German Historical Institute London

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Events

 
 

The GHIL organises and hosts over 50 events per year on German, British, and global history for academic researchers, students, and the general public. Many events are organised in co-operation with German and international partners. The majority take place at the GHIL, but also at other academic organizations in the UK, Germany and India. Participants come from all over the world. Some events require advance registration. Please see individual listings for details.

 

1 December (5.30pm)

GHIL Lecture

Alice Rio (London)
Legal Role-Playing and Storytelling in Early Medieval Francia

Online Event

1 December (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Vicente Pons Marti (Frankfurt)
Politische Parteien in Krisenzeiten: Perspektiven aus dem 19. Jahrhundert

Online Event


10–12 December

Conference

Archiving, Recording and Representing Feminism: The Global History of Women’s Emancipation in the 20th Century
Second Meeting of the International Standing Working Group on Medialization and Empowerment

Online event

Postponed to December 2021

Workshop

Hidden Economies of Slavery
International Workshop co-organized by Melina Teubner (University of Bern) and Felix Brahm (German Historical Institute London)

Please note: This workshop has been postponed to December 9-10, 2021

GHIL

7–8 January

Postgraduate Students Conference

Postgraduate Research Students Conference

Online event


Lectures

Conferences and Workshops

GHIL Colloquium


Exhibitions and Special Events

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Previous Events

2020

9–10 January

Postgraduate Students Conference

Postgraduate Students Conference 2020

16–18 January

Conference

Global Royal Families: Concepts, Cultures, and Networks of International Monarchy, 1800–2020

Conveners: Falko Schnicke (German Historical Institute London), Robert Aldrich (University of Sydney), and Cindy McCreery (University of Sydney)

German Historical Institute London

21 January

Seminar

Ralf Lützelschwab (Berlin)
Where are all the Sermons? Carmelite Preaching in the Late Middle Ages

Ralf Lützelschwab is a former Assistant Professor of Medieval History at the Freie Universität Berlin and specializes in church history of the late Middle Ages, with a strong focus on the Avignon papacy and monastic history.

This lecture examines the Carmelites, the great unknown in Western monastic history. They experienced their very own migration history, moving from the hills of Mount Carmel to Europe. If they had not opted for exile, they would not have survived. In new surroundings, sermons became part of their regular pastoral routine. The paper will focus on sermons and sermon collections, both manuscript and print, held in a number of Carmelite libraries in Germany and England. How did the Carmelites fulfil their task as preachers? How did they shape the conscience of their flocks?

German Historical Institute London

23 January (6.30pm)

European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London

Kerry Wallach (Gettysburg College)
‘Coming Out’ as Jewish in Weimar Germany

In the 1920s and early 1930s – as today – Jews in Germany were concerned about growing antisemitism, and many took precautions to conceal their Jewishness by dressing and behaving in certain ‘assimilated’ ways. Yet there were still occasions when it was beneficial to be openly Jewish. This lecture explores the tensions that came with being visible as a Jew – an identity play that often involved appearing simultaneously non-Jewish and Jewish. Drawing on a wide range of images and films, this presentation explores controversial aspects of German- Jewish visibility and invisibility, as well as the complex reasons why Jews chose to appear distinctly ‘Jewish’.

Kerry Wallach is Associate Professor and Chair of German Studies and an Affiliate of the Judaic Studies Program at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. She is the author of Passing Illusions: Jewish Visibility in Weimar Germany (2017) and a number of articles on German-Jewish literature, history, film, and visual and consumer culture. She serves as co-editor for the German Jewish Cultures book series published by Indiana University Press and sponsored by the Leo Baeck Institute London.

4 February (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Alfred Freeborn (Berlin)
Forgetting Functional Psychosis: Biological Psychiatry in Post-WWII Britain and the Rediscovery of the Schizophrenic Brain, 1970–1994

11 February (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Aglaja Weindl (Munich)
‘Wohin war ich geraten?’ – Eine Weltreise 1892/93 und das Leben im Transit

16–21 February

ConferenceIndia Research Programme Event

Global History: Challenges and Opportunities

A winter school on global history for Ph.D. and early-career scholars in Germany and India

Organized jointly by the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, the India Branch Office of the Max Weber Foundation, and the German Historical Institute London

Conveners: Debarati Bagchi, Felix Brahm, Pablo Holwitt, Monica Juneja, and Indra Sengupta

New Delhi

18 February (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Franziska Neumann (Rostock)
Matter out of Place? London Metropolitan ‘Waste Regimes’ (17th–19th centuries)

18 February (6.30pm)

India Research Programme Event

Panel on The Languages of Global History

Organized by the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies and the India Branch Office of the Max Weber Foundation

Venue: Lecture Room II, India International Centre Annexe, New Delhi

Speakers: Felix Brahm (GHIL); Monica Juneja (Heidelberg); Joachim Kurtz (Heidelberg); Dhruv Raina (Delhi) und Rekah Vaidya Rajan (Hyderabad)
Chair and Moderator: Neeladri Bhattacharya (Delhi)

India International Centre Annexe, New Delhi

20 February (5.30pm)

Public Lecture

Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (Berlin)
Sex and Violence: Race Defilement in Nazi Germany

GHIL in co-operation with the Modern German History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London

Stefanie Schüler-Springorum studied modern history, ethnology, and political science at the Universities of Göttingen and Barcelona, and received her Ph.D. from the Ruhr-University Bochum in 1993. She was Director of the Institute for German Jewish History and Professor at Hamburg University from 2001 to 2011; Head of the German branch of the Leo Baeck Institute from 2009; and since 2011 she has been Director of the Center for Research on Antisemitism in Berlin.

This talk will look at the entanglement of antisemitism, gender, sexuality, and emotion in Nazi Germany. It will focus on Nazi Germany’s violent practices and dynamics, which encompassed other forms of resentment and hostility, but treated men and women conspicuously differently in each case, as can be shown in the race defilement propaganda and persecution of the 1930s and 1940s. The paper will argue that the peculiar ambivalence of these cases was inherent in the attraction of Nazi propaganda and deterrence at the same time.

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25 February (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Manuel Kohlert (Berlin)
Hedonismuskulturen im frühneuzeitlichen London

4 March (6.30pm)

European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London

Adi Heyman (Fashion Blogger)
The Big Cover-Up: Modest Fashion

What started out as a religious niche has matured into a 250 billion-dollar industry largely pioneered by a group of diverse women embracing unique identities on social media. Fashion stylist-turned-blogger Adi Heyman’s inspiration for launching a Jewish fashion and lifestyle blog in 2010 stemmed from her personal and professional experience as an Orthodox Jew working in the fashion industry.In her talk, Heyman explores the possibility of being an ‘Orthodox fashion influencer’, and reflects on the lack of authentic content highlighting modest fashion, as well as the under-representation of women from minority cultures. As one of the leading religion-focused Jewish influencers, she promotes conservative silhouettes with a contemporary twist that resonate with the religiously observant consumer. Her work interprets Western identities alongside religious belief in a way that enables women to feel empowered by personal fashion and lifestyle choices. In 2019, Heyman founded the Jewish Fashion Council (JFC) to build a global community of Jewish fashion professionals and to provide funding and support for Jewish student life at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design.

