Private Lecturer Dr. Michael Homberg - Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Prizewinner 2023

Modern History, Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Michael Homberg

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Michael Homberg

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In his doctoral thesis Reporter-Streifzüge. Metropolitane Nachrichtenkultur und die Wahrnehmung der Welt 1870-1918 [Reporter forays. Metropolitan news culture and the perception of the world 1870-1918], in which he undertakes a comparative analysis of the genesis of a new literary journalism in North America and Western Europe, Michael Homberg already demonstrated his skill for transnational and intercultural issues. He further developed this expertise with his research into the globalisation of working environments in the computer industry in India, the USA and Germany. Here, India’s role – for example in the successful training of programmers and IT experts – is explained based on a combination of political decisions and cultural dispositions, thereby viewing the development of modern information technology from the perspective of the Global South for the first time. With his novel combination of IT history as a prehistory of our present and as a transnational history of interconnectedness, Homberg sets international standards for future research.


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