German Historical Institute London

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German Historical Institute London

NEW: Library news

We are pleased to make two exciting announcements about the GHIL Library:

1. Evening opening hours at the German Historical Institute Library are returning! From 3rd October, we will be open Monday-Friday, 9.30am-9pm. Library staff are available for enquiries 9.30am-5pm. Bring a jumper, the evenings are getting chilly...

2. The library's holdings can now be explored via JISC Library Hub Discover. The Discover service enables researchers to search simultaneously the catalogues of major UK and Irish Libraries, and should therefore make our collection visible to a much wider audience.

We recommend but do not require a face covering. New readers should book an appointment (email: for a virtual induction before their first visit.

New publication

Janaki Nair (ed.), Un/Common Schooling: Educational Experiments in Twentieth-Century India (Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan Pvt Ltd, 2022)

A publication resulting from the Transnational Research Group: Poverty and Education in India (a transnational collaborative project funded by the Max Weber Stiftung and directed by the GHIL, 2012–2017)

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Covid-19 safety measures for visitors

To ensure social distancing, the audience in our conference room is capped at a maximum of 50 attendees. Out of consideration for others, please cancel your booking for an in-person event if you are no longer able to attend. Our conference room is regularly aired. You must not visit the institute if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, or if you have recently tested positive for Covid-19.


Events and Conferences


11 October 2022 (5.30pm)

Thyssen Lecture

Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University)
Imagining India in the Empire of Science


13 October 2022 (6.30pm)

Leo Baeck Institute Lecture

Moshe Zimmermann (Jerusalem)
Post-Holocaust German-Jewish Symbiosis: Ephraim Kishon and the Germans


25 October 2022 (2.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Manuel Kamenzin (Bochum) / Daniela Roberts (Würzburg)
Prophetie und Politik im spätmittelalterlichen römisch-deutschen Reich / “Framing Collections” – Raumkonzepte und Sammlungskultur des Gothic Revival in England


23 November 2021 - 23 November 2022


Forms, Voices, Networks

Feminism and the Media

The exhibition Forms, Voices, Networks explores the intersections between the growth of mass media and women’s rights movements in a transnational context during the 20th century. Centred on the histories of feminisms and the media in Britain, Germany and India, it draws attention to little-known or unheard voices and stories and draws connections between activists and the media across time and space.

Developed by the International Standing Working Group on Medialization and Empowerment, curated by Maya Caspari (GHIL) and coordinated by Jane Freeland (GHIL)

Image from See Red Women’s Workshop: ‘Protest’. 1974 (screenprint)

The exhibition is now live, visit it here:



Call for Papers


Call for Papers

Medieval History Seminar 2023
5–7 October 2023

Organizers: German Historical Institute London and German Historical Institute Washington
Conveners: Fiona Griffiths (Stanford University), Michael Grünbart (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Jamie Kreiner (University of Georgia), Simon MacLean (University of St Andrews), Len Scales (Durham University), and Dorothea Weltecke (Humboldt-Universität Berlin)

German Historical Institute London

Deadline: 31 January 2023


GHIL Bulletin

Volume 44 (2022), No. 1

May Issue

Featured Article

Alexander Nützenadel

Fascism and Finance: Economic Populism in Inter-War Europe

German Historical Institute London Bulletin, vol. 44 (2022), no. 1, 3–27

Featured Article

Élisa Mantienne

Efficient and Wise? Elderly Abbots in English Benedictine Monasteries in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries: The Case of St Albans Abbey

German Historical Institute London Bulletin, vol. 44 (2022), no. 1, 29–51





Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants from the Max Weber Foundation

Once a year, the Max Weber Foundation (MWS) confers Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants to young academics with an international focus. The travel grants are meant to improve the career opportunities for humanities and social science academics in their qualification phase. The scientists conduct a self-chosen research project in at least two and at most three host countries which are home to MWS institutes and branches or at the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History.

Closing date for applications: 7 October 2022

Student workshops

Postgraduate Research Students Conference 2023

The German Historical Institute London will hold its 27th postgraduate students conference on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 January 2023. Its intention is to give postgraduate research students in the UK and Ireland working on German history an opportunity to present their work-in-progress, and to discuss it with other students working in the same field. 