10 March (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Pierre Sfendules (Munich)
Hippolytus and his Age: Christian Carl Josias von Bunsen (1791–1860) und die frührömische Kirchengeschichte in den Debatten des 19. Jahrhunderts

11 March (5.30pm)

Public Lecture

Cornelius Torp (Bremen)
Speculation and Gambling in Germany and Britain around 1900

GHIL in co-operation with the Faculty of History, University of OxfordThe worldwide economic crisis since 2007 is not the first time that financial speculation has been accused of resembling a casino game. The dividing line between speculation and gambling has always been fragile and contested. The debate about the legitimation of certain types of speculation and their resemblance to games of chance enjoyed a heyday around 1900, in both Germany and Britain. Around this time, the anti-gambling movement reached its apogee in both countries and resulted in the legal prohibition of various forms of gambling. At the same time, new financial instruments opened up space for speculative transactions on a hitherto unseen scale. From a comparative perspective, the lecture tries to bring these two strands together and traces how politicians, journalists, economists, and speculators strove to draw a line between honourable economic activity and illicit wagering.

Cornelius Torp is Professor of Modern History at the University of Bremen. He recently served as the DAAD Hannah Arendt Visiting Chair of German and European Studies at the University of Toronto and was a Research Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) and a Marie Curie Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. He has published widely on modern German and European history, the history of globalization, the history of the welfare state, and the history of gambling.

12 March (5.30pm)

Public Lecture

Jenny Pleinen (German Historical Institute London)
The Landed Gentry in British Politics after the Second World War: From Taxed Decadence to Subsidized Cultural Heritage

GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar 'Britain at Home and Abroad', Institute of Historical Research, University of London

Jenny Pleinen is a Research Fellow in Modern History at the GHIL. She received a Ph.D. in history for her study of western European migration regimes after the Second World War. Her current research concerns the political economy of government redistribution in Britain since the middle of the 19th century.

Her lecture will focus on the period after the Second World War, when the landed gentry’s image in British politics underwent a fundamental reconfiguration, with demands for higher taxation losing momentum and a bipartisan consensus for public subsidies emerging. The lecture explores how this change came about and what role the invention of the ‘stately home’ as a key feature of British cultural heritage played in it.

9 June (podcast 8 July)

Seminar

Jane Whittle (Exeter) and Laura Schwartz (Warwick)
Women and Work Round Table

***   Please note that this event has been cancelled!   ***

This lecture was instead recorded and made available as a GHIL podcast, 8 July 2020.

11 June (5.30pm)

Public Lecture

Frank Bajohr (Munich)
Research on the Holocaust since the 1990s: Achievements, Changes, Problems, and Challenges

***   Please note that this event has been cancelled!   ***

16 June (podcast 15 July)

Seminar

Maud Bracke (Glasgow)
Inventing Reproductive Rights: Sex, Population and Feminism in Europe (1945–1980)

***   Please note that this event has been cancelled!   ***

This lecture was instead recorded and made available as a GHIL podcast, 15 July 2020.

23 June (podcast 1 July)

Seminar

Chiara Bonfiglioli (Cork)
Internationalist Waves and Feminist Waves in Italy, Yugoslavia, and Cuba

***   Please note that this event has been cancelled!   ***

This lecture was instead recorded and made available as a GHIL podcast, 1 July 2020.

30 June (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Olga Witmer (Cambridge)
Germans at the Dutch Cape of Good Hope, 1652–1806

Online Event

30 June (5.30pm)

Events

Petra Terhoeven (Göttingen/Oxford)
The other side of terrorism: Victimhood and acknowledgment in the context of terrorist violence

Please note that this event has been cancelled!

7 July (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Florian Zabranski (Brighton)
Between Love and Sexualised Violence: Male Jewish Intimacy and the Holocaust

Online Event

21 July (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Paul Labelle (Hamburg)
Opportunity and Occasion: New Music for the Aldeburgh Festival

Online Event

28 July (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Svenja von Jan (Göttingen)
Non-elite South Asian migration to Hamburg and beyond: A biographical and microhistorical approach to migration history in the interwar period

Online Event

28 July

Seminar

Imaobong Umoren (LSE)
Race Women Internationalists: Black Women, Feminism, and Freedom Struggles

***   Please note that this event has been cancelled!   ***

1 September (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Katharina Breidenbach (Jena)
Kommissare, Gesandte, Diplomaten, Geistliche, Agenten: Netzwerke, Handlungsspielräume und Machtkonstellationen von Mittelspersonen innerhalb protestantischer Emigrationsbewegungen des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts

Online Event

8 September (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Jenny Hestermann (Frankfurt)
Europa als Krise und Chance: Zum Spannungsverhältnis von nationalen Dekadenz-Diskursen und Europa-Bildern im 20. Jahrhundert

Online Event

15–18 September

Summer School

17th Summer School in British History
Awkward Partners? The United Kingdom and Europe since 1918

Conveners/Organisers: Historisches Seminar der Ludwig-Maxiliams-Universität München; German Historical Institute London

University of Munich

29 September (5.30pm)

GHIL Lecture

Samita Sen (Cambridge)
Making Coolies: Labour Brokerage and the Tea Industry in India, 1830–1930

Samita Sen is Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge. Her lecture will focus
on the recruitment of labour for the Assam tea industry. She will argue that recruitment for plantations in colonial India gave
rise to institutions and agencies which became separate businesses in themselves. They maintained close links with the
industry to which they supplied labour, but these two interests were not convergent since the recruiting agencies’ profitability
depended on their ability to leverage the buyers. Moreover, the commercial brokerage of labour, which expanded its
net across the country, drew into its profitable sway a vast network of recruiters at different levels, as well as whole sets of
social relationships and institutions. Exploring the specificities of this recruitment system helps us to understand of modes
of mobilizing labour, social forces, and institutions at play in the creation of labour markets and the processes that entangled
migration and trafficking.

Samita Sen’s recent publications include, with Nilanjana Sengupta, Domestic Days: Women, Work,
and Politics in Contemporary Kolkata
(2016); and ed. with Suhit Kumar Sen, Passage to Bondage: Labor in the Assam Tea
Plantations
(2016).

Online Event

8 October (6.30pm)

European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London

Paul Herzberg (Actor and Writer)
Acting Jewish: Perception and Reality

What does ‘acting Jewish’ really mean? Is it a style of performance drawing on the alleged traits of global Jewry? Or is it perhaps about ancient perceptions? Paul Herzberg offers a view, drawing on his four decades in the entertainment industry.

