Lecture on the History of German Colonialism

[Translate to Englisch:] Online Seminar Jena

Lecture as part of the online seminar "Discrimination and Racism in Europe: Understanding Reality, Shaping the Future", University of Jena (22.11.2021, 12:15-13:00, zoom)
PD Dr. Eva Bischoff
Like no other form of activism, the potests against the Humboldt Forum and the protests of the international Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, have put Germany's colonial past into the spotlight. In doing so, they also revealed that there are large gaps between the results of historical research and the public culture of remembrance. A critical examination of colonialism is absolutely necessary to understand discrimination and racism in Germany. The lecture therefore deals with the basic lines of German colonial history. The presentation is part of the first of two sessions that Eva Bischoff will teach as a guest lecturer in the online seminar mentioned above. The course is a result of a cooperation between master students of IPK (IWK) and DaF/Z and the lecturer Dr. Luisa Conti (Intercultural Business Communication) of the University of Jena. The lecture will take place in German and via online (zoom).

Registrations until 21.11.2021 to julia.muehlenhof@uni-jena.de

Studying History Abroad: Introductory Event for New Students

On 18 October 2021, PD Dr Eva Bischoff will report on the many opportunities to study history abroad as part of the introductory lectures of the University's History Department. Here are the slides of her presentation to download. The presentation is in German.


17th Biennial Conference of the Gesellschaft für Australienstudien | German Association for Australian Studies Trier University, 27 September – 2 October 2021

Australia’s past and present are closely connected to the sea: In coastal regions, maritime areas are an integral part of Country and thus play a vital role for Aboriginal communities. The sea also looms large in Australian cultural memory and imagination in general, as a passageway and connection to other parts of world with images oscillating between fear (migration) and longing (postcolonial melancholia). In addition, it is an important economic factor as the maritime industry, from gas and oil extraction to cruise shipping, currently generates 9 billion AUD of the Australian GDP. As a destination for domestic and international tourism (surfing), the seaside and the Australian maritime world (Great Barrier Reef) plays an important role in creating a sense of identity as well as selling Australia as a ‘brand’ to global consumerism. From this multitude of relations, a multiplicity of seascapes emerges – spaces of knowing, of contact, of negotiation and transition, and of movement (of ideas, goods or people). Seascapes demonstrate Australia’s deep connection to Oceania, the Pacific region and the world. However, in the face of climate change and rising sea levels, many of these connections are becoming tenuous.


The 2021 conference of the Gesellschaft für Australienstudien | German Association for Australian Studies will discuss Australian seascapes in an interdisciplinary perspective, including (but not restricted to) contributions from the field of Cultural Studies (literature, performing arts, film, visual arts), History, Political Science, Anthropology, and Geography

The conference will take place online via Zoom, combining online lectures (»webinars«) with panel presentations and discussions. All conference events will take place between 8:00-13:00 CEST/ 16:00-21:00 AEST, giving Australian and German participants the opportunity to attend at their convenience.

There is no conference fee but registration is mandatory. Please register at Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australian-seascapes-2021-tickets-163610422177). If you are new to Eventbrite, please be advised that you need to sign up with the online ticket service first before registering for the conference. You will be guided through the necessary steps after clicking on the conference registration link and it only takes a few steps.

The conference is supported by the DFG, hosted by Trier University and organized by PD Dr. Eva Bischoff, Department of International History (australianseascapes2020gmailcom)

Interdisciplinary CePoG Colloquium 2-3 July 2021: How to Decolonize the Curriculum?

[Translate to Englisch:] CePoG Kolloquium Logo 2021

The Centre for Postcolonial and Gender Studies (CePoG) is organising an interdisciplinary colloquium on 2 and 3 July 2021, aimed at all those who ask how to decolonise knowledge production knowledge dissemination and education: The aim is to identify problematic areas of knowledge production and scholarship in both academic and school contexts and to discuss strategies and approaches to solutions. Projects and project ideas in the field of civil society engagement, community activism, ideas of existing initiatives as well as academic (master thesis, dissertation or habilitation project) and school projects are welcome. The colloquium is intended to provide a space for exchange and networking. It will set an impulse for developing a new long-term perspective of our Centre, directed towards socio-political, scientific, institutional, didactic and science-political reflection processes of decolonisation.

