to discussing his findings and their significance for society with the audience.

Simon Lütkewitte works as a research associate in the working area "Methods of empirical social research with a focus on quantitative methods" at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University. He is also doing his doctorate at the BGHS. In his doctoral thesis, he uses statistical methods to analyse the extent to which participation in sport is linked to gender-related attitudes and behaviour. He is also interested in the significance of social values and political attitudes.

The presentation will take place on Monday, 3 June 2024 at 6.15 pm in room 240 at the vhs Bielefeld, Ravensberger Park 1. The event will be held in German.

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Architecture and Politics

Veröffentlicht am 22. May 2024

Architecture and Politics


Sara Núñez Izquierdo (Foto: usal.academia.edu)

From 6 to 10 May, Sara Núñez Izquierdo, Professor of Art History at the University of Salamanca, was a guest at the Department of History. On 7 May, she held an event at the BGHS, where she first commented on research projects by two BGHS doctoral researchers and then presented her own research work on architecture in the Franco period in Spain.

Two BGHS members took the opportunity to discuss their work with Sara. Jacob Krusche presented his project on practices of legitimisation of violence in rural Mexico. He conceptualises violent actors as organisations that perform basic control and arbitration functions beyond state authority. Jacob was able to benefit in particular from Sara's experience with the oral history method and is already planning a stay at the University of Salamanca. Anastasia Serikova then presented her project on the representation of famines in museums in Ireland and Kazakhstan. She explores the question of what influence the political systems - the democratic system in Ireland and the authoritarian system in Kazakhstan - have on the presentation of famines as 'difficult heritage' in museums. Sara was also able to provide helpful tips on this with her museological experience and expertise.

In her own presentation with the title "New Politics, New Architecture. Spanish Architecture during the Francoism (1939-1975)", Sara took the audience to her home town of Salamanca, whose architecture is strongly characterised by the Franco dictatorship (1939-1975). She talked about the difficulties she initially encountered during her research, because no one before her had ever had the idea of exploring the Franco era through the architecture that characterised it. Salamanca was particularly suitable for this because, unlike in other Spanish cities, hardly any bombs fell there during the Civil War. You can still find plenty of evidence of the Franco dictatorship today, as the photos presented by Sara showed. Under Franco, a new type of architecture was to be created, which above all had features of historicism and was not to be influenced by contemporary architecture in other countries. And so one can get the impression from Salamanca that some buildings are very old, although they were actually only built in the 1940s.

Sara pointed out that many inhabitants of Salamanca take the evidence of the Franco era for granted. Only gradually is an understanding developing that these are testimonies to a brutal regime that need to be placed in their historical context. And Sara's work makes an important contribution to this.

The event with Sara Núñez Izquierdo was very successful because it brought many unusual and exciting aspects into view and highlighted the current relevance of historical research. Sara is also Vice Dean for Internationalisation at the Faculty of Geography and History and Erasmus Coordinator in the Department of Art History at the University of Salamanca. If you are interested in a stay in Salamanca, please contact Bettina Brandt (bettina.brandt@uni-bielefeld.de) for more information.

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Mirror images

Veröffentlicht am 16. May 2024

Mirror Images


Life stories are not only personal. Just as history is not impersonal. The two are sometimes in strong tension with each other. This was impressively demonstrated by the Interdisciplinary Dialogue on the topic of "Memories between Life Stories and History", which the BGHS organised on 15 April.

Danielle Schwartz, a filmmaker from Israel, showed her multi-award-winning short film "Mirror Image", in which she explores different perspectives on events in Israeli history in conversation with her grandparents. A decorative wall mirror, which has a place of honour in the grandparents' house, serves to address previously unspoken issues, namely the expulsion of the original population in the course of the founding of the state of Israel. How did the mirror end up in the grandfather's family? Together with her grandparents, Danielle tries to write down the history of the mirror, doing justice to both her grandparents' memories and the historical narrative. Even identifying the former owners turns out to be difficult. Was it a Palestinian family, as Danielle assumes, or an Arab family, as her grandmother describes it? And how did the mirror change hands? By buying, taking, plundering? Her grandfather doesn't know. But the struggle for the term that brings the two stories together is also a struggle full of conflict for a shared family history.

The filmmaker's dialogue with sociologist Ruth Ayaß, historian Klaus Weinhauer and, last but not least, an interested and intelligent audience revealed the many dimensions of the film, whose images can show what language cannot. At the end of the film, the grandparents and Danielle agree with the outcome of their negotiation process. But it is obviously not satisfactory. The gap between the different perspectives seems too deep. It was all the more touching to see how the deep affection between the three of them bridges the gap without succumbing to the temptation to fill it in.

This somewhat different Interdisciplinary Dialogue made an unexpected kind of discussion possible. Together, the filmmaker, the researchers on the podium and the audience worked out the lines of tension between the grandparents' memories and the resulting narrative of their lives on the one hand, and the granddaughter's narrative, which attempts to think through the underlying historical conflict on the other. The dialogue thus not only transcended disciplinary boundaries, but also brought art and science into a fruitful exchange.

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Awards for BGHS alumna Jule Adriaans

Veröffentlicht am 16. May 2024

Awards for BGHS alumna Jule Adriaans


Photo: Privat

BGHS alumna Jule Adriaans is receiving two awards this year. Her doctoral thesis with the title "Distributive Justice: Definition, Determinants, and Consequences of the Justice of Earnings" will be honoured in September with the Peter A. Berger Prize of the Social Inequality and Social Structure Analysis Section of the German Sociological Association (DGS). In July, she also receives the Jowell-Kaase Early Researcher Prize of the European Social Survey (ESS) as a promising young researcher in the field of comparative social research.

Jule is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Faculty of Sociology.

Congratulations from the BGHS!

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Welcome Day Summer Semester 2024

Veröffentlicht am 8. May 2024

Welcome Day Summer Semester 2024

::10 new doctoral researchers at the BGHS::

On Monday, 6 May, the BGHS Welcome Day for the summer semester 2024 took place. The BGHS director Ruth Ayaß welcomed the new doctoral researchers, who had the opportunity to introduce themselves and get to know the doctoral representatives and the BGHS office staff. Sabine Schäfer then introduced the BGHS training and study programme. We wish all new members a wonderful start to their doctorate at the BGHS.

The new BGHS doctoral researchers and their projects:

Merle Boedler (Sociology): Geschlechtlich uneindeutige Existenzweisen - Eine phänomenologisch-genealogische Untersuchung des Erlebens und Erzählens von Geschlechtlichkeit im Kontext gesellschaftlich-kulturellen Wandels

Rajasi Das (Sociology): The Ethical Implications of India’s Refugee Policy in the Context of Citizenship Amendment Act: A Case Study of Rohingyas and Bangladeshi Refugees

Raisa Ferrer Pizarro (Sociology): Unpacking dynamics shaping women’s bodily post-abortion care services experiences in a precarious and legally restricted context: The case of Tambogrande, Peru

Sophie Gigl (Sociology): Pädagogisches Abwägen in mehrdeutigen Handlungssituationen der sozialwissenschaftlichen  Unterrichtsplanung – Ein konventionensoziologischer Zugriff auf unterrichtliche Handlungslogiken und Ziele der Oberstufe

Katharina Luise Goebel (Sociology): Vom frauenliebenden Leben erzählen – (Er)Leben und Identität von lesbischen und bisexuellen Frauen über 60

Mascha Liening (Sociology): Körper als Erfahrung

Alexandra Luise Mellies (Sociology): Individuelle Entscheidungsfreiheit oder Verfestigung alter Muster? Eine Studie zur gewerkschaftlich initiierten Wahloption zwischen Geld und Zeit als lebensphasenorientierte Flexibilisierungsmaßnahme

Juhi Rajwani (Sociology): Echoes Across Fragments: A Study of the Sindhiyat Discourse in the Contemporary World

Omar Sierra (History): Gran Cacao and Coloniality in the Carribean: Land grabbing, wealth and power of post-independence 19th century Venezuela

Jessica Wagner (Sociology): Weibliche Existenzen im virtuellen Raum - Kritisch-materialistische Perspektiven auf fluide Körper und posthumane Subjekte

You can find the Welcome Day presentation here.

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Linie 4: History in the Lab

Veröffentlicht am 7. May 2024

Linie 4: History in the Lab


Photo: Dr. Marina Böddeker

Chat GPT, fake news and deep fakes: the internet is full of questionable and unsafe "sources". The ability to navigate through the overabundance of information is something you learn and improve at school. An exciting and challenging opportunity to train these skills is the so-called student lab. This institution creates workshops for young people to experience and understand historical research in a comprehensible and approachable way. The focus is on dealing critically with material: How do historians conduct research? Does it have anything to do with the present? How can I form an opinion on a topic and express it?

