Guest Scholars

GESI hosts regularly guest scholars and visiting professors under the various programmes supporting international exchange. Currently we are pleased to have the following colleagues at our institute: 

Guest Scholars for 2017:

Alejandra Irigoin

Alejandra Irigoin visited the GESI from the end of June until the beginning of July as an Erasmus Mundus guest scholar. She joined Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Kaske from the Institute for East Asian Studies for two lectures in her course ‘China’s Premodern Economy and the Great Divergence’, one about the role of silver – and particular Spanish American silver coins- in the history of Qin China and the other, more general on the comparison and differences the economic trajectory of China and Europe in the Early Modern Period. On July1st she took part of the Workshop Resilience and Fragility: Societies and Weather in China and Europe, 1750-1850, organized by the Confucius Institute, Leipzig.

Dr. Irigoin is an associate professor at the economic history department at the London School of Economic and Political Science. Her research focusses on early modern global economic and monetary history, economic history of Latin America, especially in the colonial period and comparative political economy of empire. Currently with the support of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship she is writing her book on the global history of the silver peso.

More information on her current projects can be found here.

Bartosz Michalski

Bartosz Michalski visited the GESI at the end of June as an Erasmus guest scholar. He is affiliated with the Institute of International Studies at the University of Wroclaw. Dr. Michalski conducted a workshop at the GESI entitled ‘Global tendencies vs. Local consequences. Central European economies and the middle-income trap’, which aimed at exploring and discussing the contemporary activity of multinational companies with a particular emphasis on Central European economies. 

His current research interests involve international political economy, regional integration and interregional relations.

For more information on Bartosz Michalski, please click here.

Farkhad Alimukhamedov

Farkhad Alimukhamedov is affiliated with the Department of International, Legal, Historical and Political Sciences of the University of Milan (Italy). He will visit the GESI under Erasmus Mundus European Master programme "Global Studies - A European Perspective" in May 2017. 

His current research interests are focused on Central Asian politics and migration processes within post-Soviet Central Asia. Currently, he is engaged in a comparative analysis of the refugee asylum-seeker policies of oil-rich Central Asian and Gulf states.

During his stay at the GESI he will give lectures on the role of regional powers and integration initiatives within Central Asia. 

Thomas Fetzer

Thomas Fetzer will visit the GESI from May to August 2017. He is Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations at Central European University, Budapest.

He received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (Department of History) in 2005, and held post-doctoral research and teaching positions at the London School of Economics (2007-2008) and the University of Warwick (2009).

His current research interests are primarily related to the role of ideas in the international political economy, with a specific focus on (economic) nationalism, as well as the impact of economic globalization on socioeconomic inequality and processes of collective interest formation.

You can find further information about Thomas Fetzer on his website at CEU, Budapest.

Andrea Acle-Kreysing

Andrea Acle-Kreysing was awarded with the Humboldt fellowship and will develop at the GESI her current research project:

"Mexico City & Anti-fascism: the Urban Geography of a Political Cause (1930s-1940s)"

This project analyses the exceptional circumstances that turned Mexico City into the second largest centre, after Moscow, of the German communist exile. It focuses upon the interaction between this exile and local politicians and intellectuals, mainly by pointing at one of their common denominators: their anti-fascism which, rooted upon a similar themes and underpinned by transnational networks, became the grounds for both political action and cultural transfer.

She holds a Phd degree from the University of Cambridge in History and focuses in her work on Mexico/Latin America and its intercultural and political relation to Spain/Europe, construction of national identity and research on exile in reference to urban development. She started her work at the GESI in 2014 and will probably stay until the beginning of 2018.

 

Guest Scholars for 2016:

Praveen Jha

Prof. Praveen Jha from Jawaharlal Nehru University in Dehli (India) was working at Leipzig University as a Erasmus + guest scholar and teaching a course on “Global Production Networks and Implications for Labour” in the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies Master programme. Prof. Jha stayed in Leipzig from 29 November until 12 December 2016 and joined the winter school in Bad Tölz.

He is Professor at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning School of Social Sciences at the JNU and his research comprises the following topics: Labour Economics, Agricultural economics, Development economics, Public Finance, Economics of education, and History of Economic Thought.

