Hamba Kahle Phil!


A few days ago, our dear colleague and good friend Phil Bonner (University of Witwatersrand) passed away. Phil’s sudden death has shocked and saddened us.
Phil was at re:work as guest of the director in 2013/14 and he provided crucial support for our summer academy in Johannesburg in 2012. And from time to time he visited us and gave a talk at the Tuesday colloquium.
We all knew him as a dedicated social historian of South Africa and a fighter in the cause of justice, equipped with a lovely sense of humor.
He was highly respected by all of us for his brilliant work and his practised humanity. He inspired generations of scholars. We shall miss him.
All the members of re:work join Andreas & me in our deep mourning for him. Our thoughts and deep compassion are with his wife and our friend Sally.


Journal of Modern European History (JMEH)

1814/15 – Post-Revolutionary Experience, Vol. 15│2017/2

Call for Applications

Weatherhead Initiative on Global History (WIGH), Harvard University

WIGH Fellowships 2018-2019

You can find further information here.

Deadline: December 01, 2017

Call for Applications

University of California, Irvine 

Assistant Professor, International Studies
You can find further information here.
Deadline: October 23, 2017 (review date) / December 31, 2017 (final date)

Call for Papers

Conference: Workers beyond Socialist Glorification and Post-Socialist Disavowal: New Perspectives on Eastern European Labour History
University of Vienna, May 24 – 27, 2018

You can find further information here.

Deadline: January 15, 2018


João José Reis (2015/2016) has been awarded the Prêmio Machado de Assis 2017, a literary prize awarded by the Brazilian Academy of Letters. Congratulations!

Sven Beckert received for his study Empire of Cotton. A Global History (Alfred A. Knopf) the prestigious Premio Internazionale Cherasco Storia 2017 (The International Cherasco History Prize). Congratulations!

Alexander Lichtenstein (2013/14 & 2016/17) has been appointed as new editor of the American Historical Review (AHR), beginning in August 2017. Congratulations!

Seth Holmes (2015/2016) has been awarded the Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology 2016 for his study Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies (University of California Press). Congratulations!


Alexander Keese has been awarded the National Latsis Prize 2016 for his research into ethnicity, forced labour and political transitions in west and central Africa. The National Latsis Prize is conferred annually by the Swiss National Science Foundation for outstanding scientific work by a Switzerland-based researcher under 40. With CHF 100,000 in prize money, the National Latsis Prize is one of Switzerland's most prestigious scientific awards. Congratulations!


We are very glad to announce, that our former student assistant Moritz Nagel was awarded the Graduate Student Paper Prize 2016 by the African Studies Association (ASA). He receives the prize for his paper “Precolonial Segmentation Revisited: Initiation Societies, Talking Drums and the Ngondo Festival in the Cameroons,” which he presented at the ASA Annual Meeting 2015. Currently, Moritz Nagel is a PhD student at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Congratulations!