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Public Lecture Series Linie 4

"Linie 4" is the name of a series of public lectures, organized by the doctoral researchers of the BGHS. The project started in 2009 in cooperation with the Volkshochschule Bielefeld (vhs), an educational institution in Bielefeld.
The focal point of the public lecture series "Linie 4" is the dialogue between historical and sociological resaerch and a wider public.

Linie 4 - Neues aus der historischen und sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschung (2020)

All presentations are held in German!

Linie 4 - About the Dealing with Discrimination: News from Social Sciences and History (2019)

All presentations are held in German!

19 March 2019 - Malika Mansouri
50 Years of ICERD - The United Nations on Racial Discrimination in and by Germany

In 1965 the United Nations have adopted the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), which became effective under international law in 1969. Germany joined the convention in the same year. In the proceedings of the UN the adherence of the convention and so as well the anti racism policy of Germany are regularly thematised. This lecture will offer an insight in the CERD and tackle the question which forms of racist discrimination by and in Germany get reprimanded and which suggestions are brought forward by the UN.

02 April 2019 - Johanna Paul
The White Armband Day ? Cross-boarder remembrance to the
genocide in Prijedor (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

This lecture deals with the long term consequences and challenges of the remembrance of war crimes over 25 years ago in northwest Bosnia. Furthermore impressions are given, how the remembrance is propelled even outside of Bosnia.

07 May 2019 - Zeynep Demir
The Mental Health of Young Migrants in the (Post)Migration Society

The health care system of Germany faces new challenges in the presence of increasing migration to Germany since 2015. Which risk and safety factors are decisive for the mental health of young migrants? This lecture deals which possible influencing factors on the health trajectory of infantile and adolescent migrants under a developmental-psychologically perspective.

21 May 2019 - Anja Henkel
Erika Mann - A sophisticated Nomad?

"Would a possible war be our own mess? Are the miseries, the falsities and crimes which happen globally our own mess?" (original: "Wäre ein Krieg, der kommen könnte, unser Privatdreck? Ist die Not, sind die Irrtümer und die Verbrechen, die auf der Welt geschehen, unser Privatdreck?"), asks Erika Mann in 1934. She was the allround talent of the Mann family: author, journalis, children's book writer, actress and political speaker. Only after the rise to power of the Nazis in Germany, she pursued politically motivated verbal counterforce. Her intellectual acts are done in exile and are influeced by being on the road.

04 June 2019 - Carla Thiele
The Ezides: Persecuted - Displaced - Threatened with Extinction

The Yazidis belong to the tribe of Kurds and are a religious minority. Stigmatized as devil worshipper and heathens they were and are persecuted, put to flight, enslaved and killed throughout the course of history, recently in August 2014. Even though in Germany lives the second largest Yazidis community globally, very little is known about them. What is unique about the Yazidis? Why are the persecuted in the 21st century? With which challenges do they have to deal with in Germany? This lecture will give answers to these questions.

25. Juni 2019 - Lasse Bjoern Lassen
Cuba's Antiracist International - The Tricontinental Conference 1966

A total of 512 delegates from 82 countries gathered on New Year's Day of 1966 in Havana to commemorate the 7th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution and celebrate the exchange of ideas between the decolonised countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America. For this purpose, they developed strategies against enduring colonial structures and disenfranchisement of the so-called "Third World" within the international system. The presentation points out motivations of the Cuban Castro administration for the organisation of said conference and the establishment of a global strategy against racism, poverty and discrimination.

Linie 4 - Neues aus der historischen und sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschung (2017/18)

In winter term 2017/18 eight doctoral researchers from the BGHS will present the third series of public lectures in cooperation with the VHS Bielefeld.

Dates,Topics and Presenters

All presentations start at 6:15 pm at the vhs Bielefeld at Ravensberger Park, Room 240, 33607 Bielefeld (approx. 90 min.)

  • 17.10.2017
    Consumption and national modernization in China
    (Marius Meinhof)
    China's mega-cities are full of futuristic and highly diverse consumer cultures. These consumer cultures are related to a project of national modernization by the state that tries to create a pluralized consuming middle class. Enchanted by this project of modernization, many Chinese tend to overlook how modern and diverse their country already is - and that this modernity and diversity often can be found at places believed to be "backwards". The presentation shows the diverse and advanced character of Chinese consumption and its role in the project of national modernization.

