Dr. Alexander Engel to be Kennedy Fellow in Harvard 2011/12
The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University has bestowed a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship for the academic year 2011/12 on Dr. Alexander Engel, who teaches at the Göttingen Institute for Economic and Social History. The fellowship, which is awarded jointly with the German German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), allows post-doc researchers working in the fields of sociology, political science, economics, and/or contemporary history to be one year in residence at the renown Center for European Studies (CES), in order to pursue a habilation project focusing on Europe and/or the United States (further information on the fellowship can be found here). The CES was established in 1969 to further the academic engagement with European history, politics, economies, societies, and culture, and to maintain an intellectual exchange with leading European universities. Staying at the CES from September 2011 to June 2012, Dr. Engel will investigate into the history of futures exchanges and the culture of risk in the U.S. and Europe.
Dr. Michael C. Schneider stands in for Professor Berghoff Dr. Michael C. Schneider is the new temporary director of the Institute for economc and social history from January 1, 2011. He is responsible for all research and teaching activities. Michael C. Schneider succeeds PD Dr. Jan-Otmar Hesse, who held the position until September 2010 in place of Prof. Dr. Hartmut Berghoff (currently director of the German Historical Institute in Washington DC). PD Dr. Hesse was appointed chair for economic and social history at the University of Bielefeld at short notice, beginning in the winter semester 2010/2011.
Dr. Schneider had already worked at the Göttingen Institute in 2007/08, and at the time of his appointment to Göttingen was conducting a research project at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main. His research interests are business history, history of science, and the history of official statistics in the 19th and 20th centuries.