Winter School

Beyond Borders

Bitte beachten Sie: Bedingt durch die aktuelle Lage um das Coronavirus (COVID-19) kann die Winter School leider nicht stattfinden. Die Veranstaltung wird zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt nachgeholt. Weitere Informationen finden Sie zeitnah an dieser Stelle. Vielen Dank für Ihr Verständnis!
Due to COVID-19, the Winter School from April 3rd to 5th had to be canceled. The event will be postponed. 


Since the turn of the millennium, the concept of "entangled history" has established itself in the humanities and its international research. It is deeply influenced by its French predecessors, the so called “histoire croisée” and focuses on transcultural connections between different entities.

Contemporary studies have shifted their understanding of cultures from views such as Herder’s, who understood cultures as single spheres, homogenous on the inside and with a defined border to the outside. In contrast to this concept, the philosopher Wolfgang Welsch for example has developed the concept of “transcultural societies” with the premise that cultures are multilayered and entangled, and therefore interact with each other. The historian Sebastian Conrad und the sociologist Shalini Randeria have especially influenced the academic debate in Germany with their concept of “cultural entanglement”. The concept assumes that interacting cultures adopt new ideas, cultural practices and material goods, resulting in (at least temporary) entities of a higher complexity.

  • More Background

    The Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe has implemented these concepts in exhibitions very early on. In 2010, the special exhibition „Das fremde Abendland? Orient begegnet Okzident. 1800 bis heute“ attracted great interest with visitors as well as scholars.

    The new permanent exhibition „WeltKultur / GlobalCulture“, which was opened to the public in 2013, continued on this path and was an example for other museums, who were open for a new evaluation of their ethnological collections. These new approaches from Karlsruhe were well received, for example in the context of the Humboldt Lab Dahlem (2012-2015) in preparation for the new Humboldt Forum in Berlin. Relevant articles in publications followed, for example in: „Experimentierfeld Museum. Internationale Perspektiven auf Museum, Islam und Inklusion“, published by Susan Kamel und Christine Gerbich, 2014.

    The background of the Winter School is the jubilee of the Badisches Landesmuseum. 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the museum with its world-famous collection, the so-called “Türkenbeute”.

    Said collection forms the basis of the special exhibition “Emperor and Sultan“ ,which addresses the historical and cultural entanglement in East-Central and South-East Europe for the first time.

    In the 17th century, this area was the setting of numerous wars and religious conflicts. Enclosed by the Habsburg monarchy and the Holy Roman Empire on one side and the Ottoman Empire on the other, these territories which today are part of Hungary, Romania and the countries on the Balkan peninsula were transit and border areas.

    This region became the corridor on the European continent for a previously neglected transfer of cultural and technological knowledge; despite or rather because of the numerous conflicts during the so called Türkenkriege/ Ottoman wars.

    Many wars during this period were caused by political, economic and religious reasons, resulting in many different European alliances. The resulting conflicts were accompanied by broad streams of migration of people with different ethnicities and religions. People of multi-ethnical, multi-religious and multi-lingual backgrounds became the intermediaries between cultures.

    In contrast to previous exhibitions with similar subjects, the special exhibition “Emperor and Sultan” focuses on civilizational innovations which arose against the background of the so called Türkenkriege, power politics and religious conflicts: new ways of architecture, art, fashion and the implementation of new technological methods are unthinkable without the cultural exchange and the duality of fear and thrill for the foreign. The Arts & Humanities are increasingly discussing these results of dynamic processes of interdependent interaction, culminating in the concept of “Entangled History”, which is displayed in the exhibition for instance by the Ottoman and Ottoman-inspired artifacts. This concept is deconstructing the widespread perception of East and West as dichotomies, for the first time in the form of an exhibition.

Idea and goal

The idea for this Winter School results from a cooperation between the Badisches Landesmuseum and the historical department of the University of Zagreb. In April 2018, a delegation led by Winfried Kretschmann, prime minister of Baden-Württemberg, visited Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzogovina. At the initiative of state secretary Petra Olschowski, further talks about a cooperation between the university of  Zagreb and the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe emerged, which became the basis for this Winter School.

The Winter School 2020 wants to engage the participants in the format of a barcamp. This format allows for the participants to set their own agenda. They can propose topics for the sessions and decide which topics and sessions to join.

The working method is also completely free; all formats and topics are welcome, as are the tools to be used. As hosts, we provide free catering, the setting, inspiring input, the moderation of the barcamp and a wide range of usable materials. What you do with them is up to you. All persons who are interested in the topics are welcome, although we encourage especially young academics to participate.

The following list is therefore just an example of possible questions and topics:

  • Is there a need to focus on East-Central and South-East Europe as a bridge between the cultures, similar to our understanding of Andalusia, Sicily and Venice?

  • In what way did the balancing act of being stuck between two superpowers influence their identities in a European context, especially in regard to their role a mediators between the cultures?

  • Is the Danube region (from the Black Forest to the Black Sea) significant for the creation of a specific European cultural landscape, and could it be a model for the rest of Europe in cultural, political and social terms?

