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Special Events 2013

25 November (7pm)

10th Annual Lecture on Contemporary German History
PROFESSOR KENNETH DYSON: Germany, the Euro Crisis and the Future of Europe

On Monday, 25 November, the 10th Annual Lecture on Contemporary German History took place at the German Historical Institute London, in co-operation with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany London.

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11 November (5.15pm)

The Suez Canal and World History

A Roundtable on Valeska Huber, Channelling Mobilities: Migration and Globalisation in the Suez Canal Region and Beyond 1869-1914 (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

With Jürgen Osterhammel (University of Konstanz), Sunil Amrith (Birkbeck), Richard Drayton (KCL). Response: Valeska Huber (GHIL)

GHIL in co-operation with the Imperial and World History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London

Venue: Montague Room G26, Senate House (South block, Ground floor), Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

22 October (6:30pm)

Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture
PROFESSOR DOROTHEE WIERLING: Coffee Worlds: Global Players and Local Actors in 20th-Century Germany

The 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.

Venue: German Historical Institute London

Coffee, one of the most important global commodities since the late 19th century, has connected very different physical, social and symbolic worlds. The project Dorothee Wierling will present and discuss in her talk, focuses on one group of actors, those engaged in the overseas trade of the unfinished product: the coffee merchants as agents of globalisation. The talk will explore the economic, social and political frameworks in which those merchants acted and, in doing so, hopes to come up not only with a case study on the interaction of the global and the local, but also with the social and cultural history of an elite, which went through significant changes during the "age of extremes".

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26 June to 6 September

Double Exposure – Jewish Refugees from Austria in Britain

Following Austria’s annexion by Nazi Germany (the Anschluss) in 12 March 1938, many Jews tried to emigrate and obtain visas to other countries. About 30 000 found refuge in the UK where they were able to survive the war and start a new live.

The exhibition Double Exposure, designed by Dr Bea Lewkowicz, portrays the lifes of twenty five refugees who had to flee Austria as children and young adults. It explores their double exposure both to the cultures of Austria and Britain, as well as to the lenses of a still and a video camera. 

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23 November 2012 to 12 April 2013

Alan Turnbull: The Dresden Archive Project

An exhibition of documentary photographs, collages & prints

The Dresden Archive Project, a work by artist Alan Turnbull, is an act of remembrance of the Dresden that was lost in a firestorm at the end of the Second World War. The archive itself is a collection of images which celebrate the city’s history - postcards, photographs and printed ephemera relating to Dresden, beginning around 1870 when Saxony still had its own King, and ending in the 1950’s , with Dresden, a ruined city, passing to Soviet control. Close scrutiny of even routine looking postcards can reveal figures emerging from the shadows, faces peeping out of windows, or a human presence largely hidden and obscured in a retouched photograph. These are the incidental traces of life which bring poignancy to these images; a poignancy which is increased by our knowledge of the changes that were to come.

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30 January 2013 (5pm)

Public Panel Debate: The Nazi Seizure of Power in 1933 and its Significance, 80 Years on

Organised by Loughborough University and the University of Sheffield in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

Speakers: Professor Mary Fulbrook (University College London), Professor Neil Gregor (University of Southampton), Professor Anthony McElligott (University of Limerick), Professor Maiken Umbach (University of Nottingham)
Moderators: Professor Chris Szejnmann (Loughborough University) and Professor Benjamin Ziemann (University of Sheffield)

Venue: German Historical Institute London, 5pm-7pm

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