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Doctoral Lab

“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 spring and sign up to present their work in the fall of 2018. 

Please contact Helen Gibson at CanadatoMexicoBerlin@gmail.com if you are interested in attending a lab.

PAST LABS

May 22, 2019: Alexander Schwanebeck (Ph.D. Candidate, North American Department of the School of History, University of Cologne), "Seminole Borderlands: US Museums and Representations of Marginalized Actors in the US-Mexican Borderlands of the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century"

March 27, 2019: Naghmeh Esmaeilpour (Ph.D. Candidate, Department of German Literature, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

January 23, 2019: Marius Kleinknecht (Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate School of North American Studies, John F. Kennedy Institute Department of History, Freie Universität Berlin), "Humble Beginnings (1775-1785): Thomas Paine's Ideas on an American Navy"

January 9, 2019: Ilias Ben Mna (Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), "The Dark Knight as an Echo Chamber for Reaganite Counter-Terrorism Rhetoric"

July 25, 2018: Sasha Gora (Ph.D. Candidate, Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), "Restaurants and Reconciliation: Reimagining Indigenous Foodways in Canada"

June 13, 2018: Ilias Ben Mna (Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), "E.T.—The Extra-Terrestrial as a Reaganite 'Small Government Fable'"

May 30, 2018: Alice Ciulla (Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Sciences, Roma Tre University), “U.S. Intellectuals and the Italian Communist Party (PCI) from the Prague Spring to Eurocommunism, 1968-1975”

April 18, 2018: Karin Louise Hermes (Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), "Indigenous Feminist Theories and Methodologies to Disrupt Settler Legitimacy"

March 15, 2018: Sébastien Tremblay (Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate School Global Intellectual History, Freie Universität Berlin), “‘In Memoriam Pink Triangle’: Cultural and Knowledge Production in Transatlantic Homosexual Communities 1970-1995”

Feb. 7, 2018: Helen Gibson (Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate School of North American Studies, John F. Kennedy Institute Department of History, Freie Universität Berlin), “Automotivity, Anti-Lynching Campaigns, and Imagined Black Liberation, 1934-39”

Jan. 17, 2018: Rosalía Romero (Ph.D. Candidate, Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Duke University), “Revolutionary Narratives: Constructing the Transamerican Print Sphere”

Dec. 13, 2017: Nadja Klopprogge (Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate School of North American Studies, John F. Kennedy Institute Department of History, Freie Universität Berlin), "Containing Histories? Family, Marriage and the Limits of Integration, (African) America and Germany in the 1950s”

Nov. 15, 2017: Thomas Lindner (Ph.D. Candidate, Center for Global History Freie Universität Berlin and International Max Planck Research School for Moral Economies of Modern Societies), “Standing with Sacco and Sandino: Transnational Solidarity Campaigns in Mexico City, 1921-1929”

July 12, 2017: Marvin Menniken (Ph.D. Candidate, Center for Global History Freie Universität Berlin and IMPRS Moral Economies), “Born in the USA: Championing Americanism in the Classroom”

June 14, 2017: Björn Blaß (Ph. D. Candidate, Center for Global History Freie Universität Berlin and IMPRS Moral Economies), "Environments of Disposal. Moralities, Practices and Localities of Waste (1880‐1930)"

May 24, 2017: Julana Bredtmann (Ph. D. Candidate, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, FreieUniversität Berlin), "Entnazifizierungspolitik in Berlin"

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"

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"