“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.
April 19, 2017: John Woitkowitz (Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of Calgary), "From the JAWS of History: The Joint Arctic Weather Stations Program and U.S.-Canadian Defense Cooperation, 1945-50"
July 12, 2017: Marvin Menniken (Ph.D. Candidate, Center for Global History Freie Universität Berlin and IMPRS Moral Economies), “‘People Took Their Politics Just So Terribly Seriously’: The American Legion Crusade Against Subversion in San Diego Higher Education”
February 15, 2017: Karin Louise Hermes (Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies Department at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), "Kuleana - A Moral Responsibility to Re-examine Hawaiian Histories"
December 7, 2017: 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”
November 9, 2017: 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"
October 19, 2017: Matthias Voigt (Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies Department, University of Frankfurt) “Re-Inventing the Warrior: Race, Gender, and Nation in Contemporary Indian Country”
July 7, 2016: Thomas Lindner (Ph.D. Candidate, Center for Global History Freie Universität Berlin and International Max Planck Research School for Moral Economies of Modern Societies)
June 9, 2016: Helen Gibson (Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate School of North American Studies, John F. Kennedy Institute Department of History, Freie Universität Berlin), "Chauffeurs' Clubs and the Color Line: Automotivity and Race in Early Twentieth-Century America"
May 5, 2016: John Woitkowitz (Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of Calgary), "The Northern Education of Lester B. Pearson"
Please contact Helen Gibson at CanadatoMexicoBerlin@gmail.com if you are interested in attending a lab