Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Swen Steinberg

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Research Ambassador of the German Academic Exchange Service

 

Email: swen.steinberg@queensu.ca
Phone: 613-533-6000, on campus: 74362
Office: Watson Hall, Room 224
Hours: Wednesday 10:00-11:00 am / Friday 10:00-11:00 am
Website: https://drswensteinberg.academia.edu

 

Education

Ph.D., University of Dresden (Germany), 2013
 

About

Swen is a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Department of History at Queen's University in Kingston/Ontario since November 2018. In addition, Swen is a Affiliated Scholar of the German Historical Institute in Washington/DC with its Pacific Regional Office at University of California Berkeley. Early in 2019 he joined the Advisory Committee of the Austrian Archive for Exile Studies and the Exile Library in Vienna. Swen is also a member of the Global History Initiative and the Russian & Eastern European Studies Network at Queen's University where he started the Migration History Reading Group in February 2020. Since September 2019, he is Research Ambassador of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at Queen's University.

Swen has been Research Assistant and Post-doctoral Researcher at the Department of History at Dresden University 2010-14 and 2016-18 where he earned his Ph.D. in 2013. From October 2014 to October 2016 he has been a Post-doctoral Fellow of the German Research Foundation with an affiliation at University of California in Los Angeles and his recent project: "A History of Knowledge on Mountains and Woods: Forestry and Mining between Europe and North America, 1860-1960". In 2017 Swen has been a short-term Fellow of the German Historical Institute in Washington/DC too.

Swen's research is focused on the intersection of migration and knowledge, knowledge and young migrants, forestry and mining, exile and forced migration studies, religious corporate culture concepts and economic transformations. Following these interests, he taught more than 25 courses at Dresden University between 2006 and 2018.

Swen is author of three (German) monographs, including his PhD thesis on religious corporate culture concepts in the rural pulp and paper industry in central Germany, and numerous articles (in German and English). He is member of the editing board of five book series including "Global Epistemics" of the "Centre for Global Knowledge Studies" at University of Cambridge and on the edition board of "Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft" (Journal of History, German). Swen has edited ten volumes and four peer reviewed special issues. In March 2019 he started the blog "Migrant Knowledge" (migrantknowledge.org) for the German Historical Institute in Washington/DC with its Pacific Regional Office at University of California Berkeley (together with Andrea Westermann and Mark Stonemann).

Courses taught at Queen’s University

HIST 400: German History in Documents, 1870-1990 (cross-listed with German Studies)
HIST 241: Migration and Minorities in Modern Central Europe

Publications (recent/selection)

Refugees from Nazi-Occupied Europe in British Overseas Territories, special issue Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, edited by T. Grenville/S. Steinberg (Amsterdam: Brill, volume 20/2020), introduction “Forgotten Destinations? Refugees from Nazi-Occupied Europe in British Colonies, Dominions and Overseas Territories” with T. Grenville, 1-20.

“Should I Stay or Should I Go? Regional Functionaries, Political Networks, and the German-Czechoslovakian Borderlands in 1933” in Somewhere Between Home and Arrival: Preliminary Stage of Exile, edited by R. Andress (Amsterdam: Brill, 2020), forthcoming.

Young Migrants in the History of Knowledge, special issue KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge, edited by S. Lässig/S. Steinberg (Chicago: Chicago of University Press, volume 3,2 /2019), introduction “Why Young Migrants Matter in the History of Knowledge” with S. Lässig, 313-346.

Knowledge and Migration, special issue Geschichte und Gesellschaft, edited by S. Lässig/S. Steinberg (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck, volume 43,3/2017): introduction “Knowledge on the Move. New Approaches toward a History of Migrant Knowledge” with S. Lässig, 313-346.

“Wooden Wars: American Foresters, Knowledge, and French Forestry (1917-1919)”, in War and Geography. The Spatiality of Organized Mass Violence, edited by F. Jacob/S. Danielsson (Paderborn: Schöningh, 2017), 215-241.

