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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.

Narrating the Nineteenth Century: New Approaches

Seminar Series | Summer Term 2016

31 May

Johannes Paulmann (Mainz)
How Close is the Nineteenth Century? Contemporary Reflections on a History of Europe

The nineteenth century has just passed from being a memory of the living into the cultural memory of Europe. To some, it seems to have become a very distant past. This talk shows how historians have interpreted the period facing their own contemporary issues. It discusses the changing frames which bring the nineteenth century close to us, or, indeed, have turned it into a foreign country.

Johannes Paulmann is Director of the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz. His publications include Pomp und Politik: Monarchenbegegnungen in Europa zwischen Ancien Régime und Erstem Weltkrieg (2000); The Mechanics of Internationalism: Culture, Society, and Politics from the 1840s to the First World War (2001); and Dilemmas of Humanitarian Aid in the Twentieth Century (2016).

21 June

David Cannadine (Princeton)
Rewriting the British Nineteenth Century

The nineteenth century was incontrovertibly the ‘British century’, in which the UK seemed to dominate the globe, and when, for good or ill, ‘British history’ took place in many other parts of the world as well. At a time when global history has become so prominent, this seems an appropriate opportunity to revisit the years 1800 to 1906.

Sir David is Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University. He is the author of numerous books on the history of modern Britain and its empire, capitalism, philanthropy in nineteenth and twentieth century America, and the history of historiography. He was recently appointed editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

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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Previous Seminars

Public Lectures 2016

If not otherwise stated, lectures are held in the Seminar Room of the German Historical Institute.
Tea is served from 4.30 p.m. in the Common Room, and wine is available after the lectures.

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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