Convenors are: Prof. Dr. Andrea Geier, Prof. Dr. Antje Bruns, PD Dr. Eva Bischoff, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Franziska Bergmann, Dr. Elisa Müller-Adams, Sara Larijani, Njeri Rahab, Emiliano Castillo Jara


25.06.2021 New Publication: Mabo’s Cultural Legacy

[Translate to Englisch:] Titelbild Mabo Legacy

We are very happy to announce the publication of „Mabo’s Cultural Legacy History, Literature, Film and Cultural Practice in Contemporary Australia“, edited by Geoff Rodoreda und Eva Bischoff. This book examines the broader impacts on Australian culture and cultural practice of the Australian High Court’s landmark Mabo decision of 1992. It considers how history, linguistics and anthropology as well as film, fiction, poetry and memoir writing have been challenged or transformed by Mabo.

Geoff Rodoreda & Eva Bischoff (eds.): Mabo’s Cultural Legacy. History, Literature, Film and Cultural Practice in Contemporary Australia. London: Anthem 2021.

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18 May 2021: "German Heritage in Letters" wins prize from the National Genealogical Society

[Translate to Englisch:] Auswandererbrief 1854

Congratulations to the German Historical Institute Washington D.C.! The institute's project "German Heritage in Letters", which cooperates closely with the Deutsche Auswandererbriefsammlung (DABS), received an award from the National Genealogical Society for innovation in family history research.  The project has developed opportunitites for citizen-scholars to conduct and contribute to genealogical research. German Heritage in Letters could serve as a model for other projects and organizations.  If you want to learn more about the two letter projects please visit their websites. If you are interested in migration research you might also want to take a look at the blog  "Migrant Knowledge" of the GHI's Pacific Regional Office Berkeley.


Presentation of the IRTG Diversity as "Best Practice" at the DAAD Networking Event 11.5.2021

On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, Laurence McFalls (Université de Montréal) and Ursula Lehmkuhl (Universität Trier) presented the International Research Training Group (IRTG) "Diversity: Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces", funded by the DFG and SSHRC, at a DAAD networking event. The presentation is available on youtube. Here you can learn about who we are, how the program was developed, what are research program is and how we have set up our qualification program. If you like to learn more about our program, visit our website: www.irtg-diversity.com.


[Translate to Englisch:] IRTG Diversity

WDR Zeitzeichen - The "Donner Party" with Ursula Lehmkuhl

The "Donner Pass" in the 1870s; on T. H. Sullivan of the U.S. Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel (King Survey) - (ID. King, 53), Gemeinfrei, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5795531

On April 14, 1846, under the leadership of farmer George Donner, a trek of 87 settlers set out for California. The supposed shortcut they took turned out to be a death trap. A good portion of the trek members died on the journey. The rest apparently survived only through cannibalism. 

Ursula Lehmkuhl comments on the events on the "American frontier" in conversation with Veronika Bock and Ulrich Biermann from the Westdeutscher Rundfunk.

Want to learn more? Listen to the postcast on  WDR 3, WDR 5 und im SR.

Workshop Public History on 16 April 2021

Public History has been an integral part of teaching and research in History at the University of Trier for many years. On April 16, 2021, researchers, students, and interested laypersons ("citizen scholars") will meet to exchange information about ongoing projects and to discuss current issues in the field of Public History. A special focus will be on the challenges arising from digital communication and research methods (Digital History) and from Citizen Science. In addition, Prof. Christine Gundermann (University of Cologne) will give a guest lecture on "Public History as a new (trans-)discipline". Parts of the conference will be conducted in German.


Registration via Eventbrite


Program Workshop Public History 2021

Interview with Andrea Geier about Cancel Culture, Blackfacing and "Sprechverbote"

Über die Unterschiede zwischen rechter und linker Identitätspolitik, zwischen Rassismus und Rassismuskritik und der Notwendigkeit einer Politik der Anerkennung. Andrea Geier erklärt die schwierige diskursive Gemengelage um Sprechverbote, Blackfacing, Betroffenheit und geschlechtergerechte Sprache im Gespräch mit Stephanie Rohde im Deutschlandfunk (27.2.2021)


Temporalities of Diversity / Temporalités de la diversité / Zeitlichkeiten der Vielfalt

In its third funding phase, the International Research Training Group "Diversity: Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces" is primarily concerned with the topic of "Temporalities of Diversity". Our doctoral students are preparing a thematic anthology on this topic, accompanied by interviews with proven specialists in the field. Three podcasts have been produced so far: Frank Bösch, Leibniz Center for Contemporary History, Potsdam, speaks on the topic of "Historical Events, Turns of Time, and Diversity of Temporalities"; Elahe Haschemi Yekani, Humboldt University Berlin, discusses the topic of "Transition Time on TV: Transing Genre in "Transparent"; and Robert McRuer, George Washington University, explores the topic of "Crip Times: Disability, Globalization, and Resistance". All podcasts are available through the IRTG Diversity's website. We appreciate your interest in our work!

