Recap of the workshop and exchange: „Sexualized harassment, discrimination and violence at the study and work place”
Recap of the workshop and exchange: "Sexualized harassment, discrimination and violence at the study and work place"
On 14.11.2023, the workshop and exchange "Sexualized harassment, discrimination and violence at the study and workplace" was organized by the Equal Opportunities Commission of the Faculty of Sociology with support by the BGHS Representatives. The Equal Opportunities Commission had already organized a similar workshop as a Jour Fixe on the 18th of October. In the workshop, Lena Wittenfeld and Ragna Verhoeven provided information on the topic of sexualized harassment, discrimination and violence in the university context, in particular on the legal framework and the contact points at the faculty and the university, and the participants had the opportunity to share their experiences.
The organizers and participants agreed that there is an urgent need to integrate the topic more into everyday faculty life, to talk to each other and, in particular, to inform vulnerable groups (e.g. Internationals) about contact points and (legal) framework conditions. The Equal Opportunities Commission of the Faculty of Sociology will take up the suggestions from the workshop and discuss them further with various (status) groups in the faculty.
Finally, we would also like to point out the counselling service offered by the Equal Opportunities Commission which takes place every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on site (X-B3-250) or by telephone (+495211064571). The counselling service can be used anonymously or non-anonymously and is open to all status groups of the faculty.
The presentation of the workshop can be found here.
Understanding in international perspective
Europe is big and the world is wide. No reason not to meet up. At the end of September, the BGHS hosted a good part of the world for a week during the face-to-face part of the Blended Intensive Programme "Understanding - The Researchers' Perspectives and Knowledge Production". Understanding requires proximity, which is why 20 doctoral researchers and ten supervisors from the universities of Bologna (Italy), Helsinki (Finland), Jaén (Spain), Örebro (Sweden), Paris (France), Tel Aviv (Israel) and, last but not least, Bielefeld travelled thousands of kilometres to come together and discuss their different academic perspectives.
Grafik: Ruth Ayaß
The programme included a two-day research retreat at which the doctoral researchers presented their research projects and discussed them with the other participants, a one-day workshop on the topic of "Good Scientific Practice" and a visit to the Historisches Museum Bielefeld followed by a reflection session.
The research retreat format in particular was once again received with great enthusiasm. The doctoral researchers had prepared short texts about their research work in advance, which were read by all participants. An excellent basis for the discussions of the projects, which took place in two interdisciplinary groups.
Photo: Mariza Mathis
There was no standard format for the texts to be submitted; all participants had to find the best solution for the presentation of their projects themselves. The people from Bielefeld are familiar with this. However, some of the guests found this strange at first and would have liked more guidance. In the end, however, everyone agreed that it was precisely this openness that facilitated and encouraged reflection on the different perspectives. The small scale of the format and the constructive exchange created a safe and friendly atmosphere for the discussions. One guest commented: "It was most helpful as it provided the opportunity to receive new questions ..." And as we know, it is sometimes more important to ask the right questions than to have an answer for everything.
Photo: Mariza Mathis
The doctoral representatives of the BGHS in particular provided a lively evening programme: a city tour to Sparrenburg Castle, dinner in the Brauhaus, a pub crawl and, last but not least, karaoke in the Irish Pub - there were plenty of opportunities to get to know each other and make new contacts. And so, at the end of the week, everyone was highly satisfied.
Photo: Mariza Mathis
The Blended Intensive Programme, which is funded by Erasmus+, is not over yet. From October to December, there were and still are various online formats, such as a methods class, a theory class and a workshop on scholarly argumentation. And thus further opportunities to find out more about that which seems so natural and yet is anything but self-evident: scientific understanding.
There will also be more on scientific understanding at the Interdisciplinary Dialogue as part of the event celebrating the 15th anniversary of the BGHS on 21 November 2023.
Workshop "Differentiations of affiliations"
On 19 and 20 October 2023, the workshop "Reflecting on differentiations of affiliations in the research process" took place with numerous researchers from Germany and Switzerland. The two days offered opportunities for exchange and reflection on all phases of research - from explicating presuppositions before entering the research field, to reflecting on categories within the anonymisation of research data, to the question of the extent to which categorisations are adopted by the field or produced by researchers themselves. In the discussions on these multifaceted aspects, one thing above all became clear: the exchange between researchers on this topic is necessary and meaningful. Questions about differentiations of affiliations are relevant in every phase of research and must be reflected on by researchers in multiple ways: the researcher's assumptions, the assumptions and perspectives of the field as well as preliminary conceptual considerations.
The workshop was rich in inspiring discussions, diverse new questions and enriching contributions - and the question of "where do we go from here?" is still being discussed. The willingness for further collaboration is high and can certainly be attributed to the productive working atmosphere of the workshop.
Stella Nüschen and Katharina Leimbach
The BGHS turns 15!
This year, the BGHS celebrates its 15th anniversary. Since 2008, it has organised and coordinated the joint doctoral programme of the Department of History and the Faculty of Sociology, and thus facilitates a variety of opportunities for academic and personal acquaintance and exchange. Interdisciplinarity, internationality and the promotion of individual initiative are the three basic principles on which the work of the BGHS is based. On this basis, the BGHS has become a 'learning community', a community that invites learning and is itself constantly learning.
On Tuesday, 21 November 2023, the BGHS celebrates the anniversary in the BGHS seminar room (X-B2-103). The event starts at 6 pm with a talk between the new rector, Angelika Epple, and the two BGHS directors, Klaus Weinhauer and Ruth Ayaß, about graduate training at Bielefeld University.
At 6.30 p.m. there will be an Interdisciplinary Dialogue in which four professors from different disciplines at Bielefeld University will discuss how to achieve what seems to be self-evident: scientific understanding. Oliver Flügel-Martinsen (political theory), Marie Kaiser (philosophy of science), Lisa Regazzoni (theory of history) and Tobias Werron (sociological theory) will be on the podium. Sabine Schäfer, executive manager of the BGHS, will moderate. And of course, the audience will also join in the discussion.
The event will end with a reception in the BGHS lounge from around 8 p.m.