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Martin Lengwiler

Martin Lengwiler is Professor for Modern History at the University of Basel.

He works and publishes in the fields of History of Knowledge, Modern European History, Welfare history and historical methodology. He has been member of the interdisciplinary research group "Historical and Interpretive Approaches to Standards, Quantification and Formal Representations" at the Historical Research Institute, University of California, Irvine (2001) and invited professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (2009). His recent publications include: Competing Globalizations. Controversies Between Private and Social Insurance at International Organisations (1900-1960), in: Robin Pearson (ed.). The Development of International Insurance, London: Pickering & Chattoo, 2010, p. 167-186; Competing Appeals: the Rise of Mixed Welfare Economies in Europe, 1850-1945, in: Geoffrey Clark et al. (eds.), The Appeal of Insurance, Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2010, p. 173-200; Konjunkturen und Krisen der Verwissenschaftlichung der Sozialpolitik im 20. Jahrhundert, in: Archiv für Sozialgeschichte 50 (2010), p. 47-68 (thematic issue on „Scientization of politics in the 20th century“).


Beat Stüdli

Beat Stüdli is a research assistant at the University of Basel’s Department of History.

He’s currently working on a dissertation on „Insurance policy during the formation phase of the French welfare state (1900-1950)“. He successfully completed a research stay at the ScenciesPo Centre d’Etudes Européennes (Center of European Studies) between 2012 and 2014. In addition Stüdli performed research and published on topics of the field of economic history, insurance industry, and welfare state. Recent and current projects include: The History of the Cantonal Office for Industry, Business and Labor Basel-Landschaft (Vergangenheit mit Zukunft, 2013), Industrial culture in the German-French-Swiss border triangle (Lörrach exhibition 2016), History of the Swiss sample fair “Mustermesse Basel” (contribution to the anniversary publication in 2016), scientific collaboration on the website of the 100th anniversary of the Swiss Federal Social Insurance Office (History of social security). Current publication: Stüdli, Beat: Von der Aufsicht zur Nationalisierung. Beginn und Entwicklung der Versicherungsregulierung in Frankreich, 1900-1950, in: David, Thomas et al. (Hg.): Neue Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsgeschichte. Schweizerisches Jahrbuch für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte 30, 2015, S. 159-175.