Dr. Torsten Kahlert

Aarhus University
School for History and Society
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 5
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Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

2006 M.A. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin und Universidad de Sevilla (Neuere / Neueste Geschichte, Politikwissenschaften und Soziologie)

2007-2010 Forschungsstipendiat der Elsa-Neumann-Stiftung, Berlin

2011 Mitarbeiter im Rahmen der Vorbereitung der Ausstellung "Weltwissen – 300 Jahre Wissenschaften in Berlin" im Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin http://www.weltwissen-berlin.de/

2011-2015 Redakteur und wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in der Zentralredaktion von H-Soz-Kult, 2013/14 Vertretung der Koordination von H-Soz-Kult, http://www.hsozkult.de

seit 2015 Redakteur für Wissenschaftsgeschichte bei H-Soz-Kult

11/2015 Verteidigung Doktorarbeit, "'Unternehmungen großen Stils' Organisation, Objektivität und Historismus im 19. Jahrhundert" (HU Berlin)

Aktuelle Projekte

Inventing international Bureaucrats: Career Trajectories of British and French Secretariat Employees

This project explores the interactions and connections between the Secretariat and national diplomatic and bureaucratic structures through a prosopographical study of the social characteristics and career trajectories of the two dominant national groups in the League: British and French. The Secretariat was a new arena that offered possibilities for people to bypass social hierarchies and categories in the national arenas and build careers of a kind that had not been seen before. This project will explores what kinds of social capital characterized the people who gained access to the Secretariat in order to determine to what extent and in which ways League officials formed a transnational elite with shared economic, social and cultural characteristics. Further, it explores how working in the Secretariat fed into subsequent careers during and after the Second World War. An analysis of this kind does not only offer insights into the lives of the individuals who populated the Secretariat; it also generates insights into the nature of the League Secretariat itself and the import and export of capitals, ideas and practices that took place here.­