International Workshop on 20-21 June 2024

Secret Councils: Comparative Perspectives on Monarchies and Republics, c. 1550-1800

Secret Councils: Comparative Perspectives on Monarchies and Republics, c. 1550-1800

Thursday & Friday, 20-21 June 2024
University of Bern, Institute of History, Mittelstrasse 43, Room 320
International Workshop, organised by Debora Heim and Nadir Weber
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Programme (PDF, 538KB)

New publication by Cécile Druey

Russian Foreign Policy Debates and the Conflicts in Georgia (1991–2008)

Russian Foreign Policy Debates and the Conflicts in Georgia (1991–2008)

Between Multilateralism and Unilateralism

The publication discusses the conflicts and crises in the former Soviet space from a historical perspective and reconstructs the often - contradictory approaches of public actors in Russia on how to deal with them. Notably, it inquires whether the actions suggested follow a “multilateral” approach—one based on pluralist decisions and international law—or, on the opposite, a “unilateral” one—concentrating exclusively on Russia’s own national interests, to the detriment of commonly agreed-on international rules. The case of Georgia, from the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 to the “Five-Day War” in August 2008, serves as an example illustrating Russian approaches to conflict management.

By Cécile Druey, 2024

Flyer (PDF, 228KB)

Workshop on 27 September 2024

Pieve di Cadore arch dam on the Piave river, construction work

Critical perspectives on the alpine damscape – An environmental and social history of hydropower in the Alps after 1880

Thematically, the workshop will focus on the environmental and social aspects of Alpine hydropower and its infrastructures after 1880. In addition, the workshop will open a new chapter in the energy history of the Alps and contribute to the current debates on environmental justice and sustainable energy regimes.

27 September 2024
Uni Mittelstrasse, Mittelstrasse 43, seminar room 216

Further information

Programm (PDF, 675KB)

Colloquium from 19-22 June 2024

Staatsarchiv Bern, StABE FN Nydegger 1440

New Criminal History: Topics, Methods, Perspectives

The 8th Colloquium on Crime and Criminal Justice in the Early Modern and Modern Periods

In the era of Cultural History, Criminal History has become an acknowledged subdiscipline of international historiography. Apart from well-established subject matters the conference wants to explore new perspectives and approaches. We are looking forward to inspiring presentations and lively debates.

University of Bern | Uni Mittelstrasse | Mittelstrasse 43, 3012 Bern | Room 124


Programme (PDF, 980KB)

Workshop on 2 May 2024



Four researchers, four photos, four projects. On 02 May, the Department of Modern History at the University of Bern literally provides an insight into its ongoing research projects. Four researchers present their projects, each using a photograph that is relevant to their subject. The aim is to create a common visual ground for mutual exchange and fruitful debates.

Thursday 2 May 2024, 9h00-12h00
Mittelstrasse 43, room 128

Programme (PDF, 181KB)

New Publication

L’aristocrazia senatoria e l’egemonia del Mediterraneo. Uno studio sulle forme dell’imperialismo romano nel II secolo a.C.

L’aristocrazia senatoria e l’egemonia del Mediterraneo. Uno studio sulle forme dell’imperialismo romano nel II secolo a.C.

In his just-released book, Manfredi Zanin provides a new insight into the development of Roman imperialism in the second century BCE by highlighting the decisive impact of ‹Prominenzrollen›, individual interests, personal relationships with foreign elites, participation in diplomatic legations, expertise, and family traditions. At the same time, the work radically challenges the viability of approaches stemming from modern international relations theories in the study of the ancient world.


Reading and Discussion

Christopher Kloeble «The Museum of the World»

Christopher Kloeble «The Museum of the World»

Christopher Kloeble in conversation with Moritz von Brescius, Moderator: Nikhil Rao

6 April 2024 | 4pm | Goethe-Institut Boston

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Launch ClimeApp


ClimeApp: Bridging History and Climate Science

ClimeApp – created by Richard Warren and Niklaus Bartlome, co-developed by Noémie Wellinger – is a web-based data processing tool for the ModE-RA Global Climate Reanalysis, covering the period from 1421 to 2008 C.E. The app integrates this dataset, that offers a global paleo-reanalysis of temperature, precipitation, and pressure with monthly resolution, allowing visualization as maps or time series. Additionally, ClimeApp provides access to the ModE-Sim climate simulations and the ModE-RAclim sensitivity experiment, enabling researchers to distinguish external forcing from internal climate variability. With ClimeApp users can compare the three ModE-datasets with historical data (e.g. harvest yields, mortality) or climate-related data (e.g. TSI, CO2, SAOD) using composite, correlation, and regression functions. The app is designed for easy use by both climatologists and historians, aiming to integrate climate data into historical research.

ModE-RA Global Climate Reanalysis

New Publication

How the World Hunger Problem Was not Solved

How the World Hunger Problem Was not Solved

The world food crisis (1972–1975) gave rise to new development concepts. To eradicate world hunger, small peasants were supposed to use ‘modern’ inputs like high-yielding seeds, fertilizer, pesticides and irrigation. This would turn subsistence producers into business owners, transform rural areas, invigorate national economies and the crisis-stricken world economy and thus stabilize capitalism.

By Prof. Dr. Christian Gerlach | 626 Pages | Published February 14, 2024 by Routledge


Applications for the Sandbjerg Summer School

Sandbjerg Summer School in Global History

Sandbjerg Summer School in Global History

In June 2024, the Professorship of Modern History will organise the third Sandbjerg Summer School in Global History together with colleagues from Aarhus, Oslo, Paris Cité, Tübingen and King's College London. It is aimed at PhD students from Modern, Contemporary and Area Studies who are working on a global history topic.

The Summer School will take place from 19 to 22 June 2024 at Sandbjerg Estates in southern Denmark. Applications can be submitted on this page until 15 March 2024.


You can find more information about the Summer School here: