Center for Interdisziplinary Research

ZiF Workshop

The Transformation of History

Date: 10 - 12 September 2015

Convenors: Leitung: Paul Nolte (Berlin, GER), Manfred Hettling (Halle (Saale), GER), Christina von Hodenberg (London, GBR), Cornelius Torp (Halle (Saale)/Augsburg, GER), Willibald Steinmetz (Bielefeld, GER)

The transformation of history since the 1960s is in many ways exemplary for the emergence of new disciplinary and epistemic patterns in the humanities and social sciences. In the Federal Republic, the Bielefeld historian Hans-Ulrich Wehler (1931-2014) was a leading advocate of history as an interdisciplinary enterprise that was to be based in the social sciences, and at the same time fulfilled a wider political mission for post-Nazi Germany. The conference reviewed aspects of this transformative change over the past half century in the light of current approaches and innovations such as global history, or a new history of capitalism. The results underscored the profound significance of the shifts that began in the 1960s, in a way that eventually transcended the intentions of the protagonists such as Wehler: History was newly established not just as a "historical social science", but as a discipline in a permanent state of flux and reinvention.


Margaret Anderson (Berkeley, USA), Franz-Josef Arlinghaus (Bielefeld, GER), Patrick Bahners (München, GER), Arnd Bauerkämper (Berlin, GER), Wolfgang Beck (München, GER), Olaf Blaschke (Trier, GER), Rudolf Boch (Chemnitz, GER), Jürgen Bossmann (Göttingen, GER), Bettina Brandt (Bielefeld, GER), Christina Brauner (Bielefeld, GER), Monika Dommann (Zürich, SUI), Jörg Echternkamp (Potsdam, GER), Pascal Eitler (Berlin, GER), Jens Elberfeld (Bochum, GER), Romain Faure (Berlin, GER), Julia Feist (Bielefeld, GER), Jürgen Feldhoff (Bielefeld, GER), Detlef Felken (München, GER), Antje Flüchter (Bielefeld, GER), Ute Frevert (Berlin, GER), Anne Friedrichs (Bielefeld, GER), Michael Geyer (Chicago, USA), Vito Francesco Gironda (Bielefeld, GER), Jan Gräber (Bielefeld, GER), Albrecht Hagemann (Detmold, GER), Heinz-Gerhard Haupt (Berlin, GER), Isabel Heinemann (Münster, GER), Jürgen Heinrich (Bielefeld, GER), Wilhelm Heitmeyer (Bielefeld, GER), Ulrich Herbert (Freiburg i.Br., GER), Britta Hochkirchen (Bielefeld, GER), Jana Hoffmann (Bielefeld, GER), Bernd Holtwick (Dortmund, GER), Valeska Huber (London, GBR), Kristoffer Klammer (Bielefeld, GER), Jürgen Kocka (Berlin, GER), Urte Kocka (Berlin, GER), Stefan Laffin (Bielefeld, GER), Steffen Mau (Berlin, GER), Thomas Mergel (Berlin, GER), Stephan Merl (Bielefeld, GER), Torben Möbius (Bielefeld, GER), Sven Oliver Müller (Berlin, GER), Benno Nietzel (Bielefeld, GER), Wilfried Nippel (Berlin, GER), Hans-Jürgen Puhle (Frankfurt am Main, GER), Joachim Radkau (Bielefeld, GER), Jörg Requate (Kassel, GER), Claudia Roesch (Münster, GER), Florian Schleking (Bielefeld, GER), Klaus Schröder (Bielefeld, GER), Peter Schuster (Bielefeld, GER), James J. Sheehan (Stanford, USA), Daniel Siemens (Bielefeld, GER), Hendrik Tieke (Halle (Saale), GER), Daniele Toro (Bielefeld, GER), Hartmann Tyrell (Bielefeld, GER), Frank Uekötter (Birmingham, GBR), Ulrike von Hirschhausen (Rostock, GER), Albrecht von Lucke (Berlin, GER), Peter Walkenhorst (Gütersloh, GER), Britta Wehler (Bielefeld, GER), Dominik Wehler (Bielefeld, GER), Bernd Weisbrod (Göttingen, GER), Thomas Welskopp (Bielefeld, GER), Monika Wienfort (Wuppertal, GER)

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