Dr. Olga Sparschuh

Postdoc

History of Technology

Olga Sparschuh joined the MCTS in September 2020. She is the coordinator of the DFG Research Group “Practicing Evidence – Evidencing Practice”. In her second book-project she is currently working on the evaluation of foreign academic and professional qualifications in Germany during the 20th Century.

After studying Modern/Contemporary History, Social Sciences and European Studies at Humboldt-Universität Berlin, King’s College University of London and Università degli Studi di Torino, she worked as a research and teaching associate in Modern/Contemporary History at the Freie Universität Berlin, where she also ran the editorial office of the professional journal Geschichte und Gesellschaft. She held visiting doctoral research grants at the Institute for European History (IEG) in Mainz and the German Historical Institute in Rome. Her prize-winning PhD was published under the title Fremde Heimat, fremde Ferne. Italienische Arbeitsmigration in Turin und München, 1950–1975 [Strangers at Home and Abroad. Italian Labour Migration in Turin and Munich, 1950-1975], Wallstein Verlag Göttingen 2021.

  • Migration History
  • Urban History
  • European History
  • Contemporary History
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Sparschuh, Olga. Fremde Heimat, fremde Ferne. Italienische Arbeitsmigration in Turin und München, 1950-1975. Göttingen: Wallstein 2021.
  • Sparschuh, Olga. Citizens and Non-Citizens. The Relevance of Citizenship Status in Labour Migration within Italy and to Germany from the 1950s to 1970s.  Journal of Contemporary History 49 (2014) pp. 28-53 (peer-reviewed).
  • Sparschuh, Olga. Consuetudini di consumo e valori dei lavoratori migranti italiani a Torino e Monaco. Ed. Thomas Großbölting.  L’avvio alla società liquida? Il passaggio degli anni Settanta come tema per la storiografia tedesca e italiana. Bologna: 2014, pp 335-358.
  • Sparschuh, Olga. Grenzen der Grenzen. Der Bedeutungsverlust nationalstaatlicher Zugehörigkeit für die Arbeitsmigration der Wirtschaftswunderjahre.  Ed. Jochen Oltmer.  Das „Gastarbeiter“-System. Arbeitsmigration und ihre Folgen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und Westeuropa.  München: 2012, pp 167-181.
  • Sparschuh, Olga. Labour Migration within the European Economic Community during the Miracle Years. Converging Debates and Policies?  Ed. Matthieu Osmont.  Europeanisation in the 20th Century. The Historical Lens. Brüssel: 2012, pp151-166.
  • Sparschuh, Olga. Die Wahrnehmung von Arbeitsmigranten aus dem „Mezzogiorno“ in deutschen und norditalienischen Großstädten. Ed. Oliver Janz/Roberto Sala.  Dolce Vita? Das Bild der italienischen Migranten in der Bundesrepublik.  Frankfurt 2011, pp95-115.
  • Bojadzijev, Manuela, Hochmuth, Hanno and Sparschuh, Olga. Sechs Stopps auf einer Stadtrundfahrt.  Ed. Der Beauftragte des Senats für Integration und Migration.  Stadt ist Migration. Die Berliner Route der Migration – Grundlagen, Kommentare, Skizzen. Berlin: 2011, pp 34-41.

→ current courses offered

  • Consumer History (together with Prof. Dr. Karin Zachmann)
  • Measuring Body and Mind. A History of Science and Technology from the 19th Century to Today
  • Antonio Gramsci Preis für kritische Forschung in der Migrationsgesellschaft der Arbeiterkammer Wien, 2020
  • Dissertationspreis der Gesellschaft für Stadtgeschichte und Urbanisierungsforschung, 2020