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BGHS Working Paper No 7

Veröffentlicht am 6. October 2020

BGHS Working Paper No 7

Lisa de Vries, research associate in the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University and BGHS member, has published the article „Hürdenlauf zum Doktortitel. Ein Überblick der Belastungswahrnehmung von Promovierenden in Nordrhein-Westfalen“ (Hurdle race to the doctorate. An overview of the stress perception of doctoral students in North Rhine-Westphalia), based on the results of her master's thesis.

Despite the relevance for public, media and higher education little is known about the stress perception of PhD students in Germany. Based on an online survey with 572 PhD students in North Rhine Westphalia this paper focuses the question which factors are causing perceived stress for PhD students. Furthermore, the influence of individual characteristics and the doctoral situation are investigated. The results show that the time frame of the doctorate and the professional perspective are causing perceived stress for PhD students. However, the financial situation is a lower burden. Furthermore, it is shown that different variables could influence the stress perception of PhD students.

You find more information about the BGHS Working Paper Series here.

 Here is the direct link to the paper.

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Report Annual Seminar 2019

Veröffentlicht am 27. August 2019

 Annual Seminar 2019: „The Making of Mankind: Tracing Race & Racism“

:: Guest contribution ::

by Lena Gumpert and Malin Wilckens

Group photo on the second day of the Annual Seminar 2019. Photo: Simon Grunert

Some time after the end of this year's Annual Seminar we would like to share our impressions with you here. As members of the organizing team, we were looking forward to the conference with both joy and excitement. In retrospect, we can say that the Annual Seminar was distinguished by a friendly atmosphere and an in-depth discussion. For us, all the work in the run-up to the seminar has paid off.

Flyer and lists of participants – the conference begins Photo: Rebecca Moltmann

Nikita Dhawan opened with an impressive keynote speech and it was immediately clear to us: This was the right start for the conference. Her critical examination of both the German Enlightenment and the German university system sparked a fiery discussion. Directly in the first panel, the topic of knowledge production in the Enlightenment was taken up and expanded with a perspective on modern Brazil. It also dealt with the scientific construction of 'race'.

Den Abend rundete Demetrius Eudell rounded off the evening with a comparison: How do 'caste' and 'race' relate to each other? Through his knowledgeable lecture he was able to extend the conference by a further perspective. We like to quote Mark B. Brown, political scientist at California State University, Sacramento: "This was a very rich talk. „This was a very rich talk.“ (Memory Protocol)

The conference dinner in the late evening offered the opportunity to get to know each other better and to fill the empty stomachs. The participants* were able to get to know each other and their projects better in an informal atmosphere and exchanged ideas with each other even apart from conference-related topics.

Nikita Dhawan during her keynote; Discussion before the lecture: Demetrius Eudell with Eleonora Roland and Ulrike Davy; Manuela Boatcă during her keynote (from left to right) Photos: Rebecca Moltmann

The next day Manuela Boatcă opened with her contribution to a current research discussion. She asked the question which mutual influences the worldwide distribution of wealth and the sale of citizenships and 'race' have. For many of us this was a new perspective.

The following two panels showed the closeness to the co-organising SFB: It was about the connection between 'race' and comparative practices. There was literally interdisciplinary discussion - from anthropology, sociology and law to literary studies.

Afterwards, the topicality of our conference topic was again clearly emphasized by means of educational institutions. The focus was on the one hand on how racism should be discussed in (German) schools, and on the other hand on the experiences of racism that students at German universities experience.

A personal highlight of the two authors of this article was the evening event in the Ulmenwall bunker. We wanted to bring the socially relevant topic of the conference into the urban public and to extend it by an artistic perspective in order to represent the diversity of the confrontation with 'race' and racism. We had the great good fortune to experience the perspectives of performance artist Taiwo Jacob Ojudun and graphic artist Diana Ejaita .