Chilenye Nwapi

Chilenye Nwapi will be at the GESI in May 2016 as an Erasmus Mundus visiting scholar. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development at Afe Babalola University, Nigeria. He is also affiliated with the Canadian Institute of Resources Law, University of Calgary, Canada where he recently completed a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.

His current research considers development interventions within the extractive resource sector in Africa to understand how they fit into the “developmental state” framework originally used to explain the success of East Asian countries following World War II. He is interested in the interventions proposed at both national and regional levels within Africa.

Chilenye Nwapi holds a PhD in law from the University of British Columbia, Canada. During his stay in Leipzig he will be teaching in a course entitled “Respacing Africa: Regionalism”, which takes a look at current debates about regional integration in Africa.

 

Guest Scholars for 2015:

Lina Zenkienė

Lina Zenkienė is affiliated with the Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent at Ghent University (Belgium). She will visit the GESI from October to November 2015. 

Her research interest lies in organisational studies, knowledge transfer, internationalisation and quality of higher education. Currently, she is working on the Research Project “The Institutional Work of Quality Enhancement in Higher Education: A Case Study of Cross-border Joint Degree Programs.”

During her stay at the GESI she will work on her current Research Project by collecting documentary evidence about the Erasmus Mundus course (Global Studies) and by holding interviews with staff and faculty.

Yusuf Lawi

Yusuf Lawi will visit Leipzig from September 16 to October 09, 2015 within the framework of the project das "Welcome to Africa" – a university cooperation programme of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), which is jointly organised by the Institute for African Studies, the Centre for Area Studies, the MBA Programme SEPT, and the Global and European Studies Institute.

Yusuf Lawi is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). His research interest lies in the environmental and social history of Africa.

Yan Jin

Yan Jin was a guest scholar in July 2015. She is Assistant Professor at the Department of History at Fudan University, China.

Currently she is working on her PhD in Modern Chinese history at Fudan University.

During her stay at the GESI she will hold a lecture for GESI’s Global Studies Students on the Japanese Impact on the emergence of modern Chinese intellectuals. The lecture will examine the circulation of large amount of new terms and expressions imported from Japan into Chinese language from early 1900’s and its impact on the intellectual evolution in the first two decades of the 20th century.

Mark Juergensmeyer

Mark Juergensmeyer is director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, professor of sociology, and affiliate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

From end of June to mid July 2015, he was a guest scholar at GESI and held a lecture on ISIS and its possible developments in the future.

You can find further information on Mark Juergensmeyer at his website at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

Rolf Petri

Rolf Petri visited the GESI from March to April 2015 within the framework of a DAAD scholarship. He is Professor of contemporary history (19th and 20th century) at the department for linguistics and comparative cultural studies at Ca' Foscari University Venice, Italy.

In the past years he coordinated the European Doctorate in the Social History of Europe and the Mediterranean ‘Building on the Past’ and led the Ca' Foscari School of International Relations. Rolf Petri visited Leipzig University already in 2005, working in a project group at GWZO.

In his research, he focuses on the analysis of the meaning attached to the Baltic and the Mediterranean, the investigation of the mental maps correlated to historical representation, the comparison of the imagination of the two regions, and the study of their entanglement. The research is part of the joint project “Spaces of Expectation: Mediterranean and Baltic Sea (2014-2017)” between Södertörn University (Stockholm) and the Ca’ Foscari University.

You can find further information on Rolf Petri at his website at Ca' Foscari University.

 

 

The following guest scholars have visited the GESI within the framework of the DAAD funded project "Repositioning Greece in a Globalizing World" in 2015.

 

Maja Maksimovic

Maja Maksimovic will be visiting the GESI for a month in November-December 2015. She is a PhD candidate at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, of the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki (Greece), where she is working on the following subject: “Internally displaced persons as bearers of nationalism: “More Serb than the Serbs?” A study of Bijeljina (Bosnia and Herzegovina)”.

During her research stay, she intends to analyze the relationship of the Greek party SYRIZA with the Western Balkans in the broader frame of her research project “SYRIZA’s Foreign Policy in the Western Balkans”.

 

Konstantinos Papanicolaou

Konstantinos Papanicolaou is a PhD student at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA). His PhD project is entitled “The Evolution of the Common European Foreign Policy: European Debt’s Crisis, Geopolitical Upheavals and Contemporary Challenges. EU as an effective or a potential Superpower”.