In the public lecture series Linie 4, which is organized by BGHS together with the vhs Bielefeld, Vanessa Neumann will discuss the pupils’ lab and its implementation at Bielefeld University. During the lecture, an insight will be given into the materials and ideas of the workshops: topics such as the Sparrenburg in Bielefeld, the Denazification from the American perspective, and the scope of human rights are explored in a multi-faceted, challenging and exciting way by scientists and pupils in the pupils’ lab.

In her lecture entitled ‘Working in the history lab: school meets science!’ in the public lecture series Linie 4, which the BGHS organises together with the vhs Bielefeld, Vanessa Neumann will focus on the school lab and its concrete implementation at Bielefeld University. She will provide insights into the materials and ideas of the workshops that have taken place so far as part of the pupils’ lab. They included topics such as denazification from an American perspective, cultures of remembrance using the example of Columbus Day and the scope of human rights, which are dealt with in a multi-faceted, challenging and exciting way by scholars and pupils in the pupils’ lab.

Vanessa Neumann studied biology, history and educational science in Bielefeld. In 2020, she successfully completed her second state examination for teaching. Since 2021, she has been a research assistant in the SFB 1288 Practices of Comparison and is doing her doctorate on the topic "Humanities in the laboratory? The effects of a visit to the student laboratory on the self-efficacy expectations of pupils and doctoral students". The pupils’ lab is planned, implemented and evaluated as part of the Collaborative Research Centre 1288 Practices of Comparing. Ordering and Changing of the World. For further information, please click here.

The lecture will take place on Monday, 13 May 2024 at 6.15 pm in room 240 at the vhs Biele-feld, Ravensberger Park 1. The event will be held in German.

Here you can find information about Linie 4 and the lectures in the series.

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Award-winning dissertations

Veröffentlicht am 29. April 2024

Award-winning dissertations

On 17 April, the Bielefeld University Society (UGBi) awarded prizes for the best doctoral theses at Bielefeld University. Two BGHS alumni were among the winners.

Julia Engelschalt (© Daniele Toro)

In her historical doctoral thesis entitled "The Great Obsession: Tropicality in U.S.-American Colonial Medicine and Domestic Public Health, 1898-1924", Julia Engelschalt analysed how climate determinism and scientific racism combined to form the idea of the 'tropics' in medical thinking in the USA in the early 20th century. In her habilitation project, which Julia is working on at TU Darmstadt, she is focussing on the connection between hunger, the grain economy and supply infrastructures in the Mediterranean region between 1770 and 1920.


Aziz Mensah (© Art Studio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Aziz Mensah's sociological doctoral thesis is also about health. In his work with the title "Work- and life-related social determinants of health and health differences among workers across Europe", he showed that work-related and life-related social factors have an effect on the health of workers and that this effect differs between men and women and in different European countries. Aziz now holds a postdoctoral position at the University of Mälardalen in Sweden, where he is studying the harmful use of alcohol by workers in gender-segregated industries.

Congratulations from the BGHS!

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"Linie 4" - Of pupils’ labs and friendship networks of young people

Veröffentlicht am 25. April 2024

"Linie 4" - Of pupils' labs and friendship networks of young people


In May and June 2024, the public lecture series "Linie 4 - News from social science and historical research", organised by the BGHS in cooperation with the vhs Bielefeld, will take place for the eighth time. Two doctoral researchers from the BGHS will present their current research work in a clear and understandable way and discuss it with the audience of the vhs. This time, the focus is on the lives of young people. The presentations take place on Mondays from 6.15-8pm at the vhs Bielefeld (Room 240) in Ravensberger Park.

On 13 May, Vanessa Neumann will report on her project in the SFB 1288 Practices of Comparison, which deals with the establishment of a so-called pupils' laboratory in historical studies, which enables pupils to gain their first practical experience in historical research. In her presentation "Working in the history lab: school meets science!", she provides insights into previous experiences with the pupils' lab format, which offers workshops on topics such as denazification from an American perspective, cultures of remembrance using the example of Columbus Day and the scope of human rights.