The presenter of the evening Ouassima Laabich in front of an excerpt of the video installation by Taiwo Jacob Ojudun Taiwo Jacob Ojudun during the performance. Fotos: Corinna Mehl

In his performance and video installation entitled WHAT IF?, Taiwo Jacob Ojudun presented in particular the brute violence of the colonial division of Africa by the Berlin Conference (1884-85) and its aftermath.

Diana Ejaita (Bild 2) introduces her work. Photos: Corinna Mehl

Diana Ejaita has pointed to a specifically European racism experience in her prints, in which she deals with May Ayim's blues in black and white. The series is entitled To May Ayim.

Discussion at the last panel Photo: Rebecca Moltmann

In the last panel the connection of space and race was discussed along different disciplines. The Annual Seminar came to a successful end with a stimulating reflection on the past days in the final discussion moderated by Sabine Schäfer

Our conclusion: High level, broad content and emotional experiences. All the work was worth it.

It was also nice to experience how productive working in a team can be. We are both writing this article, but the organization and planning was a joint task. That is why we would like to list the names of all team members: Lisa Baßenhoff, Andreas Becker, Ina Kiel, Julian Gärtner, Lena Gumpert, Malika Mansouri und Malin Sonja Wilckens.

A critical discussion did not only take place before in our team and during the conference, but continues. It is not only for this reason that we are planning a publication that makes these critical thoughts transparent. This also includes a critical examination of the title "The Making of Mankind". In the meantime, it has become increasingly clear to us that the title opens up a problematic perspective and we are grateful that it has been addressed several times. On the one hand, the title seems to refer only to men and, on the other hand, it possibly also refers to a very specific period of time: the emergence of scientific racism in the course of the enlightenment epoch. We explicitly wanted to go beyond the historical location and under no circumstances reproduce racist or gender-discriminatory assumptions. All this is not reflected in the title. We gladly accept this criticism and will work on a revised title for publication. So it remains productively exciting!

Many thanks for the Feedback!

Lena Gumpert & Malin Wilckens


More info about presenters and places:

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Linie 4 - Start of events

Veröffentlicht am 6. March 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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New Doctoral Representatives

Veröffentlicht am 16. October 2018

The new Doctoral Representatives (from left to right): Patrick Kahle, Ina Kiel, Mira Claire Zadrozny, Henning Middelschulte, Sisay Dirirsa, Ayomide Kolawole
Photo by Thomas Abel

The new doctoral representatives started their work at the BGHS. The representatives for »Doctoral Programme« are Mira Claire Zadrozny (History) and Henning Middelschulte (Sociology). The representatives for »Internationals« are Ayomide Kolawole (Sociology) and Sisay Dirirsa (History). Patrick Kahle (Sociology) and Ina Kiel (History) are elected representatives for »Social and Cultural Affairs«. The office term of the new elected doctoral representatives is one year.

Doctoral representatives at the BGHS

Doctoral representatives at the BGHS are there for the concerns of the doctoral researchers. Since the BGHS lays a great emphasis on its members' participation, the doctoral researchers choose their representatives among themselves. These are in complete six doctoral researchers, one in history and one in sociology for the "Doctoral Programme". In addition, there are two representatives for "Internationals" and "Social and Cultural Affairs".

The doctoral representatives for the "Doctoral Programme" are the main contact persons for all doctoral researchers of the BGHS. They represent the interests of the doctoral researchers, attend the meetings of the Executive Board, participate in the selection of fellows, mediate conflicts etc.

The doctoral representatives for the "Internationals" are contact persons for international doctoral researchers and fellows. They promote the specific interests of international doctoral researchers and accompany and advise the newcomers, as well facilitate their entry into university life in Bielefeld.

The doctoral representatives in the field of "Social and Cultural Affairs" are contact persons for social and cultural events at BGHS. Their task is to bring the BGHS members together, to plan joint activities, to perform and help shape the social and cultural life at the BGHS.

For further information on the representation of interests at the BGHS and the Guidelines of Representation, please see:

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BGHS Summer Party

Veröffentlicht am 10. July 2018

The lecture period comes to an end. As usual, the BGHS invites all its members and friends to the Summer Party: On Tuesday, 17 July. The event starts at 6 pm in the BGHS seminar room X-B2-103 with the tributes to the BGHS member who got their PhD recently.

For the socializing part afterwardsm the drinks are organized by the BGHS. If everybody who comes around adds something to the buffet, the food supply is guaranteed as well.

We look forward to meet you!

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Announcement: Bielefeld / Notre Dame Workshop Exchange

Veröffentlicht am 16. May 2018


From 19 - 24 May 2018, the PhD Student Workshop Exchange Notre Dame / Bielefeld takes place in Bielefeld. In frame of this workshop, doctoral researcher from the Notre Dame University, Baltimore, USA, and doctoral researcher from the BGHS present their projects. The aim of the workshop is to foster an intensive exchange between the PhD students and scholars of both institutions.

On sunday and tuesday the doctoral researcher will deal in seven sessions with about 15 projects and research topics. Every topic will be introduced by the young scientists who wants to or does already work on his PhD about it. Afterwards the topic will be discussed, while the discussion is hosted by other doctoral researchers who are familiar with the field as well.

An overview about the topics which are discussed, and when, is available with the whole programme here:
Programme International PhD Student Workshop Exchange

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Report: The Research Fellows Colloquium

Veröffentlicht am 2. May 2018

Visiting Fellow Rodrigo Mota presents his doctoral research project.
Foto: Thomas Abel

On 24 April, the Research Fellows, who are guests at the BGHS during the summer semester, introduced themself and their projects during the event Meet the Fellows. This year there are three guests: Visiting Fellows, Rodrigo Mota and Anastasia Zaplatina, and one Researcher in Residence, Gabriel Ferreira da Fonseca.


The sociologist Rodrigo Mota comes from Brazil and researches at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife (Brazil). His topic is „Individualisms and Individuations: Georg Simmel and the Sciology of the Individual“.

With Georg Simmel’s concept of the individuum as a start, combined with other ideas and own conceptions of the term “individuum” and its different meaning in different societies, one of the goals of Rodrigo Mota’s work is to examine how the concept of individualism plays a role in the perception the Global North as about the South.

In Bielefeld, Rodrigo Mota will use the time to get familiar with the systems theory approach to the concept of individuum.

Visiting Fellow Anastasia Zaplatina describes, how she researches the meaning of veneral diseases for the Red Army.
Foto: Thomas Abel

Anastasia Zaplatina is a Russian historian from the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moskau). Her topic is „Venereal Diseases in the Red Army in 1941-45: Gender and Epidemiological Aspects“.

According to Zaplatina, there was little research before about the effect of veneral diseases in the Red Army. She developed the idea that her topic is worth researching after reading the historian Franz Seidler. According to him, more people died in the Second World War due to diseases than to direct war effects. One of her main approaches is he question, how the war changed concept of masculinity in Russia.

Anastasia Zaplatina wants to use her stay in Germany to study the research about the Wehrmacht and look for a comparative approach for her own work.

Gabriel Ferreira da Fonseca about his research concering the House Financing program of Brazil.Foto: Thomas Abel

Gabriel Ferreira da Fonseca, sociologist from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, deals with a problem between sociology and law. He uses an approach from the systems theory, to examine the tensions between the system of law and the system of economy, which occur in the Brazilian House Financing program.

His ambitions are, putted simply, “to help the people having houses”. He wants to commit his time in Bielefeld to the purpose to go deeper into systems theory discussions.

The Fellows will be guests at the BGHS for three months.

Further information about the current Visiting Fellows, the Visiting Fellows who joint us since the start of the program in 2009 and information about the Visiting Fellow program in general:

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BGHS member involved in a publication about the Externsteine

Veröffentlicht am 14. March 2018

On of the editors and BGHS member: Stefanie Haupt Bild: BGHS

The book presents new scientific research on the Externsteine and gives a critical insight into ideological interpretations, that have been generated by the Völkisch movement since the early 20th century.

