Stefan Messingschlager, M.A.

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Helmut-Schmidt-University
Bulding H1
Holstenhofweg 85
22043 Hamburg

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Helmut-Schmidt-University
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Modern History
Postbox 70 08 22
22008 Hamburg

PhD-project:
China Experts in the Federal Republic of the 1970s (for more information click here)

  • since 02/2019
    Ph.D. Candidate at the Chair of Modern History, Helmut Schmidt University
    Dissertation project on the history of German-Chinese relations in the Long 1970s
  • 08/2018-12/2018
    Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft mit Master-Abschluss am Lehrstuhl für Zeitgeschichte, Fachbereich Geschichte und Soziologie der Universität Konstanz
  • 2014-2018
    Master of Arts in History at the University of Konstanz, final grade: 1,1 (“excellent”); field of research: Contemporary History from a global perspective, especially: Entangled History of Fascist Regimes
    Master’s thesis: The Potential and Limits of Transfer within the Axis Alliance: The Nazi German Reception of Japanese Settler Colonialism (1933-1945)
  • 2015-2016
    Studies of History and Chinese at Peking University (北京大学) and Archival research in the People’s Republic of China; field of research: History of Contemporary China
  • 2010-2014
    Bachelor of Arts at the University of Konstanz, final grade: 1,1 (“excellent”); field of research: Contemporary History of Germany; Major subject: History, Minor subject: Political Science

  • History of the People’s Republic of China in the Long 1970s
  • Western-Chinese Relations in the 19th/20th Century as a Transnational Phenomenon
  • Emergence of China-Xxpertise in the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Entangled History of Fascist Regimes

China Experts in the Federal Republic of the 1970s (working title)

This project examines the role of China connoisseurs and China experts during the transformative phase of Western-Chinese relations in the period of the long 1970s by focusing on the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and its relationship to the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The diplomatic rapprochement between the PRC and Western states since the mid-1960s has traditionally been interpreted as the result of strategic foreign policy during the Cold War. This perspective on international relations as an arena of inter-governmental politics, however, remained fixed on the image of a dominantly politically controlled transformation. As important as the role of leading politicians such as Henry Kissinger or Gerhard Schröder undoubtedly may have been, this process was not merely a political-diplomatic project. The approach of my project is therefore to examine the significance of China experts – here understood as publicists, scholars, intellectuals familiar with Chinese conditions – for the development and expansion of inter- and transnational relations. With the help of these influential agents, it is possible to better understand the dynamics and complexity of the transformation during the long 1970s.

The aim of the dissertation project is twofold: Firstly, the case study of German-Chinese relations will be used to trace the role played by selected China connoisseurs such as Klaus Mehnert and China experts from political science, sinology or law in establishing and expanding diplomatic, political, economic and cultural relations, and the extent to which they became mediators. Secondly, it shows how, parallel to this, governments and private economic players recognised the need for distinct expertise on China and how this expertise was structurally built up.

Papers

„Der politische Wiederaufstieg Chinas und die deutschen China-Kenner (1970-1975)“ (Workshop Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg, November 2021)

„Ermächtigung des „schlafenden Riesen“? Der Aufstieg Chinas und die westlichen Intellektuellen (1930er-1980er Jahre)“ (Colloquium Geschichtswissenschaft, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg, Oktober 2021)

„Ermächtigung des „schlafenden Riesen“? Der Aufstieg Chinas und die westlichen Intellektuellen (1930er-1980er Jahre)“ (South German Colloquium, September 2021)

„Revolution Revisited. Heuristic Perspectives on Revolutions as Analytical Category” (Workshop Peking University, February 2016)

„Das Konzept von ‚Erbe und Tradition‘ im Rahmen der systemischen Kommunikation in der DDR – Hintergründe, Implikationen und Folgen eines Paradigmenwechsels“ (Colloquium Modern History University of Konstanz, April 2014)

Interviews

Sicherheitsbereich – Ein Symbol der Abschottung (Interview with NDR-Info on May 7, 2021, about the planned conversion of Helmut Schmidt University into a military security area)

The Potential and Limits of Transfer within The Axis Alliance: The Nazi Germany Reception of Japanese Settler Colonialism (1933-1945), Konstanz 2018 (masther’s thesis, written in German).

Winter Trimester 2022
China’s Rise in the 20th Century – Undergraduate seminar (held in German)

Autumn Trimester 2021
Populism in History and Present – Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Problem of Contemporary History – Undergraduate seminar (held in German)

Winter Trimester 2021
The Fall of the Weimar Republic – Undergraduate seminar (held in German)

Autumn Trimester 2020
Contested Memories: Politics of History after National Socialism – Seminar (held in German)

Winter Trimester 2020
Berlin and its Nazi past – seminar (held in German)

History in Practice – Writing seminar (held in German)

Autumn Trimester 2019
Between Transfer, Cooperation and Competition: A History of the Axis Alliance – Undergraduate seminar (held in German)

  • 02/2011-03/2018
    Scholarship of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (“Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes”) for the Study of History, Political Science and Chinese at the Universities of Konstanz and Peking (北京大学)
  • 08/2015-08/2016
    Scholarship of Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and Chinese Government Scholarship for a one-year study and research at Peking University (北京大学) in China
  • 2007/2008
    Scholarship of the Bavarian Ministry of Education (“Kulturfonds Bayern”) for an 11-month stay in the P.R. China (“Botschafter Bayerns”)

  • Member of the selection committee of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (“Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes”, since 2019)
  • Head of consultation of ArbeiterKind.de e.V. Hamburg (since 2019)
  • Founder and head of ApplicAid e.V. Hamburg (since 2020)

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Letzte Änderung: 15. February 2022