Paul Herzberg is an actor and writer. His most recent appearances as an actor were as John Vorster in Antony Sher’s I.D. at the Almeida; Shylock in The Merchant of Venice at The Arcola; at the RSC as Vincentio in The Taming of The Shrew; and in 2017 as Shimon Peres in the award-winning play, Oslo. Recent television appearances include Daniel Borgoraz in the award-winning serial The Honourable Woman. His screenplay Almost Heaven won the Nashville International Best Feature Award, and his stage play, The Dead Wait, was shortlisted for The Verity Bargate Award and, nominated in three categories for the MEN theatre awards, winning best actor. His commissioned screenplay Anna’s Story was selected for the 2018 Brit List.

Originally scheduled for Thursday, 23rd April 2020 and postponed due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Online Event

13 October (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Johanna Gerwin (Kiel)
The Historical Enregisterment of London English

Online Event

14 October (6.30pm)

GHIL Joint Lecture

Margaret MacMillan (Toronto/Oxford)
Total War and European Society

British German Association in collaboration with the GHIL

Margaret MacMillan is a Professor of History at the University of Toronto and Emeritus Professor of International History at the University of Oxford. She is the author of The War that Ended Peace (2014); The Uses and Abuses of History (2008); and the international bestsellers Seize the Hour: When Nixon Met Mao (2006) and Peacemakers: The Paris Conference 1919 and its Attempt to End the War (2001), which won the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize.

Watch the event video at the BGA website.

Online Event

20 October (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Matthias Büttner (Göttingen)
Verrat im spätmittelalterlichen England aus sozial- und kulturhistorischer Perspektive

Online Event

27 October (5.30pm)

GHIL Lecture

Stefan Berger (Bochum)
Comparing De-Industrialization: Initial Thoughts on a Global Phenomenon

Stefan Berger is Professor of Social History and Director of the Institute for Social Movements at the Ruhr University Bochum, and Executive Chair of the History of the Ruhr Foundation. De-industrialization is usually associated with the industrial nations of the Global North. Whilst there have been earlier phases of de-industrialization, studies of the phenomenon usually focus on the decades from the 1960s on. De-industrialization in the Global North is associated with processes of industrialization in the Global South. However, there have also been processes of de-industrialization in pockets of the Global South. The lecture will reflect on how de-industrialization might be studied in a global perspective. It will argue that de-industrialization studies should be brought together with social movement studies, memory studies, and heritage studies in order to find a framework within which processes of structural change might usefully be compared in their transregional entanglements. Among Prof Berger's most recent publications is the edited volume Constructing Industrial Pasts: Heritage, Historical Culture and Identity in Regions Undergoing Structural Economic Transformation (2019).

Online Event

30 October

Workshop

Law and Consent in Medieval Britain
Workshop organized by the German Historical Institute London in co-operation with the History of Parliament Trust

Conveners: Hannes Kleineke (History of Parliament Trust) and Stephan Bruhn (GHI London)

Online Event

3 November (5.30pm)

GHIL Lecture

Giorgio Riello (Florence)
A ‘Material Turn’ in Global History? The World of Early Modern Things

Giorgio Riello is Professor of Early Modern Global History at the European University Institute in Florence. His lecture charts the confluence and overlap between two different fields of historical enquiry: early modern global history and material culture. At a basic level, global historians’ interest in ‘things’ is the result of the fact that material artefacts – whether commodities, luxuries, scientific instruments, ethnographic specimens, or unique art objects – have been seen as being as mobile as people, if not more so. Yet the ‘material turn’ in global history also raises a series of methodological and theoretical questions concerning agency, mobility, and what is now called global microhistory. Among his works are Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World (2013); with Peter McNeil, Luxury: A Rich History (2016); and Back in Fashion: Western Fashion from the Middle Ages to the Present (2020).

Online Event

3 November (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Isabel Eiser (Hamburg)
Die ‘Benin-Bronzen’: Die Globalisierung des kolonialen Kunstraubs - Becoming an Emblem. Von kolonialer Unterdrückung zu dekolonialer Gegenbewegung. Eine diskursanalytische Untersuchung der ‘Benin-Bronzen’

Online Event

4th November (5.30pm)

GHIL Joint Lecture

Annelie Ramsbrock (Potsdam)
Metamorphoses of Violence: A History of the Prison in West Germany

GHIL in co-operation with the Faculty of History, University of Oxford

How did West Germany try to contain state violence against prisoners from the late 1960s onwards, and even to present prisons as institutions that reflected the paradigm of liberalization? To what extent did ideas and perceptions of legitimate and illegitimate violence change? A number of prison scandals led to increased sensitivity in media coverage and in politics regarding acts of violence in prisons. These were countered by new ‘social rehabilitation’ approaches, with limited success. Looking at prison reform in West Germany, the lecture will focus on violence as a problem in processes of creating social order.

Annelie Ramsbrock is a Research Associate at the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History in Potsdam. She received her doctorate from the FU Berlin and was Visiting Professor of Modern European History at the University of Göttingen. She is the author of The Science of Beauty: Culture and Cosmetics in Modern Germany, 1750–1930 (2015) and Geschlossene Gesellschaft: Das Gefängnis als Sozialversuch – eine bundesdeutsche Geschichte (2020).

Online Event

6 November (6.00pm)

Annual Lecture

Peter Mandler (Cambridge)
The Crisis of the Meritocracy: How Popular Demand (not Politicians) Made Britain into a Mass Education Society

Online Event

10 November (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Christian Feser (Essen)
A Gentleman on an Elephant: Thomas Coryate and the Uses of Eccentricity in Early Modern Travel Writing

Online Event

17 November (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Jan Tattenberg (Oxford)
The Structural Transformation of the Military Public Sphere: War, Knowledge, and Military Elites in West-Germany, 1940-1989

Online Event

19 November (6.30pm)

European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London

Svenja Bethke (University of Leicester)
How to dress in Eretz Israel? Clothing, Fashion and Nation Building, 1880s–1948

The identities of many eastern European and German Jews who immigrated to Eretz Israel between the 1880s and the foundation of the Israeli state in 1948 oscillated between their roots and their identification with the new Zionist project. This lecture explores how immigrants expressed social, cultural, and political belonging through clothing and, focusing on gender and visual materials, offers fresh perspectives on how clothing became fashion, or ‘anti-fashion’, and to what extent a consensual mode of dress emerged. It also explores how the clothing habits of Arab people and the changing Ottoman and British occupying authorities influenced ‘Jewish’ fashion.

Svenja Bethke is a Lecturer in Modern European History and the former Deputy Director of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Leicester. Her research interests include the Holocaust, legal history, the history of modern Palestine/Israel, visual culture and fashion history. She is currently a visiting Marie Curie Fellow at the Abraham Harman Institute for Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for her project on ‘Clothing, Fashion and Nation-Building in Eretz Israel’.

Originally scheduled for Thursday, 21st May 2020 and postponed due to Covid-19 lockdown.