Two members of the BGHS and one alumnus contributed to the book: the historians Stefanie Haupt, Julia Schafmeister and Karsten Wilke wrote articles on central Völkisch protagonists and on the significance of the Externsteine for right-wing extremism.

Cover of the book: Die Externsteine

Presentation of the book on 15 March in Detmold

The book will be presented in a ceremonial address on Thursday, 13 March 2018, at 7:30 p.m. at Lippisches Landesmuseum in Detmold. Among other speakers, co-editor Stefanie Haupt will present the concept of the book, as well as the concept of the conference which gave the fundament for it.

More information about the book “„Die Externsteine - Zwischen wissenschaftlicher Forschung und völkischer Deutung “ (in German):

More information about the event on Thursday:

The involved BGHS member:
Stefanie Haupt
Julia Schafmeister
Karsten Wilke

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Lecture: Nazis behind barbed wire

Veröffentlicht am 10. January 2018

BGHS doctoral researcher Kerstin Schulte at the VHS Bielefeld. Bild: Thomas Abel

On 19 December 2017, in the last public lecture of the series Linie 4, organized by the BGHS in cooperation with the Volkshochschule Bielefeld, the historian Kerstin Schulte talked in a fully occupied hall about Camp stories from the Senne: Nazis behind barbed wire. The doctoral researcher talked about the two allied camps Staumühle and Stukenbrock where civil functionaries of the national socialis regime were detained waiting for either their trial or their release.

In her talk, Kerstin Schulte gave a detailed insight into the camp life. She managed that by not only showing allied instructional videos concerning the arrest, but also discussed the perception of the camps by the imprisoned people themselves. To do this, she talked in detail about the artistic processing of the experiences of internment in the form of, for example, autobiographies and caricatures.

The audience for the lecture “Nazis behind barbed wire” Bild: Thomas Abel

The lively discussion afterwards involved topics ranging from the supply situation of the internees to women in the camps.

From camp experience to politics of history in the early Federal Republic

In her doctoral theses, the historian compares internment camps in the British and the U.S.-american occupation zone. Especially the internees themselves and their experiences are the focus of her interest. Schulte’s hypotheses is that these experiences had a formative influence on the narratives which later would play a leading role in the politics of history in the early Federal Republic.

With Who Cares? Linie 4 continues in 2018

On 16 January, Cleovi Mosuela will continue the public lecture series with her talk titled Who Cares? Filipino Nurses in Germany. The talk will be held in English.

For further information to the open lecture series and the programme please see:
uni.aktuell (in German)
Interview with Theresa Hornischer at campus radio station Hertz 87.9(in German)
Interview with Marcus Carrier at campus radio station Hertz 87.9 (in German)
#Campusminute with Theresa Hornischer (in German)

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Visiting Fellowships ended

Veröffentlicht am 13. September 2017

Mariana Bodnaruk and Andrew Mitchell. Photo: Thomas Abel

The BGHS has bid farewell to its 2017 Visiting Fellows Mariana Bodnaruk (Ukraine) and Andrew Mitchell (UK).

During their stay at the BGHS the two doctoral researchers of the Central European University (Hungary) and the Kumamoto University (Japan) worked intensively on their dissertations, discussed their research within the colloquium “Meet the Fellows” and got in contact with the BGHS community.

In addition, Andrew Mitchell organized a come together between his supervisor from Kumamoto University and the BGHS members.

We wish Mariana Bodnaruk and Andrew Mitchell a successful future!

For more information about the recent Visiting Fellows, please find: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/bghs/Personen/Fellows/visiting_fellows.html

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Start-up program 2017 ended

Veröffentlicht am 13. September 2017

The start-ups (from left to the right:) Maria Borba Dantas (Brasilien), Daniele Toro (Italien),  Hafdis Hafsteinsdottir (Island), Jovana Vukcevic (Montenegro), Daorotiana Rokotondratandra (Madagaskar), und Kim Anh Dang (Vietnam). Foto: Thomas Abel

With the end of the summer semester, the current start-up scholars have said goodbye to Bielefeld. For four months the six MA graduates were guests at the BGHS to work on a convincing doctorate exposé.

