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Nineteenth-Century Transnational History

Our core activity is research into and teaching about historical phenomena which call for an approach extending beyond the perspective of a single nation state or states. Our foci lie in the history of colonialism and capitalism, in exploring the networks created and driven by migration, and in the history of childhoods. We proceed from the assumption that the nineteenth century’s mobility and migration, money and economic systems, knowledge and mentalities, and products and actors were subject, to varying degrees, to local, national, imperial or colonial, and global conditions and influences.

Taking a transnational view enables us to access an approach centring on circulation, communication and the transcending of boundaries without failing to perceive the presence of their supposed opposites, stasis, an inside view, and the manifestation of boundaries. Analogously, our approach draws substantially on the dialectical relationship, crucial as it is to our understanding of the nineteenth century, between the enclosed and contained space of the national and the spatial modi enacted in the transgression of boundaries.


  • GlobAuf on Tour: On June 21st 2019 Lisa Gerlach is hosted by the Seminar "A literary arboretum" held by Dr. des. Elisabeth Heyne and Dr. Solveigh Nitzke at TU Dresden to talk about trees and cultural practices from a transnational and historical perspective.

  • Radio excerpt: Sandra Maß on the history of saving, Aus Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften, 7 June 2018.

  • Prof. Sandra Maß is currently (2017-2019) working with Prof. Anna Bellavitis (Université de Rouen) and Prof. Simona Feci (Università di Palermo) to hold three trilateral research conferences on ‘Storing Up Knowledge on Women’s and Gender History in Europe: Work, the Body and the Law from Medieval Times to the Contemporary Period’. The conferences are taking place at Villa Vigoni, Italy, and are funded by the DFG, Fondation maison des sciences de l'homme, and Villa Vigoni.

  • Overview of current lectures, seminars and colloquia.
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Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Faculty of History
Transnationale Geschichte des 19. Jahrhunderts
GA 6/51
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum


Carla Matz
Tel.: 0234 32-23992
Room GA 4/147

Office hours for Prof. Maß

Every Tuesday, 2:00-3:30 pm.
Please make an appointment in Doodle