Online Event

24 November (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Rike Szill (Kiel)
Konstantinopel 1453 - Eroberung oder Fall? Geschichtskonstruktionen in den Hauptwerken der spätbyzantischen Historiographie

Online Event

26 November (6.30pm)

Special Event

Martina Kessel (Bielefeld)
An Empire of Shaming: Reading Nazi Germany through the Violence of Laughter (The Gerda Henkel Foundation Visiting Professorship Lecture)

Survivors of the Shoah have often described how the SS liked to define torturing practices during the genocide as ‘jokes’. The paper discusses the systematic presence of derisive laughter in Nazi Germany and analyzes its meanings as a way both to act out understandings of Germanness and to ‘justify’ violence.

The Gerda Henkel Foundation Visiting Professorship Lecture 2020, hosted by the German Historical Institute and London School of Economics and Political Science, will be held as an online event via Zoom on Thursday, 26 November 2020 at 6.30pm (UK time).

Please click here to register for this event.

The Visiting Professorship is a joint project of the GHIL and the International History Department of The London School of Economics and Political Science and is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

Online event

1 December (5.30pm)

GHIL Lecture

Alice Rio (London)
Legal Role-Playing and Storytelling in Early Medieval Francia

Alice Rio is Professor of Medieval History at King’s College London. An enduring problem in early medieval history is what to make of the legal material, which is abundant relative to the total surviving evidence (legislation, acts of practice, models, old texts, new texts), and paints extremely contradictory pictures of contemporary legal practices both within and across legal genres. The lecture will try to show that this level of contradiction results from people calling on many different legal and cultural frameworks for representing their own actions, all of which were potentially valid provided that they could be sold successfully to one’s audience: what mattered was success in getting others to play along through scene-setting and role-play. Alice Rio has written two books on early medieval legal and legal-ish practices: Legal Practice and the Written Word in the Early Middle Ages: Frankish Formulae, c.500–1000 (2009); and Slavery After Rome, 500–1100 (2017).

To register for this event, please follow this link to Eventbrite.

Online Event

2019

10–11 January

Postgraduate Students Conference

Postgraduate Students Conference 2019

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22 January (3pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Nicole Wiederroth (Hamburg/London)
Heroism, Expertise, and Ambitions of Control in Western Tanganyika

23 January (5.30pm)

Public Lecture

Elissa Mailänder (Paris)
Self-Confident, Autonomous, and Liberated? Politicized Gender Relations in Nazi Film, 1939–1945

GHIL in co-operation with the Faculty of History, University of Oxford.

The Nazis drew upon a wide range of media first to mobilize voters, then to consolidate power, and, ultimately, to motivate German citizens in waging war. The flourishing German film industry lured more than a million spectators into cinemas each year during the war. Blockbusters such as Wunschkonzert, Stukas, and Die grosse Liebe explicitly targeted a young audience who, in their entertainment, craved romance, adventure, and escapism from the realities of everyday life. By juxtaposing these action films and romantic comedies with contemporary events, the movies showcased a ‘fun’ and dynamic Nazi society while promoting highly politicized images of ‘modern’ gender relations.

Elissa Mailänder is an Associate Professor of Contemporary History at Sciences Po in Paris. Her research interests include the history of violence, gender, and sexuality. Mailänder’s previous work has focused on perpetrator history and the everyday in Nazi concentration and extermination camps. Her new project examines heterosexual relationships in Nazi Germany and highlights the importance of mass participation and practices of everyday conformity with mass dictatorship.

24 January (6.30pm)

European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London [2018-19]

Cilly Kugelmann (Jewish Museum Berlin)
Jewish Museums between Self-Assertion and Self-Defence

In the 19th century Jews gradually began to free themselves from their ambivalence towards the fine arts. Rabbis repeatedly placed the depiction of people in pictures and sculptures close to idolatry and viewed it with reservations. The discovery of a visual culture in Judaism by the Haskala, the Jewish Enlightenment, fulfilled a double function: it was intended to strengthen a new Jewish selfconfidence internally and at the same time to ward off the antisemitic prejudice that Jews were incapable of artistic expression. This process will be illustrated by the example of the emergence and development of Jewish museums in Europe.

Cilly Kugelmann was the Program Director and Vice Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin from September 2002 until March 2017 and she is currently chief curator on the museum’s new permanent exhibition. She has worked for the museum since May 2000, first as head of the Education department, and later also of the Science and Scholarship and Exhibitions departments. Previously, Kugelmann directed the education program, ran public relations, and curated historical exhibitions at the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt am Main.

29 January (3pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Bastian Linneweh (Göttingen)
Die Anatomie eines globalen Marktes im Wandel: Kautschuk 1900–1960

5 February (3pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Soheb Ur Rahman Niazi (Berlin)
Social Stratification at a Muslim Qasbah: Genealogy and Narrating the Past at Amroha (1878–1940)

GHIL Colloquium

Debojit Kumar Thakur (Trier)
A History of Economic Thought of Hindu Nationalism: 1923–1993

12 February

Seminar

Sabine von Heusinger (Cologne)
Fire, Siege, and the Jews: Real and Imagined Threats to Water Supply in the Late Medieval City

Focusing on water at times of war, fire, and plague, this talk will look at a premodern society struggling with life-threating dangers and trying to find remedies. Three case studies from the ‘Regnum Teutonicum’ explore war (the Siege of Neuss), precautions taken against fire (Strasbourg), and accusations of well-poisoning made against Jews in the Late Middle Ages. They demonstrate that the life-sustaining power of water was crucial for the community. Every threat to water supply – real or imagined – had serious consequences.

Sabine von Heusinger is Professor of Late Medieval History at the University of Cologne. Her current research on water as a precondition for human life allows her to investigate many aspects of social, cultural, and intellectual history in the Late Middle Ages.

14 February (6.30pm)

European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London [2018-19]

Richard I. Cohen (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Moses Mendelssohn: The German-Jewish Icon of Modernity (1780s–2019)

Moses Mendelssohn has engaged artists of Jewish and non-Jewish origin from his lifetime until today. The lecture will show how, over this long period, Mendelssohn has been turned into the icon of German-Jewish modernity by being represented in a myriad of ways and techniques.

Richard I. Cohen is the academic director of the Israel Center of Research Excellence (ICore) for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World. Formerly the Paulette and Claude Kelman Chair in French Jewry Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he has published widely on the history of Jews in western and central Europe and on the inter-relationship between art and society in the modern period. Among his publications: The Burden of Conscience: French-Jewish Leadership during the HolocaustJewish Icons: Art and Society in Modern Europe;  co-curator and co-editor of From Court Jews to the Rothschilds: Art, Patronage, and Power, 1600–1800,  and Le Juif Errant: Un témoin de temps. He recently edited and introduced Place in Modern Jewish Culture and Society [vol. 30 of Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Oxford University Press, New York].

19 February (3pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Hendrik Baumbach (Marburg)
Die Legitimation von Herrscherhandeln in der politischen Sprache im frühen 12. Jahrhundert am Beispiel der Bischöfe von Augsburg und Salisbury

26 February (3pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Thomas Dorfner (Aachen)
Kommerz für den Heiland: Der Handel der Herrnhuter Brüdergemeine in der Atlantischen Welt (1758–1818)

26 February

Seminar

Kim Siebenhüner (Jena)
Blumer’s Journey: Swiss Cotton and the Great Divergence Debate

The history of cotton has been the subject of much recent research, but blind spots remain. International debates have barely acknowledged the role of early modern Switzerland as one of the most important European areas producing, marketing, and selling cotton cloth in the 18th century. This talk shows how Swiss producers and merchants were integrated into global cotton networks and reflects on how cultural history approaches may be reconciled with the debate, dominated by macro-economics, about the Great Divergence.