The Badisches Landesmuseum seeks to emphasize that the European identity has not been created solely under political and economic terms. The goal must be to create / further an image of Europe, which is aware of its cultural tradition and diversity, especially regarding the current political and social situation. The 17th century with its focus on this region thus becomes a mirror of our time. The engagement with the European past can increase the understanding of our global times, challenge present stereotypes about the supposed foreign and can prove the benefits of pluri-cultural societies.

What is a Barcamp?

Barcamps are usually defined as non-conferences. While the programme and list of speakers of a traditional conference are determined by the organizers, in a barcamp only the time schedule is given and the participants create the programme themselves. At the beginning they introduce themselves briefly with three keywords. Then all participants are invited to suggest topics and suitable formats such as open discussions, workshops or lectures. Finally, a selection of topics is assigned to sessions of 45 minutes each and the available rooms. In this way, a programme is created directly on site that corresponds exactly to the interests of the participants.

A barcamp thrives from its participants. All who are interested are welcome and can participate. The barcamp is only limited by the time and space available. The most important condition for a successful barcamp is that the participants meet at eye level and seek an open dialogue. Especially first-time visitors of barcamps are welcome to suggest topics, to create a session and to get involved. With active participation, barcamps offer an inspiring setting for discussions, the exchange of knowledge and the development of new ideas - and above all, they are great fun!

As a parody of the rules in the film "Fight Club", the rules of barcamps were once defined in this way:

1st Rule: You do talk about Barcamp.
2nd Rule: You do blog about Barcamp.
3rd Rule: If you want to present, you must write your topic and name in a presentation slot.
4th Rule: Only three word intros.
5th Rule: As many presentations at a time as facilities allow for.
6th Rule: No pre-scheduled presentations, no tourists.
7th Rule: Presentations will go on as long as they have to or until they run into another presentation slot.
8th Rule: If this is your first time at Barcamp, you HAVE to present. (Ok, you don't really HAVE to, but try to find someone to present with, or at least ask questions and be an interactive participant)


The Winter Schools starts with three lectures from well renowned researchers, who combine decades of expertise in the field of “entangled history”. These are the art-historian Prof. Monica Juneja from the University of Heidelberg, the historian of the Ottoman Empire Prof. Christoph Neumann from the Ludwigs-Maximilians University Munich and cultural anthropologist Dr. Helmut Groschwitz from the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. These lectures serve as additional input for the barcamp, which will be held on Saturday.

The Winter School ends on Sunday the 5th with several guided tours in German and English through our special exhibition Kaiser und Sultan.


Friday, April 3rd
4 p.m.: Guided Tour “Emperor and Sultan”
6:00: Welcoming by Prof. Dr. Eckart Köhne, Badisches Landesmuseum, Petra Olschowski, state secretary, and Dr. Dragan Bagic, University of Zagreb
6:30: Opening Lecture by Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja, University of Heidelberg (60 min.+15 min. Q&A)
7:45: End of day one
Saturday, April 4th
9 a.m.: Snacks, Welcoming and Introduction
9:30 – 9:45: Lecture by Prof. Dr. Christoph K. Neumann, University of Munich
9:45 – 10:00: Lecture by Dr. Helmut Groschwitz, Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities
10:00 – 10.15: Q&A
10:15 – 10:45: Coffee Break
10:45: Barcamp and Session Planning
12:00 – 1:00: First Session
1:00 – 2:00: Lunch Break
2:00 – 3:00: Second Session
3:00 – 4:00: Third Session
4:00 – 4:30: Coffee Break
4:30 – 5:30: Fourth Session
5:30 – 6:00: Closing Discussion
6:00 – 7:00: Drinks, Networking and Farewell
Sunday, April 5th
Optional: Guided tours “Emperor and Sultan”


> Friday, April 3rd: Badisches Landesmuseum, Gartensaal

> Saturday, April 4th: Museum beim Markt, museum x

> Sunday, April 5th: Badisches Landesmuseum, special exhibition


Who can attend?
Anyone! If you’re reading this, you can attend. This includes people who have never been to a Winter School or barcamp before. However a background as student or researcher in history, cultural anthropology, sociology, art history, linguistics or similar is an advantage. You do not need to be an expert to participate, and the people at the event are super friendly.

Does this cost money?
Absolutely not! Admission is free.
In order to encourage climate friendly travel, we can compensate groups of five, travelling by Baden-Württemberg ticket.
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Where do I sign up?
You can sign up and apply right here.

Will  English be the  working language of the Winter School?
Yes, the lectures and the introductions will be given in English. However you are free to offer panels in German. 

What is the deadline for application?
There is no deadline. However, we have only room for 80 participants, so register quickly.

I want to stay for the whole event, so where can I sleep?
You might check airbnb. There is also a youth hostel nearby:

How do I get there?
The event is hosted by the Badisches Landesmuseum and museum x in Karlsruhe, Germany. Take the tram to the station "Marktplatz", it's only a few meters away from both venues.