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Johanna Beamish, M.A.

Graduate Student

Johanna  Beamish, M.A.

Contact information

Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies
Voßstraße 2
69115 Heidelberg


About Johanna Beamish

Johanna Beamish (née de Schmidt) graduated in 2012 with a Master of Arts in History at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, and the Ruprecht-Karls Universität, Heidelberg. In November 2012, she joined the Cluster’s project MC 12 “Floating Spaces”, supervised by Roland Wenzlhuemer. Her PhD project explored ship newspapers on intercontinental vessels during the 19th century and conceptualized these sources as documents of global connections.She completed her PhD in November 2016.


Curriculum vitae


11/2012 - 11/2016 : PhD candidate at the Cluster "Asia and europe in a Global Context", Heidelberg University (Date of the doctoral defense: 11 November 2016)

10/2011 - 7/2012 : Second Master’s year at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, awarded with a binational Master’s degree

10/2010 - 07/2011 : First Master’s year at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

09/2008 - 02/2009 : Studies in History at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

10/2006 - 10/2009 : B.A. in History and Spanish Linguistics at the Heinrich-Heine Universität, Düsseldorf


January 2016 - June 2016 : Writing Up Grant by Fazit-Stiftung

08/2014 : Travel grant for archival research in London (German Historical Institute, London)

11/2012 - 12/2015: Ph.D. scholarship by the Cluster Asia and Europe in a Global Context

2/2012 - 4/2012 : Travel grant by the Franco-German youth office (“Office franco-allemand pour la jeunesse”)

10/2010 – 7/2011 : Scholarship by the Franco-German University

9/2008 – 2/2009 : Erasmus grant


Winterterm 2013/14: "In 80 Tagen um die Welt - Die Bedeutung der Dampfschifffahrt für Globalisierungsprozesse im 19. Jahrhundert" [Around the World in 80 days - Steamships and globalization processes in the 19th century]

Summerterm 2015: "Fremd- und Selbstbilder in Reiseberichten des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts" [Depicting the Self and the Other in travelogues - 18th and 19th century]

Selected publications

„Comprendre l'océan comme espace historique au XIXième siècle: Les gazettes de voyage écrites sur des passages intercontinenteaux". La Maritimisation du Monde. De la Préhistoire à nos Jours. Presses de l'Université Paris-Sorbonne, 2016: 475-493.

„'This strange little floating world of ours': shipboard periodicals and community building in the 'global' nineteenth century". Journal of Global History, 11, 2 (2016): 229-250.

„All Quiet on the Western Front? The Creation and Perception of Self-Made Instruments in the Trenches of the First World War“. Journal of Musicological Research 33, 1–3 (2014): 145–62.

Conference Report: "Being in transit – Shipboard Travel and its Role in Nineteenth-Century Globalization", 04.04.2013–06.04.2013, Heidelberg, in: H-Soz-u-Kult, 31.05.2013 (with Michael Offermann).

Miscellaneous Publications (Lettre de l'EHESS, The Strad, Academic Blogs)