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Medieval History Seminar

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Date: 12-14 October 2017

Deadline: 31 January 2017

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

Conveners: Stuart Airlie (University of Glasgow), Paul Freedman (Yale), Bernhard Jussen (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main), Ruth Mazo Karras (University of Minnesota), Len Scales (Durham University), and Dorothea Weltecke (Universität Konstanz).

The German Historical Institutes in London and Washington, D.C., are pleased to announce the tenth Medieval History Seminar, to be held in London from October 12 to 14, 2017. The seminar is designed to bring together Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D. recipients (2015-2016) in medieval history from American, British and German universities for three days of scholarly discussion and collaboration. They will have the opportunity to present their work to their peers as well as to distinguished scholars from both sides of the Atlantic. Conveners for the 2017-seminar will be Stuart Airlie (University of Glasgow), Paul Freedman (Yale), Bernhard Jussen (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main), Ruth Mazo Karras (University of Minnesota), Len Scales (Durham University), and Dorothea Weltecke (Universität Konstanz).

The Medieval History Seminar welcomes proposals from all areas of medieval history. Participation is not limited to historians working on German history or German-speaking regions of Europe. Nor is a particular epoch or methodological approach preferred. Applications from neighbouring disciplines are welcome if the projects have a distinct historical focus.

The seminar is bi-lingual, and papers and discussions will be conducted both in German and English. Participants must have a good reading and oral comprehension of both languages. Successful applicants must be prepared to submit a paper of approximately 5000 words by September 1, 2017. They are also expected to act as commentator for other papers presented in the seminar.

The GHI will cover the travel and lodging expenses of the participants.

Applications may be submitted in German or English and should include:

  • a curriculum vitae (including institutional affiliation, address and e-mail);
  • a description of the proposed paper (4-5 pages, double-spaced);
  • one letter of recommendation.

Send applications per e-mail to: sterckx(ghi)

German Historical Institute
17 Bloomsbury Square
Tel. +44-(0)20-7309 2050
London WC1A 2NJ (UK)
FAX +44-(0)20-7309 2055

The deadline for submission is January 31, 2017.

For further information, please contact

Dr. Cornelia Linde,
GHI London, e-mail:

Call for Papers (PDF file)

Workshop on Medieval German

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Date: 5 May 2017

Deadline: 9 January 2017

Organised by the German Historical Institute London in co-operation with the German Historical Institute Washington and the German History Society.

Conveners: Len Scales (Durham University) and Cornelia Linde (GHIL)

A one-day workshop on Medieval Germany will be held at the German Historical Institute, Bloomsbury Square, London, on Friday 5 May 2017. It will provide an opportunity for researchers in the field from the UK, continental Europe, and the USA to meet in a relaxed and friendly setting and to learn more about each other’s work. Proposals for short papers are invited from researchers at all career stages with an interest in any aspect of the history of medieval Germany (generously defined). Papers should be 10-15 minutes in length, and will be followed by discussion. Contributors are encouraged to concentrate upon introducing current work in progress, focusing on research questions, approaches, and still-unresolved problems.

Attendance is also warmly invited from anyone with an interest in medieval German history wishing to hear the papers and participate in the discussion. Further details of times and programme will be posted in due course.

The workshop is sponsored by the German History Society and the German Historical Institute London in cooperation with the GHI Washington. Participation is free, including lunch. However, participants will have to bear costs for travel and accommodation themselves. Doctoral students from North America (USA and Canada) who wish to present at the workshop can apply for two travel funding grants provided by the GHI Washington. Please indicate your interest in this grant in your application.

Support for postgraduate and early career researchers from the United Kingdom and The Republic of Ireland is available on a competitive basis, subject to eligibility requirements. Postgraduate members of the German History Society currently registered for a higher degree at a university in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, and those who have completed a PhD within two years of the deadline for application but who have no other institutional sources of funding may apply for up to £150 for travel and accommodation expenses. Please see the GHS website ( for further information and application deadlines.