Maria Borba Dantas (Brazil), Kim Anh Dang (Vietnam), Hafdis Hafsteinsdottir (Iceland), Daorotiana Rokotondratandra (Madagascar), Daniele Toro (Italy) and Jovana Vukcevic (Montenegro) used their time as well, to join seminars at the BGHS, get to know other doctoral researcher and scientists with a similar research focus and to present their dissertation projects during the colloquium Meet the Start-Ups.

While Daniele Toro and Kim Anh Dang chose to take part at the doctoral program at the BGHS, Jovana Vukcevic gained a Marie-Curie-Fellowship, to which we congratulate cordially.

We wish all our start-up scholars good fortune and a successful future.

More information about this and the previous start-up-programs, you can find here: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/bghs/Personen/Fellows/startup_fellows.html

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Discussion with BGHS Alumni

Veröffentlicht am 10. February 2017

The BGHS-Alumni Andrés Cardona and Rory Tews with Melanie Eulitz (from left to right). Photo by Thomas Abel


On 23 January 2017 the second event within the BGHS series Meet the Alumni took place in the BGHS-Lounge. Two BGHS alumni – Andrés Cardona and Rory Tews – shared their experiences with BGHS doctoral researchers and talked about their career paths after having completed their dissertations.

Andrés Cardona and Rory Tews talked about their careers. Photo by Thomas Abel


Andrés Cardona has become as a self-employed expert for networking in Berlin. His professional work is strongly linked with his dissertation Social Closure in Markets, Families and Networks, in which he focused on network analysis. His company helps consultants and organizations with different tools of network analysis to understand and manage the complexity of social relationships in communities, organizations and markets. One of his clients is the start-up company Roots of Impact, whose goal is to make impact investing and development financing more effective.

Roots of Impact joins the two alumni: Rory Tews is working as a programme manager for the company and is responsible for advising social enterprises. So his expertise is also directly connected with his dissertation project about Social entrepreneurship in Germany.

Career bridges

During the discussion, both guests talked about their working days between office work and traveling. They pointed out that while working on their dissertations, both of them have already thought about later work activities and planned first steps for their careers. Rory Tews highlighted, that the career brigde programme of the BGHS had been very helpful for him to start his career at Roots of Impact.

The series Meet the Alumni will be continued in summer term 2017. Further information on the more than 100 alumni of the BGHS can be found on the BGHS website: www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Personen/Alumni/

Further information

The guests of the event Meet the Alumni and the titles of their dissertation projects:
  • Andrés Cardona: Social Closure in Markets, Families, and Networks. Explaining the emergence of Intergroup Inequality as a Result of Exclusionary Action across Contexts (Alumni-Profile)

  • Rory Tews: Social entrepreneurship in Germany: A Bourdieuan Perspective (Alumni-Profile)


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Exhibition Opening

Veröffentlicht am 1. February 2017

All members of the BGHS and all people who are interested are cordially invited to the exhbition opening of the second Art&Science-Project Visualising Research - by the BGHS in cooperation with the Design Department at Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences.

Date: 8 February 2017, 3pm, BGHS (X-B2)

The goal of the Art&Science project is to bring science and art into a transdisciplinary dialogue in order to open up new avenues for science communication.

For further information, please see: www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Public_Science/Art_Science/

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Six doctoral positions

Veröffentlicht am 20. October 2016

We are pleased to announce six doctoral positions (65%, TV-L E13)  starting 1.April 2017. please find more information here


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Guest commentary ZEIT CHANCEN Brief

Veröffentlicht am 2. May 2016

In the current issue of ZEIT CHANCEN Brief (2 May 2016) a guest commentary by the BGHS Executive Manager Dr. Sabine Schäfer has been published.


For further information and the guest commentary, please see: ZEIT CHANCEN Brief, 2. Mai 2016 (in German).

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