German Historical Institute London

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  1. 1) GHIL Seminars
  2. 2) Public Lecture
  3. 3) European Leo Baeck Lecture Series
  4. 4) Conferences and Workshops
  5. 5) ICAS/TM1 Workshop
  6. 6) Call for Papers
  7. 7) Kolloquium
  8. 8) Stipendien
  9. 9) New Publication

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.
Capital ‒ 150 Years on: Karl Marx and the Social Sciences Today
Lecture Series | Spring Term 2018
150 years after the publication of Capital, this interdisciplinary lecture series will probe how Marx’s thinking still resonates in today’s social sciences. Four distinguished scholars will discuss their readings of Marx and their views of his significance for current and future historiography, economics, sociology, and social philosophy.
27 February (5.30pm)
Christoph Henning (Erfurt)
Marx’s Critical Theory and its Absence in Contemporary Social Philosophy

Karl Marx started his career as a philosopher, and philosophical topics remain visible even in Capital. Twentieth century philosophers such as Sartre, Adorno, and Negri were often inspired by Marx, but in the twenty-first century there is not much ‘Marxism’ left in social philosophy, even in the midst of an intensified debate about capitalism. This lecture will suggest some reasons for this disappearance, such as the ‘normative’ misreadings of the later Frankfurt School. It will also present an alternative reading of Marx’s philosophy, reconstructing his work as a Critical Theory that is still impressive as a social philosophy of contemporary society.
More information on seminars is available on the GHIL website.

2) Public Lecture

15 March (5.30pm)
Neil Gregor (Southampton)
German Orchestras, the Volksgemeinschaft, and the Persecution of the Jews, 1933–1945

GHIL in co-operation with the Modern German History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
This lecture examines the ways in which antisemitism manifested itself in German concert life during the Nazi era. Drawing on a wide variety of examples ranging from prestige civic institutions such as the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra to small provincial theatre orchestras, it examines how the social practice of the symphony concert became inflected with the racist agendas of the National Socialist movement. It also notes, however, the presence of other social and political logics in operation in the concert hall, and argues that the underlying forms of bourgeois sociability centred on this space remained largely intact, providing a site on which forms of social distinction were maintained despite the social egalitarianism of the regime.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

3) European Leo Baeck Lecture Series

1 March (6.30pm)
Thomas Harding (Journalist)
“You’re doing what?” - My family’s response to my trying to save the house stolen by the Nazis

In 2013, Thomas Harding visited his Jewish family’s old weekend house outside of Berlin. He found it shrouded in a jungle of bushes and trees, its windows broken, graffiti painted across its walls and that it was destined for demolition. When he told his family that he wanted to work with the locals to save the house they reacted with intense emotion, triggering a debate about memories, the value of history and the possibility of reconciliation.
8 March (6.30pm)
Atina Grossmann (The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art)
Trauma, Privilege and Adventure in the ‘Orient’: A Refugee Family Archive

The talk examines, through the intimate – yet also distant – lens of family history, the ambivalent and paradoxical experiences, sensibilities, and emotions of bourgeois Berlin Jews who found refuge and romance in the ‘Orient’ of Iran and India after 1933. Drawing on an extensive collection of family correspondence and memorabilia from Iran and India (1935-1947), Grossmann probes her own parents’ understanding of their unstable position as well as the perils and pleasures of writing a ‘hybrid’ border-crossing family story folded into a larger historical drama of war, Holocaust, and vulnerable Empires.
12 April (6.30pm)
Martin Doerry (Der Spiegel, Germany)
Lifting a Taboo: The Story of a Holocaust victim which has never been told before

After the death of German politician Gerhard Jahn in 1998, his four sisters found hundreds of letters in his house, which they had written during the war to their Jewish mother Lilli, who had been detained in a labour camp and, finally, killed in Auschwitz in 1944. Fifty years of silence had followed, but now, for the first time, the family was able to talk about Lilli once again. But should the letters be published? Lilli’s grandson Martin Doerry undertook the tasks of both convincing his family that they should, and conducting the necessary research, thus finding himself in the dual role of family member and professional historian simultaneously.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

4) Conferences and Workshops

22-24 March
Settlement and Unsettlement: The Ends of World War I and their Legacies

2018 Annual Conference of the Max Weber Foundation
Venue: German Historical Institute Washington
Conveners: Max Weber Foundation, German Historical Institute (GHI) Washington DC, American Historical Association (AHA) with the National History Center (NCH), German Historical Association (Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands, VHD)
23-24 March
European Democracies: Origins, Evolutions, Challenges – A Workshop in Memory of Peter Blickle

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Convened by Beat Kümin, Department of History, University of Warwick
26-28 April
Contested Borders? Practicing Empire, Nation and Region in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Conveners: Levke Harders (Universität Bielefeld) and Falko Schnicke (GHI London)
4-5 May
Splendid Isolation? Insularity in British History

Arbeitskreis Großbritannien-Forschung / German Association for British Studies in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London
Venue: Centre for British Studies (Großbritannienzentrum) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Conveners: Wencke Meteling (Philipps-Universität Marburg), Andrea Wiegeshoff (Philipps-Universität Marburg) and Hannes Ziegler (GHI London)
11 May
Fourteenth 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.
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Conveners: Bridget Heal (University of St Andrews), Katherine Hill (Birkbeck, University of London), David Lederer (NUI Maynooth), Alison Rowlands (University of Essex) and Hannes Ziegler (GHI London)
More information is available on the GHIL website.

5) ICAS/TM1 Workshop

17 March
Selling History: Tourist Guides, Bazaar Histories, and the Politics of the Past. Some preliminary reflections

Workshop of the International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences "Metamorphoses of the Political"
Venue: India International Center, New Delhi
Conveners: Neeladri Bhattacharya (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), Indra Sengupta (GHI London)
More information on ICAS is available on the GHIL website.

6) Call for Papers

The Global Knowledge of Economic Inequality. The Measurement of Income and Wealth Distribution since 1945
Closing date: 28 February 2018

More information is available on the GHIL website.

7) 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.
10 April (5pm)
Sara Weydner (Berlin)

Die Internationalisierung des Strafrechts. Eine transnationale Geschichte der Cambridge International Commission for Penal Reconstruction and Development
17 April (3pm)
Christine Strotmann (Berlin)

Brot versus Bomben. Stickstoff für Düngemittel und Rüstungsindustrie im Zeitalter der Weltkriege
Ronny Grundig (Potsdam)
Von der Leistungs- zur Erbengesellschaft? Politiken und Praktiken des Erbens und Vererbens und deren Bedeutung für soziale Ungleichheitsverhältnisse in Deutschland und Großbritannien (1949-1995)
15 May (2.30pm)
Christian Koch (Heidelberg)

Was ist Pagode im kolonialen Myanmar des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts? Ein religionswissenschaftlicher und (trans-)kulturwissenschaftlicher Ansatz zu „Religiöser Materialität“
22 May (5pm)
Felix Fuhg (Berlin)

Growing Up in the Metropolis. London’s Working Class Youth Culture and the Making of Post-Victorian Britain, 1958-71
29 May (2.30pm)
Felix Mauch (Munich)

Die stille Revolution. Singapur als logistische Stadt. 1848-1914

8) Stipendien

Bewerbungsschluss für Stipendien für Doktoranden und Nachwuchswissenschaftler für die zweite Hälfte des Jahres 2018 ist der 31. März 2018.
Weitere Informationen sind auf der Website des DHI erhältlich.

9) New Publication

Matthias Pohlig and Michael Schaich (eds.): The War of the Spanish Succession.
(Studies of the German Historical Institute London)
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
More information is available on the GHIL website.