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February 2016

The members of Project A13 met together with LONSEA coordinator Christiane Sibille and database specialist Christof Meigen at the Institut for European Global Studies in Basel  to discuss further conceptual developments regarding the database LONSEA. In a productive two-day workshop, the database was expanded, technically revised and updated. The database now contains information on 12468 people, 3872 places, 1161 organisations and 21 topics.

February 2016

Timo Holste was awarded a scholarship at the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) in Mainz.

October 2015

For accomplishing their archival work abroad, the project's three PhD candidates were all awarded short-time scholarships in 2015. Benjamin Auberer and Timo Holste spent two and three months-long research stays at the German Historical Institute in London. Carolin Liebisch works during October and November as stipend at the Orientinstitut Istanbul

February 2015

February 19, 2015.

In a joint workshop, Christiane Sibille, coordinator of the database LONSEA, and A13 project members Benjamin Auberer and Timo Holste met with members of the HAW project, Simon Cubelic and Christof Zotter, to exchange their experiences in the field of digital humanities. Besides sharing insights from their experiences with database development, the group discussed perspectives on how cooperation between different digital humanities projects can be facilitated and generate synergies.

- LONSEA is developed at the Cluster since 2010 and illustrates the history of international organizations based on source material collected by the League of Nations.

- The HAW project, conducted by the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, originates an open access database providing scholars with a great amount of as yet only difficultly available, digitalized sources on the history of religion and law of premodern Nepal. 

December 2014

New article published by project coordinator Professor Madeleine Herren on the rise of subaltern agents and gender-related professionalization in diplomacy after the First World War:

Madeleine Herren, Der Aufstieg der Subalternen: Diplomatie und genderbezogene Professionalisierung, 1919-1945, in: Corina Bastian, Eva Kathrin Dade, Hillatd von Thiessen, Christian Windler (Hg.), Das Geschlecht der Diplomatie: Geschlechterrollen in den Aussenbeziehungen vom Spätmittelalter bis zum 20. Jahrhundert, Böhlau Köln 2014, 201-214.

September 2014

During her research semester in Turkey, Carolin Liebisch participated at the workshop In Motion organized by the British Institute at Ankara in cooperation with the Netherlands Institute for Higher Education on September 26-27. The cross-disciplinary workshop gathered scholars from diverse academic backgrounds presenting their research relating to "movements, crossings and transfers in Turkey from prehistoric heartlands to modern nation-state."

Carolin presented her ongoing PhD project in a talk on "Modernists on the Move: Turkish Diplomats and the Representation of 'Modern Turkey' in International Organizations, c. 1923-45."

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September 2014

Benjamin Auberer presented his research at the Fourth European Congress on World and Global History at the École normale supérieure Paris (ENS). He gave a talk about “Opening Up New Opportunities? The transgressive Career of Dorothea Weger”. In his presentation he outlined how the emergence of the League of Nation’s system worked as a nucleus for a group of border-crossing professionals and how that group was confronted with problems during the World War II. The triennial congress was hosted by the European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH) and brought together no less than 700 scholars, all specialized in global and transnational history.

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July 2014

Timo Holste presented his research at the ‘Education, War and Peace’, International Standing Conference for the History of Education 36 which was held at the Institute of Education, University of London, 23-26 July 2014.

Timo gave a talk about “'Breaking down the old barriers of nationality'. The International Scout Organisations between Peace-Education and International Cooperation”. Using the international Organisations of the Girl Guide and Boy Scout Movement as a casestudy, he outlined that relations between the League and international organisations were not always unproblematic for non-state actors and how they nevertheless skilfully used the global platforms the League provided for their own ends.

June 2014

New publications of project members

Project-Coordinator Madeleine Herren published a new book on transnational biographies: The special issue of the historical journal Comparativ Lives Beyond Borders: A Social History, 1880-1950” edited by Madeleine Herren and Isabella Löhr collects various biographical case studies on border-crossing lives in a global perspective.
                                                                                                                                                                               In her own contribution to the book “Between Territoriality, Performance, and Transcultural Entanglement (1920-1939): A Typology of Transboundary Lives”  Madeleine Herren argues that a critical analysis of transgressive biographies of the interwar period shows that their careers follow special pattern which requires a new and adapted historical methodology. By using data provided by Project A13’s database LONSEA she shows that Territoriality, Performance and Transcultural Entanglement are valid points of reference which allow insights into the social and political frameworks of transgressive biographies surrounding the League of Nations.

Project-Member Benjamin Auberer shows in his contribution “The Ultimate Backroom Boy” The Border-Crossing Career of Joseph Vivian Wilson in the League of Nations Secretariat” how the special status as an international civil servant within the Secretariat of the League of Nations, provided a New Zealand-born member bureaucrat with enlarged professional agency. The study of J.V. Wilson ‘s career suggests that the League acted as a facilitator for the employees from small and peripheral states.

