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Conferences and Workshops 2008

29 February

Generations, Violence and Memory in Twentieth-Century Germany

Conveners: Prof Mary Fulbrook, UCL / Dr Christina von Hodenberg, QMUL

2-4 May

Cultural Industries in Britain and Germany

Joint conference with ADEF, Part I
To be held in Mülheim/Wolfsburg, Germany

12-14 June

War, The State and International Law in Seventeenth Century Europe

International Conference at the German Historical Institute, London
PD Dr. Olaf Asbach (Hamburg) and Dr. Peter Schröder (London) in co-operation with Prof. Andreas Gestrich, German Historical Institute London

5-6 September

German Migrants and European Development: In-Migration, Acculturation and Identity from the eighteenth century to the present day

International Workshop. Centre for Port and Maritime History (University of Liverpool) and the German Historical Institute (London)

The expansion of the European Union in 2004 has been followed by a significant increase in migrant numbers in a number of member states. Despite the increasing political importance of this issue, current debates on the relative costs or benefits of in-migration seldom utilise historical evidence, whether drawn from aggregate data or specific case studies. This international workshop has been convened to examine the extent and impact of German migration within Europe in the modern period, focusing on different occupational groups, whether from the world of commerce and finance, the arts and education, professional practice, retailing, or the service sector. It will focus on both skilled and unskilled migrants and analyse the process of migration, the changing configuration of ethnic boundaries, and the impact of German in-migrants on their local environment.

Conference programme (PDF file)

14-16 September

Imperial Legacies - The Afterlife of Multi-Ethnic Empires in the 20th Century

PD Dr Ulrike von Hirschhausen (University of Hamburg); Prof Dr Jörn Leonhard (University of Freiburg); PD Dr Benedikt Stuchtey (GHIL)

(The conference is being generously supported by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung)

Conference programme (PDF file)

19-21 September

The Dynamics of Religious Reform in Church, State and Society in Northern Europe, c.1780-c.1920
Sections: Educational Reform and Social Reform

25-27 September

Literary Constructions of Historical Worlds in Britain and Germany since 1750

Prof Andreas Gestrich (GHIL), Prof Rüdiger Görner (QMUL)

Conference programme (PDF file)

9-11 October

Trajectories of Decolonization: Elites and the Transformation from the Colonial to the Postcolonial

Convenors: Jost Dülffer, Köln; Marc Frey, Bremen

Sponsors: Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Association of Friends and Supporters of the University of Cologne, German Historical Institute Paris, German Historical Institute London, German Historical Institute Washington, D.C., Commission for the History of International Relations

To be held at the Univerity of Cologne

Conference programme (PDF file)

23-26 October

Terrorism and Modernity: Global Perspectives on Nineteenth Century Political Violence

Conference at the Tulane University, New Orleans (LA)

Conveners: Carola Dietze (GHI Washington), Mareika König (GHI Paris), Benedikt Stuchtey (GHI London), Claudia Verhoeven (George Mason University)

Conference programme (PDF file)

24 October

Seventh Workshop on Early Modern German History

Prof Peter H Wilson (University of Hull), Dr Michael Schaich (GHIL)
Workshop programme (PDF file)

13-15 November

Knowledge production and Pedagogy in Colonial India: Missionaries, Orientalists, and Reformers in Institutional Contexts

Dr Daud Ali (School of Oriental and African Studies), Dr Indra Sengupta (GHIL)

Conference programme (PDF file)

20-22 November

Engineering Society. The Scientization of the Social in Comparative Perspective, 1880-1990

Convenors: Kerstin Brückweh (German Historical Institute London), Dirk Schumann (Georg-August-University Göttingen), Richard Wetzell (German Historical Institute Washington DC), Benjamin Ziemann (University of Sheffield)

To be held at the Humanities Research Institute of the University of Sheffield

'Scientisation of the social' is a concept that has been developed to analyse the application of the social sciences to social problems. It focuses on the impact these sciences have had on both the structures and the self-descriptions of modern societies since the late nineteenth century. The concept directs the attention to the manifold ways in which various disciplines from the 'social sciences', 'sciences humaines' or 'Humanwissenschaften' have classified social phenomena with statistical means, described anomic situations and social 'problems', developed blueprints for welfare-state planning and have provided means for therapeutical intervention into problems of individual persons. The ‘scientisation of the social’ was (and continues to be) an open field in which various disciplines from the social sciences claimed to have the best solutions for certain problems and competed for strategic influence in the respective decision-making bodies and agencies. The conference will explore these issues in a comparative perspective.

Conference programme (PDF file)

12-13 December

Visual Representations of the Unemployed

Dr. Matthias Reiss (University of Exeter); Prof. Andreas Gestrich (GHIL)

To be held at University of Exeter

The unemployed are one of the most stereotyped social groups in modern society, depicted as dangerous criminals, lazy loafers, prey for political demagogues, completely apathetic, happy scroungers or demoralized and desperate individuals. These stereotypes have been peddled in visual as well as literary sources, and yet the former has attracted little scholarly attention. This conference will examine Western representations of the unemployed in the fine arts, film, photography and cartoons and explore:

  • The iconology of unemployment and whether it is separate and distinct from the iconology of poverty.
  • The signifiers and symbols used to represent the unemployed and how these have changed over the course of the twentieth century.
  • The cultural differences in representations.
  • The relationship between images of the unemployed and their status in society.

Conference programme (PDF file)