Öffentliche Anhörungen im Rahmen des Besetzungsverfahrens der W3-Professur Neueste Geschichte, 11. und 12. Januar 2021

Das Fach Geschichte lädt herzlich zu den hochschulöffentlichen Probevorträgen im Rahmen des Berufungsverfahrens zur Besetzung der W3-Professur Neueste Geschichte ein. Die Vorträge und Diskussionen finden per Zoom statt. Es erwarten uns spannende Themen:

Montag, 11. Januar 2021:

12:00 Uhr - Johannes Großmann, Tübingen: "Blaue Bananen: Postkoloniale Geschichte als postnationale Geschichte in einer europäischen Kernregion"

14:15 Uhr - Sonja Levsen, Freiburg: "Die Vermessung der Demokratie in der europäischen Zeitgeschichte"

16:30 Uhr - Silke Mende, Berlin: "Periphere Perspektiven? (Post-)imperiale Ordnung und europäische Integration" 

Dienstag, 12. Januar 2021:

08:30 Uhr - Christiane Reinecke, Osnabrück: "Den Problemen folgen: Überlegungen zu einer nomadischen Gesellschaftsgeschichte"

10:30 Uhr - Martin Rempe, Konstanz: "Europe créative: Überlegungen zu einer Geschichtre der Kulturwirtschaft im langen 20. Jahrhundert"

13:30 Uhr - Korinna Schönhärl, Frankfurt: "Im großen und ganzen eine sehr weit gehende Laxheit": Steuermoral in der katholischen Soziallehre der 1950er Jahre in Spanien und der BRD

Wenn Sie Interesse an der Teilnahme haben, melden Sie sich bitte im Sekretariat Internationale Geschichte. Frau Buchmeier-Zisel wird Ihnen den Zoom-Link zukommen lassen.

Plakat Probevorträge zum Herunterladen als PDF.

Ringvorlesung: Internationale Wissenschaft im digitalen Zeitalter, 13. Januar 2021 18:00 Uhr

Wir freuen uns, dass Prof. Dr. Chad Gaffield von der Universität Ottawa und Dr. Dorothea Rüland, Generalsekretärin des DAAD, die öffentliche Ringvorlesung zum Thema "Herzkammer der Wissenschaft - Der Ort der Universität in der Gesellschaft" mit Beiträgen zum Thema "Internationale Wissenschaft im digitalen Zeitalter" bereichern werden. Prof. Dr. Chad Gaffield ist Distinguished Professor of History and Chair for Digital Scholarship und ist dem Zentrum für Kanada-Studien der Universität Trier langjährig verbunden. Die Internationale Geschichte arbeitet mit ihm im Bereich von Digital History und Digital Cultural Heritage Studies zusammen. Chad Gaffield war von 2006 bis 2014 Präsident des kanadischen Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) und von 2016 bis 2019 Präsident der Royal Society of Canada.

Die Teilnahme an dem Zoom-Meeting am Mittwoch, 13. Januar 2021, 18.00 Uhr, ist unter folgendem Link möglich: https://uni-trier.zoom.us/j/83126312616?pwd=WWw4c0ZXYU84TVNyVkRnV3hKaUl3dz09

New Publication 2020: Impfe und Herrsche. Veterinärmedizinisches Wissen und Herrschaft im kolonialen Namibia, 1887-1929

We are pleased to announce the publication of "Vaccinate and Rule". The book is based on the dissertation of Klemens Wedekind and has been published by the renowned publishing house Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht in the publication series "Transnational History".

Klemens Wedekind examines the history of colonial veterinary medicine in southern Africa. He argues that it illustrates not only the emergence of specific medical knowledge through transimperial knowledge transfers between European experts. It also uses the example of colonial Namibia to highlight the modalities, consequences, and continuities of the production, circulation, and application of veterinary knowledge in the context of the establishment of colonial rule between 1887 and 1929. 

