Office Hours

During the semester:

Thursdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m., GA 5/60

During term break:

August 14, 10:00-11:00 a.m., GA 5/60

September 25, 9:30-11:00 a.m.,         GA 5/60

 

Contact

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Fakultät für Geschichtswissenschaft
Historisches Institut
Prof. Dr. Michael Wala
Universitätsstraße 150
44780 Bochum
Room: GA 5/60
Tel. +49-234-32-24667
Fax. +49-234-32-14083
Michael.Wala[at]rub.de
gna[at]rub.de

Secretariat
Victoria Junkernheinrich
Room: GA 4/157
Tel. +49-234-32-28635
Fax. +49-234-32-14083
bereichssekretariat5[at]rub.de
Information on opening hours

News

Transatlantic PhD Workshop RUB/ CUNY 2018

With nine Ph.D. candidates of the Ruhr-University and the Graduate School, City University of New York participating, the „Transatlantic Summer Workshop“ took place for the fourth time. Initiated by Professor Michael Wala and his colleagues Prof. Constantin Goschler (RUB, Contemporary History), Prof. John Torpey (CUNY, Graduate Center) and Prof. Benjamin Hett (CUNY, Hunter College) four years ago, this project was financed by the RUB Research School as well as the Max Kade foundation and others. During the past week participants discussed their research projects while addressing the workshop's main topic „Globalization, Nationalism, and Populism in the Transatlantic World“. With inspiring lectures and discussions the historian and freelance author Per Leo as well as Steven Midler, historian at the University of Groningen, made a tremendous contribution to the workshop's success.

 

DFG Research Project

Security, Democracy and Transparency. NADIS, HYDRA and the Beginnings of Electronic Data Network Systems in the Federal Republic of Germany and the USA

From the summer of 2018 on the “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” (DFG) is financing an extensive research project dealing with data processing systems that secret Intelligence Services conducted from the 1960s up until the 1980s. The project is part of the research focus “Security and the Public” and was initiated by Professor Michael Wala and his colleague Professor Constantin Goschler (Contemporary History). The project’s main focus lies on the central conflict in liberal democracies between security agencies collecting private data to fulfill governments’ obligation to provide for security, and the publics’ demands for protection of their private information existing in liberal democracies. This conflict then results in a strained relationship affecting the publics’ confidence in democratic institutions as well as the social and political processes of negotiation about adapting this structural asymmetry of conflicting demands for transparency

 

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Dr. Jens Wegener is already working on this project as a PostDoc at the chair for North American History since June 2018. Christopher Kirchberg (Contemporary History) is joining Dr. Wegener in autumn.

Here you can also find the Ruhr-University’s press release, a radio interview with Prof. Wala and a newspaper report with Prof. Goschler on the start of the project.

 

Volkswagen Foundation Grants Research Project

"Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures: American Models, Transatlantic Interventions"

With colleagues from University of Duisburg-Essen (Barbara Buchenau, Jens Gurr, Josef Raab), Ruhr-University Bochum (Kornelia Freitag), as well as TU Dortmund (Randi Gunzenhäuser, Walter Grünzweig), Prof. Wala successfully raised funds for a research project with seven Ph.D. and one Post-Doc positions. Research fellows will be funded by the Volkswagen-Foundation with a grant of €1.7 Mio. over a four-year-period, which will include internships. The project ist based at the Department of Anglophone Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen with Barbara Buchenau as its spokeswoman.

They will analyze scripts about history, development, and planning of US-American cities marked by deindustrialization, shrinkage, and demographic diversification. These postindustrial cities will be examined from the perspective of the greater Ruhr Area. The research will concentrate on narrative, figurative, and medial strategies of communes, urban developers, creatives and industries in their efforts for sustainable and socially inclusive urban planning and development.

You can find the press release here.

 

DFG Research Project

Western Allied Intelligence Services and Former Members of the Waffen-SS, Gestapo and Wehrmacht in the Early Cold War. Cooperation, Networks, Communication Strategies.

The research project, directed by Prof. Wala, North American History with its research focus on “Security and the Public”, analyses processes of information acquisition and knowledge construction by American intelligence services with respect to the, at the end of World War II, still obscure enemy USSR. Based on preliminary research made possible by a Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) grant, the project will focus on how former members of the SS-, Gestapo, and Wehrmacht utilized their position within the knowledge and interpretation markets during the immediate postwar period to shift threat perceptions from former members of the NS-regime onto Communists and Soviet spies, thus obscuring themselves as possible past and present adversaries. Lutz Heilmann, M.A. will serve as researcher for this project.

 

New Publication

Jan Hildenhagen: Demokratie als Gefahr für die Republik. Andrew Jackson und warum die USA Tyrannen (nicht) fürchten sollten.

With the Presidency of Donald Trump, the question of how much direct influence the "common people" should have on the political decision-making process is present on both sides of the Atlantic. Yet, the 7th US-President Andrew Jackson had already polarized and was celebrated by his followers as the candidate of the people and savior who would take action against a corrupt elite. His opponents, however, referring to the doctrines of ancient authors and the history of fallen republics as a warning example, accused him of being a danger to the republic. Jan Hildenhagen shows that this politically ambivalent question is not new but has contributed significantly to the democratization of the United States from the very beginning.

 

Transatlantic Workshop in New York

At the beginning of April the third Transatlantic Workshop took place at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York with eleven participants from Bochum. In context of the topic "Globalization, Nationalism, and Populism in the Transatlantic World" PhD students from both universities discussed their PhD projects with the professors Ben Hett (CUNY), John Torpey (CUNY), Constantin Goschler (RUB), and Michael Wala (RUB). This was accompanied by several presentations, among which was a lecture by Dr. Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, in the German Consulate General in New York.

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Michael Wala, Karen Donfried, John Torpey (CUNY), Peter Rosenbaum (UA Ruhr), Patrizia Nobbe (CUNY)

 

Interview with Prof. Wala

Prof. Wala in an interview with Yun-chen Tsai (Phoenix TV, Hong Kong) on espionage and international relations.

  • You can find the video here.

 

Conference "Creating and  Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community

The international conference "Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community" which took place from March 30 to April 1, 2017 in Washington D.C. at the Woodrow Wilson Center and the German Historical Institute, can be pleased about a highly positive response. The first and second day of the conference was accompanied by the US-American broadcasting company   C-Span, the videos of those presentations have now been published and can be viewed online:

Pictures of the event are now available here.

 

Information

Calendar Summer Semester 2018

  • Hauptseminar: The USA in International Relations Since the Beginning of the 20th Century, Tue 12 - 2 p.m., GABF 04/711
  • Oberseminar: The History of the American Revolution, Tue 4 - 6 p.m., GA 5/39 Zeitungslesesaal
  • Übung für Fortgeschrittene: Colonial History of North America, Wed 6 - 8 p.m., GABF 04/714
  • Colloquium: Colloquium for North American History, Wed 6 - 8 p.m., GABF 04/514
  • Lecture: “… to settle and mature…”: The USA in the 19th Century, Thu 12 - 2 p.m., HZO 80
 

Current Publications

Keine Neue Gestapo Reise zum Nordpazifik und um die Welt Lucie-Patrizia Arndt, Ehre den Deutschen vom District Columbia Michael Wala, Weltmacht USA Michael Wala, Kleine Geschichte der USA Jochen Krebber, Württemberger in Nordamerika Heike Bungert, Jan G. Heitmann, Michael Wala, Secret Intelligence in the Twentieth Century Jan Erik Schulte, Michael Wala, Widerstand und Auswärtiges Amt