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The Department of History was founded in 1973. With its theory- and method-oriented history concept and its historical social science programme, it quickly gained an international reputation and it has contributed decisively to transforming the traditional approach to the subject in Germany with its focus on a history of events and politics. Even today, reflection on theory and methods, interdisciplinarity, and transcending standard historical periods continue to shape both the research and teaching profiles of history at Bielefeld.
Bielefeld covers the subject in an exceptionally broad and varied way. All epochs from antiquity to contemporary history are represented, and there are several systematic workfields such as gender history, economic history, East European history, Iberian and Latin-American history, the history of science, and art history. Fifteen professors and 45 academic staff members are engaged in research and teaching in the Department.
History at Bielefeld University was awarded top grades in the 2009 CHE-Forschungsranking [research ranking]. The Department specializes in research on a communications approach to political history, on the communicative and medial constitution of action spheres in history, and on the history of (global, regional) transfers, interrelations, and asymmetries. The Department coordinates the Collaborative Research Centre CRC 584: The Political as Communicative Space in History (SFB 584), the interdisciplinary Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology BGHS (together with the Faculty of Sociology), and a research group on entangled history. It is participating in, for example, the BMBF-Kompetenznetzwerk Lateinamerika [a Latin American competence network funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research] as well as an international research project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. Research activities, nine weekly research colloquia, and both internal and external communication are coordinated by the School for Historical Research.
Currently, approximately 1500 students are acquiring Bachelor, Master of Arts, Master of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees within a research-related teaching profile and a structured three-stage degree programme. One special feature is the integrated French-German degree programme offered in cooperation with Université Paris VII-Denis Diderot. The History Department also participates in the interdisciplinary Master's degree programmes on History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science and on Inter-American Studies as well as in the Bachelor minor degree programme on Romance Studies. Subject-specific career-relevant competencies are provided by the workfield on careers in history. There are numerous cooperations with international partner institutions including Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, EHESS, Paris VII, and St. Petersburg.