The edited volume was based on a workshop held in the Cluster in 2010. The volume was published as a special issue of the German global history journal “Comparativ”.

May 2014

Panel: "National Representatives or a Transnational Elite? Individual Agency in International Organizations"

At this year's Research Area A Retreat to Brussels, Benjamin Auberer, Timo Holste, and Carolin Liebisch chaired a panel on the question of individual agency in international organizations. The panel was a preparative discussion for a round table meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels where we had the chance to discuss the topic with three NATO delegates. Furthermore, a visit to the EU parliament was also part of the retreat program. We thank our Reasearch Area Coordinators for three very interesting and eventful days in Brussels!

February 2014

Carolin Liebisch gave presentation at LMU Munich

"Die Türkei und der Völkerbund. Internationale Dimensionen eines Nation-buildings" was the title of a presentation given by Carolin Liebisch at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich. With her input she contributed to a panel on nation and transfer which was part of the doctoral workshop "Nation and Nationalism Revisited" organized by the Munich Emmy-Noether Junior Research Group "Vielfalt ordnen" on February 4-5, 2014. The workshop aimed at discussing the relevance of established historical categories such as "nation" and nationalism" in view of recent transnational approaches. 

January 2014

Colloquium "Neuere Forschungen zur Globalgeschichte"

The three PhD candidates of Project A13 gave an insight into the state of their dissertation reasarch during the Colloquium "Neuere Forschungen zur Globalgeschichte". The seminar was moderated by project coordinator Prof. Madeleine Herren and took place on January 21-22 at the Historisches Seminar.

Click here for a detailed programme. 

November 2013

Credits: New Zealand Historical Association Conference 2013
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Benjamin Auberer presented his research at the New Zealand Historical Association Conference at the University of Otago, Dunedin.

He gave a talk about “Dominion citizens and international organization. The case of J.V. Wilson’s career in the League of Nations”. In his presentation he outlined how the League of Nations opened up new professional opportunities for his employees and how a transnational actor used them as a facilitator for his own career. The biannual conference is organized by the New Zealand Historical Association and brings together scholars from all over the world specialized in New Zealand related topics.

October 2013

A13 hosted Digital Humanities Café at Annual Conference

Together with the Heidelberg Research Architecture (HRA), project A13 invited to a Digital Humanities Café at the Cluster's Annual Conference 2013. At the café, which was conceptualized an open office on “Tracing Travelling States”, the guests explored information on databases relevant for International and Diplomatic History with a cup of coffee or tea.

Their work focused on border-crossing agents that took on an important role in the external representation of states and empires. Members of project A13 organized a poster presentation on new perspectives in the history of diplomacy and introduced helpful online sources for research in the field. They also assisted with individual research queries.  The “League Of Nations Search Engine” (LONSEA), for example, is a useful tool for tracing these actors and can show ways to a new diplomatic history in a global context. The café was open on Thursday, October 10, from 12:30 – 18:00 and on Friday, October 11, from 12:30 – 16:00, at the Karl Jaspers Centre. Additionaly, the project members introduced their open office project during a lunch session on Thursday.

July 2013

Panel “Transnational Actors in Diplomacy”

Project members Benjamin Auberer, Timo Holste and Carolin Liebisch took part in this year’s retreat weekend of Research Area A in Alsace, holding a joint panel together with Dr. Kerstin von Lingen and Valentyna Polunina from Project A16 on “Transnational Actors in Diplomacy”. We are very thankful for two enjoyable days and all the very vivid and inspiring discussions.


June 2013

LONSEA retreat

The project’s underlying database LONSEA was successfully expanded during an intense working session by project members and associated students from the History Department of Heidelberg University. The session was part of a two-day retreat at the Basel Institute for European Global Studies where the members already previously participated in the colloquium “Neuere Forschungen zur Globalgeschichte“ conducted by project leader and director of the Basel Institute Prof. Dr. Madeleine Herren.

May 2013

The remaining project members Carolin Liebisch and Timo Holste joined the project in May 2013.

April 2013

Project Member Christiane Sibille presented the database LONSEA at the Colloquium of the Centre of Advanced European-Global Studies in Basel.

March 2013

Project A13 organised the first Lonsea-Camp 2013 at the beginning of March.

February 2013

Christiane Sibille and Christof Meigen presented Project A13 and the database LONSEA at the 3. Swiss Congress of Historical Sciences in Fribourg

December 2012

Project A13 organised the first LONSEA-Camp of the second funding period of the Cluster.

November 2012

Benjamin Auberer presented the project A13 to Cluster's Advisory Board member Patrick Geary.