The presentation "Friendships in sport: How boys and girls make different friends in sport" by Simon Lütkewitte, which will take place on 3 June, will focus on the experiences of young people in organised sport. Using statistical data from the study "Friendship and Identity at School" (FIS), he will address the question of whether there is a connection between participation in team sports or other forms of organised sport and the proportion of same or mixed-gender friendships and what conclusions can be drawn from this for social development.

The two presentations offer insight into the research conducted at the BGHS. As in previous years, however, the main focus will be on the exchange between the doctoral researchers and the audience at the vhs Bielefeld. Vivid presentations, clever follow-up questions and exciting discussions are intended to bring the University and the city of Bielefeld a little closer together. The lectures are in German.

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Paths to a professorship - concrete!

Veröffentlicht am 17. April 2024

Paths to a professorship - concrete!


On 13 May 2024 at 3 pm, the BGHS will host an online meeting under the title "BGHS Alumni's Experiences on the Way to a Professorship" with four BGHS alumni who have found their way into an academic career. Among them are:

Gleb Albert, Assistant Professor of Modern General and Eastern European History at the University of Lucerne (Switzerland)

Karolina Barglowski, Associate professor in Sociology, Social Interventions and Social Politics at the Université du Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Yaatsil Guevara González, Assistant Professor of Migration and the Americas at the University of Heidelberg (Germany)

Mahshid Mayar, Deputy Professor of English Studies at the University of Mannheim (Germany)

In conversation with Clara Buitrago from the BGHS Office, the researchers will talk about their own academic paths and face the question whether a dream has actually come true. They will also give tips on career paths in academic science and answer questions. The event will be held in English.

For registration, please send an email to bghs@uni-bielefeld.de.

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Award for BGHS member Ngoc Minh Luong

Veröffentlicht am 9. April 2024

Award for BGHS member Ngoc Minh Luong

Ngoc Minh Luong, BGHS member and research associate in the ERC project WelfareStruggles, was awarded the H. Russell Bernard's Student Paper Prize by the Society for Anthropological Science (SAS) for her contribution "The Temporal Squeeze: Everyday Struggles of Factory Workers with the Times of Work, Welfare and Care". Our warmest congratulations!

(Copyright: Yueran Tian)

Here you can see Ngoc Luong at the final conference of the ERC project, where she gave a presentation on the award-winning text. The final conference took place on 26-27 March and was entitled "The Politics of Care under Market Socialism: Labour Mobility, Global Capital and Changing Welfare Systems in Vietnam and China".

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Memories between Life Stories and History

Veröffentlicht am 4. April 2024

 Memories between Life Stories and History

How is it actually possible to tell one's own life story against the backdrop of a complex historical context? The Interdisciplinary Dialogue on "Memories between Life Stories and History", which the BGHS is hosting on Monday, 15 April 2024 at 6 p.m. in room X-B2-103, is dedicated to this question. The filmmaker Danielle Schwartz from Tel Aviv addressed this question in her award-winning short film "Mirror Image", in which she has a conversation with her grandparents about their biography. Using a wall mirror, which occupies a prominent place in the grandparents' house, different perspectives on historical circumstances are negotiated.

Danielle Schwartz will introduce the film at the Interdisciplinary Dialogue and discuss the question of the relationship between life stories and history with sociologist Ruth Ayaß and historian Bettina Brandt. The dialogue will be moderated by Sabine Schäfer from the BGHS. Following the dialogue, the BGHS cordially invites you to a reception in the BGHS Lounge.


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Workshop “Resistant Subjectivation”

Veröffentlicht am 20. February 2024

Workshop "Resistant Subjectivation"

On 9-10 February, BGHS member Ragna Verhoeven organized the international workshop "Resistant Subjectivation", which was funded by the BGHS and to which she had invited researchers from Germany and Austria. Together, they explored the extent to which resistance plays a decisive role in the process of subjectivation. Six speakers gave input presentations and thus stimulated the joint discussion.

Michaela Bstieler presents her research project, in which she is investigating figures of the uninhabitable: Worldlessness (Hannah Arendt), Abandonment (Emmanuel Lévinas), Disorientation (Frantz Fanon) and “Being Stopped” (Sara Ahmed). Using the methodological tools of political phenomenology, she approaches these various figures of the uninhabitable. She assumes that people are always residing; even in the camp, because there are everyday routines, or stories are told under the cover of night. As a result, there are "small revolutions" of resistance even in the supposedly most uninhabitable places.