Kim Siebenhüner is Professor of Early Modern History at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. She has worked on early modern religious history, material culture, and cross-cultural exchange. She is the author of Die Spur der Juwelen: Materielle Kultur und transkontinentale Verbindungen zwischen Indien und Europa (2018) and co-editor of Cotton in Context: Manufacturing, Marketing and Consuming Textiles in the German-Speaking WorldWorld (1500–1900) (2019).

28 February (5.30pm)

Public Lecture

Stefanie Michels (Hamburg)
Connected Families: West Africa and Southern Germany, 1891–1896

GHIL in co-operation with the Modern German History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London

Taking the example of Tube Meetom and Rudolf Duala Manga Bell, two boys from elite families of Duala, Cameroon, living with a petty bourgeois German family, this lecture discusses child circulation practices of the Atlantic contact zone in relation to notions of ‘family’ and home-making. On the level of colonial control, the lecture highlights the ambivalent practices of state control through the male custodian and the agency of the African father by means of financial and social interaction. On the affective level, an array of relations between extended families points to bonds not governed by the logic of ‘race’ and coloniality. Although in the end the German colonial authorities forcefully limited the ambitions of the two boys by exiling one and executing the other, their life stories advanced African independence movements in the 1930s.

Stefanie Michels focuses on German colonial and African history. She teaches at the University of Hamburg and has recently co-edited Global Photographies (2018) and Koloniale Verbindungen – Transkulturelle Erinnerungstopographien: Rheinland und Grasland, Kamerun (forthcoming).

5 March (3pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Daniela Egger (Munich)
Long-Distance Ship Passages, Emotions, and Mental Health

12 March (3pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Marina Schütz (Munich)
Kooperative Konkurrenz in Big Biology: Die Anfänge des Human Genome Project im Labor

12 March

Seminar

Hugo Drochon (Nottingham) and Philipp Felsch (Berlin)
Born Posthumously: Two Lectures on Nietzsche’s Legacy

Hugo Drochon will speak first on ‘Nietzsche’s Great Politics: From Bismarck to Hitler’, discussing how Nietzsche’s productive life maps perfectly onto Bismarck’s reign, which was characterized by the ‘great politics’ of German unification and the power politics of the European balance of power. Yet ‘great politics’ was also the way in which Heidegger, Jaspers, and Baeumler of the ‘Hitler prophecy’ tried to make sense of Nietzsche’s politics in the inter-war period, and Drochon’s paper will reflect on how these two moments can help us make sense of our own politics. This will be followed by Philipp Felsch speaking on the ‘The Italian Job: Nietzsche’s Return in the Cold War’ about the return of Nietzsche after the Second World War that was due equally to the new French reception (Deleuze, Klossowski, Foucault, and others) and the critical edition of Nietzsche’s works by the Italian antifascists Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari. Felsch will dedicate his talk to the latter’s political philology.

Hugo Drochon is a historian of late 19th and 20th-century political thought, currently Assistant Professor in Political Theory at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Nietzsche’s Great Politics (2016).

Philipp Felsch is Professor of Cultural History at the Humboldt University Berlin. His recent publications include Der lange Sommer der Theorie (2015) and BRD Noir (2016).

14–16 March

Conference

An Era of Value Change: The Seventies in Europe

Conveners: Fiammetta Balestracci (Queen Mary University of London), Christina von Hodenberg (German Historical Institute London), and Martin Baumeister (German Historical Institute Rome).

Venue: German Historical Institute London

19 March (5.30pm)

Seminar

Prashant Kidambi (Leicester)
‘Greengrocer, Tailor and Champion Wrestler’: The Transnational Career and Times of Buttan Singh, c.1900–1914

This paper examines the extraordinary career of Buttan Singh, a Sikh wrestler who became the national wrestling champion of Australia in the early 1900s. Later in that decade, he travelled to Britain and Australia. The paper considers Buttan’s transnational peregrinations within three discrete historical contexts. First, it places his story into the broader streams of Sikh migration within the British Empire. Second, it shows how Buttan’s story became entangled in the making of a frontier society in Western Australia. Finally, the paper relates Buttan’s career to that of other peripatetic sportsmen who breached the ‘colour line’ before the First World War.

Prashant Kidambi is Associate Professor of Colonial Urban History at the University of Leicester. He is the author of The Making of an Indian Metropolis: Colonial Governance and Public Culture in Bombay, 1890–1920 (2007; 2016), and is currently completing Cricket Country, a book on the making of the first Indian cricket team.

4 April (6.30pm)

European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London [2018-19]

Nathan Abrams (Bangor University)
Treyf Jews? Jewish Gangsters in McMafia and Peaky Blinders

In this illustrated lecture, Professor Nathan Abrams will explore recent British representations of Jews on television focussing on the role of the Jewish gangster in McMafia and Peaky Blinders in particular.

Nathan Abrams is Professor in Film at Bangor University in Wales where he directs the Film Studies programme and the Centre for Film, Television, and Screen Studies. He is the author of Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish Intellectual (2018) and Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film (2019), and co-founding editor of Jewish Film and New Media: An International Journal.

11–13 April

Conference

Security and Humanity in the First World War: The Treatment of Civilian ‘Enemy Aliens’

Venue: German Historical Institute London

16 April (3pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Stefanie Freyer (Osnabrück)
Hidden leadership? James I’s Diplomats at the Imperial Diet

2–3 May

Workshop

GINT TRANSLAB: German-English Translation Workshop and Panel

Organizers: Frankfurt Book Fair, Geisteswissenschaften International Frankfurt, German Historical Institute London, Goethe-Institut London, New Books in German

Moderator: Dr Ruth Martin

Venue: German Historical Institute London

7 May (5.30pm)

Seminar Series

Slavery's Past and Present: Challenges to Academic Research and Museum Work in Germany and Britain

How can museums and historians reappraise traumatic and partly hidden histories such as slavery, and offer opportunities to enable dialogue about events that society finds uncomfortable? Historian Rebekka von Mallinckrodt, University of Bremen, will first address the little explored topic of trafficked people and related legal concepts in the Holy Roman Empire, a state not usually associated with slaves. Although on the margins of the transatlantic slave trade, eighteenth-century Germany was deeply involved in it. Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, will then argue that museums of slavery should not only become platforms for dialogue on decolonizing the past and collection practices, but also develop new ways of power-sharing with publics and communities. The talks will be followed by a commentary by historian Catherine Hall, UCL. Chaired by Felix Brahm, GHIL.

