Calls for Papers
- Competitors & Companions: Britons and Germans in the World (19th & 20th Century)
ADEF Annual Conference 2017
(19-20 May 2017)
- Medieval History Seminar
(12-14 October 2017)
- Settlement and Unsettlement: The Ends of World War I and their Legacies
(22-24 March 2018)
Competitors & Companions: Britons and Germans in the World (19th & 20th Century)
ADEF Annual Conference 2017
Date: 19-20 May 2017
Venue: Centre for British Studies, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Convenors: Julia Eichenberg (Humboldt University Berlin), Daniel Steinbach (University of Exeter), Tobias Becker (DHI London)
Closing date: 1 March 2017
This workshop is concerned with British-German relations beyond government level. While official bilateral relations between Germany and Britain have been thoroughly studied, their ‘unofficial’ connections and interactions await a systematic exploration. These encounters are manifold as Britons and Germans met in various different contexts at home, in Europe, and the wider world and constantly had to define their relationship to one another as either competitors or companions against a third ‘other’. In the colonial sphere a strong sense of a mutual ‘European-ness’ towards the indigenous population could override economic rivalry and cultural differences. Archaeological expeditions or other scientific endeavours could either create transnational collaboration or nationalist competition. Artists, musicians, missionaries, or explorers might be asked to further their countries’ reputation while they sometimes felt closer to their peers and colleagues of other national background. Diplomats representing their nations and pursuing their politics would still share the life and moral index of the diplomatic corps. On the other hand, British and German representatives at multinational organisations or the EU often opted for a surprisingly nationalistic approach and economic, political, and military collaboration was repeatedly undermined by espionage or even sabotage. The varying degrees of competition and/or collaboration were not necessarily in accordance with official policy and diplomatic relations and sometimes in direct contrast to them.
The workshop discusses different aspects of British-German relations between confrontation and cooperation during the 19th and 20th century in a global perspective, while at the same time explores the creation, role, and impact of ‘the other’ and ‘the third’ in the fluctuating construction of companionship and competition.
We invite proposals that investigate examples and case studies of British-German encounter in an international context discussing questions of competition and/or collaboration. All speakers are expected to deliver their papers in English.
The workshop will be held 19-20 May 2017 at the Centre for British Studies (Großbritannienzentrum) at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.
In the interests of fostering stronger links between scholars in Germany and the United Kingdom and Ireland, the German Historical Institute London will cover travel expenses for accepted speakers travelling in from the British Isles. Accepted speakers from Germany may qualify for bursary to cover travel expenses, depending on funding.
Proposals (in English) should include a brief one-page C.V. and a 250-word abstract of the proposed paper, and are due by 1 March 2017. Submissions and all inquiries should be directed to julia.eichenberg(ghi)hu-berlin.de
Call for Papers (PDF file)
Medieval History Seminar
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Date: 12-14 October 2017
Deadline (extended): 28 February 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)ghil.ac.uk
German Historical Institute
17 Bloomsbury Square
Tel. +44-(0)20-7309 2050
London WC1A 2NJ (UK)
FAX +44-(0)20-7309 2055
The extended deadline for submission is February 28, 2017.
For further information, please contact
Dr. Cornelia Linde,
GHI London, e-mail:
Call for Papers (PDF file)
Settlement and Unsettlement: The Ends of World War I and their Legacies
2018 Annual Conference of the Max Weber Foundation
22-24 March 2018
Closing date: 31 March 2017
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)
For more information please visit the GHI Washington website.