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Postgraduate Research Students Conference

The German Historical Institute London held its 24th postgraduate research students conference on 9-10 January 2020. Its intention was to give postgraduate research students in the UK and Ireland working on German history an opportunity to present their work-in-progress, and to discuss it with other students working in the same field. In selecting students to give a presentation, preference was given to those in their second or third year who had already spent a period of research in Germany. The Institute also introduced the participants to its role as a research centre for German history in London and to the facilities it offers (conference and lecture programme, library etc.) as well as to the Institute's Research Fellows.

As well as discussing their subjects and methodologies, the participants exchanged information about practical difficulties such as how to locate sources, and finding one's way around German archives. On the morning of the first day, Dr Dorothea McEwan, the former archivist of the Warburg Institute, gave a course on German handwriting. Attended by most participants the palaeography course was welcomed as a very valuable introduction to the study of old manuscripts and records. The German Historical Institute can also offer support by facilitating contact with German archives and providing letters of introduction which may be necessary for students to gain access to archives or specific source collections.

The coffee and lunch breaks offered ample opportunity for informal contact and networking. On Thursday evening all participants were invited to a reception.

Next year's postgraduate research students conference, which is open to all postgraduate students enrolled at a British or Irish university, will take place from Thursday 7 to Friday 8 January 2021. If you are interested in attending, please register with the Secretary (email: abellamy(ghi) by 30 November 2020 and include the following details:

  • full contact details (including email address and telephone number),
  • the exact title of your project,
  • the date you started your project (and whether you study for a part-time or full-time PhD),
  • the name, address, email address and phone number of your university and supervisor,
  • confirmation whether you have undertaken research in Germany.

Please note that all 2nd and 3rd year students are encouraged to present a paper on their PhD project. Applicants will be contacted as soon as possible.

On the morning of Thursday 7 January 2021 a course on paleography to read German handwriting is planned. If you are interested in taking part in the Thursday morning course, please confirm your attendance in your registration.

Please note that accommodation and/or travel reimbursement claims can only be considered for those eligible and who attend the entire event.

Archived Conference Programmes

These archived conference programmes are available as PDF files:

24th Postgraduate Students Conference, 9-10 January 2020
23rd Postgraduate Students Conference, 10-11 January 2019
22nd Postgraduate Students Conference, 11-12 January 2018
21st Postgraduate Students Conference, 12-13 January 2017
20th Postgraduate Students Conference, 7-8 January 2016
19th Postgraduate Students Conference, 8-9 January 2015
18th Postgraduate Students Conference, 9-10 January 2014
17th Postgraduate Students Conference, 10-11 January 2013
16th Postgraduate Students Conference, 12-13 January 2012
15th Postgraduate Students Conference, 13-14 January 2011
14th Postgraduate Students Conference, 14-16 January 2010
13th Postgraduate Students Conference, 15-17 January 2009
12th Postgraduate Students Conference, 10-12 January 2008
11th Postgraduate Students Conference, 11-13 January 2007