Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Swen Steinberg

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Assistant Professor (term adjunct)

 

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 Steinberg is a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Department of History at Queen's University in Kingston/Ontario since November 2018 where he started teaching in January 2019 as Assistant Professor (term adjunct). In addition, Swen is a Affiliated Scholar of the German Historical Institute in Washington/DC with its Pacific Regional Office “GHI West” at University of California Berkeley.

Swen has been Research Assistant and Post-doctoral Researcher at the Department of History at Dresden University from 2010 to 2018 where he earned his PhD 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, refugee and exile studies, corporate culture concepts and economic transformations. Following these interests, the lecture class Swen starts teaching in January 2019 at Queen’s focuses on “Migration and Minorities in Central Modern Europe”.

Swen is author of three (German) monographs, including his PhD thesis on religious corporate culture concepts in rural regions and in the pulp and paper industry, and numerous articles (in German and English). Swen has edited eight volumes and two peer reviewed special issues (both 2017, German/English), with additional two peer reviewed special issues appearing in Summer and Fall 2019 (both in English).

Publications (recent/selection)

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 2/2019, forthcoming).

Refugees from Nazi-Occupied Europe to British Overseas Territories after 1933, special issue Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, edited by T. Grenville/S. Steinberg/J. Buresova (Amsterdam: Brill, volume 20/2019, forthcoming).

“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, 2019), forthcoming.

“Knowledge on the Move. New Approaches toward a History of Migrant Knowledge”, with S. Lässig, in Geschichte und Gesellschaft 43/3 (2017): special issue Knowledge and Migration, edited by S. Lässig/S. Steinberg, 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: 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), Call for Paper: https://www.ghi-dc.org/events-conferences/event-history/2019/conferences/in-global-transit.html?L=0

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 2019