“How to Become Isolated in Isolation? Networks in the German Political and Trade Union Exile after 1933” in Networks in Exile: Continuities, Reorientations and Collaborations, edited by H. Schreckenberger (Amsterdam: Brill, 2016), 89-108.

Organized Conferences / Panel Series (recent/selection)

Forthcoming: Environments of Exile: Refugees, Nature, and Representations, Biennial Conference der North American Society for Exile Studies, September 10-12, 2020, at Queen’s University in Kingston/Ontario (organized with Helga Schreckenberger, president of the North American Society for Exile Studies), call for paper: https://www.academia.edu/39781137/Call_for_Paper_Environments_of_Exile_Refugees_Nature_and_Representations._Biennial_Conference_of_the_North_American_Society_for_Exile_Studies_

The Go-Betweens: Youth, Migration, and Knowledge Transfer, panel at the annual conference of the American Historical Association in New York, January 3-6, 2020, (with Simone Lässig organized for the German Historical Institute in Washington/DC), panel program:  https://aha.confex.com/aha/2020/webprogram/Session19911.html

1989 – Good or Bad? Double panel on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the transformation after, November 11, 2019, at Queen’s University in Kingston/Ontario (organized with Kate Korycki and Vasilli Schedrin), exhibition “From Peacefull Revolution to German Unity” at the Stauffer Library (November 12-19, 2019) and screening of “Wings of Desire” (1987) at the Screening Room in Kingston/Ontario

Outside In: New York, Networks, and Refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe, panel at the Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Portland/OR, October 3-6, 2019 (with Helga Schreckenberger, President of the North American Society for Exile Studies)

In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees (1940s-1960s), conference of the German Historical Institute in Washington/DC at University of California in Berkeley, May 19-22, 2019 (together with Simone Lässig, Wolf Gruner and Francesco Spagnolo, in cooperation with India Branch Office of the Max Weber Foundation in New Delhi and China Branch Office in Beijing), program: https://www.ghi-dc.org/fileadmin/user_upload/GHI_Washington/Events___Conferences/2019/In_Global_Transit_II/2019_Global_Transit_Program_web.pdf

Kinship, Knowledge, and Migration, three panel session at the Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Atlanta, October 5-8, 2017 (with Simone Lässig organized for the German Historical Institute in Washington/DC, panel: Mission, Families, and the Production of Knowledge in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries / Knowledge Across Borders: Children as Learners, Producers, and Translators of Knowledge in Central Europe in the 20th Century / Kinship, Famine, and Rumor: The Migration of Germans from the Soviet Union before World War II), report: https://www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/tagungsberichte-7082

Emigration from Nazi-Occupied Europe to British Overseas Territories after 1933, Triennial International Conference of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies at the University of London, September 13-15 September, 2017 (organized with Tony Grenville and Jana Buresova), programme: https://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-34678

Knowledge in Transfer and Transformation: The Earth and Natural Sciences between Localism and Globalization, three panel session at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology in Rio de Janeiro, July 23-29, 2017 (organized with Nele-Hendrikje Lehmann, panel: The Making of Science in an Entangled Perspective between Europe and Brazil (19th century) / Circulation of Knowledge / Translating and Adopting Knowledge)

The Global Forest: Knowledge, Economy, and Perceptions in the 20th Century, panel at the Biannual European Society for Environmental History Conference, 28. Juni bis 2. Juli 2017 in Zagreb (organized with Martin Bemmann)

Migration and Knowledge, three panel session at the Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in German Studies Association in San Diego, September 29 to October 2, 2016 (with Simone Lässig organized for the German Historical Institute in Washington/DC, panel: Knowledge and Trans-Migrants in late Holy Roman and Habsburg Empire / Transfers and Disconnects: Complicated Translations of Knowledge and Émigré Experiences in the Transatlantic World / Migrant Knowledge as Profession, Network and Experience)

Rev: January 2020