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Workshops and conferences 2010

Generations of Change (25-28 Nov. 2010)

Organisers: Jeannette Prochnow, Caterina Rohde
Guests: Chris Hann (Halle/ Saale), Tatiana Barchunova (Novosibirsk), Thomas Schmidt-Lux (Leipzig)

In our plenary conference we raised the questions how different generations on the one hand experience and on the other hand foster system change. For this purpose different case studies were brought together that focus on social change after 1989 in the fields of economy, politics and socio-cultural life. The aim of the conference was to bring together up-and-coming researchers from different disciplines in order to comprehend by the example of their studies how system change and social, economical, political and cultural mechanisms can be understood from the generational perspective.

Analysing the literary field: Case studies from sociology, history and the literary sciences (27 Nov. 2010)

Organiser: Klaus Nathaus
In cooperation with: LiLi-Kolleg of Bielefeld University

In cooperation with the LiLi-Kolleg, the new graduate school at the department for linguistics and literary science, the BGHS organised a one-day workshop on "Analysing the literary field". The workshop brought together doctoral students from history, sociology and the literary sciences working on the creation, production, distribution or evaluation of literature, on authors, publishers or critics to discuss their projects. Among the presentation were case studies on the book market in the USA, the history of the German publishing house Suhrkamp, a comparative analysis of the literary field in East and West Germany since the 1960s and the implications of copyright and cultural policy for developments of literature in Europe.

Evolving Market Fields (04-06 Oct. 2010)

Organiser: Klaus Nathaus
In cooperation with: David Gilgen (Bielefeld), Lise Skov (Copenhagen), ©reative Encounters (Copenhagen Business School), Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

This workshop brought together young scholars from history and sociology who work on case studies on the development of market fields in various economic sectors, for instance the constitution of a market for sustainable investments, the influence of the fair trade movement, the establishment of ethical fashion as a movement and a label, the regulation of a labour market for interpreters, the marketing of technological innovations and the institutionalization of designer fashion and musical genres.

Imagery ("Bildlichkeit") (01-02 July 2010)

Organisers: Thomas Abel, Eva Sänger
Guests: Roswitha Breckner (Vienna)

There are numerous theoretical approaches to the topics imagery and visuality (visual sociology, interdisciplinary image science (Bildwissenschaft), visual cultural studies, semiotics, praxeological approaches and documentary pictorial analysis). This workshop provided participants with the opportunity to look at their projects from a visual studies perspective of their choosing and explore methodological and conceptual questions related to their projects. Because the workshop was explicitly geared towards works in progress, participants were able to directly examine methodological and conceptual questions on the topics of imagery and visuality together with an expert in the field.

A West German compromise on governance? Stakeholder Relations from the 'Wirtschaftswunder' to the Industrial Structural Crisis - 1950s to 1980s (25-26 Jun. 2010)

Organisers: Ute Engelen, Stephanie Hagemann
In cooperation with: Arbeitskreis für Unternehmens-, Technik- und Organisationsgeschichte (working group on the history of companies, technology and organisations)

In this workshop we examined the extent to which stakeholder relations of various companies in the 1950s to 1980s allow us to draw conclusions about a specific West German governance compromise (Matthes 2000). Did the economic upswing allow companies to meet the expectations of various stakeholders? Or did this stakeholder orientation emerge from the wish to secure long-term profitability?

CSR Regulation and Global Governance (18-19 Jun. 2010)

Organiser: Jan Hendrik Quandt
In cooperation with: Transatlantic Doctoral Academy on Corporate Responsibility, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

The workshop on CSR regulation and global governance took up two current discourses; the global governance discourse established in the 1990s and the newer discussions of economic and corporate ethics encapsulated in the keyword CSR (corporate social responsibility).

A contemporary history of the self 1960-2000 (04-05 Jun. 2010)

Organiser: Jens Elberfeld
In cooperation with: Julia Helene Diekämper (Bremen), Pascal Eitler (Berlin), Arbeitskreis für Körpergeschichte (working group History of the Body), Hans-Böckler Foundation
Guests: Andreas Reckwitz (Frankfurt/ Oder)

This symposium brought together theories and results stemming from various interdisciplinary research projects on the history of the self since the 1960s. Each project examined, in its specific manner, the materialisation of references to the self in different societal situations. These theories were discussed and an initial synthesis of individual case studies attempted in order to be able to make general statements about the contemporary history of the self.

Entangled Histories (28-29 May 2010)

Organiser: Angelika Epple
In cooperation with: Ulrike Lindner (Bielefeld), Olaf Kaltmeyer (Bielefeld)
Guests: Jos Grommans (Leiden), Elizabeth Buettner (York)

Recent discussions in history have focused strongly on global and transnational processes. Concepts of global history, world history, transnational history and histoire croisée have been intensely discussed. Research on these phenomena has recently been connected with studies on colonial empires and the mutual constitution of colonizers and the colonized. Following these trends the workshop highlighted how the entanglement of different societies and cultures is shaped by colonial and postcolonial experiences.

