Participants

Maria Alexopoulou is principal investigator/research fellow at the Research Institute Social Cohesion, (Center for Research on Antisemitism), Technische Universität Berlin and postdoctoral candidate at the Chair for Contemporary History/University Mannheim. She studied History and Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg and holds a PhD in Modern History at the Free University of Berlin. She worked as chief archivist for the Roche Diagnostics GmbH, worked as Oral and Public Historian, was lecturer at the University of Heidelberg and research assistant on migrant and refugee entrepreneurship at the Chair of SME research and entrepreneurship, University of Mannheim. Currently she is working on her postdoc project “Racial Knowledge in the Transformation of Germany into an Immigration Society”.

Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung
Forschungsinstitut Gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt (FGZ), Standort Berlin
Technische Universität Berlin
Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 104-106
10553 Berlin
Germany 
m.alexopoulou@tu-berlin.de

Payal Banerjee is Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology at Smith College (USA). Her research focuses on globalization and the political economy of migration and immigrant experiences. Banerjee’s work on Indian immigrant IT workers in the US has appeared in Critical Sociology, Race, Gender, and Class, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Irish Journal of Anthropology, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Social & Public Policy Review, Man in India, and in several edited volumes. Her research on Chinese-Indian minorities in India and India-China relations has been published in Huaqiao Huaren Lishi Yanjiu (Overseas Chinese History Studies, in Mandarin), Security and Peace, China Report, Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, and in the book Doing Time with Nehru. As a member of the Borders Studies Group, she has co-published India China: Rethinking Borders and Security (2016). Her work on hydroelectric power projects (HEPs) in India has appeared in Perceptions and as a UNRISD Occasional Paper. Banerjee has been a research fellow at the BRICS Policy Center (BPC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has taught at the Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA), The New School in New York City, and in India at Sikkim University in Gangtok and at FLAME in Pune, as visiting faculty.

Smith College
Sociology Department
209 Wright Hall
Northampton, MA – 01064
pbanerje@smith.edu

Elisabeth Engel is a scholar of US religious and economic history from the 18th-20th century. In her first monograph, Encountering Empire: African American Missionaries in Colonial Africa 1900-1930 (2015), she examined African Americans’ involvement with European and US Imperialism on the African continent. She has published articles in the Journal of Global History and the Journal of American Studies, among others. Her second-book project examines the emergence of insurance companies in North America during the Age of Revolutions to trace how instability, risks and uncertainties shaped the American founding.

German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC  20009-2562
engel@ghi-dc.org

Ismael García Colón is a historical and political anthropologist at The City University of New York. His research interests include immigration and colonial migration, race, citizenship, farm labor, U.S. empire, Puerto Rico, and U.S. ethnic and racial histories. García Colón is the author of Colonial Migrants at the Heart of Empire: Puerto Rican Workers on U.S. Farms (University of California Press, 2020), and Land Reform in Puerto Rico: Modernizing the Colonial State, 1941-1969 (University Press of Florida, 2009). His publications have also appeared in Latin American Perspectives, CENTRO Journal, American Ethnologist, and Latino Studies.

3059 86th Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11369
ismael.garcia@csi.cuny.edu

Levke Harders is currently working on a book entitled “Narratives of Foreign-ness and Belonging: Migration as a Discursive Process in Western European Border Regions (1815–1871)” at the University of Bielefeld.  From 2010 to 2013, she held the post of executive manager of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology. Levke Harders studied German Literature, History, and Gender Studies. In 2011, she received a PhD for her dissertation on the history of American Studies. She has also published on the theory of biography and on gender history.

Universität Bielefeld
Fakultät für Geschichtswissenschaft, Philosophie und Theologie
Abteilung Geschichtswissenschaft
Universitätsstraße 25
33615 Bielefeld
Germany
levke.harders@uni-bielefeld.de

Anna Holian is Associate Professor of Modern European History at Arizona State University. Her current research focuses on the reconstruction of Europe after the Second World War. She is especially interested in how migration and displacement have reshaped the continent since 1945. She is the author of Between National Socialism and Soviet Communism: Displaced Persons in Postwar Germany (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011). She is currently completing a book about Jewish economic life in postwar West Germany. A second book project, on the representation of war children in postwar European film, is also in progress.

