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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.

Seminars - Autumn 2015

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.

Download the list of Seminars Autumn 2015 (PDF file)

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Public Lectures

10 December

Klaus Weinhauer (Bielefeld)
The Return of the ‘Many-Headed Hydra’? Protest, Social Movements, and Violence in the Phase of Global Upheaval (c.1916–23)

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

The years between 1916 and 1923 saw multiple and overlapping upheavals around the globe. Labour historians have studied the strikes and social movements while other historians have discussed the revolutionary, social, and consumer protests of this phase. However, we still lack globally orientated integrative studies of these important years. Starting from a social and cultural historical translocal perspective, the lecture will suggest a space-sensitive re-interpretation of this phase, focused on the struggle about local order in a phase of global change.

Klaus Weinhauer is Professor of Modern History at Bielefeld University. He recently co-edited Germany 1916–23: A Revolution in Context (2015), and a special journal issue on terrorism, gender, and history (2014). Currently he is working on two books. One is about urban violence in the USA and Latin America during the twentieth century, and the other analyses the phase of global upheaval between c.1916 and 1923.

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Previous Public Lectures


European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2015-16

The Politics of Land. Archaeology, Architecture and City Planning in Israel

This season’s theme intends to approach its broad subject via a spectrum of political, legal and cultural perspectives. We will examine more closely how the realities of ‘land’ or ‘territory’ impact on the daily lives of Israeli and foreign citizens living in the State of Israel, be they Israeli, Palestinian, Jewish, Muslim or Christian.

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