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Lecture Series

Past Events

  • 2015-06-23 Prof. Dr. Helmut Puff (Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
    "Die Geschichte der Reformation als Geschichte der Maskulinitäten. Ein Vorschlag zur Erforschung des 16. Jahrhunderts"

  • 2015-06-06 BlauPause

Lectures/Conferences (by calendar year)

Quick selection: 2017 - 2016 - 2015



  • The symposium „Historical Perspectives on Essentialisation and Biologisation of Gender“ will be hosted by the Chair in Early Modern History and Gender History in cooperation with Dr. Falko Schnicke (GHI London). It is generously funded by the AKHFG and will take place at the RUB on July 6/7, 2017. program

  • Wissenschaftskritik - wozu?
    Ein Symposium des studentischen Initiativeprojekts "Situiertes Wissen und forschende Praxis"
    Donnerstag, 13. Juli 2017, 16:00 bis 19:00 Uhr, UFO, Seminarraum 1


  • Ausbildung und Geschlecht – Frühneuzeitliche Handlungsspielräume
    Werkstatt-Gespräch IV: Kontinuität und Wandel – Aspekte der Ausbildung in Handwerksberufen
    Landesverband Westfalen-Lippe: Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Handwerk und Technik
    Leitung: Dr. Anke Hufschmidt
    Hagen 27.-28.10.2016 (Dr. Muriel González Athenas)

  • "Räume des Religiösen: Zwischenraum, third space oder gelebte Utopie?"
    Erfurter RaumZeit Forschung, Universität Erfurt
    Leitung zusammen mit Dr. des. Monika Frohnapfel-Leis (Universität Erfurt)
    Universität Erfurt 7.-8.10.2016 Philosophische Fakultät, Universität Erfurt
    7.-8.10.2016 (Dr. Muriel González Athenas / Monika Frohnapfel-Leis (Mainz/Erfurt))

  • Europa dekonstruieren. Wirkungsmacht von Karten in der Frühen Neuzeit
    im Rahmen des Kolloquiums zur Geschichte Europas und des Mittelmeerraumes im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert von Jun.-Prof. Dr. Manuel Borutta und Jun.-Prof. Dr. Fabian Lemmes
    11. Juli 2016. (Dr. Muriel González Athenas)

  • Körper - Räume - Emotionen. Prolegomena zur Interdependenz von Kriegsgewalt und Geschlecht aus frühneuzeitlicher Perspektive
    Keynote der Tagung "Gewalt, Krieg und Gender im Mittelalter",
    Veranstalter: Prof. Dr. Amalie Fößel (Lehrstuhl für Geschichte des Mittelalters Universität Essen-Duisburg / Volkswagenstiftung),
    Schloß Herrenhausen, Hannover, 13.-15. Juli 2016.
    13. Juli 2016 (Prof. Dr. Maren Lorenz)

  • Wohin mit der Kanakin? Othering über rassifizierten Sexismus in der sozialen Praxis.
    im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung "Andersmacherei" zu Gender, Grenzziehungen, Sexualität und Gewalt.
    Veranstalter Prof. Dr. Susanne Völker und Dr. Dirk Schulz
    Universität zu Köln
    12. Mai 2016. (Dr. Muriel González Athenas)

  • Ehre – soziales Kapital? Geschlecht, Stand und Religion in der Frühen NeuzeitKonferenz "Verschränkte Ungleichheit. Praktiken der Intersektionalität in der Frühen Neuzeit"
    Veranstalter Dr. Matthias Bähr (TU Dresden); Dr. Florian Kühnel (HU Berlin); Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    09. - 10. März 2016. (Dr. Muriel González Athenas)

  • Organizer and Chair des Panel: Biopolitics and the Migration of Ideas in Early Modern Globalization;
    "Global Migrations: Empires, Nations, and Neighbors", American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Meeting. Atlanta, Georgia,
    7.-10. Januar 2016. (Prof. Dr. Maren Lorenz)
    (Zusammen mit William Nelson und Mary Nyquist, beide University of Toronto, Ontario)


  • Health, Happiness and Parenthood. Europäische Protoeugenik der Aufklärung als Vehikel der Frauenemanzipation in den USA um 1850;
    Tagung "Körper - Macht - Geschlecht". Department Geschichte und Basel Graduate School of History. Universität Basel,
    3.-4. Dezember 2015. (Prof. Dr. Maren Lorenz)

  • For the Betterment of Mankind. Ideas about Selective Breeding in French and German Enlightenment Thinking;
    History of Science Society Annual Meeting. San Francisco, California,
    19.-22. November 2015. (Prof. Dr. Maren Lorenz)

