PD Dr. Nina Schneider

Research Group Leader

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstr. 44
47059 Duisburg

Phone: +49 (0)203 379 5243
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-Mail: schneider@gcr21.uni-due.de


Research Group Leader
Legitimation and delegitimation in global cooperation

Research Interests


  • Anti-Child Labour Protagonists, Campaigns, and Social Movement(s)
  • Dictatorship and Violence in Cold War Latin America in transnational perspective (Brazil, Southern Cone)
  • Public History (Film and TV, Oral History, Truth Commissions, Digital Human Rights Archives), Post-authoritarian Reckoning Processes, 'Transitional Justice'
  • History of Race Theories and Racism in transnational perspective (esp. Gobineau, Freyre, Firmin)
  • Global History, Entangled and Comparative History, Biographies, Media History
  • Socio-political and Cultural History of Latin America 15.-21. Ct.
  • Regional Expertise: Americas (particularly Brazil)

Current Projects

  • 'Child Labour Opponents and their Campaigns in Global Perspective, 1888-1938' (funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2020-2023)
  • Legitimising Racial Injustice: The reception and (ab-)use of Gobineau's race theories in the Americas, 2021-2023
  • ‘The Historical Meaning of the Brazilian Truth Commission (2012-14) & Reception of the Final Report’  (funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2016-2020)
  • Member of the international Research Team: “Criminalisations of the Past: Latin America and Europe” (AHRC/Labex Project - Exeter and Paris SciPo, 2016-2020)

Teaching Responsibilities

  • University of Duisburg-Essen (2021~)
  • University of Cologne, Germany (2016-2017)
  • University of Brasília, Brazil (2015)
  • University of Konstanz, Germany (2013-2014)
  • Open University of Germany, FernUniversität Hagen (2009-2012)

Expertise and Consulting Work

Reviewer for:

  • Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History
  • Hispanic American Historical Review
  • Journal of Human Rights Practice
  • History & Memory
  • Global Society
  • Luzo-Brazilian Review
  • Brasiliana: Journal for Brazilian Studies
  • Latin American Research Review
  • The Latin Americanist
  • International Political Sociology
  • Internat. Journal of Transitional Justice
  • Security Dialogues
  • Estudios Políticos
  • Buchverlag Huitec (São Paulo)


Member of the Editorial Board:

  • GCR21 Research Paper Series (KHK/GCR21, 2018~)
  • Historical Dialogue Network, German book Review Editor (ISHR/Columbia University), 2012~
  • Voices from around the World (Online Journal, Global South Studies Centre), 2015-2018

Seminars and Conferences

Direction of international Conferences and Workshops:

  • 12/2017: Director, International workshop 'Child labour and its Opponents in historical and global Perspective' (7-8 December 2017, Cologne), gssc.uni-koeln.de/25546.htm
  • 09/2017: Co-Director, International workshop (with Fabienne Loureiro Galmbacher): 'Critical Discourse and Inequalities: Perspectives from the "Lusophone Global South"'(25-26 September 2017, Cologne), gssc.uni-koeln.de/24336.html
  • 03/2017: Co-Director (with Pinheiro) of a joint GSSC/Sephis/Casa Rui Barbosa Workshop in Rio, "Migration and the Global South: Mobility and Social Change" (28 March 2017)
  • 10/2015: Director, International Symposium funded by the Volkswagen Foundation: 'The Brazilian National Truth Commission in the Context of Latin America: Local, National, and Global Perspectives', Hannover, Germany (15-17 October 2015), brtruthcommission.wordpress.com

(Co-)Organised Panels:

  • 05/2017: GSSC General Conference, Roundtable Title (Co-Organiser & Moderator with A. Storch): 'The engaged intellectual and theories from the South' (Cologne)
  • 05/2017: GSSC General Conference (Co-Organiser with Salverda and Schumacher), Panel Title: 'Global Capitalism and Child Labour' (Cologne)
  • 09/2016: Biennal Meeting of the German Historical Association Conference (Deutscher Historikertag) 2016; Panel Title: 'Representations of Childhood in the Extra-European World', Hamburg, Germany (20-23 October 2016)
  • 06/2016: Consejo Europeo de Investigaciones Sociales de América Latina (CEISAL) Conference 2016; Panel Title: 'A vida cotidiana e as praticas de colaboraçao durante as ditaduras América Latinas da Guerra Fria', Salamanca, Spain
  • 05/2014: Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Conference, with Ann R. Schneider and Rebecca J. Atencio, Panel Title: 'The Brazilian Dictatorship and Its Reckoning: Panel 1- New Research on the Dictatorship', Chicago, USA
  • 12/2013: Historical Justice & Memory Conference, with Marcia Esparza, Panel Title: 'Querying Historical Dialogue and Transitional Justice', ISHR, Columbia, USA
  • 05/2013: LASA Conference, with Rebecca J. Atencio, Panel Title: 'The Truth Commission – a turning point?', Washington D.C., USA

Selected Conference Papers:

  • GSSC Conference 2017: "Child Labour and its Opponents in Global and Historical Perspectives", Paper Title: 'Child Labour Opponents in Global and Historical Perspective, 1890-1940', Cologne, Germany (7-8 December 2017).
  • International Workshop 2017, "Social Policies and the Welfare State in the Global South in the 19th and 20th Century", Paper Title: 'Latin American Child Labour Laws in historical and global perspective', Bremen, Germany (14-15 September 2017).
  • GSSC Conference 2017, "The Global South on the Move in Cologne", Paper Title: 'Past struggles against Child Labour: The cases of New York City and Rio de Janeiro, 1890-1940s', Cologne, Germany (10 June 2017).
  • GSSC/Sephis/Casa Rui Barbosa Workshop 2017 in Rio, 'Migration and the Global South: Mobility and Social Change'; Paper Title: 'Explorando o conceito do 'Sul Global' definido como 'subalterno global' com o exemplo de trabalho infantil chicano/latino nos EUA’, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (28 March 2017)
  • Consejo Europeo de Investigaciones Sociales de América Latina (CEISAL) Conference 2016; Paper Title: 'A vida cotidiana e as praticas de colaboraçao durante as ditaduras América Latinas da Guerra Fria', Salamanca, Spain (28 June-1 July 2016).
  • Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Conference 2016; Paper Title: 'Pluralizing history or the search for new narrative genres: bordering history, memory, and literature', New York, USA (27-30 May 2016).
  • Criminalization of Dictatorial Pasts (Europe/Latin America) Workshop; Paper Title: 'Studying the Global from the Local: Locality and the Global', Exeter, UK (7-8 March 2016).
  • International symposium, "The Brazilian National Truth Commission in the Context of Latin America: Local, National, and Global Perspectives"; 'Human Rights Research Today and its Discontents (welcome address)', Volkswagen Foundation, Hannover-Herrenhausen (15-17 October 2015)
  • Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) Conference 2014, Paper Title: '"Hardliners" and “moderates"? The Search for new categories of regime supporters and its implications', King’s College, London, UK (20-23 August 2014).
  • Colloque '1964: la dictature brésilienne et son legs', École des hautes etudes en science sociales (EHESS) & Brown University, Paper Title:' "Ligne dure" et "modérés": la recherché de nouvelles categories pour les criminels et les collaborateurs, et ses conséquences', EHESS, Paris, France (11-13 June 2014)



Research Group Leader

Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (GCR21)

Universität Duisburg-Essen


Coordinator of the Research Area 'Migration and Citizenship'

Global South Studies Center (GSSC)

University of Cologne


University of Brasília, Brazil

History Department

Visiting Scholar (funded by the DFG)


Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz, Germany

History and Sociology Department

Marie Curie Postdoc Fellow


Columbia University, New York

Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR)

Visiting Scholar


Open University of Germany, Hagen

Extra-European History

Research Assistant (WHK)


University of Essex, UK

Department of History/ UK Data Archive

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)/ Archival Work


Schneider, Nina (2020). 'Bolsonaro in Power: Failed Memory Politics in post-authoritarian Brazil?' in: Coming to terms with the Past, Modern Languages Open (2020): 1–12. DOI: doi.org/10.3828/mlo.v0i0.324.