Anna Weithaler is interested in democracy education from a radical democratic perspective and wonders to what extent this requires resistant, democratic subjects. Radical democracy theorists repeatedly use the formula of the political "from below", but it remains unclear what this "from below" means. She therefore suggests taking a closer look at representation. In other words, to what extent resistant subjects can be represented in the radical democratic sense, or represent themselves.

Ragna Verhoeven deals with the tension between conflictual and unifying elements in democracies. With the concept of the unifying, she develops a specific radical democratic concept that distinguishes itself from other democratic theoretical concepts of consensus or community. It particularly invites resistance, ruptures and critical questioning and thus enables productive reflection on resistance.

In her contribution, Henrike Bloemen emphasizes the permanence of resistance. She operates with Gramsci's concept of everyday mind, which she understands as a gendered mode of subjectivation. According to her, elements of resistance are hidden in the routines of everyday life and thus experience permanence. She looks at the "small resistances" that are consciously and unconsciously part of our everyday lives.

At the center of Viktoria Hügel's paper is the concept of "Body Politic". She directs her attention to the presence of bodies in (democratic) space. In this context, she looks at artistic and activist performances, such as "Eviction" by Omer Krieger. She discusses how body practices in artistic performances can be resistant.

Mareike Gebhardt brings together Black feminisms, radical democratic perspectives and migration research. She points out that the concept of the fugitive focuses on more extensive phenomena than the concept of migration, for example the escape from slavery. By telling stories of successful escapes, slaves undertake small, resistant escapes from their lives.

© Maria del Carmen Mayer

In exciting discussions, it became clear that the participants, although they research very different topics, share an interest in and understanding of resistance. In this shared understanding, resistance is constant and at the same time indicates a capacity for change and mutability. It includes relational as well as conflictual aspects. This means that the connections it creates do not have a homogenizing effect, but rather invite heterogeneity, differences and diversity. Resistance is a central component in the process of subjectivation, even if this happens in a hidden, supposedly invisible space in the sense of "small resistances".

This was the second workshop in which the researchers discussed the concept of subjectivation. And the work is to be continued.

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Workshop “resistant subjectivation”

Veröffentlicht am 30. January 2024

Workshop "Resistant Subjectivation"

On 9 February 2024, the international workshop "Resistant Subjectivation" will take place, organized by BGHS member Ragna Verhoeven. The BGHS-funded workshop will bring together researchers from various disciplines (sociology, philosophy, political science, political theory) from Germany and Austria. Together, they will explore the question of the extent to which different elements of resistance come into play in the process of subjectivation. Can resistance be seen as an integral part of modes of subjectivation? Who is resistant there? Is it groups, collectives or individuals? Who or what is being resisted against? The contributions will deal with these questions from different perspectives (including feminist and queer theories, postcolonial and decolonial critiques, black theory, critical phenomenology and radical democratic theories) and also make practical references, for example with regard to civil sea rescue or civil rights movements.

The focus will be on exchanging ideas on the topic and searching for interfaces to continue working on together. The workshop is a follow up of a workshop that took place on 26 June 2023 under the title "Precarious Subjectivation“ at the University of Innsbruck. You can find a report on this first workshop here.

The event will be held in German. Interested parties are welcome. Please register at ragna.verhoeven@uni-bielefeld.de
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Merry Christmas and a good start to the New Year

Veröffentlicht am 20. December 2023

Merry Christmas and a good start to the New Year

The BGHS Members’ Meeting took place on 6 December. Over coffee and cookies, Sabine Schäfer gave a review of the many events and successes of the BGHS and its members in 2023. Afterwards, the Doctoral Representatives organized the Winter Party.

If you were unable to attend, you can find the review of the year here.

We wish you all a nice holiday season and a happy New Year.

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Gender Equality Award for BGHS alumna Holly Patch

Veröffentlicht am 20. December 2023

Gender Equality Award for BGHS alumna Holly Patch

BGHS alumna Holly Patch has received a gender equality award from Bielefeld University for her doctoral thesis "Claim Your Voice: An Ethnographic Study of Trans*Vocality". The prize is awarded for outstanding academic achievements in gender research. In her work, Holly observed a trans* choir in the USA and produced an ethnographic study that was particularly praised by the jury for its international and interdisciplinary approach. More information can be found here.

© Aliona Kardash

Holly Patch completed her doctorate in 2023 and has been employed as a research associate at the Chair of Sociology of Gender Relations at TU Dortmund University since 2021.

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