This event is available as a MP3 download (59 min, 41 MB) Report: Slavery’s Past and Present: Challenges to Academic Research and Museum Work in Germany and Britain. By Dana Hollmann

9 May (5.15pm for 5.45pm)

Public Lecture

Martin Mulsow (Erfurt/Gotha)
Die Illuminaten, Schiller und die Anfänge des Kantianismus

English Goethe Society lecture

In the years after 1784, the centre of the Order of Illuminati, which had been founded by Adam Weishaupt in Bavaria, moved to central Germany, where it became active in Gotha, Weimar, and somewhat later in Jena – no longer working against reigning princes, but, at least in Gotha, together with them. The lecture will focus on the small Illuminati group in Jena, which met from 1785 to 1788. It consisted mainly of law students, whose meetings we can reconstruct on the basis of unpublished protocols and lecture scripts. The remarkable thing about this group is that it was closely bound up with the early reception of the work of Immanuel Kant and paved the way for its broad impact on the thought of Friedrich Schiller and German Idealism.

14 May (3pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Claudia Berger (Essen)
Die ‘Zwischenzeit’ der Kapkolonie 1902–1910: Politische Imaginationen, Taktiken und Strategien im Transformationszeitraum

14 May (5.30pm)

Special Event

Exhibition Black Germany - Opening Event

Venue: German Historical Institute London

With talks by historian Robbie Aitken (Sheffield), on “Making the Visible the Invisible – Black Germany in the Age of Empire”, and poet, dramaturge and editor Philipp Khabo Koepsell (Berlin), on “Afro-Deutschland – The Making of an Activist Movement“.

17 May

Workshop

Workshop on Medieval Germany

Organized 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)

Venue: German Historical Institute London

20–22 May

Conference

In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and Other Refugees (1940s–1960s)

Second Conference in the Series 'In Global Transit' organized by the German Historical Institutes in Washington and London in cooperation with the Max Weber Stiftung Branch Offices in Delhi and Beijing, and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley

Conveners: Wolf Gruner (USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, Los Angeles), Simone Lässig (German Historical Institute Washington), Francesco Spagnolo (The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley), Swen Steinberg (Queen's University, Kingston)

Venue: The Magnes Collection, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, USA

The Magnes Collection, Berkeley

21 May (5.30pm)

Public Lecture

Thomas Mergel (Berlin)
Modern Revolutions: The History of a Mimesis

The idea of the modern revolution rests on the idea that all individual revolutions are part of one great and all-embracing movement and this is why, in the 19th century, ‘the’ revolution became singular. Marx’s philosophy of history is pivotal in this respect. The lecture conceptualizes the idea of a ‘script’ of the revolution, and discusses how the history of the modern revolution can be grasped as the history of a tradition and, in practical terms, as the history of a constant mimesis. It also pursues the problem of how, in the course of the 20th century, this script began to fade, as revolutions resembled the Marxian concept less and less, so that today we again speak of a plurality of revolutions.

Thomas Mergel is Professor of 20th-Century European History at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He works on the cultural history of politics since the 18th century, focusing in particular on the history of political communication. His publications include Parlamentarische Kommunikation in der Weimarer Republik: Politische Kommunikation, symbolische Politik und Öffentlichkeit im Reichstag (3rd ed. 2012)

30–31 May

Workshop

Advertising and Marketing in the Early Modern World (1400–1800)

Workshop jointly organized by the German Historical Institute London, the Institute of Advanced Studies at University College London, and the University of Tübingen

Conveners: Christina Brauner (Tübingen) in cooperation with Michael Schaich (GHIL)

Venue: German Historical Institute London

4 June (3pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Liza Weber (Brighton)
Documenta and its Double: Germany's Myth of Modernism in Memory and Provenance, From "Degenerate" to documenta (1937–1955)

6 June (5.30pm)

Public Lecture

Maren Möhring (Leipzig)
Travelling around the World: Mass Entertainment in the ‘Haus Vaterland’ in Berlin

GHIL in co-operation with the Modern German History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London

Annual Lecture of the German History Society

In 1928, a consortium headed by the internationally renowned wine merchant Kempinksi opened a huge entertainment complex at the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. It consisted not only of a cinema and ballroom, but also of several themed restaurants – among them a Spanish bodega, a Japanese tea room, a Wild West bar, and a Viennese wine tavern. ‘Haus Vaterland’, despite its patriotic name, promised to assemble ‘the world under one roof’ and in this sense borrowed from the World’s Fair imaginaries. Investigating how ‘the world’ was arranged and performed in one of the most prominent places of public entertainment in Weimar Germany can help us better to understand how knowledge and imaginations about ‘the world’ were produced, circulated, and experienced, and how they shaped modern mass entertainment.

Maren Möhring is Professor of Comparative Cultural and Social History at Leipzig University. She is the author of Fremdes Essen: Die Geschichte der ausländischen Gastronomie in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (2012) and is currently working on a publication about ‘Haus Vaterland’ and the transnational history of mass entertainment.

11 June (5.30pm)

Seminar Series

Multidirectional Memory? National Holocaust Memorials and (Post-)Colonial Legacies

Venue and Collaborator: Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, Common Ground (G11), Wilkins Building (South Wing), Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

How do colonial history, the Second World War, and the Holocaust intersect? As Britain embarks on the creation of a National Holocaust Memorial, calls have been made for a memorial to and a museum of Britain’s historical involvement in slavery, its colonial past, and their legacies. Meanwhile, scholarship such as Michael Rothberg’s Multidirectional Memory has argued that Holocaust remembrance also has the potential to open up routes for commemorating other contested national pasts. This panel will enable a dialogue between scholars of the Holocaust, colonialism, and the British Empire to reflect on national and transnational legacies.

With Avril Alba, Sydney, Yasmin Khan, Oxford, and Tom Lawson, Northumbria.

Chaired by Tamar Garb, IAS London.

An audio recording of this event is available here (this link will take you to the UCL website).

Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL, London

18 June (3pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Riley Linebaugh (Gießen)
Stolen Archives: The Struggle Between Kenya and Great Britain over the Records of Empire

18 June (5.30pm)

Seminar Series

Who owns Public History?: Two Talks on History Textbooks in Conflicted Societies

Who owns public history and on what grounds? How does the historian relate to public debates? Across spatial and temporal conflict contexts, debates about the content and role of history textbooks are sensitive, highly political, and often notable for their interminability. Developing a theoretical approach, political scientist Eleni Christodoulou, Georg Eckert Institute, Brunswick, will embrace ‘educational anxieties’ by offering a framework for analysing securitization dynamics that successfully resist and prevent textbook revisions as part of peace-building processes in Cyprus and Lebanon. Neeladri Bhattacharya, former Chief Adviser of the National Council for Education Research and Training in India, will then explore how contested claims of caste and class, region and nation, are played out on the site of history textbooks in India.

