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Seminars and Lectures

The GHIL regularly holds seminars and lectures on topics of general interest to British and German historians. Seminars are held Tuesdays at 5.30pm during term time. Seminar papers are normally presented in English; knowledge of the German language is not necessary for participation.

3 March

Alexander Nützenadel (Berlin)
Capitalism from Below: Urban Real Estate Markets and Homeownership in Europe around 1900

The lecture explores the dynamics of urban real estate markets in Europe around 1900, a period characterized by brisk urbanization and the emergence of novel financial instruments. It will argue that ordinary people learned the rules and dynamics of modern capitalism through homeownership. By analysing real estate markets, we can understand the history of capitalism from below.

Alexander Nützenadel is Professor of Social and Economic History at the Humboldt University, Berlin. His general area of research is the social and economic history of Europe since the late eighteenth century. More recently, his research has focused on the role of clientelism and corruption in modern societies, urban real estate markets, and the history of globalization in the twentieth century. He is the author of Stunde der Ökonomen: Wissenschaft, Experten kultur und Politik in der Bundesrepublik 1949–74 (2005).

Seminars are held at 5.30 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the German Historical Institute.
Tea is served from 5.00 p.m. in the Common Room, and wine is available after the seminars.

Guided tours of the Library are available before each seminar at 4.30 p.m.

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Public Lectures

12 March

Uffa Jensen (Berlin)
Did Freud Really Invent Psychoanalysis? A Global History in Berlin, London, and Calcutta 1910–1940

GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London

The lecture discusses the transnational history of psychoanalysis by examining therapeutic practices in Berlin, London, and Calcutta. By situating the major protagonists in a wider therapeutic culture, complex issues of the diffusion of knowledge and practices emerge. Studying a non-Western setting like Calcutta challenges many assumptions about the history of psychoanalysis, among them Freud’s pivotal role in it.

Uffa Jensen is a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. He is currently writing a global history of psychoanalysis from the perspective of the history of emotions. His publications include Das Selbst zwischen Anpassung und Befreiung: Psychowissen und Politik im 20. Jahrhundert, edited with Maik Tändler (2012); and Rationalisierungen des Gefühls: Zum Verhältnis von Wissenschaft und Emotionen 1880–1930, edited with Daniel Morat (2008).

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