German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

Phone: Tel. +44-(0)20-7309 2050



German Historical Institute London


The German Historical Institute London enables and furthers humanities research across borders. As an intermediary between German scholars and scholars from Britain, Ireland, and the Commonwealth, we support German scholars working on British history, joint German-British projects, and British scholars teaching and researching German history and culture. Our staff specializes in British and Irish history from medieval to modern times, Anglo-German and European relations, and colonial and global history. As an independent academic institution with a research library, the GHIL is part of the Max Weber Stiftung – Foundation German Humanities Institutes Abroad.

Library News

New opening hours and registering new readers at the GHIL Library

Please be aware that our opening hours have now changed to Monday, Tuesday, and Friday (10am-3pm)

We are now able to welcome a limited number of new readers. Registration appointments and desks must be booked in advance ( Temporary procedures and limitations to services still apply. Please see here for the temporary changes we have made to our library regulations and procedures. They will be under constant review and might be amended at short notice to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff.


Team News

New Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor

Professor Martina Kessel is the Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor for 2020/2021. She will spend a year researching and teaching at the German Historical Institute London and at the London School of Economics.

More information.


Events and Conferences


27 October (5.30pm)

GHIL Lecture

Stefan Berger (Bochum)
Comparing De-Industrialization: Initial Thoughts on a Global Phenomenon

Online Event

27 October (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Oscar Broughton (Berlin)
Guilds at Home and Abroad. Guild Socialism Reconsidered from a Transimperial Knowledge Perspective

Online Event

30 October


Law and Consent in Medieval Britain
Workshop organized by the German Historical Institute London in co-operation with the History of Parliament Trust

Online Event


Call for Papers


Medieval History Seminar 2021
30 September–2 October 2021

Organised by the German Historical Institute London and the German Historical Institute Washington, D.C. 

GHI London

Deadline: 31 January 2021





Wissenschaftliche/n Mitarbeiter/in
Britische Geschichte des 19. und/oder 20. Jahrhunderts

Das Deutsche Historische Institut London sucht zum 01.05.2021: 1 Wissenschaftliche/n Mitarbeiter/in (w/m/d) (2. Qualifizierungsphase) für den Bereich der britischen Geschichte des 19. und/oder 20. Jahrhunderts. Es handelt sich um eine befristete Qualifikationsstelle (3 Jahre mit der Verlängerungsmöglichkeit um weitere 3 Jahre) im Hinblick z.B. auf eine Habilitation.

Ausschreibungsschluss: 16. November 2020


PR Officer

The German Historical Institute London is seeking to employ at the earliest opportunity: One PR Officer (20 hours per week) initially for a period of 12 months, with the possibility of an extension or a permanent post.

Closing date: 23 November 2020

Student Workshop

Postgraduate Research Students Conference

The German Historical Institute London will hold its 25th postgraduate students conference digitally on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 January 2021. 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.

Online Event

Closing date for applications: 30 November 2020


New Publications

Simon Ball, Philipp Gassert, Andreas Gestrich, and Sönke Neitzel (eds.)

Cultures of Intelligence in the Era of the World Wars

Studies of the German Historical Institute London

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020


Ulrike Freitag

Cosmopolitanism in a Global Perspective

The Annual Lecture / German Historical Institute London. 2019

London: German Historical Institute, 2020

Zs 181/2019 - ask librarian

Valeska Huber, Jürgen Osterhammel (eds.)

Global Publics

Their Power and their Limits, 1870–1990

Studies of the German Historical Institute London

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020

arrived - ask librarian

Featured Research


Cross-Cutting Research Theme

Histories of Kinship and Gender

Black and white image of a group of students during the student revolution, 1967/68, West Berlin (Stiftung Haus der Geschichte, Ludwig Binder, [CC BY-SA 2.0])

The categories of kinship and gender are powerful indicators of social place, but also social binding agents. How are individuals and groups assigned a social place? How are social hierarchies and differences, or support networks, created by the production of kinship and gender identities? Attention will be paid to the role of experts and knowledge, to practices ‘from below’, and the negotiation and strengthening of norms by situative performances. This will involve a dialogue with new methods and theories from other disciplines such as ethnography and gender studies. Both gender and kinship are here understood as multi-relational, in the sense of intersectionality.


GHIL Podcast

Maud Bracke

Inventing Reproductive Rights: Sex, Population and Feminism in Europe, 1945–1980

Part of the summer seminar lecture series on Feminist Histories, 15 July 2020


Latest Blogposts

16 Ocober 2020


Christina Morina & Norbert Frei

Racism and Historiography

Where are you from. Here we go again, I thought, and answered: Tricky question! It depends on what you mean by where. The geographic location of the hillside on which the maternity ward stood? The national borders at the time of the last contractions? My parents’ background? Genes, ancestors, dialect? Whichever way you look at it, your origin is a construct! A kind of costume that you are forced to wear for the rest of your days once it has been fitted. And thus a curse! Or, with a bit of luck, a fortune, derived not from talent but adorned with benefits and privileges. ....

Category: Dialogue

6 October 2020


Dipanwita Donde

The Greedy Dog – Gestures, Postures and Emotions Portraying Degrees of Vice and Virtue in the Sixteenth-Century Iyār-i Dānish

An outstanding illustration preserved as a detached folio in the Chicago Art Museum, attributed to the Mughal artist Farrukh Chela, illustrates the fable of the ‘Greedy Dog’ which forms one of the significant narratives from the Iyār-i Dānish,1 a collection of stories written by Emperor Akbar’s historian and confidant, Abul Fazl, and illustrated ....

Category: Research