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UoC Researcher Alumni Lectures


This lecture series of Albert's Global Researcher Network gives our members the opportunity to present their current research topics to an audience beyond the specialists of their respective discipline. UoC students and other interested listeners will have the chance of a glimpse at fascinating topical research and to meet international scholars from various fields.



The 2nd lecture took place on

20th  June, 2016
University of Cologne

Professor Dr. Elsabe Schoeman
(University of Pretoria, South Africa, formerly from the University of Auckland, New Zealand)
The Challenges of Transnational Litigation

Abstract: Whether it is oil pollution, asbestos poisoning, aviation incidents, or faulty prosthetics, individuals are often pitted against global corporate giants in their quest for compensation. Add to the inequality of litigational resources the vast differences across the world’s legal systems regarding the bases and extent of liability and compensation, and you have the perfect melting pot for endless, costly and risky litigation. This presentation will look at some of the crucial challenges facing modern day transnational litigation with reference to recent examples from case law. It will emphasise the importance of international and comparative research in pursuit of uniformity of result and justice to all litigating parties.

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The kick-off lecture takes place

2nd June, 2016

University of Cologne
Room S 56

Professor Eric Kurlander
(Stetson University)
Hitler's Monsters – A Supernatural History of the Third Reich, 1919-1945

Abstract: In recent decades, a number of scholars have called into question the existence of any meaningful relationship between Nazism and the occult. This project paints a different picture. First, virtually all Nazi leaders appeared to recognize the widespread popularity of occult practices, völkisch religion and mythology, as well as “border-scientific” thinking across the German population and within the Nazi Party itself. Second, during the Third Reich, most Nazi leaders–– not only the usual suspects like Himmler, Rosenberg, or Hess, but also Hitler, Goebbels and Bormann–– worked to differentiate between popular or commercial occultism, which they deemed ideologically “sectarian,” and acceptable (border) “scientific” research and policy, which was generally tolerated and intermittently sponsored by the regime, especially during the Second World War.

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Prof. Kurlander with whom our series started, will give another lecture on
Thursday, 9th  June, 2016
16:00 - 17:30
University of Cologne
Philosophikum, 3rd floor, Historisches Seminar
Room 3.006

Writing a Global (Transnational) History of Modern Germany

Abstract: Over the past twenty years, we have seen a noticeable shift away from the nation-state model of German History. Responding to the rise of world history, post-colonial theory, and subaltern studies, some of the most innovative scholarship in the field of German Studies has begun to approach the history of Central Europe in a global and transnational context. While this new research has largely displaced traditional nationalist, Marxist, and liberal narratives of Central European history, most general histories continue to follow (Prussocentric) models heavily indebted to older historiographies. In this workshop, I would like to outline (briefly) the goals of my new, co-authored book project, Modern Germany: A Global History, and solicit feedback from interested scholars and students.