The book contributes to our understanding of the transnational circulation of knowledge in colonial contexts. Focusing on knowledge transfer and knowledge circulation it demonstrates that a colonial history perspective questions established periodizations of the early 20th century. In the case of the history of colonial veterinary medicine World War I did not disrupt established networks and transfer processes but was a period of continuity. 

New Publication 2020: Benevolent Colonizers in Nineteenth-Century Australia

We are proud to announce a new book publication by Eva Bischoff: "Benevolent Colonizers in Nineteenth-Century Australia. Quaker Lives and Ideals" published by Palgrave Macmillan in the well-known publication series "Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies".

This book reconstructs the history of a group of British Quaker families and their involvement in the process of settler colonialism in early nineteenth-century Australia. Their everyday actions contributed to the multiplicity of practices that displaced and annihilated Aboriginal communities. Simultaneously, early nineteenth-century Friends were members of a translocal, transatlantic community characterized by pacifism and an involvement in transnational humanitarian efforts, such as the abolitionist and the prison reform movements as well as the Aborigines Protection Society. Considering these ideals, how did Quaker negotiate the violence of the frontier? To answer this question, the book looks at Tasmanian and South Australian Quakers' lives and experiences, their journeys and their writings. Building on recent scholarship on the entanglement between the local and the global, each chapter adopts a different historical perspective in terms of breadth and focused time period. The study combines these different approaches to capture the complexities of this topic and era.

Lecture 8 Dec 2020: Dr. Eva Nowotny "Internationales Krisenmanagement und die Rolle von Diplomaten" (per Zoom)

Date: 8.12.2020, 18:00 Uhr

Eva Nowotny ist eine österreichische Diplomatin. Sie war u.a. Botschafterin in Frankreich, Großbritannien und den USA. Sie wird im Rahmen der Veranstaltung IBID Dialog des neu eingerichteten Masterstudiengangs „Internationale Beziehungen & Diplomatie“ über die Bedeutung von Diplomat*innen in internationalen Krisensituation sprechen. Moderiert wird der Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Ursula Lehmkuhl, Internationale Geschichte.

Kontakt: Professur Internationale Geschichte, Susanne Buchmeier-Zisel

Anmeldung erforderlich: ja (zum Erhalt des Zoom-Links bitte "buchmei@uni-trier.de" kontaktieren. Bis 08.12.2020, 13 Uhr.)

30.9.2020: NFDI4memory consortium funding proposal submitted with DFG

Digital Public History Workshop, 10 July 2020

Neben zahlreichen praxisorientierten Beispielen aus dem Bereich der Digital Public History, hält Prof. Rosalind Beiler von der University of Central Florida, Orlando einen programmatischen Vortrag zum Thema: "Digital Public History: Challenges and Rewards."

Zu Ihren Forschungsinteressen gehören: Early American History, Atlantic History, Early Modern German History, Public History. Sie beschäftigt sich gegenwärtig mit der Analyse von Korrespondenznetzwerken zwischen Europäischen Quakern, Mennoniten und Pietisten und wie diese frühneuzeitliche Migrationsmuster prägten.

February 2020: NFDI Consortia 4Memory established - Trier University is among the Co-Applicant

Trier University, represented by Ursula Lehmkuhl, supports the NFDI consortium 4Memory as a Co-applicant. Together with Marina Lemaire from the Servicecenter eSciences Trier and Stefan Schmunk from the university of applied science Darmstadt, she will be responsible for the Task Area "Data Literacy". Want to learn more about "Data Literacy". Listen to what Ursula Lehmkuhl, Marina Lemaire and Stefan Schmunk have to say.


New Publication 2020: 150 Years of Canada - Grappling with Diversity since 1867

Lehmkuhl, Ursula/Elisabeth Tutschek (eds.) (2020): 150 Years of Canada: Grappling with Diversity since 1867 (Münster: Waxmann Verlag)

On July 1, 2017, Canada celebrated the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The nation-wide festivities prompted ambiguous reactions and contradictory responses since they officially proclaimed to celebrate “what it means to be Canadian. “Canada 150’s” focus on identity. The contributions touch upon issues of Canada’s French and English dualism; of its settler colonial past and present and the role of Indigenous Peoples in Canada’s identity narrative; of Canada’s religious, cultural, ethnic and racial diversity; and of the challenge of forging a “Canadian” identity.