Bielefeld Annual Seminar in History and Sociology

Bielefeld Annual Seminar in History and Sociology

Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology, Bielefeld University
Internationales Begegnungszentrum der Wissenschaft (IBZ), Bielefeld University
Vom - Bis
09.02.2009 - 11.02.2009
Klaus Nathaus

The BGHS organises an Annual Seminar that is dedicated to specific topics of interest for both disciplines. The seminar aims at doctoral students in history and sociology, offering them the opportunity to discuss their research projects with established scientists from both fields. Graduates are encouraged to enrich their dissertations with interdisciplinary perspectives.

This year´s Annual Seminar is titled "End of Messages? The State of the Dialogue between History and Sociology" and deals with the past, present and future relationship between the two disciplines.

Part of the conference are six themed workshops, each led by a tandem of eminent scientists from both disciplines. The workshops are open to doctoral students in history and sociology, offering them the chance to present their research projects and benefit from sociological and historiographical expertise. We welcome any contribution that match the workshop topics and are located at the interface between history and sociology.

Workshop topics and leaders are:

- Semantics (Urs Stäheli, Willibald Steinmetz)
- Knowledge (Alfons Bora, Sybilla Nikolow)
- Communication/Media (Tilmann Sutter, Jörg Requate)
- Social Inequality (Martin Diewald, Thomas Welskopp)
- World Society/Transnational History (Bettina Heintz (invited), Angelika Epple)
- Ethnicity (Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka (invited), Christian Büschges).

For participants from outside Bielefeld the BGHS provides grants to cover expenses for travel and accommodation.

Doctoral students interested in participating should send an exposé of their dissertation project of no more than 600 words to until Friday, November 14th. Please include your name, academic affiliation and full address as well as the title of the preferred workshop. A committee is going to select the participants who will then be asked to prepare a paper of no more than ten pages. This has to be sent to the named address until January 16th and will then be forwarded to the leaders and the other participants of a respective workshop. The number of participants in each workshop is limited to six, three from each history and sociology. One third of the places are reserved for graduate students from outside Bielefeld.


Preleminary Programme

Day 1. Historical Sociology revisited (Mon., 9.2.09)

14:00 Welcome and Introduction: Jörg Bergmann, Thomas Welskopp

14:45 Introduction of Participants

15:00 Keynote 1 - When, why and how Sociology informed History: A View from a Historian: Hans-Ulrich Wehler

15:45 Coffee Break

16:15 Keynote 2 - When, why and how Sociology became interested in History: A View from a Sociologist: Hartmann Tyrell

17:00 Presentation of Film Footage/Photos - Modern Times: Bielefeld Reform University in the 1970s

17:15 Panel Discussion - From Mutual Understanding to an End of Messages? The Relationship between History and Sociology reconsidered: Hans-Ulrich Wehler, Hartmann Tyrell, Benjamin Ziemann, Hendrik Vollmer, Jörg Bergmann, Thomas Welskopp.

18:30 Dinner

Day 2: Research Projects between History and Sociology (Tue., 10.2.09)

9:00 Workshop Session 1 - Discussion of PhD Projects in six parallel workshops on semantics, knowledge, communication/media, social inequality, world society/transnational history and ethnicity

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Workshop Session 2 - Discussion of PhD Projects

12:30 Lunch Break

14:30 Workshop Session 3 - Discussion of PhD Projects

16:00 Coffee Break

16:30 Workshop Session 4 - The State of the Dialogue between Sociology and History: Conclusions from current Research Projects

18:30 Dinner

20:00 Evening Programme

Day 3: Perspectives for Research between History and Sociology (Thur., 11.2.09)

9:00 Panel Discussion/Reports from the Workshops - Perspectives for Research between History and Sociology: Workshop Leaders

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 Final Comment: N.N.

End of Conference


Klaus Nathaus

Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology
Bielefeld University
P.O. Box 100131, D-33501 Bielefeld
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