He spent a research stay at the GESI in November 2015 when he did research on the geopolitical impacts of the Syrian crisis for Southern Europe.

 

Ioannis Kotoulas

Ioannis Kotoulas is a PhD student at the Faculty of Turkish and Modern Asian Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA). His PhD project refers to the Greek geopolitical thought in the 19th and 20th centuries.

He spent a research stay at the GESI in June 2015.

 

Michalis Sarlis

Michalis Sarlis is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Turkish and Modern Asian Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA). He spent a research stay at the GESI in June 2015.

The title of his PhD thesis is: "Geopolitical analysis of the Islamist movement in Lebanon. Structure, influences and dynamics". His primary research subjects focus on the Arab state system and the evolution of Syria’s state and foreign policy, the Islamic movement in the Middle East with a special focus on the Lebanon, Syria, and the Caucasus region.

 

Ioannis P. Sotiropoulos

Ioannis P. Sotiropoulos is a researcher in the Laboratory of Geocultural Analyses of the Broader Middle East and Turkey in the Faculty of Turkish Studies and Modern Asian Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Energy for South-East Europe (IENE). He focuses on the current international issues from the geopolitical perspective and his proposed PhD topic is “The geopolitical pylons, (according to the Systemic Geopolitics), which influenced the decision-making process for the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan in December 1979” (University of Nicosia, Cyprus).

He spent a research stay at the GESI in August 2015.

 

Alexandros Stogiannos

Alexandros Stogiannos holds a doctorate degree from the Faculty of Turkish and Modern Asian Studies, University of Athens (UoA). He wrote his PhD about "The modern interpretation of Friedrich Ratzel and the myth of the geo-determinism. The case of the Eastern Question".

Stogiannos is tutor in the e-learning program of the Athens University and is co-founder and head of the German department of the “Erasmos Language School” in Corfu/city. He spent a research stay at the GESI in August 2015.

 

Guest Scholars for 2014:

Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan Lewis is Professor at the Graduate School of Social Sciences at Hitotsubashi University, Japan and holds a PhD degree from the School of East Asian Studies, Sheffield University, UK in Japanese Policy-Making for International Big Science Projects.

The focus of his research examines political science, information society studies, sociology of science and technology, and political communication.

Jonathan Lewis stayed at the GESI in November 2014. He held lectures within the framework of the master’s course Global Studies.


Alexandros Stogiannos

Dr. Alexandros Stogiannos has focused his research on geopolitical development, especially on the geopolitical perspective of Leipzig’s geographer Friedrich Ratzel. His home institute is the Faculty of Turkish Studies and Modern Asian Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA) works interdisciplinary on Greek geopolitical (new) positioning and the impact of globalization. Alexandros Stogiannos is taking part in the project of the GESI and UoA “Globale Neupositionierung – Die Bedeutung der transatlantischen Beziehungen, Afrikas, des Mittleren Ostens, Russlands und Asiens für Griechenland“. He was at the GESI in August 2014 conducting research as well as a holding a lecture for Global Studies students.


Terry Karl 

Terry Karl is Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of Political Science Ph.D., Stanford University. Terry Karl has published widely on comparative politics and international relations, with special emphasis on the politics of oil-exporting countries, transitions to democracy, problems of inequality, the global politics of human rights, and the resolution of civil wars. As a result of her human rights work, she received the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa from the University of San Francisco in 2005.

Terry Karl was a guest scholar in Leipzig from the end of May to early June. During her stay she gave a lecture addressing the questions how new transnational justice regimes undermine sovereignty of nation states using as examples the cases of El Salvador, US, and Spain.

For more information on Terry Karl please see here.


Weiwei Zhang

Weiwei Zhang is Professor of Modern World History at the College of History at Nankai University, China. In his research he focuses on China in world history and global history more generally from a non-centric perspective and holistically.

Weiwei Zhang stayed in Leipzig in April 2014 to give a lecture for Global Studies students and scholars about “Great Divergence or Great Convergence? Division of Labour in Global History in a Noncentric and Holistic Perspective”.