Arizona State University
School of Historical, Philosophical Religious Studies
P.O. Box 874302
Tempe, AZ 85287-4302
Anna.holian@asu.edu

Nadja Klopprogge is a historian of the modern period with a specific focus on the history of sexuality and race, Atlantic history, and historical epistemology at the Justus-Liebig-University of Gießen where she is an Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) in modern history. She received her PhD from Freie Universität Berlin in April 2019. Her first book entitled “Intimate Histories: African Americans and Germany since 1933” is currently under review at Cambridge University Press. Previously, she held a postdoc and teaching position at the chair for Modern History at the University of Basel. In 2016 she was a visiting Fellow in the “History of Race and Ethnicity” at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC.

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Otto-Behagel-Str. 10
35394 Gießen
nadja.klopprogge@geschichte.uni-giessen.de

Simone Lässig has been Director of the German Historical Institute Washington since October 2015. Previously, she served as Director of the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig and Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Braunschweig, where she is currently on leave. At the GHI, she has made digital history, the history of knowledge, the history of migration — and especially the intersection of knowledge and migration — foci of research. In her own research, she focuses on Jewish history, religion and religiosity, philanthropy and patronage, and memory cultures and the politics of memory in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Her major publications include Jüdische Wege ins Bürgertum: Kulturelles Kapital und sozialer Aufstieg im 19. Jahrhundert (Göttingen, 2004); and Wahlrechtskampf und Wahlreformen in Sachsen, 1895–1909 (Weimar/Cologne/Vienna, 1996).

German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009-2562
prolaessig@ghi-dc.org

Katharina Leimbach is a Ph.D. student at the University of Kassel and Research Fellow at the Criminal Justice Institute of the Leibniz University of Hannover. The Criminal Justice Institute runs a subproject of the research alliance “Radicalisation within the digital age – risks, processes and strategies for prevention (RadigZ)”, where she is responsible for the implementation of the qualitative analysis. She studied Sociology at the University of Bremen and did a research exchange to the University of Porto, Portugal in 2019. The main research interests concern sociology of crime, qualitative criminology, social problems and social control.

Leibniz University of Hannover
Law Faculty,
Königsworther Platz 1
30167 Hannover
Germany
katharina.leimbach@jura.uni-hannover.de

Rudolf Leiprecht, Dr., Dipl.-Päd., Professor of Social Pedagogy with a focus on Diversity Education at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. His research areas include racism, sexism, gender/masculinity and classism. He is the director of the Oldenburg Centre for Migration, Education and Cultural Studies (CMC) and director of the Centre Racism, Fundamentalism, Violence: Analysis, Prevention, Research and Advice for Pedagogical Fields of Work (ARFG). He has published widely on youth, education and racism in its subtle and blatant forms, right wing extremism and developed a range of material (including films and handbooks) for anti-racist education.

Carl von Ossietzky Universität
Ammerländer Heerstr. 114-118
26111 Oldenburg
Germany
rudolf.leiprecht@uni-oldenburg.de

Helma Lutz is professor of women’s and gender studies at the Department of Social Sciences at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany (since 2007). Her teaching and her research interests are concerned with gender, (transnational) migration, ethnicity, nationalism, racism and citizenship. Lutz has conducted research concerned with the intersection of gender, migration, ethnicity, racism and nationality in European societies. Her publications include 6 monographs, 14 (co-) edited books, 10 edited special journal issues and more than a hundred articles in national and international journals and edited collections.  Lutz is currently (2018-2022) president of RC 05, Research Committee on Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity of the International Sociological Association (ISA).

Goethe University Frankfurt
Campus Westend
Theodor W. Adorno Platz 6
60629 Frankfurt/M.
Germany
lutz@soz.uni-frankfurt.de

Madhu is an Associate professor of Modern Indian History at Miranda House, University of Delhi since 2000. In her career spanning over 20 years she has taught papers on Modern Indian History, History of the United States of America and History of Delhi to undergraduate students. She received her education from the Department of History, University of Delhi.