Chaired by Nandini Manjrekar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

This event is available as a MP3 download (104 min, 69 MB)

Report (in German only): „History Battles“ und „Weapons of mass instruction“: Geschichtslehrbücher in Konfliktgesellschaften. Tagungsbericht zum Seminar “Who owns Public History” des DHI London. Von Simone Hacke

25 June (5.30pm)

Seminar Series

From Collected to Contested: The Future of Museums after the Repatriation Debate

European museums have recently come under increasing pressure to repatriate objects from colonial times. But where do we go from here? Does repatriation naturally entail ‘decolonizing the museum’, or might it even prevent museums from doing just that? This panel will discuss what decolonization in the museum might actually mean. How do recent debates fit into the bigger picture of engaging with uncomfortable collecting histories? How could embracing these histories enable marginal and multiple voices to have a say?

With Subhadra Das, Curator, UCL, Clémentine Deliss, Curator and Author, Tristram Hunt, Director, V&A, and Alice Procter, Tour Guide and Art Historian.

Chaired by Mirjam Brusius, GHIL.

This event is available as a MP3 download (106 min, 98 MB)

26 June (5pm)

India Research Programme Event

Panel on Marginality and the Urban: Linkages and Intersections

Participants: Isabel Ramos Lobato (ILS Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development Dortmund); Nandini Manjrekar (Tata Institute of Social Science Mumbai); Geetha B. Nambissan (JNU Delhi); Shivali Tukdeo (National Institute of Advanced Studies Bengaluru); Georgie Wemyss (University of East London)

3 July (7pm)

Seminar Series

Closing Event ‘Zingster Strasse 25’

Venue and Collaborator: Goethe Institute London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PH

To address the urgent need for living space in the 1950s the GDR government introduced new housing projects based on prefabricated concrete slabs, the so-called Plattenbau. Erected on the outskirts of East Berlin, Zingster Straße 25 in Neu-Hohenschönhausen was one of them and it was completed in 1987. Three decades later the artist Sonya Schönberger visits some of the tenants. Who is still around, and who has moved in since? Her interviews, read by performers Johanna Malchow and Ingo Tomi, tell not just personal stories of daily life in the GDR, but also bear witness to the regime change of 1989, and the often challenging and still under-debated aftermath of social change in a unified Germany.

The performance is introduced by Christina von Hodenberg, Director, GHIL.

Goethe Institute London

5 July

Special Event

Germany in Global Context, 1871–1945: Research Trends and Classroom Practice

**PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED**

The German Historical Institute, London, in association with the German History Society, is holding a free one-day event for A-level history teachers on Friday, 5 July 2019, from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm. This will take place at the German Historical Institute, 17 Bloomsbury Square, in Central London. The programme (see below) will include talks by academics on various themes in German history, and a tour around the institute’s library and other facilities.

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11–12 July

Conference

From the Ruins of Preservation: A Symposium on Rethinking Heritage Through Counter-Archives

Co-organized by Rodney Harrison (AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership Fellow/Professor of Heritage Studies at the UCL Institute of Archaeology) and Mirjam Brusius (Research Fellow in Colonial and Global History, German Historical Institute of London).

Venue: German Historical Institute London

23 July (2.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Sebastian Schlund (Kiel)
Staatsbürgerschaft als intersektionales Konstrukt in Siedlungskolonien des langen 19. Jahrhunderts

GHIL Colloquium

Simeon Marty (Berlin)
‘Thinking Black in the Blitz’: Pan Afrikanische Bewegungen während des ‘London Moment’, 1939–1945

3–6 September

Summer School

16th Summer School in British History: The History of the British Empire. New Perspectives

Conveners/Organisers: Historisches Seminar der Ludwig-Maxiliams-Universität München; German Historical Institute London

Venue: German Historical Institute London

10 September (2.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Nina Szidat (Essen)
Doing Europe instead of Thinking Europe? Town Twinning between Birmingham, Frankfurt, Lyon and Milan

GHIL Colloquium

Victor Jaeschke (Potsdam)
Europapolitische Zukunftsvorstellungen in Großbritannien, Frankreich und der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1984–1992

13 September

Workshop

Arms Control across the Empires

International academic workshop, co-organized by the German Historical Institute London (GHIL) and the Jena Center 20th Century History

Conveners: Felix Brahm (GHIL), Daniel Stahl (University of Jena)

Venue: German Historical Institute London

17 September (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Juliane Clegg (Potsdam)
Großbritannien und die europäische Währungspolitik in den 1980er Jahren

24 September (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Daniel Trabalski (Bochum)
Die Regulierung der 'Staublungen-Krankheit' nach 1945: Gesundheitliche Prävention und Entschädigung im Spannungsfeld umkämpften Wissens

1 October (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Karoline Künzel (Kiel)
Sinn- und Bewältigungskonzepte im Umgang mit Vergänglichkeit in lateinischen Jenseitsreiseberichten des 12. Jahrhunderts

8 October (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Luise Elsäßer (Florenz)
Disappearing Markets: Britain’s Transition from Equine to Motorised Power, c. 1870–1950s

Conference

Medieval History Seminar
10–12 October

Organized by the German Historical Institute London and the German Historical Institute Washington

Conveners: Paul Freedman (Yale), Bernhard Jussen (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main), Simon MacLean (St Andrews), Ruth Mazo Karras (Trinity College Dublin), Len Scales (Durham University), and Dorothea Weltecke (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main).

Venue: German Historical Institute London

10 October (6pm)

Public Lecture

Simon MacLean (St Andrews)
The Carolingian Origins of the Medieval Castle

The castle is perhaps the most recognisable feature of the western European landscape in the Middle Ages, dominating medieval social and political order from the 11th century onwards. The origins of the castle are generally assigned to the 9h and 10th centuries, beginning with defensive fortifications established against the Vikings. In this paper, I argue that there are problems with this origin story by re-evaluating some of the key sources and assumptions on which it rests. This argument has broader implications for how we think about the significance of fortifications in the last years of the Carolingian Empire and the evolution of the castle between the 9th and 12th centuries.

15 October (2.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Kristoffer Kerl (Köln)
Politiken des Rausches: Psychedelische Drogen, Sexualität und Musik in westlichen Alternativkulturen in den USA, Großbritannien und der BRD, 1960er bis 1980er Jahre

15 October

Seminar

F. Benjamin Schenk (Basle); comment by Andy Willimott (London)
‘Hubs of Global Migration’: Organizing Transcontinental Flows of People in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Scholars have long treated the history of the transatlantic migration to the Americas and the trans-Ural movement of peasant colonists within the Russian Empire at the end of the 19th century separately. In fact, the two processes were interconnected and had a number of striking similarities. One common feature was modern reception and transit camps for immigrants and migrants, which emerged almost simultaneously at various locations along global migration routes. These ‘hubs of global migration’ became important laboratories of migration management in the modern age.

F. Benjamin Schenk is Professor of Russian and East European History at the University of Basel and currently a Visiting Fellow at the Department of International History, LSE. His most recent monograph is Russlands Fahrt in die Moderne: Mobilität und sozialer Raum im Eisenbahnzeitalter (Stuttgart, 2014; Russian translation, 2016).

Commentator Andy Willimott is Lecturer in Modern Russian History at the QMUL School of History.