Jamie Monson

Professor Jamie Monson teaches general African history, African environmental history and courses on memory and narrative at Macalester College, USA. Jamie Monson’s research focus is on the history of China-Africa relations and civic engagement. For more information on Jamie Monson see here

Jamie Monson held a lecture for Global Studies students and scholars entitled "Mao's African Railway: Stories from the Global Cold War" in April 2014.

Jan Botha

Jan Botha is Senior Director of the Division for Institutional Research and Planning, and Professor of Ancient Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He visited Leipzig University in September 2012 and visited again in April and May 2014, giving a lecture for GESI's Global Studies Students entitled “Meeting High Level Skills in the Emerging Economy of South (and Southern) Africa through Doctoral Education”.

Detailed information about Jan Botha is to be found on the website of the Division for Institutional Research and Planning of the Stellenbosch University here.

Umma Salva Baba 

Prof. Umma Salva Baba visited as a guest scholar within the framework of the DAAD programme “A New passage to India“ from February 10th to 15th, 2014. 

Prof. Salva Baba is the director of the Europe Area Studies Programme and professor of European Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. Her research focused mainly on Indian-European and Indian-US relations, Comparative Regional integration - EU, SAARC and ASEAN, Transatlantic Relations and NATO, as well as European/German and South Asian/Indian Security and Politics.

Umma Salva Baba was honoured with the Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in 2011. For more information on Umma Salva Baba, see the following website.

 

Guest Scholars for 2013:

Michelle Ntab

Michelle Ntab visited Leipzig to participate in the research at GESI and to prepare her research project on African Studies, in cooperation with Ulf Engel, under the title: 

"The African Union vision for Africa beyond the purpose of unity: Peace and Security as driver for integration and development".

Through her extensive professional engagement Michelle Ntab was able to gain experience in the fields of Peace and Security in Africa and in Climate and Democratic Governance. She is currently the Executive Director of Greenpeace Africa and as Senior Regional Advisor in the 'Africa Peace and Security Programme (APSP)' at the IPSS in Addis Ababa.

Pradipta K. Chaudhury

Professor Pradipta K. Chaudhury is based at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.  His main topics are Economic History and Economic Health with a focus on Political Economy of Caste in India and Interactions between Economic, Political and Social Processes in India since 1870.

Pradipta Chaudhury gave a seminar on “The Indian Economy and Society under Globalization in a Historical Perspective: From Mid-Nineteenth Century to Mid-Twentieth Century“ in the Module GS-0830 Regions in Globalisation: Asia and the Middle East.

Further information on Pradipta Chaudhury is on his website at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Natalia Oprea

Natalie Oprea is a graduate student at the University of Siena, Italy.

Currently she is working on her PhD Thesis:

"The 'quiet crisis' of EU cohesion policy: partnership between seductive rhetoric and reality. Comparative analysis of three regional cases".

Natalia Oprea stayed in Leipzig from 1 July until the end of September.


Adrian Carton


Based at the Institute of Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney, Adrian Cartion's research spans the interdisciplinary areas of global studies, postcolonial studies and imperial history with a South Asian focus. He is particularly interested in issues of 'mixed-race' identity in colonial environments but also has interests in global food history, sexuality, and historical approaches to globalization.

Adrian Carton visited from 2nd to 30th June and presented two talks at the GESI and the CAS Colloquium:

- GESI Colloquium, 10th of June: "Hybridity Reconsidered: Eurasian Women, Globalization, and Cultural Difference in Early Colonial India"

- CAS Colloquium, 18th of June: "A World Apart? India and Internationalization in Historical Context."

For more information on Adrian Carton, see the following website.

 

Guest Scholars for 2012:

Jan Botha

Jan Botha is senior Director of Institutional Research and Planning, and professor of Ancient Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. His current management portfolio at the University includes a. o. higher education environmental scanning, liaison with the national Department of Higher Education and Training on higher education policy, advising the Rector & Vice-Chancellor and the Executive Management Team on higher education policy and planning.

Detailed information about Jan Botha is to be found on the website of the Division for Institutional Research and Planning of the Stellenbosch University here.

He visited the University of Leipzig in September 2012 and participated in a number of events such as the X. International Summer School of the Graduate Center Humanities and Social Science where he commented on panel of GESI scholars “Higher Education Areas: Universities between New Regionalism and  Institutional Cooperation.”

 

Mustafa Erdem Kabadayi

Mustafa Erdem Kabadayi is Professor of history at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Istanbul Bilgi University.

