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GHIL NEWSLETTER February 2016

Topics

  1. 1) GHIL Seminars
  2. 2) Public Lectures
  3. 3) European Leo Baeck Lecture Series
  4. 4) Conferences and Workshops
  5. 5) Call for Papers
  6. 6) Kolloquium
  7. 7) Stipendien
  8. 8) Junior Research Fellowship

1) GHIL Seminars

Seminars are held at 5.30 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the German Historical Institute. Guided tours of the Library are available before each seminar at 4.30 p.m.
 
1 March (5.30pm)
Paul Readman (London)
Historical Pageants and the Medieval Past in Twentieth-Century Britain

 
Many thousands of large-scale historical pageants were performed in Britain across the twentieth century. In these spectacular re-enactments of history, myth, and folklore, the medieval past loomed large, even in modern centres of industry such as Manchester and Birmingham. This lecture considers what this ‘pageant fever’ tells us about the place of the past and the relationship between local and national identities in modern British social and cultural life.
 
15 March (5.30pm)
Andreas Bihrer / Julia Ilgner (Kiel / Freiburg)
Narrating the King: Historiographical and Literary Representations of Alfred the Great in German–English Discourse on Power in the Nineteenth Century

 
In nineteenth-century Germany public opinion about the Anglo-Saxon king Alfred the Great was shaped both by leading historians and well-known poets of the time. This interdisciplinary lecture will analyse how historians such as Gervinus or Winkelmann established influential narratives, while Wilhelminian poets like Fontane and Dahn worked towards Alfred’s ‘refunctionalization’ and heroic ‘reinterpretation’.
 
More information on seminars is available on the GHIL website .
 

2) Public Lectures

3 March (5.30pm)
Jörg Baberowski (Berlin)
Spaces of Violence

 
GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
 
The lecture challenges our cultural beliefs about extreme violence. Modern societies tend to think of violence as an aberration that can be banned—yet violence is a contingent part of social relations that can only be contained, but never abolished, as the lecture will argue. From the wish to contain violence follows the need for order: building on these insights, the lecture will explore the interconnectedness of extreme violence, political orders, and political spaces.
 
More information is available on the GHIL website.
 

3) European Leo Baeck Lecture Series

14 April (6.30pm)
Wendy Pullan (University of Cambridge)
In the Shadow of the Wall: Icon and Identity in Jerusalem’s Separation Barrier

 
In Jerusalem, the separation barrier has galvanized public opinion, both in its role as a hard barrier inside a divided city and as the visible ‘tip of the iceberg’ that reflects only a fraction of the political and military regime supporting the occupation. This lecture will acknowledge the wall’s political status but focus on issues to do with the iconicity of such a structure, including its power in situ in the human landscape, in the media and in its existential meanings.
 
More information is available on the GHIL website.
 

4) Conferences and Workshops

6 May
Thirteenth Workshop on Early Modern German History

Organised by the German Historical Institute London in co-operation with the German Historical Institute Washington and the German History Society, to be held at the GHIL.
Conveners: Bridget Heal (University of St. Andrews), David Lederer (NUI Maynooth), Michael Schaich (German Historical Institute London), Jenny Spinks (University of Manchester)
Venue: German Historical Institute London
 
19-21 May
Spaces and Places of Leisure, Recreation and Sociability in Early Modernity (c. 1500-1800)

Convener: Angela Schattner
Venue: German Historical Institute London
 
More information is available on the GHIL website.
 

5) Call for Papers

Thirteenth Workshop on Early Modern German History
6 May 2016
Organised by the German Historical Institute London in co-operation with the German Historical Institute Washington and the German History Society.
Conveners: Bridget Heal (University of St. Andrews), David Lederer (NUI Maynooth), Michael Schaich (German Historical Institute London), Jenny Spinks (University of Manchester)
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Extended Deadline: 21 February 2016
 
More information is available on the GHIL website.
 

6) Kolloquium

The research seminar in German language offers an opportunity for the GHIL’s scholarship-holders to present and discuss their research projects. It can also serve as a general forum for British and German PhD-students and post-docs to discuss their work in progress.
 
23 February (3pm)
Martin Stier (Heidelberg)

Barons, Lords, Peers. Rang in der englischen Baronage im 14. Jahrhundert
 
Stephanie Zehnle (Kassel)
Leopardenmänner. Ein translokales Gewaltphänomen in der kolonialen Phase Afrikas (Sierra Leone/Liberia 1880-1950)
 
1 March (2:30pm)
Frank Sterkenburgh (Warwick)

Monarchical Rule and Political Culture in Imperial Germany. The Reign of William I
 
8 March (2:30pm)
Lukas Keller (Berlin)

Das Kaiserreich im Ausnahmezustand. Deutschland und seine 'inneren Feinde', 1914-1918
 
Johannes Jansen (Cologne)
Der Große Krieg‘. Eine international-vergleichende Untersuchung historischer Narrationen zum Ersten Weltkrieg in Lehrplänen und Schulbüchern
 
15 March (2:30pm)
Patricia Hertel (Basel)

Europas liebste Diktaturen. Autoritäre Regime, Tourismuspolitik und der "freie Westen", 1945-1975
 
12 April (3pm)
Juliane Hornung (München)

Margaret and Lawrence Thaw. Vom Honeymoon zur Expedition – ein High Society-Paar auf Reisen
 
Wiebke Wiede (Trier)
Das arbeitslose Subjekt. Gouvernmentalitäten von Arbeitslosigkeit in Großbritannien und der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1964-90
 

7) Stipendien

Bewerbungsschluss für Stipendien für Doktoranden und Nachwuchswissenschaftler für die zweite Hälfte des Jahres 2016 ist der 31. März 2016.
 
Weitere Informationen sind auf der Website des DHI erhältlich.
 

8) Junior Research Fellowship

The Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, and the German Historical Institute London intend to appoint a joint Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow, tenable for a period of six months from 1 September 2016.
Closing date for applications: 31 March 2016
 
More information is available on the GHIL website.