“From Canada to Mexico – Doctoral Lab in North American History”
One Wednesday a month, 6 - 8 p.m.
Graduate School of North American Studies, John F. Kennedy Institute,
Freie Universität Berlin
Ph.D. candidates in history from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Göttingen and the University of Calgary have founded a doctoral seminar to encourage scholarly collaboration between doctoral students in the field of North American history. Our aim is both to foster communication between doctoral researchers at different institutions and to highlight scholarship on historiographically marginalized areas of North America. We welcome interested Ph.D. candidates in Mexican, Canadian or U.S.-American history to join us in the exchange of ideas and discussion of their works in progress.
We meet once a month during the semester at the Graduate School of North American Studies (seminar room) of the John F. Kennedy Institute, Lansstraße 5, 14195 Berlin (U3 Dahlem-Dorf, buses M11, X83). Each session takes place on Wednesday (except for 12 January) and begins at 6 p.m. with food and drinks to follow.
The doctoral lab is a non-hierarchical space open to current Ph.D. candidates in North American history. We discuss a different scholar’s work each session, pre-circulating texts that are works in progress. Ensuing discussions are content-rich and focus on questions the author would like the group to address, from the research process to writing and the availability of sources.
We welcome both regular attendees and visiting scholars from across Germany. We encourage interested Ph.D. candidates to attend our sessions this fall and to sign up to present their work in the spring of 2017.
October 19: Matthias Voigt (Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies Department, University of Frankfurt) “Re-Inventing the Warrior: Race, Gender, and Nation in Contemporary Indian Country”
November 9: Nadja Klopprogge (Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate School of North American Studies, John F. Kennedy Institute Department of History, Freie Universität Berlin), “From Ruins to Stages of Protest: Sex, Love, and Race in Postwar Germany"
December 7: Sarah Epping (Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate School of North American Studies, John F. Kennedy Institute Department of History, Freie Universität Berlin), “Altruist and/or Imperialist? John van Ess - An American Missionary in Iraq During World War One”
January 12 (note: this session is on a Thursday): Roundtable discussion with Martin Klimke (Associate Professor of History, New York University Abu Dhabi) on doing North American history from abroad
Please contact Helen Gibson at CanadatoMexicoBerlin@gmail.com if you are interested in attending a lab.