22 October (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Friederike Pfister (Bochum)
‘Foreign Knowledge’: The Latin-Christian Perception of Astrology (12th–15th c.)

29 October

Seminar

Sarah Stockwell (London)
‘Losing an empire, winning friends’? Sandhurst, Military Assistance, and British Decolonization

In the 1950s and 1960s British institutions delivered a variety of forms of technical and military assistance to emergent Commonwealth states. As a result, the ‘end’ of empire saw large numbers of Britons still working in the public services of newly independent countries and a great influx of students from former colonies to train and study in Britain, including at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where British authorities struggled to cope with the high demand for places. This lecture explores what the history of Commonwealth and foreign cadets at post-war Sandhurst tells us about Britain’s management and experience of decolonization.

Sarah Stockwell is Professor of Imperial and Commonwealth History at King’s College London. Her research focuses on British decolonization. Her most recent book, The British End of the British Empire (2018), explores the domestic impact of decolonization principally through analysis of the history of British institutions that had acquired roles within Britain’s imperial system.

5 November (2.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Stephen Foose (Marburg)
Travelling Passports: The Imperial and National in Movement between England and Jamaica, 1948–1975

5 November

Seminar

Jochen Johrendt (Wuppertal)
Prester John and his Letter: Between Intellectual Joke and Contemporary Criticism

In his History of the Two Cities (written about 1157), Otto of Freising reports on a ‘Prester John’, allegedly a descendant of the three wise men, who ruled in India, and defeated the armies of Muslim rulers. A few years later, the priest king John supposedly addressed a letter to the Byzantine emperor describing his own kingdom as an ideal: a realm of abundance, health, wondrous people, truth, and faith. But why did contemporaries invent this letter, which some crusaders, in particular, believed to be genuine?

Jochen Johrendt is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Wuppertal. He works on the history of the papacy and on Italy, in particular, Rome. His most recent publication is Der Investiturstreit (2018) and he is currently working on a monograph on the medieval papacy.

8 November

Annual Lecture

Professor Ulrike Freitag (FU Berlin)
Cosmopolitanism in a Global Perspective

12 November (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Suzanne Foxley (Oldenburg)
SurPRIZEing Events: Prize law as an American means of judicial independence from Britain? c.1780–1815

13 November (5.30pm)

Public Lecture

Ulrike Jureit (Hamburg)
Chronicle of an Announced Death: Affiliation, Violence, and the Appropriation of Urban Space in Provincial Germany, 1934

GHIL in co-operation with the Faculty of History, University of Oxford

On 25 March 1934 the Jewish population of the small town of Gunzenhausen in central Franconia experienced one of the first pogroms, in which two Jews lost their lives. The lecture reconstructs the spatial appropriation of this urban space and analyses the interdependence of space, violence, and collective belonging. In Gunzenhausen the spatial appropriation was extremely violent. The pogrom proved to be a revolutionary moment of commitment to a way of life that, although it had been following a racial concept of social order for some time, still had to reach agreement on binding forms of social exclusion and racial community-building.

Since 2000 the historian Ulrike Jureit has been a Research Fellow at the Hamburg Foundation for the Advancement of Research and Culture, associated with the Hamburg Institute for Social Research.

19 November

Seminar

Mark Knights (Warwick)
Corruption and the Invention of Public Office in Britain and its Empire, 1600–1850

The talk will explore several case studies that allow us to chart shifts in attitudes to office-holding, from the idea that an office was a piece of personal property or duty owed to a monarch towards office as a public, disinterested, and accountable responsibility. The examples of Samuel Pepys, Lord Chancellor Macclesfield, Charles Bembridge, and Sir Edward Colebrooke will be used to explore debates over the blurred boundary between gifts and bribes, the sale of office, breach of trust, what constituted a public official, and over how far a universal set of standards should apply across Britain’s empire.

Mark Knights is Professor of History at the University of Warwick and his principal research interest is early modern British political culture. His most recent work is The Devil in Disguise (2011, paperback 2015), which one kind Amazon reviewer describes as an ‘interesting and unusual history book that is so gripping that at times it reads like a murder mystery novel’.

21–23 November

Conference

Feminism in the Media / Feminism and the Media in the 20th Century

First Meeting of the International Standing Working Group on Medialization and Empowerment

Convenors: Christina von Hodenberg (GHI London) and Jane Freeland (GHI London)

Venue: German Historical Institute London

22 November (4pm)

India Research Programme Event

Ute Frevert (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)
The Politics of Humiliation: Historical Trajectories

Max Weber Lecture of the MWS India Branch Office

Venue: Auditorium of Jadunath Museum and Resource Centre, 10 Lake Terrace, Kolkata

Jadunath Museum and Resource Centre, Kolkata

25 November (6.30pm)

India Research Programme Event

Ute Frevert (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)
The Politics of Humiliation: Historical Trajectories

Max Weber Lecture of the MWS India Branch Office

Venue: Goethe Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan Auditorium, New Delhi

Goethe Institut, New Delhi

26 November (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Andrew Wells (Leipzig)
Free Spaces? Liberty and the City in the British Atlantic World, 1660–1760

3 December (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Camille Buat (Göttingen)
A Floating Population? Labour Migration, Regional States and the Making of Citizenship in Post-Colonial India

5 December (6.30pm)

European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London

Henry Bial (University of Kansas)
Jewish on Demand: Representation and Difference in the Streaming Era

Classic Jewish film and television, from The Jazz Singer to Seinfeld, was shaped by the economic need to reach the broadest possible audience, leading to creative strategies that minimized or downplayed the difference between Jews and the rest of society. As Netflix and other streaming services have made more specialized entertainment commercially viable, new ways of acting Jewish on screen have emerged that highlight the quirkier and more contested aspects of Jewish identity.

Henry Bial is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Kansas, where he has also served as Director of Jewish Studies, Director of the School of the Arts, and Chair of the Department of American Studies. He is the author of Acting Jewish: Negotiating Ethnicity on the American Stage and Screen (2005) and Playing God: The Bible on the Broadway Stage (2015).

9–13 December

Workshop

100 Histories of 100 Worlds in One Object

Concept and Convenor: Mirjam Brusius, GHIL

Organizer: Forum Transregional Studies with the Max Weber Foundation in co-operation with the GHI London, UCL (Alice Stevenson, Subhadra Das), and the University of the West Indies, Mona (James Robertson)

Funding by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany

University of the West Indies - Mona, Kingston (Jamaica)

10 December (6.30pm)

Public Lecture

Ulrich Herbert (University of Freiburg)
The Short and the Long 20th Century: German and European Perspectives

Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture

Venue: German Historical Institute London

The Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship is a joint project of the GHIL and the International History Department of the LSE and is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

12–14 December 2019

Conference

Translating, Travelling, Transferring Ideologies

Conference organised by the German Historical Institute London in conjunction with the London School of Economics and the Gerda Henkel Foundation

Conveners: Johanna Gehmacher and Elizabeth Harvey

Venue: German Historical Institute London