Schneider, Nina (2019). 'Origins of Child Rights Governance: The example of early Child Labour Legislation in the United States and Brazil' in: Childhood: A Journal of Global Child Research, vol. 26, no. 3, 289-303.

Schneider, Nina (2019). 'Professional Historical Writing and Human Rights Engagement in the twenty-first Century: Innovative Approaches and their Dilemmas', in: Stefan Berger, (ed.) The Engaged Historian: Perspectives on the Intersections of Politics, Activism and the historical Profession (Making Sense of History Series)(New York: Berghahn), 205-20.

Schneider, Nina (ed.) (2019). The Brazilian Truth Commission: Local, National and Global Perspectives. Oxford/New York: Berghahn (forthcoming in May 2019).

Schneider, Nina and de Almeida, Gisele Iecker (2018). 'The Brazilian National Truth Commission (2012-2014) as a "state-commissioned" history project', in: Bevernage, Berber and Wouters Nico (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of State-Sponsored History After 1945, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 637-52.

Schneider, Nina (2017). 'Between Promise and Skepticism: the "Global South" and our Role as Engaged Intellectuals', in: The Global South, vol. 11, no. 2, 18-38.

Schneider, Nina and Atencio Rebecca (2016). 'Reckoning with Dictatorship in Brazil: The Double-Edged Role of cultural-artistic Production' in: Latin American Perspectives, vol. 43, no. 5, 12-28. **Honorary Mention for Best Article of 2016, Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA)**

Schneider, Nina and Esparza, Marcia (eds.) (2015). Legacies of State Violence and Transitional Justice in Latin America: A Janus-faced Paradigm? Lexington: Rowman & Littlefield.

Book reviewed by: Journal of Latin American Studies 49/17 (2017), 179-78, by R. Grocescu; Hispanic American Historical Review 98/1 (2018), 177-78, by L. Binford; Bulletin of Latin American Research (forthcoming)

Schneider, Nina (2014). Brazilian Propaganda: Legitimizing an Authorian Regime. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

Book reviewed by: The Americas 48/4 (2014), 85-88, by B. Cohen; Journal of Interdisciplinary History 46/2 (2015); 303-305, by M. Huggins; Brasiliana: Journal of Brazilian Studies 4/1 (2015), 254-60, by E. Meyer; Iberoamericana 15/16 (2016), 251-52, by A. Magazzu; European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies102 (2016), 147-49, by J. R. Martins Filho; Bulletin of Latin American Research 35/4 (2016), 524-26, by W. Hunter; Hispanic American Historical Review 96/ 4 (2016), 764-66, by R. Atencio

Schneider, Nina (2015). 'Transitional Justice: Historische Aufarbeitung und Geschichtsschreibung', in: Mihr, Anja, Pickel, Gerd and Pickel, Susanne (eds.) Handbuch Transitional Justice, Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag.

Schneider, Nina (2014). 'Waiting for (an) "Apology": Has Post-Authoritarian Brazil Apologized for State Repression?' in: Journal of Human Rights, 13, (1), 69-84.

Schneider, Nina (2011). 'The Supreme Court’s recent Verdict on the Amnesty Law: Impunity in Post-Authoritarian Brazil', in: European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 90, 39-54.

Schneider, Nina (2011). 'Breaking the "Silence" of the Military Regime: New Politics of Memory in Brazil?', in: Bulletin of Latin American Research, 30(2), 198-212.

Schneider, Nina (2013). 'Geschichte diskursiv anstatt essentialistisch-starr: Postkoloniale Studien', in: Nagel, Jürgen G., Schneider, Nina and Wendt, Reinhard (eds.), Grundlagen der Geschichtswissenschaft: Alternative Wege zur Außereuropäischen Geschichte (Studienbrief MA Europäische Moderne, KE 3, Fernuni Hagen, 2013), 46-65.


2016: LASA Brazil Section's Honourable Mention for Best Article

2013-2015: Marie Curie Postdoc Fellowship, Zukunftskolleg, Konstanz

2006-2009: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Award 

2005: Department of History Special Prize for an Exceptional Essay 2005, University of Essex (abolitionists in Brazil)

Funding from various research bodies including the German Research Foundation (DFG), Volkswagen Foundation, European Union, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)