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Prof. Dr. Katharina Stornig

Personal Information

Personal Information

Office Hours (during the semester):

Day/timeLocationExceptions/Comments

Wednesday 10:00-12:00

GCSC building, room 101

Please arrange appointments at other times by phone or email.

Research Interests

  • Cultural history of aid and philanthropy
  • Transnational history
  • Childhood and family in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Catholicism, missionary movement and religious internationalism
  • Women’s and gender studies (i.e. gender and religion)
  • Photography, photographic practices and visual culture

Research Projects

The “distant Child”. Religious Engagement and the Globalization of Family, ca. 1830–1930

Menschen – Bilder – Eine Welt. Menschenbilder in Missionszeitschriften aus der Zeit des Kaiserreichs

Memberships/Further Areas of Expertise

  • DFG-Network: Dynamics of Intercultural Encounters

Background and Current Research

Background and Current Research

I came to the University of Giessen and the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture as a junior professor of cultural history in October 2016. Before moving to Giessen, I was a research fellow at the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) in Mainz and associate lecturer at the University of Innsbruck. In 2010, I completed my PhD at the European University Institute (Florence) on the experiences and perceptions of German missionary nuns in colonial contexts. My current research and teaching focuses mainly on 19th and 20th century women’s and gender history, German history in a transnational and postcolonial perspective, the history of Catholicism and religious internationalism, the history of aid and philanthropy and the history of photography, photographic practices and visual culture.

I am also particularly interested in the cultural effects of the history of globalization and globalizing processes. As a junior professor at the GCSC, I work with a broad understanding of cultural history, which is not limited to a narrow set of topics or themes but rather strives to develop a culturally informed perspective on the past. This perspective is applicable to all aspects of human life and pays close attention to contexts of meaning, interpretations, connections and actions in past societies. Such an approach requires not only a great deal of theoretical reflection and a methodologically diverse approach but also an active engagement with other disciplinary perspectives and interdisciplinary dialog. I am a member of the interdisciplinary German Research Foundation (DFG) Network "Dynamiken interkultureller Begegnungen" (Dynamics of Intercultural Encounters) and, at the GCSC, I am currently actively involved in the projects of

  • RA 4  Visual and Material Culture
  • RA 7 Global Studies and Politics of Space
  • ETRG Religion in the Study of Culture

My second book project examines the cultural history of transnational aid in the long nineteenth century.  Considering that organized aid and the willingness to make sacrifices for the wellbeing of others was (and still is) usually focused on defined groups of people, the project is based on the observation that from the mid-nineteenth century, Christian associations in Germany increasingly tried to engender solidarity among their supporters towards geographically distant children in Asia and Africa. The project examines this Christian commitment towards “distant children” based on several transnational associations of different confessions (e.g. “Werk der Heiligen Kindheit”, “Verein zu Unterstützung der armen Negerkinder”, “Norddeutsche Mission”, “St.‐Petrus‐Claver Sodalität”). It thus studies the historical formations and developments that preceded the international children’s relief organizations of the twentieth century, examines the importance of the global connections of Christian associations in the history of transnational aid, and identifies the special role that children, constructions of childhood and parent-child relationships played in this context. The project was supported by the Austrian Historical Institute in Rome and currently receives German Research Foundation (DFG) funding.

Publications (selection)

Publications (selection)

Monographs

  • Sisters crossing Boundaries. German Missionary Nuns in colonial Togo and New Guinea, 1897–1960 (VIEG 232), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013.

 

Edited Volumes and Special Issues

  • with Giulia Calvi (Hg.), Fare famiglie. Adozioni, legami, immaginari in: prospettiva globale, Themenheft Genesis. Rivista della Società Italiana delle Storiche XIV/1 (2015).
  • with Judith Becker et al. (Hg.), Europäische Mission und Kulturkontakte, online-Lernprogramm, http://www.ieg-mainz.de/europaeische-mission-und-kulturkontakte.

 

Book Chapters & Journal Articles

  • Catholic Missionary Associations and the Saving of African Child Slaves in Nineteenth-Century Germany, in: Atlantic Studies [forthcoming, 2017]
  • Kosmopolitische Praktiken? Katholische Frauenkongregationen im 20. Jahrhundert, in: Bernhard Gißibl and Isabella Löhr (eds), Bessere Welten. Kosmopolitismus in den Geschichtswissenschaften, Frankfurt a. Main and New York: Campus Verlag, 2017, pp. 133–165.
  • Between Christian Solidarity and Human Solidarity: „Humanity” and the Mobilisation of Aid for Distant Children in Catholic Europe in the Long 19th Century, in: Fabian Klose and Mirjam Thulin (eds), Humanity – A History of European Concepts in Practice from the Sixteenth Century to the Present (VIEG Supplement 110), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016, pp. 249–266.
  • Globalisierte Körper? Repräsentationen der Welt und ihrer Bevölkerung in der vatikanischen Missionsausstellung 1925, in: Linda Ratschiller and Siegfried Weichlein (eds), Der schwarze Körper als Missionsgebiet. Medizin, Ethnologie, Theologie in Afrika und Europa 1880-1960, Wien, Köln and Weimar: Böhlau Verlag, 2016, pp. 123–152.
  • “Armes Kindlein in der Ferne, - Wie machst du das Herz mir schwer!” Kindermissionsvereine und die religiösen Verflechtungen des Helfens in Deutschland, Europa und der Welt, 1843–1920, in: Themenportal Europäische Geschichte (2015), <www.europa.clio-online.de/essay/id/artikel-3797>.
  • Figli della Chiesa. Riscatti e globalizzazione del welfare cattolico (1840-1914), in: Genesis. Rivista della Società Italiana delle Storiche XIV/1 (2015).pp. 55–83.
  •  “…denn die ganze Sorge der Schwestern war darauf gerichtet, die Lage des weiblichen Geschlechts zu verbessern.” Geschlecht, Religion und Differenz in der Missionspraxis deutscher Ordensfrauen im kolonialen Togo (1896-1918), in: Rebekka Habermas and Richard Hölzl (eds), Mission Global. Eine Verflechtungsgeschichte seit dem 19. Jahrhundert, Wien, Köln und Weimar: Böhlau Verlag, 2014, pp. 111–134.
  • Vielfache Bedeutungen. Missionsfotografie zwischen Neuguinea und Europa, 1899–ca. 1930, in: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften 24/2 (2013), S. 114–139.
  • “Sister Agnes was to go to Ghana in Africa!” Catholic Nuns and Migration, in: Glenda Tibe Bonifacio (ed.), Feminism and Migration. Cross-Cultural Engagements, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London and New York: Springer, 2012, S. 265–282.