  • Reproductive Rights or Reproductive Duty? The Academic Propagation of Legal Regulation of Procreation in 18th century France and Germany;
    German Studies Association (GSA) Annual Conference. Washington, D.C.,
    1.-4. Oktober 2015. (Prof. Dr. Maren Lorenz)

  • For the Betterment of Mankind. Ideas about Selective Breeding in French and German Enlightenment Thinking;
    The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) Annual Conference. Swansea University,
    2.-5. Juli 2015. (Prof. Dr. Maren Lorenz)

  • Die Zukunft der Wissensspeicher: Forschen, Sammeln und Vermitteln im 21. Jahrhundert;
    Konstanzer Wissenschaftsforum in Kooperation mit der Gerda Henkel Stiftung
    in der Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste, Düsseldorf,
    5.-6. März 2015. (Prof. Dr. Maren Lorenz)

    For videos of all conference presentations click at L.I.S.A.. The video of the final panel discussion between art historian Hubertus Kohle (LMU München) and Maren Lorenz (RUB) as special contribution at "Max meets Lisa" may be found here.

Past Research Projects

    Student Projects

    • Rivalry, Ritual, Racism – Expeditions as Means of Knowledge Production in Natural and Cultural Sciences (Summer 2016)

      Funded by inSTUDIES, the project covers an independent seminar unit which aims at supporting students in the development of their individual profile. It will focus on chosen examples from different fields of study that deal with expeditions and their impact on contemporary ways of thinking about the world, foreign countries and the traveler’s own position in it. Using an interdisciplinary perspective the aim is to analyze characteristics and problems related to various methods of generating knowledge: Which techniques of othering are used to describe non-western cultures? How can travel reports help to get an understanding of contemporary thinking in Europe? Which effects did travelling have on the conception of the world and the developments of science?

      Finally, the participants will design a workshop for young learners in cooperation with the Alfried-Krupp-Schülerlabor, which will focus on selected topics from the seminar.

    • Situated Knowledge and Scientific Practice: Travelling as a Field of Criticism of Science (Winter 2016/2017 & Summer 2017)

      The second funding phase aims at students in the MA-phase offering a two-semester research module. Students should be given the opportunity to establish a self-chosen project in the field of travelling and science.

      In the winter term 2016/17 a theoretical and methodological introduction to the overall topic Travelling and Criticism of Science will be given first. The project phase concentrates on the intersections between scientific practice, situatedness and social categories, such as race, class, and gender. (Queer-)feminist as well as postcolonial approaches to the criticism of science will be discussed with reference to the cultural practices of travelling.

      The second semester is designed as project phase in which the students develop their research questions according to their disciplinary background. Additionally, the exchange in transdisciplinary teams provides a best possible opportunity to profit from individual skills.

      The results will then be presented in form of a public symposium at the end of the summer term.

      Maurice Spengler (Maurice.Spengler [at]
      Yvonne Engel (Yvonne.Engel [at]

  • The SOIC as a "provocative" company? The perception of the 18th century Swedish East India Company by its competitors: A case study based on diplomatic sources about the Porto-Novo affair (Promos / DAAD)
    Maritime trade has always played an existential role for Sweden, starting with the "Vikings" in the 8th century up to the present day. Between 1731 and 1813 Swedish trade routes were extended to include the East Indies. The founding of the trading company Svenska Ostindiska Kompaniet (Swedish East India Company, commonly SOIC) sought to establish a trade route between Sweden and the East Indies, caused suspicion among the already successful trading companies of powerful states like France, the Netherlands and especially Great Britain, whether as an "offshore business" arising after the dissolution of the Ostend-company, or as an "interloper" in the international tea market, or even as a "smuggler". From its very beginning, the SOIC was exposed to many accusations and hostility in the course of its 82-year existence.
    The proposed Master's thesis will examine the causes of some of these allegations by focusing on one specific episode. Central to the project is the analysis of the so-called "Porto-Novo" affair, initiated by Britain and France, during which the Swedish company became involved in business at the former Portuguese port of Porto Novo. During its first visit, a SOIC ship was attacked and stripped of its cargo. The motivation for the attack on the SOIC arose from the accusation that ship and crew could not be considered ‘Swedish’ due to the high number of British among the ship's crew. The Swedes naturally thought otherwise.
    The project will review both sides through an investigation of the respective Swedish archives and additional British sources to reconstruct the case and consequences of the ‘affair’.  
    The project is generously supported by a six months Promos / DAAD scholarship.

    Christin Simons (Christin.Simons [at]

Alumni/Former Faculty