Dr. Heidi Tworek works on media, international organizations, and transatlantic relations. She is a member of the Science and Technology Studies program, the Language Science Initiative, and the Institute for European Studies at UBC. She is a visiting fellow at the Joint Center for History and Economics at Harvard University as well as a non-resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
Heidi's book, News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945 will be published in 2019 with Harvard University Press. In March 2018, she published a co-edited volume, entitled Exorbitant Expectations: International Organizations and the Media in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Heidi's many book chapters and journal articles have appeared in venues including Journal of Global History, Journal of Policy History, Business History Review, Journalism Studies, German History and Enterprise & Society. She is also the co-editor of The Routledge Companion to the Makers of Global Business, due to appear in late 2018. Her further research interests include contemporary media and communications, German and transatlantic politics, the digital economy, the history of technology, legal history, digital history, the history of health, and higher education. Her writing has been published in English and German in Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Politico, Columbia Journalism Review, War on the Rocks, Wired, Nieman Journalism Lab, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Der Tagesspiegel, ZEIT, Internationale Politik, and The Conversation. Heidi has also appeared on the BBC, CBC, and NPR.
Heidi is committed to bringing a historical sensibility to policy discussions. She has briefed or advised officials and policymakers from multiple European and North American governments on media, cybersecurity, democracy, and the digital economy. One of her projects in this area is an international comparison of policies on hate speech and disinformation. This project is funded by a Partnership Engage Grant from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
She manages the United Nations History Project website to provide materials for researching and teaching the history of international organizations. She also runs the UN History Project Twitter feed that is live tweeting the foundation of the UN, seventy years later.
She received her BA (Hons) in Modern and Medieval Languages with a double first from Cambridge University and earned her MA and PhD in History from Harvard University. Her dissertation received the Herman E. Krooss Prize for best dissertation in business history. She previously held the position of Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer on History in the History Department at Harvard University. Heidi has held visiting fellowships at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington DC, Birkbeck, University of London and the Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam, Germany.
Wireless telegraphy became an integral part of warfare on the ground, in the air, and at sea by 1918. Wireless helped to make the war global, though historians still debate its impact on the course of the war.
Beinahe wäre auch das Freihandelsabkommen CETA zwi- schen der Europäischen Union und Kanada nach langjährigen Verhand- lungen gekippt. Dann verlegte man sich auf die Begründung, dass dadurch ja gemeinsame demokratische Werte gefördert würden. Ein Modell für die Zukunft ist das nicht.
This course explores the history of international relations during the twentieth century. It seeks to understand how countries have dealt with questions of war, peace, and the balance of power. But it also looks at alternative forms of ruling the world, particularly international organizations. We will consider the historical factors that have determined the structure, ethos, and efficacy of particular international systems and why they arose in the first place. The course will combine that historical awareness with examinations of broader economic, cultural, and social trends in global history.
This course enables students to develop and implement a digital project on the history of news. Digital tools are particularly promising for studying the history of news – a subject with so many sources that we can only start to access, catalogue, and analyze many of them with digitization and computer technology. In this project, students will combine digital techniques with the history of news. They will examine why newspapers printed particular stories and not others. Students can acquire skills in digital databases and analysis, mapping techniques, and oral presentation.
On leave (2016-17)
Tworek received her BA (Hons) in Modern and Medieval Languages with a double first from Cambridge University and earned her PhD in History from Harvard University. Her dissertation received the Herman E. Krooss Prize for best dissertation in business history. She previously held the position of Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer in the History Department at Harvard University.