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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: Winter Semester 2022/23

North American Studies Course Catalog (Winter Semester 2022/23)


Understanding North America A1

Understanding North America A, Ulla Haselstein, Sönke Kunkel, Martin Lüthe, Fridays, 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00

Orientation Module

Migration in North American History, 1865-1990s, Sönke Kunkel, Mondays, 14:00-16:00

Doing Gender in US History: Concepts, Debates, and Developments, Maximilian Klose, Mondays, 16:00-18:00

Advanced Module A: History of North America before 1865

Indigenous Identity and Settler Colonialism in Canada, Lea Kröner and Anne van der Pas, Tuesdays, 12:00-14:00

Abolitionism and Anti-Slavery Movements in North America, Michaela Hampf, Tuesdays, 10:00-12:00

Advanced Module B: History of North America since 1865

The US and Japan from the Mid-19th Century to the Cold War, Maximilian Klose, Mondays, 12:00-14:00


BA Colloquium Economics/History/Political Science/Sociology, David Bosold, Mondays, 10:00-12:00


Movement(s): People, Products, and Proposals, David Bosold and Michaela Hampf, Mondays, 16:00-18:00


Module A: North America in the World

Exporting Human Rights and Humanitarianism, Maximilian Klose, Tuesdays, 12:00-14:00

American Feminist Movements, Michaela Hampf, Mondays, 14:00-16:00

Migrants, Mariners, and Refugees, Michaela Hampf, Tuesdays, 14:00-16:00


MA Colloquium History, Sönke Kunkel, Mondays, 18:00-20:00


Movement(s): People, Products, and Proposals, David Bosold and Michaela Hampf, Mondays, 16:00-18:00