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Special Events 2017
 

Panel Discussion – Cultures of Conservatism in an Age of Transformation: Interpreting Conservatism between the 1970s and 1990s

Thursday 14 September 2017, 6pm

Venue: German Historical Institute London

Usually associated with politics and politicians such as Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Helmut Kohl, conservatism is also used to describe social, economic and cultural values, ideas and attitudes. The panel discussion "Cultures of Conservatism in an Age of Transformation" looks at the whole spectrum of conservatism from a historical perspective. Emphasizing the period between the 1970s and 1990s it will also explore the legacies of the conservatism in this era for today's world.

The discussants are:

  • Andy Beckett, Guardian journalist and author of of When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies and Promised you a Miracle: Why 1980-82 Made Modern Britain;
  • Frank Bösch, Professor of Contemporary History and Co-Director of the Centre for Contemporary History (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam);
  • and Bethany Moreton, Professor of History at Dartmouth and author of To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise.

The discussion will be chaired by Christina von Hodenberg, Professor of History at Queen Mary University. It will take place at the German Historical Institute London on Thursday, 14 September 2017 as part of the conference "Cultures of Conservatism in the United States and Western Europe between the 1970s and 1990s". A limited number of seats are available to the public.

The lecture is free but registration is required. Please book your ticket here.

This panel discussion forms part of the conference Cultures of Conservatism in the United States and Western Europe between the 1970s and 1990s.


Exhibition – Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919–1933

23 June – 15 October 2017

Venue: Tate Liverpool

The exhibition, conceived in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London, presents the faces of Germany between the two world wars told through the eyes of painter Otto Dix (1891–1969) and photographer August Sander (1876–1964) - two artists whose works document the radical extremes of the country in this period.

Featuring more than 300 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs, Portraying a Nation combines two exhibitions: Otto Dix: The Evil Eye, which includes paintings and works on paper that explore Dix’s harshly realistic depictions of German society and brutality of war, and ARTIST ROOMS: August Sander, which presents photographs from Sander’s best known series People of the Twentieth Century, his attempt to document the German people. In painting and photography, these works from a pivotal point in the country’s history reflect both the glamour and the misery of Weimar Republic.

More information is available on the Tate Liverpool website.
 


Roundtable on the Anglo-German Relationship

28 June 2017, 5.30pm

IHR Series: Rethinking Modern Europe (this link will take you to the IHR website)

Round table with David Blackbourn (Vanderbilt University), Frank Trentmann (Birkbeck University of London) and Celia Applegate (Vanderbilt University).
Chair: Lucy Riall (European University Institute, Florence)

Venue: IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

A roundtable discussion to mark the publication of Jan Rüger’s Heligoland: Britain, Germany, and the Struggle for the North Sea (Oxford University Press, 2017). Organised in co-operation with the German Historical Institute, London.


Arno Paucker – Scholar and Friend

30th March 2017, 6.30pm

A memorial event in honour of the Leo Baeck Institute’s esteemed, longstanding former director Dr Arnold Paucker OBE

Venue: German Historical Institute London

Opening Words by Pauline Paucker

Lecture by Peter Pulzer (Oxford): Arno Paucker, A Scholar Who Reached Out

Panel: Arno Paucker and German-Jewish History

  • Peter Alter (Cologne)
  • Simone Erpel (Berlin)
  • Raphael Gross (Leipzig)
  • Chair: Daniel Wildmann (London)

Please join us in remembering and celebrating a life of passion, dedicated service and many wonderful achievements!

The event is organized jointly by the LBI London and the GHI London.

Download Invitation (PDF)

A recording of this event is available as a MP3 download (this will take you to the Leo Baeck Institute website)


Panel Discussion – Luther’s Legacy: The Thirty Years War and the Modern Notion of State in the Empire, 1530s to 1790s

21st March 2017, 5.30pm

Panel Discussion with Robert von Friedeburg, Mark Greengrass, Jo Whaley and Peter Wilson.
The discussion will be moderated by Hamish Scott.

Venue: German Historical Institute London

Is there a distinctive German concept of the state? When and under what circumstances did it emerge? What was its intellectual context? The renowned historian Robert von Friedeburg has presented a new interpretation of these much debated questions linking them to late-medieval and, in particular, Lutheran notions of the polity. The panel discussion will consider how this may affect our understanding of Germany in the early-modern period and beyond.

Robert von Friedeburg is Professor of Early Modern History at the Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. He has published widely on early modern European intellectual and political history; Mark Greengrass is Professor emeritus of Early Modern History at the University of Sheffield. His areas of research are the political culture of early-modern France, on the Protestant Reformation and its impact; Hamish Scott is Professor emeritus of Early Modern History at the University of Glasgow. He specializes in the history of early modern international relations, the history of the German-speaking lands and early modern European nobilities; Joachim Whaley is Professor of German History and Thought at the University of Cambridge. His research interests lie in German history, thought and culture from 1500 to the present day; Peter H. Wilson is Chichele Professor of the History of War at the University of Oxford. His research interests are particularly the political, military, social, and cultural history of the Holy Roman Empire between 1495 and 1806.

Robert von Friedeburg: Luther’s Legacy: The Thirty Years War and the Modern Notion of ‘State’ in the Empire, 1530s to 1790s
    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. - ISBN: 978-1-107-11187-5
GHIL Library Library shelf-mark: Sd.11/5810

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Exhibition – German Historical Institute. 40 year anniversary

7 November 2016 to 31 January 2017

To celebrate the 40 year anniversary an exhibition on the institute’s history is on public display at the GHIL until 31 January 2017. The exhibits and panels focus on the foundation and the first years of the GHIL, the history of 17 Bloomsbury Square, and the activities and research over last four decades. The exhibition was compiled by Helen Whatmore and Tobias Becker, and designed by Shaun Campbell.

German Historical Institute – 40 year anniversary (download as PDF)