He gave a block seminar on “Middle Eastern Labour History” in the Modul GS 830 Regions in Globalization: Asia and the Middle East. 
The focus of his research examines Ottoman Economic and Social History, Labour History, Economic History.

You can find further information on Mustafa Erdem Kabadayi at his website at Istanbul Bilgi University. 

He stayed in Leipzig from May 26th to June 23th.

 

James Farrer 

James Farrer is Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture at Sophia University in Japan. 

He gave a lecture at the “CAS Public Colloquium Summer Semester 2012” on “Global Food City:  The Role of Expatriate Chefs and Restaurateurs in the Remaking of Urban Foodscapes in Shanghai” on Wednesday 11th April 2012, 5-7pm at Centre for Area Studies.  For more detailed information on the lecture please see the CAS website.
The focus of his research examines Cities, Culture, Gender, Globalization, China, Japan and Asia.

You can find further information on James Farrer at his website at the Institute of Comparative Culture at Sophia University in Japan.  

He stayed in Leipzig from April 11 to April 13.

 

Sandra Hanson

Sandra Hanson is Ph.D. at the Department of Sociology at The Catholic University of America.

In the summer term she gave a block seminar “Gender, Globalization, and Inequality: A Comparative Perspective” in the Module GS 1020 Cultural Transfers under the Global Condition.  She gave a lecture at the “CAS Public Colloquium Summer Semester 2012” entitled "Swimming against the Tide: Race, Gender and Science in a Global Era" on Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 5-7pm at Centre for Area Studies. For more detailed information on the lecture the CAS website.

The focus of her research examines Gender, Education, Race, Family, Labor Markets and Quantitative Methods. 

You can find further information on Sandra Hanson at her website at The Catholic University of America.  

She stayed in Leipzig from April 16 to May 15.

Colin Mitchell 

Colin Mitchell is Professor of history at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Dalhousie University.

He gave a 2-week seminar on “The Mongols” in the Modul GS 830 Regions in Globalization: Asia and the Middle East. 
The focus of his research examines medieval and early modern history of Iran, Central Asia, India, Chancellery and bureaucratic culture in the Islamic world, Shi`ism and Sufism and Euro-Islamic contacts.

You can find further information on Colin Mitchell at his website at Dalhousie University.

He stayed in Leipzig from May 15 - June 15.


Hyacinthe Ondoa 

Hyacinthe Ondoa is from the Université de Yaoundé I and Georg-Forster-Awardee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

He is a assistant professor at the Department for the Study of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and pursues a project on "Kanon – Kultur – Gesellschaft: Überlegungen zur literarischen Kanonbildung in Deutschland nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg" (see the project description).

Dr. Ondoa spent a year and a half at GESI and stayed from January 2011 till July 2012.

 

Prasannan Parthasarathi

Prasannan Parthasarathi is Professor at the Department of History at the Boston College, U.S.

He gave a lecture in the “CAS Public Colloquium Summer Semester 2012” on “Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence 1600–1850” on Monday, 18 June 2012, 5-7pm at Centre for Area Studies.   For more detailed information on the talk please see the CAS website
The focus of his research examines Modern South Asian history, the British Empire, labor history and economic history.

You can find further information on Prasannan Parthasarathi under his website at Boston College.  
He stayed in Leipzig from June 17 - June 19

 

Guest Scholars for 2011:

Dirk Hoerder

Dirk Hoerder is Professor of History (emeritus) University of Arizona.

He visited the GESI in early November 2011 for a couple of days and participated in the discussion on how to bring the history of migration into a transnational history of the 19th and 20th century. He gave a talk at the weekly CAS-colloquium (link) by November, 2 which forms a part of the lecture GS 710 on Global History in the MA Global Studies and met with researchers both from the group "Transnational History of East-Central Europe" at GWZO (link) and the Research Training Group "Critical Junctures of Globalization".


David A. Smith

David A. Smith is Professor of Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, University of California at Irvine

He contributed to the annual summer school of the Graduate Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Research Academy Leipzig and discussed social science based strategies to investigate transnational phenomena with research fellows of the Research Training Group "Critical Junctures of Globalization" as well as with members of the postgraduate programme "New Europe". He stayed for about 10 days in Leipzig at the end of September 2011.