  • 07.11.2017
    Women against their fatherland France (1918 - 1939)
    (Theresa Hornischer)
    The lecture is devoted to forgotten intellectual women in France in the 1920s and 1930s. As feminists, they championed their political suffrage. As journalists they fought against fascism. At the same time, as travel writers, they exposed grievances in the colonial territories. One among them is Léo Wanner. Who is (hiding) behind this name? How did Wanner place her protest into the public, and what kind of image of society/social conception did she provide and her female contemporaries?

  • 21.11.2017
    Persecution and recommencement: Yezidi women in Germany
    (Carla Thiele)
    Yazidis belong to the Kurds' tribe and represent a religious minority. Stigmatized as the "infidel" and "worshippers of the evil", they were oftentimes persecuted and put to flight throughout history. The last time was in summer 2014.This presentation will deal with the Yezidis' women lives, who took refuge in Germany. How do they manage to align their old lives, their experiences during their flight with their new challenges?

  • 05.12.2017
    Chemistry in Court: Poisonings in the 19th Century
    (Marcus Carrier)
    The rise of the sciences during the 19th century also had its impact on the legal system. Scientists were called upon for their expert testimony against murderers and other criminals. Since poison especially was used for murder in the hope to keep the crime secret, toxicological experts became the arch enemy of prisoners. To bring the perpetrators to justice, chemists had to come up with new methods of identifying poisons.

  • 19.12.2017
    Camp stories from the Senne: Nazis behind barbed wire
    (Kerstin Schulte)
    Camps were central places in which the Allies imprisoned former Nazis after the end of World War II. Two of these camps were located in the Senne: in Staumühle and Stukenbrock. How did the internees experienced their time in the camps and how did they made their experiences literary? Autobiographical novels, diaries, caricatures and memoirs give an insight into the parallel world of the camps and the mindset of the sometimes high-ranking national socialists.

  • 16.01.2018
    Who cares? Filipino nurses in Germany
    (Cleovi Mosuela)
    Germany is not a typical labor market for Filipino nurses. Nevertheless, they are sought-after specialists in German health care facilities. What attracted them to come to Germany? Or has Germany hired them in the face of demographic change and labor shortage? The lecture presents the experience of nurses from the Philippines in Germany.

  • 30.01.2018
    *Talk is canceled* Brot oder Bratwurst? Der Alltag im mittelalterlichen Gefängnis
    (Sabrina Timmer)
    Entgegen gängiger Vorstellungen waren Gefängnisse im Mittelalter nicht nur Folter- oder Verwahrungsorte für jene Männer und Frauen, die zum Tode verurteilt oder in Beuge- und Untersuchungshaft genommen worden waren. Der Vortrag geht der Frage nach, welche Bedeutung und Funktion die Gefängnisstrafe im Mittelalter darüber hinaus hatte. Welche Formen von Inhaftierung gab es? Welche gesellschaftlichen Konsequenzen konnte eine Inhaftierung nach sich ziehen? Wie sahen die Lebensbedingungen der Insassen aus?

  • 06.02.2018
    The referee?s fear of the penalty kick. Towards an interaction sociology of football games
    (Justus Heck)
    It is not the goal keeper who is afraid of penalty kicks for he or she can only win. The referee may hesitate, however, to award a penalty kick since these decisions are either way highly contested. Furthermore, there are many other decisions to be taken by the referee. In my presentation, I discuss in general what difference it makes for football games if its supervision is delegated to a "supposed-to-be" neutral third. I compare for this purpose supervised games with those that are being played without referee as, e.g., in the so called "Wilde Liga" in Bielefeld.

For further information please visit:

hertz 87,9: Podcast »ImPuls« zur Vortragsreihe Linie 4


Marius Meinhof: Konsum und nationale Modernisierung in China)

Theresa Hornischer: Frauen gegen ihr Vaterland Frankreich (1918 - 1939)

Carla Thiele: Verfolgung und Neuanfang: Jesidische Frauen in Deutschland

Marcus Carrier: Chemie vor Gericht. Giftmorde im 19. Jahrhundert

Kerstin Schulte: Lagergeschichten aus der Senne: Nazis hinter Stacheldrah)

Cleovi Mosuela: Who cares? Filipino nurses in Germany

Justus Heck: Die Angst des Schiris vor dem Elfmeter

2016: "The Body" - a Series of Public Lectures

With its initial success in 2010, BGHS, in cooperation with the vhs, again launched a series of public lectures in the platform of Linie 4. The general theme offered for the series in the first vhs-semester 2016 was:

The Body and its Multiple Dimensions

A total of nine lectures took place from February to June 2016 every two weeks - Tuesday evenings in the vhs at Ravensberger Park. The term "Body" was illuminated from different perspectives: from the physical bodies, to the metaphysical bodies, to the social bodies, up to the political bodies: various aspects to acquire a reasonably adequate grasp of the things a body can do, a clutch of its various functions. The topics were discussed in sociological and historical understandings in an attempt to understand how society works. The presentations were mostly in German language and some were held in English. All lectures were followed by discussion with the public. Admission to the lectures was free.

