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Grappling with the Global: The Challenge of Boundaries in History and Sociology

9th Annual Seminar of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS), 13-15 July 2017


Schedule Annual Seminar 2017
Programme (PDF)

We are pleased to welcome you at the 9th Annual Seminar of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS). Thank you for joining us in Bielefeld and enriching our conference with exciting contributions and inspiring presentations!

The topic of this year's Annual Seminar is Grappling with the Global: The Challenge of Boundaries in History and Sociology. Combining the expertise of young historians and sociologists, we attempt to highlight and question contemporary approaches that challenge the ongoing conceptual dominance of the nation state. The conference schedule will revolve around global interconnections, challenges and crises. The contributions and presentations include discussions of the socio-economic implications of globalisation, international migration as well as economic, political and religious entanglements and conflicts. By discussing these topics, we aim to define and specify notions of "the global" in spatial, temporal, theoretical and methodological terms. Furthermore, the conference seeks to engage doctoral researchers in an interdisciplinary discussion about approaches, methods and findings on globalisation, globalism and globality within their field of study. Thereby we try to map out the importance of "the global" as analytical category for historians and sociologists.

Our programme includes seven panel sessions on specific aspects and notions of the global such as "Global Conflicts", "Global Dimensions of Religion" or "Migration in a Globalising World". Furthermore, we are looking forward to three keynotes delivered by distinguished international researchers, whom we wish to thank for their contributions: Ahmet Öncü (Sabanci University, Istanbul), Saskia Sassen (Columbia University, New York), and Drew Thompson (Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson). We will also be joined by intermedia artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski, who will be discussing her installation ADA, the artwork and key visual of this year's conference.

We are looking forward to exciting contributions, lively exchanges of ideas and vibrant discussions for our 9th Annual Seminar!

Sincerely, your organizing committee of the Annual Seminar 2017

(from left): Sebastian Matthias Schlerka, Pınar Sarigöl, Britta Dostert, Julia Engelschalt, Lasse Bjoern Lassen.
Photo by Thomas Abel/BGHS

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Room X-A2-103
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Arrival and Registration

  • 09:00 - 09:30 Welcome & Introduction
    Ursula Mense-Petermann, Director of the BGHS
    Julia Engelschalt, Annual Seminar Organising Team

  • 09:30 - 11:00 Keynote Lecture: Ahmet Öncü (Sabancı University, Istanbul): Hakk or Right: A Veblenian Reflection on the Social Origins of Juridical Sensibilities in Western Europe and Turkey
    Moderator: Pınar Sarigöl

  • 11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

  • 11:30 - 01:00 Panel 1: Shock and Awe - Violent Conflicts and their Global Repercussions

    • Niko Rohé (Bielefeld): Turning a Local Conflict into a Global Hype - and Back Again: Foreign War Journalists in the Greco-Turkish War of 1897

    • Moran Zaga (Haifa): The Challenge of Boundaries in Syria: Past, Present and Future

    • Kei Takata (Duisburg-Essen): Escaping through the Networks of Trust: The U.S. Deserter Support Movement in the Japanese Global Sixties

    • Chair: Lasse Bjoern Lassen

  • 01:00 - 02:30 Lunch

  • 02:30 - 04:00 Panel 2: Outside the Box - Reflecting the Global in the History of Ideas

    • Maria Iulia Florutau (London): Transfers of Knowledge from Transylvania to the Netherlands in the Enlightenment: The Convergence of Ideas in József Fogarasi Pap's Metaphysical Dissertation

    • Stefan Bargheer (Los Angeles): Military Intelligence and the Laboratory Research Method: The Rise of Comparative-Historical Sociology during World War II

    • Zoltán Boldizsár Simon (Bielefeld): Is There a Global Subject of History?

    • Chair: Andrew Mitchell

  • 04:00 - 04:30 Coffee Break

  • 04:30 - 06:00

    Room X-E0-001
    Keynote Lecture: Saskia Sassen (Columbia University, New York): Embedded Borderings: Making New Geographies of Centrality
    Moderator: Sebastian Matthias Schlerka

  • 07:00 Conference Dinner

  • Friday, 14 July 2017

    Room X-B2-103

  • 10:00 - 11:00 Panel 3: Globalism avant la lettre? - Rethinking Empire

    • Adetiba Adedamola Seun (Grahamstown): "Tracks of Death": A Global History of Railway and Malarial Mortality in Twentieth Century Africa

    • Aditya Ramesh (London): Historical Sociology and the Making of the Nineteenth Century Environment: Debt and River Improvement in the British Empire

    • Chair: Lasse Bjoern Lassen

  • 11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

  • 11:30 - 12:30 Panel 4: Faith Crossing Borders - Global Dimensions of Religion

    • Melanie Eulitz (Leipzig): Global Hasidism, Local Jewishness: The Worldwide Inner-Jewish Missionary Activities of Chabad Lubavitch and its Effects in Germany

    • Rouven Wirbser (Bielefeld): From East Asia to Westphalia: The Global Cult of St. Francis Xavier and His Veneration in the Prince-Bishopric of Paderborn

    • Chair: Pınar Sarigöl

  • 12:30 - 02:00 Lunch

  • 02:00 - 03:00 Panel 5: Behind the Scenes - Staging the Global in the Political Arena
    • Laia Pi Ferrer (Tampere): Looking at Others in National Policymaking: The Case of Portugal and Spain in the Recent Economic Crisis

    • Melinda Harlov-Csortán (Eötvös): UNESCO World Heritage: Connecting Local to Global in One Cultural System

    • Chair: Britta Dostert

  • 03:00 - 04:00 Coffee Break

  • 04:00 - 05:30 Keynote Lecture Drew Thompson (Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson): Naming Mozambique's Dead Photographs
    Moderator: Julia Engelschalt

  • 05:30 - 06:00 Cofffee Break

  • 06:00 - 07:30

    Room X-E0-002
    Artist Talk on the Conference Key Visual
    Karina Smigla-Bobinski (Munich): ADA - Grappling with the Globe
    Moderator: Britta Dostert

  • Saturday, 15 July 2017

    Room X-B2-103

  • 10:00 - 11:00 Panel 6: Inside Moloch - Dissecting the Globalised City

    • Baptiste Colin (Paris): Beyond the Phenomenological Global Reading: Introducing a Global Perspective. Squatting as a Way to Link Scales and Boundaries

    • Arturo Díaz Cruz (Mexico City): Assembling the Scales: Ethnographic Reflections on the Study of the Economic and Political Regimes in the Local Order

    • Chair: Sebastian Matthias Schlerka

  • 11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

  • 11:30 - 01:00 X-B2-103 Panel 7: Transcending Identities - Migration in a Globalising World

    • Ping-Heng Chen (Heidelberg): "Those who fit in with our place": The Emergence of a Racial Discourse on East Asian Immigration in Late 19th-Century Guatemala

    • Shiwei Chen (Singapore): One Hundred Years of Transnational Migration in the North Korean-Chinese Borderland: Race, Nation and Formation of Boundaries

    • Jialin Christina Wu (Louvain): The Location of the Global: Anecdotal Histories of Diasporic Identities in Colonial Southeast Asia

    • Chair: Kristoffer Klammer

  • 01:00 - 02:30 Lunch

  • 02:30 - 03:30 Roundtable Discussion: Grappling with the Global
    Moderator: Sabine Schäfer, Executive Manager of the BGHS

  • 03:30 End of the Conference

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