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Dr. Bernhard Gißibl

Member of the academic staff, Department of History
Room: 02 301
Phone: +49 6131 39 39361
Fax: +49 6131 39 30154


Personal Details:

Bernhard Gissibl (born in 1976) is a member of the academic staff in the Section for Universal History. His PhD dissertation (Mannheim University, 2009) explored the politics of hunting and wildlife conservation in Tanzania during the German colonial period. His current research project analyses the role and development of the foreign correspondents network of West Germany’s public service broadcasting organizations during the Cold War.
Before joining the IEG, Bernhard lectured on Modern and Contemporary History at the universities of Munich (2002/2003) and Mannheim (2006-2012). Between 2003 and 2006, he was a PhD researcher at Jacobs University in Bremen, holding a PhD scholarship from the Cusanuswerk, the scholarship organization of the Catholic church in Germany. In April 2013, he was a visiting fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich.


European Society for Environmental History (ESEH)
European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH)
German History Society

Research Interests:

Bernhard’s research interests focus on German and European history in global contexts. They include the history of transnational communication and media during the Cold War, the history of nature conservation and European imperialism in general, particularly in its environmental dimensions. Currently, he is also co-editing a volume that investigates the utility of cosmopolitanism as an analytical concept for global historical studies.

Selected Publications:

(Ed. with Isabella Löhr): Bessere Welten. Kosmopolitismus in den Geschichtswissenschaften. Frankfurt/M., New York: Campus 2017.
(Ed. with Gregor Feindt, Johannes Paulmann): Kulturelle Souveränität. Politische Handlungs- und Deutungsmacht jenseits des Staates im 20. Jahrhundert. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2017.
The Nature of German Imperialism. Conservation and the Politics of Wildlife in colonial East Africa. New York/Oxford: Berghahn 2016.
The Conservation of Luxury. Safari Hunting and the Consumption of Wildlife in 20th century East Africa. In: Bernd-Stefan Grewe, Karin Hofmeester (Hg.): Luxury in Global Perspective: Commodities and Practices. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2016, S. 261-298.
Deutsch-deutsche Nachrichtenwelten. Die Mediendiplomatie von ADN und dpa im frühen Kalten Krieg, in: Feindt/Gißibl/Paulmann (Hg.): Kulturelle Souveränität. Politische Handlungs- und Deutungsmacht jenseits des Staates im 20. Jahrhundert. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2017, S. 227-256.

Research projects:

The Worlds of German Public Service Broadcasting: Foreign Correspondents as Cosmopolitan Actors since the Second World War

Bernhard Gissibl’s postdoctoral research project analyses the growth and development of the foreign correspondents’ network of both German states during the decades of the Cold War.