German Historical Institute London

Closing date for applications: 15 November 2022

New Publications

Stefan G. Holz

Rolle und Kodex

Die Schriftlichkeit der königlichen Finanzverwaltung Englands unter Eduard I. (1272-1307)

Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London. Bd. 87

Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2022

Andreas Gestrich, Elisabeth Grüner, and Susanne Hahn (eds.)

Poverty in Modern Europe

Spaces, Localities, Institutions

Studies of the German Historical Institute London

Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2022

Felix Brahm and Eve Rosenhaft (eds.)

Global Commerce and Economic Conscience in Europe, 1700-1900

Distance and Entanglement

Studies of the German historical Insitute London

Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2022

Featured Research

New Publication

Visions of community in an Age of Viking threat: presenting a new book by our historian Stephan Bruhn

Reformer als Wertegemeinschaften. Zur diskursiven Formierung einer sozialen Gruppe im spätangelsächsischen England (ca. 850–1050)

English history between 850 and 1050 is generally perceived as an Age of Viking threat, marked by constant raids and invasions from Scandinavia. The book focusses on new visions of community born from moral discourses among reform groups in late Anglo-Saxon England in the Early and High Middle Ages.

As Scandinavian activity in England was seen as a punishment for sinfulness, many felt a need to respond by appeasing God. It is not surprising that monks and clerics were the driving force behind these moral discourses and constituted the group’s core. But reform concerned society as a whole, as everyone had to amend their ways to regain God’s favour. Everyone who held responsibility for others by secular power or pastoral office could become part of the reform group, be they man or woman, king or bishop, ealdorman or noblewoman, priest or nun. The study thus develops a different perspective on the so called “Viking Age” in England beyond warfare and crisis by focussing on the social repercussions these developments could trigger.

Read more about Stephan Bruhn

Read more about our other British History projects

Stephan Bruhn

Reformer als Wertegemeinschaften

Zur diskursiven Formierung einer sozialen Gruppe im spätangelsächsischen England (ca. 850–1050)

Mittelalter-Forschungen. Band 68

Ostfildern: Thorbecke, 2022


GHIL Podcast



Maya Caspari and Jane Freeland

Forms, Voices, Networks: Feminism and the Media
23 August 2022 , 0:41 h


Maya Caspari and Jane Freeland

Forms, Voices, Networks: Feminism and the Media

GHIL Lecture

Shiru Lim and Avi Lifschitz

Frederick the Great and the Public Sphere
6 June 2022 , 0:44 h

GHIL Lecture

Shiru Lim and Avi Lifschitz

Frederick the Great and the Public Sphere

GHIL Lecture

Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann

Charlotte Beradt and Reinhart Koselleck on Dreaming in the Age of Extremes
28 April 2022 , 0:45 h

GHIL Lecture

Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann

Charlotte Beradt and Reinhart Koselleck on Dreaming in the Age of Extremes

Latest Blogposts

28 September 2022


Levke Harders and Falko Schnicke

Borders and Belonging: Subjects of Current and Historical Significance

Borders and belonging are of immense importance as borders are being (re)defined, strengthened, or weakened all around the globe. Brexit, the proposed wall between the USA and Mexico, the India–Pakistan border—the drawing of social and spatial boundaries is at the heart of many current debates, as is the question of what it means to ‘belong’ somewhere. The featured image illustrates how important the relationship between borders and belonging is and, from the point of view of those involved, how relevant to security considerations...

Category: Publications

8 September 2022


Christina Bröker

Anger, Astonishment, and other Reactions: A Medieval King’s Emotional Behaviour

"[A]s though he [Henry III] was infected by fury, being unable to contain his anger, he raised his voice in uproar, and ran furiously away from all who were in his chamber."
Medieval kings such as Henry III (r. 1216–72) are regularly described in chronicles as angry—especially when challenged—and they often expressed their anger in excessive gestures. This particular passage was written by Matthew Paris, a monastic chronicler famous for not holding back his opinion on either kings or popes…

Category: Research, Scholarships