Her research interest includes the histories of the marginalized people, especially migrants, Dalits and women. Besides teaching she has presented several papers in National and International Conferences on Dalit issues, inequality and Caste. Last April she presented a paper at the Scholars of Colour Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, on Dalit Autobiographies as a way of knowing the Dalit Self. Coming from a marginalised community herself, she heads the Equal Opportunity Cell of Miranda House which looks after the interests of marginalised students in college. Her latest contribution is towards the Online Biographical Dictionary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the United States, a project undertaken by Professor Thomas Dublin, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of New York. She has contributed the sketches of Suffragists Helen Z. M. Rodgers, Caroline Gilkey Rogers and Gertrude Franchot Tone. The Sketches can be accessed at https://documents.alexanderstreet.com/VOTESforWOMEN. (The Sketches will appear in December 2019, January and June 2020). Madhu has also presented and published a paper titled “Gandhi and Untouchability: Temple-Entry as a means of achieving Social Justice”, in an edited book titled Gandhi and the Contemporary World, published by Victoria Publishers, Delhi in 2016.

University of Delhi
Department of History
Miranda House
Delhi
India
madhumanoj125@yahoo.com
madhu@mirandahouse.ac.in

Lili Rebstock is a Research Assistant at the Department of Education at University of Dresden, Germany. In her ongoing dissertation she explores the experience of everyday racism by Youth of Color in Germany. From 2011-2014 she held a Fellowship by Hans-Böckler-Stiftung. In 2013 she was a visiting researcher at the Center for New Racial Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her recent article “Perspective Matters: Racism and Resistance in the Everyday Lives of Youths of Color in Germany” was published in the volume “Who Can Speak and Who is Heard/Hurt” (eds. Arghavan et al., Transcript, 2019).

Technische Universität Dresden
Faculty of Education
Institute of Social Pedagogy, Social Work and Welfare Studies Weberplatz 5
01217 Dresden
Germany
lili.rebstock@tu-dresden.de

Léa Renard is post-doctoral researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin, Institute for Latin America Studies. She is also associated researcher at the Centre Marc Bloch (Berlin) and the research centre PACTE (Grenoble). She received a joint PhD from the University of Grenoble Alpes and the University of Potsdam in 2019. In her doctoral thesis she explored shifting statistical categories of mobility and alterity in France and Germany over time (1880-2010). Her research questions the co-construction processes of statistics and policy-making from a historical-sociological perspective. She is currently part of a DFG funded project on the categorization and quantification of forced labour by the ILO (“Forced labour as a shifting global category: classification, comparison and meanings of work in the International Labour Organization (ILO), 1919 – 2017”). She recently published Categories in Context. Gender and Work in France and Germany, 1900-Present (with I. Berrebi-Hoffmann, O. Giraud and T. Wobbe, Berghahn Books, 2019).

ZI Lateinamerika-Institut der Freien Universität Berlin
Projekthaus: Boltzmannstr. 1
14195 Berlin
Germany
lea.renard@fu-berlin.de

Arvid Schors is Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat auf Zeit) at the Chair for International History at the University of Cologne since 2019. Prior, he had the same position at the Chair for Modern History at the University of Freiburg, where he also received his PhD in 2015. His first book was published under the title: Doppelter Boden.Die SALT-Verhandlungen 1963-1979 [Uncertain Ground: The SALT Negotiations, 1963-1979], Göttingen 2016 (Wallstein). His latest research project deals with the history of occupation in Europe under the working title: Soldiers, Occupiers, „Lucky Victims“. German-Speaking Emigrants in the Ranks of the Allies, 1939-1955.

University of Cologne
Department of History,
Albertus-Magnus-Platz
D-50923 Köln
Germany
arvid.schors@uni-koeln.de

Adam R. Seipp is Professor of History and Associate Dean of the Graduate and Professional School at Texas A&M University.  His recent publications include articles in Central European History, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Journal of Military History, and War in History, as well as a co-edited volume (with Michael Meng) Modern Germany in Transatlantic Perspective.  He is currently at work on a book-length social history of the American military presence in Germany from 1945-95.

Texas A&M University
Department of History
4236 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4236
aseipp@tamu.edu

Lauren Stokes is Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University, where she has been teaching German history and migration history since receiving her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2016. Her first book, Fear of the Family: Guest Workers and Family Migration in the Federal Republic of Germany is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. She has published articles in Central European History and Contemporary European History, and her research has been supported by organizations including the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Central European History Society, and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship.