German and Russian Identities Across Times and Borders (24-26 Apr.)

Organisers: BGHS, Semion Lyandres, Stephan Merl, Andreas Vasilache, Dietmar Wulff, Tatjana Zimenkova

In cooperation with: Department of History (Bielefeld University), Department of History (University of Notre Dame, USA), Center for German and European Studies (Bielefeld University and St. Petersburg State University, Russia)

Guest:Malte Griesse (Universität Bielefeld)

The first interdisciplinary workshop organised by the CGES, the University of Notre Dame and the BGHS took place in Bielefeld. It was intended to cover a broad thematical range of German and Russian identities which have been analysed from sociological and historical perspectives. Four plenary sessions consisting of presentations and discussions have been completed by two keynote speeches, one from a sociological and one from a historical point of view. An excursion to the Hermann Monument near Detmold was part of the workshop, too.


Unbounded Methodologies (22-23 Apr. 2010)

Organisers: Devrimsel D. Nergiz, Nazgul Tajibajeva
In cooperation with: Anna Amelina (Bielefeld), Gilberto Rescher (Bielefeld), German Research Foundation (DFG)
Guests: David Fitzgerald (San Diego), Zsuzsa Gille (Illinois), Nina Glick Schiller (Manchester), Akhil Gupta (Los Angeles), Matthias Middell (Leipzig), Ludger Pries (Bochum), Aihwa Ong (Berkeley), Anja Weiß (Duisburg-Essen)

The criticism of methodological nationalism has opened up new ways to conduct research on global and transnational dynamics. Nowadays, the common methodological statement is that societal spaces cannot be regarded as equal to territorial spaces. Prominent methodological proposals are suggested by the global ethnography approach, the cosmopolitan theory, and the transnational approach. While the first combines large-scale ethnography with detailed examinations of everyday life, the second proposes to conduct research simultaneously on different spatial scales, such as global, transnational, national, and local dimensions. And the third, the transnational approach, refers to relational concepts of spatiality. Thus, this conference linked debates on new methodological approaches with the discussion of problematic issues within empirical research on global and transnational transformations.

The history of companies in eastern Germany (19-20 Feb. 2010)

Organisers: Ulrike Schulz, Thomas Welskopp
In cooperation with: Veit Damm (Saarbrücken), Swen Steinberg (Dresden), Andre Steiner (Potsdam), Sylvia Wölfel (Dresden), Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte (Business History Association), Business Archive of Saxony (SWA), Center for Research on Contemporary History (ZZF), Chambers of Industry and Commerce Leipzig, Halle/Saale and Dessau, Ettersberg Foundation, Hans-Böckler Foundation

The reorientation of business history as an academic discipline makes it necessary to find new approaches to German research on corporations. In light of this fact, at this conference the Arbeitskreis Ostdeutsche Unternehmen im Transformationsprozess (working group on companies in eastern Germany in transformation process) was founded. The working group serves as a network for research projects and promotes the exchange of researchers.

New research on the history of Latin America (04-06 Feb. 2010)

Organiser: Christian Büschges
In cooperation with: Iberian and Latin American History at Bielefeld University, Gerda Henkel Foundation

Alongside the exchange between and networking among doctoral candidates, this workshop also provided an opportunity to discover the current state of research in the field of Latin American history in Germany. The topics, "Cultures of history, historical politics - the historiography of civil wars and dictators in Latin America", "Population policy in 20th century Latin America", "Latin American colonial history as cultural study" and "Ethnicity and politics in the history of Latin America" reflect both important current debates on Latin American history taking place in the international academic community as well as methodological and theoretical discussions in the field of history that are also relevant to research on Latin America.

The semantics of self-construction (21-23 Jan. 2010)

Organisers: Julia Herzberg, Axel Hüntelmann, Dominique Schröder
In cooperation with:: Levke Harders (Bielefeld), Centre for Biographics (ZetBi)
Guests: Alois Hahn (Trier/ Lucerne), Alf Lüdtke (Göttingen), Gabriele Rosenthal (Göttingen)

In late 2008, we decided to organise a workshop for all Bielefeld historians and sociologists working on a biographical topic, in the broadest sense of the term. The workshop aimed to improve networks within Bielefeld University and in the larger community of biographical researchers in the German-speaking countries. The workshop provided young Bielefeld researchers with an opportunity to exchange know-how in the field of biographics and to discuss difficulties in their projects (also beyond the scope of the workshop). Methodological questions were also examined during the workshop. Members of the Centre for Biographics commented on the research projects presented by BGHS members.

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