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Teaching and research at the BGHS benefit from the School's many connections with other research institutions, both at Bielefeld University and national and international colleges and universities. This smoothes the way for the members of the BGHS in establishing and expanding their individual and institutional networks.

Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 882 "From Heterogeneities to Inequalities"

In the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 882 "From Heterogeneities to Inequalities", the Faculty of Sociology has since 2011 jointly been working with the Faculties of Economic Sciences, Educational Science, Law and Health Sciences on topics of inequality. It is the goal of SFB 882 to integrate the different fields such as education, the labour market, equality, migration, health, or gender, and search for common mechanisms in the emergence of inequality that can be used to draw up a typology.

The BMBF-sponsored Project of the CIAS "The Americas as Space of Entanglement(s)"

The 3500-km-long border between the U.S. and Mexico is a monumental symbol of the paradoxical entanglement of two opposing phenomena. On the one hand, you see the attempts at territorial isolation via border militarization. On the other hand, North and South grow ever closer here via the inexorable flow of people, goods, information and media

The Center for InterAmerican Studies (CIAS) is in charge of the interdisciplinary project "The Americas as Space of Entanglement(s)" which is sponsored by the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research), and pursues the following complementary research questions: How do hemispheric spaces of entanglements come to emerge within transversal (i.e. translocal, transnational and transregional) dynamics? And how do these entangled spaces turn increasingly into a central framework for socio-cultural, economic, political and environmental action within the Americas?

Having listed these questions, it must be pointed out, however, that the Americas should not be misconstrued as a surrogate for a new category of spatial containment. Instead, 'area' and 'area studies' need to be re-conceptualized vis-à-vis increasing globalization processes

Johns Hopkins University Baltimore

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, Maryland, is one of the best research universities on the US east coast. Since its founding, the BGHS has an exchange agreement with the Department of History of JHU.
BGHS members are offered the opportunity of taking part in the Johns Hopkins University graduate program, and benefit from intensive courses in small groups. They will also have more than enough time during their stay in the USA for their own dissertation projects. Doctoral candidates in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University have the opportunity during their stay at the BGHS to participate in the taught doctoral programme of the Graduate School, both as concerns academics and social activities. They also will be able to take German language classes and still have enough time to devote to their own dissertation projects.
The exchange programme is limited to one place per year. Stays are from September to May of the academic year.

University of Notre Dame

International PhD Student Workshop Exchange Notre Dame/Bielefeld

The cooperation in postgraduate training between the Department of History of the University of Notre Dame near South Bend, Indiana (USA), the department of History at the University of Bielefeld and the BGHS goes back to 2010; it is based on a PhD workshop oriented towards aspects of theory and methods. This international PhD student workshop takes place every year, with the universities of Notre Dame and Bielefeld alternating as venue. The workshops are conducted in English. The aim of the workshop is to foster an intensive exchange between the PhD students and scholars of both institutions.
The research papers are at the core of the workshops with which the participating students introduce a chapter, a methodological aspect or the analytical design of their doctoral projects. The relevant papers are distributed to all participating students in advance. At workshops, the authors give a short introduction to their projects. A detailed commentary on the research paper by a colleague of the partner university is a major goal. This is followed by a plenary discussion. Central issues for debate are historical issues and the analytical design of the doctoral project, issues related to theory and methods in historiography, the formulation of theses and scholarly historical writing.
The doctoral students involved usually take part in the workshop twice (once in Bielefeld and once in Notre Dame). In this way, not only does the progress achieved in the development of their project become apparent and a topic for discussion, but personal contacts are also deepened. At each meeting new doctoral students join the group, which means that there are always two participating cohorts.

International PhD Student Workshop Notre Dame/Bielefeld 2014 at Bielefeld University
International PhD Student Workshop Notre Dame/Bielefeld 2016 at Bielefeld University

Association for Political History (APH)

Amid great interest, the Association for Political History (APH) was launched during the Leiden international PhD Conference for Political History in September 2014. The association aims to strengthen international cooperation in the field of education and research, thus promoting the quality of research. Furthermore, APH provides high-quality training opportunities for PhD candidates and advanced students pursuing Masters' degrees in Political History.
While APH was inaugurated as a European initiative, it develops an international profile. The association defines Political History broadly and wishes to be inclusive, incorporating, amongst others, the History of Institutions, Parties, Public Policies, Political Cultures and Political Ideas. APH welcomes historians working from different perspectives, such as, for instance, Transnational History or Gender Studies.

An important activity of the APH is the organization of annual conferences, starting in Bielefeld in 2015 (more).
In 2016, Aarhus University will accommodate the conference; in 2017 the host will be Jyväskylä, in 2018 SciencesPo. France, and in 2019 King's College London. Joint educational initiatives will be taken as well as activities to facilitate the publication of the work of (young) historians.
President of the APH is Prof. Dr. Marc Lazar (SciencesPo. Paris). Other members of the board are Prof. Dr. Pasi Ihalainen (Jyväskylä University), Dr. Hagen Schulz-Forberg (Aarhus University), Prof. Dr. Giovanni Orsina (LUISS University Roma), Prof. Dr. Henk te Velde (Leiden University), Prof. Dr. Richard Vinen (King's College London) and Prof. Dr. Thomas Welskopp (Bielefeld University).

The APH's Secretariat is headed by Dr. Margit van der Steen (Research School Political History, The Hague).
Contact and information:,

Citation: Launch of the Association for Political History, 07.09.2014 The Hague, in: H-Soz-Kult, 17.11.2014,


Gruppenbild der APH-Konferenz an der BGHS

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Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE)

The Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE) is a multi-disciplinary research centre with the aim of initiating, pursuing, and disseminating research on organizational aspects of modern society. This also includes research on the changing role of the public sector at the intersection between the public and private sectors and civil society. The centre of this unique institution in Sweden is run jointly by the Stockholm School of Economics and Stockholm University. As a counterpart to a high-level national network of universities, the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology is one oft the international collaboration partners of the SCORE. Other partners oft he SCORE are the Centre de Sociologie des Organisation (CSO) at SciencesPo in Paris, the Center for Risk and Regulation research (CARR) at the School of Economics in London, the Research Center for Capitalism, Globalization and Governance (ESSEC) in Paris as well as the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University.

Department of Design, University of Applied Sciences, Bielefeld

Since 2014, the BGHS has been cooperating with the department of Design of the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences with several projects in Art & Science and Public Science.
In the context of the project A Portrait of a Young Researcher. A photographic art project in the summer semester of 2014, students of photography under the guidance of Professor Roman Bezjak portrayed doctoral students of the BGHS and photographed them while they were working on their dissertations. The results of this photographic art project are shown as a permanent exhibition at the BGHS.
A photo catalogue was also produced where all portrait work is shown, together with information on the photographers involved and on the junior researchers of the BGHS and their research projects.

The next Art & Science and Public Science project with the department of design of the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences is planned for the winter semester 2015/2016.
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