Please send proposals (title and ca. 200-word abstract), by Monday 9 January 2017, to Dr Cornelia Linde at the German Historical Institute: (linde(ghi)

Informal inquiries regarding all aspects of the workshop should be sent to Len Scales (l.e.scales(ghi)

All students and academic researchers interested in medieval German history are very welcome to attend. There is no charge for attendance but due to limited space booking is essential. Please RSVP to Carole Sterckx: sterckx(ghi)

Call for Papers (PDF file)

Revolutionary Biographies in the 19th and 20th Century. Imperial – Inter/national – Decolonial

Date: 21-23 September 2017
Deadline: 30 November 2016

Max Weber Foundation conference 2017

Venue: German Historical Institute, Moscow

Organisers: German Historical Institute, Moscow

Call for papers [en] (PDF file)
Call for papers [de] (PDF file)



Moralising Commerce in a Globalising World – Multidisciplinary approaches to a history of economic conscience, 1600-1900

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Date: 22-24 June 2017

Deadline: 15 November 2016

In the twenty-first century, the principles and practices of ethical investment and fair trade, the politics of boycott as well as corporate ‘greenwashing’ are well established in the repertoire of corporate and individual action and public debate. The history of transatlantic slavery and its opponents in the eighteenth century, and of the opposition against colonial exploitation in the nineteenth century, remind us that this repertoire has a history; neither moral indifference nor ethical engagement is ‘natural’ or self-evident. When and how do (and did) people with a measurable material interest, but who are not already embedded in long-standing maritime-mercantile networks, come to see themselves as participants in global businesses? How and when does (and did) awareness of one’s material stake in an aspect of global trade prompt awareness of ethical implication and/or moral-political engagement? How and when have those who benefited from business enterprises with human or environmental costs indirectly, at second hand, or as subaltern agents come to reflect on the nature of the business?

This conference aims to provide a focus for discussion of how we might historicise economic conscience, investigating the means and processes by which individuals and collective actors have learned to see their own economic choices as contributing to a global system and to reflect on the impacts of their choices on other people and places, both near and far. Accordingly, our interest is less in critical characterisations of global systems – colonialism, imperialism, capitalism for example – or the social movements that inscribed those critiques on their banners than in the structures of sentiment and knowledge that made possible new articulations between understandings of moral obligation, locality, the spaces of humanity and the ‘economic’. Based on that, we furthermore ask about respective individual expressions and collective actions like criticism of greed for profits from global commerce, voluntary self-restrictions, consumer boycotts and responding corporate strategies.

We invite contributions that explore the evidence of individual mentalities, collective argument as well as public discourse, and also papers reflecting on the social and cultural preconditions for change, including the ways in which information regimes of various kinds were implicated in the transmission of ethically meaningful knowledge. Contributions from all relevant disciplines are welcome, including historical, economic, literary, cultural and visual studies. Possible topics and contexts might include:

  • Absentee slaveholding, antislavery, ethics of consumption, and the politics of boycott
  • The company as political or economic actor / the shareholder as citizen or profiteer (e.g. in critiques of the East India Company and beyond)
  • Corporate governance and the morality of the enterprise; ethical semiotics: trademarks and branding
  • Reflections on exploitative modalities of global trade and its social and environmental costs
  • Contested commodities and negative depictions of commercial actors (e.g. the gun-runner)
  • Articulations of global humanity in relation to commercial exchange

The conference will be held at the German Historical Institute, London. We anticipate being able to reimburse standard travel expenses and the cost of accommodation for the duration of the conference. Papers from scholars at any stage of their career drawing on reflecting developments in any world area and any period between roughly 1600 and 1900 are invited. Abstracts of about 300 words and a short CV should be sent both to Felix Brahm and Eve Rosenhaft (, ) by 15 November 2016.

Call for Papers (PDF file)



The Long End of the First World War. Ruptures, Continuities and Memories

Venue: Herrenhausen Palace, Herrenhäuser Straße 4A, 30419 Hannover, Germany

Date: 8-10 May 2017

Organized by the University of Hanover, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Volkswagen Foundation and the German Historical Institute London

Application for Travel Grants

Deadline: 1 November 2016

The symposium focuses on the relation between global history and social history, highlighting actors and regions, and it systematically engages with the issue of diverse periodizations. In discussing linkages between experience, historiography, and commemoration, the symposium aims at unsettling the notion of a static and clearly defined “end” of the First World War, a construct mainly based on European developments.

The Volkswagen Foundation offers travel grants for PhD Students researching on the First World War in an outer-European perspective. Successful applicants will get the chance to discuss their research with senior scholars and present their main argument in the plenum. Poster on each PhD project will be displayed during the symposium. The Grants include travel expenses and accommodation,

More information (PDF file)