Prof. Dr. Madeleine Herren-Oesch

Director of the Institute

Institute for European Global Studies
University of Basel
Gellertstrasse 27, P.O. Box
CH-4020 Basel
Switzerland

Tel.: +41 (0)61 207 48 64
Email: madeleine.herren-oesch(at)unibas.ch


Appointments
To make an appointment with Prof. Herren, please contact Dominique Biehl (dominique.biehl(at)unibas.ch).

Research Interests

Research and teaching focus on general history of the 19th and 20th centuries, global history, the history of Europe, on methods and theories. Within the history of Europe, European expansion, imperialism, and integration receive detailed consideration. Special attention is devoted to global history and the entanglements of local and national actors. For global history, a geographic opening is not as pivotal as a methodical one. The approach to global history, therefore, explores boundaries and their transgression in the broadest sense. It transcends the history of the nation and historical comparison and prefers the analysis of transcultural processes, concepts, and actors. Global history has a strong interdisciplinary focus and connects history to area studies. Colonial policy and decolonisation in Africa and Asia as well as the history of international organisations and networks describe core areas of research and teaching.

Research Profile

Research focuses on boundaries and their transgression, on concepts of the mutual influence of global, local and national actors, and on the transfer of knowledge and information:

  • European history and global history of the 19th and 20th centuries
  • The history of international organisations, the League of Nations and the United Nations
  • Internationalism and 19th century foreign policy networks, soft power and public diplomacy
  • The historical development of transboundary networks and international civil society
  • Historiography and historical methods with a focus on transcultural concepts
  • Encyclopaedias, knowledge transfer and information cultures

Curriculum Vitae

Education

1997: Habilitation (second book publication) at the University of Bern with venia docendi for Modern History on «Hintertüren zur Macht. Internationalismus und modernisierungsorientierte Außenpolitik in Belgien, der Schweiz und den USA 1865-1914» («Backdoors to Power. Internationalism and Modernisation-Oriented Foreign Policy in Belgium, Switzerland, and the USA, 1865-1914»)

1989: Doctorate on «Internationale Sozialpolitik vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg aus der Perspektive der Dritten Französischen Republik» («International Social Policy before World War I from the Perspective of the French Third Republic»)

1985: Licentiate in Modern History, Swiss History and Modern German Language and Literature with licentiate dissertation on «Aspekte cisleithanischer Sozialpolitik» («Aspects of Cisleithanian Social Policy»). Secondary School Teaching Certificate (Diplom) for History and German

1976-1985: Study of Modern History, Swiss History as well as Modern German Language and Literature at the University of Bern

1976: Swiss A-levels with classical languages (Matura)

Professional Career

Since 2013: Full Professor of Modern History and Director of the Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel

2012: Vice Dean Faculty of Philosophy at Heidelberg University

2011: Professeure invitée à la Maison de l’Histoire, Université de Genève

2007-2012: Head of the Cluster of Excellence „Asia and Europe in a Global Context“ Heidelberg University

2007-2008: Spokesperson for the Centre of European History and Cultural Studies - Zentrum für Europäische Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften (ZEGK), Heidelberg University

2004 - 2013: Full Professor of Modern History, Heidelberg University

2003: Lecturer, Historisches Institut, University of Bern

2002-2003: Lecturer, Historisches Seminar, University of Lucerne

2001: Lecturer, Historisches Seminar, University of Basel

1999-2004: Assistant Professor of Modern History, Philosophical Faculty I, University of Zurich

1998: Part-time Assistant Professor of Modern History, Philosophical Faculty I, University of Zurich

1996-2000: Head of research project «Internationalisierungsstrategien als Instrument schweizerischer Außenpolitik» («Internationalisation Strategies as an Instrument of Swiss Foreign Policy») (national research programme NFP 42)

1996-1997: Lecturer, Historisches Institut, University of Bern

1993-1996: Habilitation supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation

1990-1993: Senior Assistant, Historisches Institut, University of Bern

1985-1990: Assistant of Prof. Dr. Judit Garamvölgyi, Historisches Institut, University of Bern

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Publications

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Research Projects

Summary of current and completed research projects


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