Helge Wendt

Research Scholar
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Department I
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Residence:
October 2, 2017 to January 31, 2020
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My main research interest is history of globalization. I received my PhD from the University of Mannheim in 2009 with a transnational, trans-confessional, and diachronic study on Christian colonial mission enterprises in different parts of the world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I considered, from a cultural history perspective, how missionaries conceived a social and territorial order in different colonial contexts. The role and the future of historiography of Europe in a context of globalized historiographical discourse is one important aspect of my research: in publications I continue to elaborate my ideas to reassess local and interlocal histories in a globalized world. One of my MPIWG projects is "Convivencia. From Iberian to Global Dynamics (500–1750)," where I investigate encounters between members of indigenous communities and Catholic missionaries. 

My main research project is on mineral coal and the transformation of energy systems. I study changes in knowledge, politics, economy, and society during the period between 1700 and 1920. Coal is the main agent of energy and resource transformations in the industrialization process and shaped patterns of energy provision and consumption for the past 300 years—this is why I explore how coal mining and the use of coal developed during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

 

Selected publications

Wendt, H. (Ed.). (2016). The globalization of knowledge in the Iberian colonial world. Berlin: Edition Open Access. Download

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Lehner, C., & Wendt, H. (2015). Mechanik in der Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte. View View

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Baracca, A., Renn, J., & Wendt, H. (Eds.). (2014). The history of physics in Cuba. Dordrecht: Springer.

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Wendt, H. (2011). Die missionarische Gesellschaft: Mikrostrukturen einer kolonialen Globalisierung. Stuttgart: Steiner.

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Renn, J., Laubichler, M. D., & Wendt, H. (2015). Energietransformationen zwischen Kaffee und Koevolution. In N. Möllers, C. Schwägerl, & H. Trischler (Eds.), Willkommen im Anthropozän: unsere Verantwortung für die Zukunft der Erde; Katalog zur Sonderausstellung am Deutschen Museum (pp. 79-82). München: Deutsches Museum.

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Wendt, H. (2014). Scientific cooperation between the German Academy of Sciences in Berlin (DAW) and Cuba in the 1960s and 1970s. In A. Baracca, J. Renn, & H. Wendt (Eds.), The history of physics in Cuba (pp. 387-393). Dordrecht: Springer.

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Wendt, H. (2012). Interkulturelle Essensgeschichte am Beispiel zweier deutschsprachiger Jesuitenmissionare in Südamerika (18. Jahrhundert). Zeitsprünge, 16(3/4), 198-224.

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Wendt, H. (2011). Mission transnational, trans-kolonial, global. Perspektivverschiebungen in der Missionsgeschichtsschreibung.

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Wendt, H. (2012). Interkulturelle Essensgeschichte am Beispiel zweier deutschsprachiger Jesuitenmissionare in Südamerika (18. Jahrhundert). Zeitsprünge, 16(3/4), 198-224.

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Wendt, H. (2012). Migration in Missionen: drei Fallbeispiele räumlicher und sozialer Mobilität im 19. Jahrhundert. In E. Taddei, M. Müller, & R. Rebitsch (Eds.), Migration und Reisen: Mobilität in der Neuzeit (pp. 283-294). Innsbruck [u.a.]: Studien Verlag.

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Wendt, H. (2013). The Lettres édifiantes et curieuses: the politics of history in different nineteenth-century editions. In F. Jensz, & H. Acke (Eds.), Missions and Media: the politics of missionary periodicals in the long nineteenth century (pp. 97-112). Stuttgart: Steiner.

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Wendt, H. (2012). Moralisches Wissen: der Umgang mit der Frage der Ehe in unterschiedlichen Missionskontexten im 19. Jahrhundert. In U. v. d. Heyden, & A. Feldtkeller (Eds.), Missionsgeschichte als Geschichte der Globalisierung von Wissen: transkulturelle Wissensaneignung und -vermittlung durch christliche Missionare in Afrika und Asien im 17., 18. und 19. Jahrhundert (pp. 429-440). Stuttgart: Steiner.

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Presentations
January 2017
Harnack Haus, Berlin
Energy Transformations. Perspectives from the Humanities
October 2016
Heinrich Heine Universität, Düsseldorf
Zeit für Relationen—Relationen der Zeit
September 2016
Wroclaw University, Academia Europaea, Wroclaw
Central Europe and Colonialism: Migrations, Knowledges, Perspectives, Commodities
September 2016
MPIWG, Berlin
Resources and Economies of Knowledge in the Anthropocene
July 2016
SciencesPo / IHEAL, Paris
VIII Congrès International et Interdisciplinaire: Sciences, savoirs et politique: Alexander von Humboldt et Aimé Bonpland entre Europa et Amérique Latine
September 2015
ESHS, Lisbon
ESHS
September 2013
MPIWG
Transfer of Knowledge in the Iberian Colonial World