Northwestern University
1881 Sheridan Road
Harris Hall
Evanston, IL 60208
lauren.stokes@northwestern.edu

Till van Rahden teaches modern European history at the Université de Montréal where he held the Canada Research Chair in German and European Studies from 2006 to 2016. In 2019, he was a research fellow at the “Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften,” an Institute for Advanced Studies of the Goethe University. In 2016, he held fellowships at the “Leibniz Institute for European History”, Mainz, and the “Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen”, Vienna. He specializes in European history since the Enlightenment and is interested in the tension between the elusive promise of democratic equality and the recurrent presence of diversity and moral conflicts. In 1993, he received an M.A. in American history from The Johns Hopkins University, and in 1999, he completed his dissertation at the University of Bielefeld which received the “Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History” and was published as Jews and other Germans: Civil Society, Religious Diversity and Urban Politics in Breslau, 1860-1925 (Madison, 2008). He has co-edited Juden, Bürger, Deutsche: Zur Geschichte von Vielfalt und Differenz 1800-1933 (Tübingen, 2001), Demokratie im Schatten der Gewalt: Geschichten des Privaten im deutschen Nachkrieg (Göttingen, 2010), and Autorität: Krise, Konstruktion und Konjunktur (Munich, 2016). Recent publications include: Demokratie: Eine gefährdete Lebensform (Frankfurt: Campus, 2019) and the essay “Lumpen sammeln: Siegfried Kracauer und die Geschichte des 19. Jahrhunderts,” in Historische Zeitschrift 307 (2018), pp. 319-340.

Université de Montreal
3744, rue Jean-Brillant
Montréal QC H3T 1P1
Canada
till.van.rahden@umontreal.ca

Richard F. Wetzell is a research fellow at the German Historical Institute Washington and adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University. His research is situated at the intersection of legal history, political history, and the history of science. His publications include Beyond the Racial State: Rethinking Nazi Germany (co-edited, 2017), Crime and Criminal Justice in Modern Germany (2014), Engineering Society: The Role of the Human and Social Sciences in Modern Societies, 1880-1980 (2012), and Inventing the Criminal: A History of German Criminology, 1880–1945 (2000). He is currently completing a history of penal reform in modern Germany (1870-1970) and pursuing a research project on racial science in Nazi Germany.

German Historical Institute Washington
1607 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Wetzell@ghi-dc.org

Anne-Kathrin Will (PhD) is a Social Anthropologist at the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt-University of Berlin, since 2019. Prior to this position she headed the project team for the founding of the German Centre for Integration and Migration Research at Humboldt-University of Berlin. Her research covers processes of boundary making in the invention and maintenance of nation-ethnic and medico-psychological categorizations, humanitarian and family legislations and the intersections in these fields. Her current research is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and focusses on the category of “migration background” its invention and everyday implications.

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Europäische Ethnologie
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
Germany
anne-kathrin.will@hu-berlin.de

Andrew Zimmerman is professor of history at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Before joining the History Department at George Washington University, Professor Zimmerman completed their PhD in History at the University of California, San Diego, and were a Mellon fellow in history at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. They are currently working on a global history of the American Civil War.

George Washington University
History Department
Phillips T335
801 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20052
azimmer@email.gwu.edu

Guests:

Wendy Adele-Marie
Oakton Community College
7701 N. Lincoln Avenue
Skokie, IL 60077
wadelemarie@oakton.edu

Lukas Alex
Auf der Heide 11
59823 Arnsberg
Germany
Lukas.Alex@uni-muenster.de

Berryl Hémêfa Carine Amedegnato
Technische Universität Berlin
Forschungsinstitut Gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt (FGZ)
Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung
Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 104
10553 Berlin
Germany
b.amedegnato@tu-berlin.de

Tanja Gäbelein
Technische Universität Berlin
Forschungsinstitut Gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt (FGZ)
Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung
Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 104
10553 Berlin
Germany
gaebelein@campus.tu-berlin.de

Kübra Göksel
Universität Heidelberg
Institut für Geschichte und Ethik der Medizin
Husarenstr. 1-1
69121 Heidelberg
Germany
kuebragoeksel@hotmail.com

Sarah Marciano
Université de Paris (Université Paris Diderot, Office 734)
5 rue Thomas Mann
75013 Paris
France
Sarah.marciano@u-paris.fr

Jana Weiß
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Lehrstuhl für Nordamerikanische Geschichte
Historisches Seminar
Domplatz 20-22
48143 Münster
weissjana@uni-muenster.de

Joseph Wilson
Technische Universität Berlin
Forschungsinstitut Gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt (FGZ)
Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung
Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 104
10553 Berlin
Germany
j.wilson@campus.tu-berlin.de