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Previous Public Lectures 2018

25 January
(5.45pm)

Nicholas Martin (Birmingham)
Hölderlin and the First World War

Lecture organised by the English Goethe Society

Venue: German Historical Institute London

31 January
(5.30pm)

Daniel Speich Chassé (Lucerne)
The ‘Third World’ as an Effect of the Social Sciences

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

The lecture will analyse the history of the term ‘third world’ since the early 1950s. The guiding question is how a plural world full of economic differences turned into the orderly fiction of nation-states—ranked according to their GDP. What is the cost of quantification in global political communication?

Daniel Speich Chassé is Professor of Global History at the University of Lucerne. His research interests lie in economic history, global history, the history of knowledge, environmental history, Swiss history, and modern African history. His publications include Die Erfindung des Bruttosozialprodukts: Globale Ungleichheit in der Wissensgeschichte der Ökonomie (2013) and (co-edited with Alexander Nützenadel) Global Inequality after 2011 (2011).

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9 May
(5.30pm)

Katharina Karcher (University of Bristol)
An anti-authoritarian threat to national security? Rudi Dutschke’s exile in the UK

This is an opening talk for the exhibition “ANTI-AUTHORITARIANS; Berlin 1968 / 2018” that will be hosted by the GHIL from 10 May to 31 July 2018. The talk starts at 5.30pm and will be followed by a general discussion and the opportunity to see the exhibition over a glass of wine afterwards.

The 1960s saw a wave of student revolts around the world. Britain remained largely unaffected by the revolutionary spirit of the time; but anxieties flared when in December 1968 Rudi Dutschke, the charismatic icon of the West German student movement, moved to England after being shot in the head by a right-wing extremist in Berlin. As a result of the attempt on his life, Dutschke suffered memory loss, epileptic fits, and had to re-learn the ability to read and write. Nevertheless, the Home Office considered him a potential threat to national security and expelled him from the country when he wanted to continue his studies in the UK. Drawing on previously unconsidered archival sources in Germany and in the UK and on interviews with contemporary witnesses, this talk will give a brief overview of Rudi Dutschke’s exile in the UK. Particular attention will be paid to conflicting narratives of disability and notions of political activity in the Dutschke case. I will conclude by asking: what can we learn from the Dutschke case when it comes to academic freedom and immigration in post-Brexit Britain?

Katharina Karcher is Lecturer of German Cultural Studies at the University of Bristol. She holds a PhD in German Studies from the University of Warwick. Her work focuses on radical protest and political violence in the Federal Republic of Germany. She has published essays on feminist theory and politics, women's involvement in political violence and feminist activism in the FRG. Her recent monograph (published by Berghahn books) deals with militant feminism in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1968. Currently, she is working on a study of the UK exile of the prominent German student leader Rudi Dutschke.

21 June
(5.30pm)

Ulrich Herbert (Freiburg)
The Russian October Revolution and the German Labour Movement

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

German History Society Annual Lecture

What did the German workers’ movement know about the course, outcome, and effects of the Russian October Revolution; how were the events perceived and judged? The lecture examines the significance of the revolutionary events in Russia and the subsequent civil war for the course of the majority SPD after the November Revolution and for the splitting of the workers’ movement. Of particular interest is how the reports on Russia influenced Ebert’s decision to co-operate with the Reichswehr leadership in suppressing the revolutionary workers, and what role the Bolshevik leadership played in initiating the numerous left-wing uprising attempts until 1923.

Ulrich Herbert is Professor of Modern History at the University Freiburg. His publications include A History of Germany in the Twentieth Century (2018); Hitler’s Foreign Workers: Enforced Foreign Labor in Germany under the Third Reich (1997); National Socialist Extermination Policy: Contemporary German Perspectives and Controversies (1999); and A History of Foreign Labor in Germany, 1880–1980 (1990).

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6 July
(6.30pm)

Andreas Gestrich (GHIL)
Land of Hope and ... The Past and Future in the Language of Modern British Politics

Valedictory Lecture

Venue: London School of Economics, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ

Seating is limited, registration is via email events(ghi)ghil.ac.uk only.

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