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“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." 

(L.P. Hartley, The Go-Between, 1953)

Note: The JFKI department of history is committed to the standard principles of DEIB: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.

Diversity is having a seat at the table.
Equity is giving everyone what they need to have access to the table.
Inclusion is having a voice.
Belonging is having your voice heard.

All course participants are expected to imbibe these principles by treating other course participants--including the instructors, possible guests, other students and student assistants--, with courtesy and respect. Comments should be factual, constructive, and free from harassment. Students are encouraged to disagree with other students, but disagreements must be constructive, based on facts, documentation and/or experiences rather than prejudices and personalities. All members will promote an atmosphere of mutual respect. At the beginning of classes, students can elect a student representative to voice comments and concerns. Please contact the student representative or the instructor if you have suggestions for improving the classroom environment. Students may also email their respective instructor directly. All instructors in the department aim to create a course using DEIB. If you require accommodations, please do let us know immediately. We are always happy to consider creative solutions that do not compromise the intent of the assessment or learning activities. We welcome feedback that will assist us in improving the usability and experience for all students


Courses at the History Department: Summer Semester 2024

North American Studies Course Catalog (Summer Semester 2024)



Orientation Module

United States History as Gender History, Sebastian Jobs, Mondays, 10:00-12:00

Introduction to History: Methods and Approaches, Sönke Kunkel, Mondays, 14:00-16:00


Advanced Module B: History of North America since 1865

Images of the Marshall Plan and US Influence in Western Europe after World War II, Marlene Ritter, Mondays, 10:00-12:00

Public History and the US Presence in Berlin, Sönke Kunkel, Mondays, 12:00-14:00

Race and Music, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Mondays, 14:00-16:00



BA Colloquium Economics/History/Politics/Sociology, Jonas von Ciriacy-Wantrup, Curd Knüpfer, Thursdays, 16:00-18:00




Module B: History of North America until 1865

Rumor, Gossip, and Reputation in Early America, Sebastian Jobs, Mondays, 12:00-14:00

The Politics, Histories, and Aesthetics of Hamilton (the Musical), Sebastian Jobs and Martin Lüthe, Tuesdays, 12:00-14:00


Module C: History of North America since 1865

Gender, Borders, Memory, Gülay Caglar and Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Wednesdays, 16:00-18:00

(German-)Jewish Emigration to the USA (1848-1918), Francesco Di Palma, Tuesdays, 16:00-18:00



MA Colloquium History, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Mondays, 18:00-20:00