Dates and Topics

  • 9 February 2016
    (Topic: Late Medieval History)

    Britta Dostert:
    Familie im Bild - vom Mittelalter bis zur Frühen Neuzeit
    [Family Pictures from the Middle Ages to Early Modern Times]

  • 23 February 2016
    (Topic: Ancient History)

    Daniel Emmelius:
    Den Rubicon überschreiten. Über das Verhältnis von Körpern und Räumen im antiken Rom
    [Crossing the Rubicon. The Relation of Body and Space in Ancient Rome]

  • 8 March 2016
    (Topic: Sociology of Migration)

    Yaatsil Guevara Gonzalez:
    Migrant Bodies and Mimicry. Central American Migrants in Mexico's Southern Border

  • 5 April 2016
    (Topic: Sociology of Gender)

    Susanne Richter:
    The Power of Make-up! Weiblichkeits-Performances in YouTube Beauty Videos
    [The Power of Make-up! Performances of Femininity in YouTube Beauty Videos]

  • 19 April 2016
    (Topic: Theory of History)

    Zoltán Boldizsár Simon:
    Humans Without Bodies, Mechanical Bodies Without Humans: Can History Make Sense of our Technological Future?

  • 3 May 2016
    (Topic: Labor History)

    Torben Möbius:
    Arbeit für die "Volksgemeinschaft". Das (Arbeits-)Leben in der NS-Betriebsgemeinschaft, 1928-1945
    [Daily Worklife in the National Socialist 'works community', 1928-45]

  • 17 May 2016
    (Topic: History of Economics)

    Kristoffer Klammer:
    "Erkrankter Wirtschaftskörper": Wie über Ökonomie in Krisenzeiten geredet wird
    [Economy as an ill Patient: Talking about Economy in Times of Crisis]

  • 31 May 2016
    (Topic: Ethnography)

    Clemens Eisenmann:
    Von Kopfständen und Chakra-Energien: Doing Spiritualität im Yoga
    [Embodied Spirituality in Yoga Practice]

  • 14 June 2016
    (Topic: Sociology of Migration)

    Susanne Schultz und Christian Ulbricht:
    Erwünschte/unerwünschte Migrantinnen und Migranten! Europäische Staaten und afrikanische Migrantinnen und Migranten - wer beherrscht die Körper?
    [The Wanted and not Wanted Migrant - European States and African Migrants - Who Controls the Bodies?]

  • 28 June 2016 canceled
    (Topic: Sociology of Gender)

    Oleksandra Tarkhanova:
    Ukrainian Woman: a Symbol of the Nation and a Tool of State Policy

  • 5 July 2016 canceled
    (Topic: Media History)

    Mahshid Mayar:
    Women and Children as Characters in Strategy Computer Games


CFP Annual Seminar 2016


Britta Dostert: Familie im Bild - vom Mittelalter bis zur Frühen Neuzeit (9 February 2016)

Daniel Emmelius: Den Rubicon überschreiten. Über das Verhältnis von Körpern und Räumen im antiken Rom (23 February 2016)

Yaatsil Guevara: Migrant Bodies and Mimicry. Central American Migrants in Mexico's Southern Border (8 March 2016)

Susanne Richter: The Power of Make-up! Weiblichkeits-Performances in YouTube Beauty Videos (5 April 2016)

Torben Möbius:Arbeit für die "Volksgemeinschaft". Das (Arbeits-)Leben in der NS-Betriebsgemeinschaft, 1928-1945 (3 May 2016)

Kristoffer Klammer:"Erkrankter Wirtschaftskörper": Wie über Ökonomie in Krisenzeiten geredet wird (17 May 2016)

Clemens Eisenmann:Von Kopfständen und Chakra-Energien: Doing Spiritualität im Yoga (31 May 2016)

Susanne Schultz und Christian Ulbricht: Erwünschte/unerwünschte Migrantinnen und Migranten! Europäische Staaten und afrikanische Migrantinnen und Migranten - wer beherrscht die Körper? (14 June 2016)

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