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GHIL NEWSLETTER September 2008


1) Annual Lecture
2) Seminar Lectures
3) Conferences and Workshops
4) Colloquia
5) New GHIL Publications
6) Exhibition "Neuland / new territory"

1) Annual Lecture

The 2008 Annual Lecture Opposition to Charlemagne will be given by Professor Dame Janet Nelson, King’s College London, on Friday, 7 November 2008 at 5 p.m.

2) Seminar Lectures

14 October
Fraternal Love, Fratricide, and Bastard Marriages: Aristocratic Illegitimates and their Half-Brothers and Sisters in Late Medieval Europe

Dr Slanicka has worked on social history in the Middle Ages and is currently finishing a book about illegitimate aristocratic children. Her publications include Antike und Mittelalter im Film: Konstruktion—Dokumentation—Projektion (2007) and Krieg der Zeichen: Die visuelle Politik Johanns ohne Furcht und der armagnakisch-burgundische Bürgerkrieg (2002).

21 October
Germans, Allies, and the Postwar Moment

Dr Hoffmann’s current interest is the history of human rights. He has published on German political and social history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His recent publications include Politics of Sociability: Freemasonry and German Civil Society 1840–1918 (2007) and, as editor, Demokratie im Schatten der Gewalt: Geschichten des Privaten im deutschen Nachkrieg (2007).

25 November
Poor Nobles: German Elites in Transition, 1770–1870

Professor Frie has worked on the social and political history of Germany from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. His interests include a comparative history of the European aristocratic societies and the history of Australia. Among his many publications are Friedrich August von der Marwitz: 1777–1873: Biographie eines Preußen (2001) and Das Deutsche Kaiserreich (2004).

27 November (Thursday)
Weimar in the Wings? Conflict Cultures in 1970s Germany

Professor Mergel has published widely on the cultural history of politics and transnational social history. His publications include Großbritannien seit 1945 (2005), Parlamentarische Kultur in der Weimarer Republik (2002), and Geschichte zwischen Kultur und Gesellschaft (1997).

9 December
The Character of the Thirty Years War

Professor Wilson is a specialist in early modern German history, particularly the political, military, social, and cultural history of the Holy Roman Empire. His books include German Armies: War and German Politics 1648–1806 (1998), The Holy Roman Empire 1495–1806 (1999), and Absolutism in Central Europe (2002).

Seminars are held at 5 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the German Historical Institute. Tea is served from 4.30 p.m. in the Common Room, and wine is available after the seminars.

Guided tours of the Library are available before each seminar at 4 p

3) Conferences and Workshops

25-27 September
Literary Constructions of Historical Worlds in Britain and Germany since 1750
Prof Andreas Gestrich (GHIL), Prof Rüdiger Görner (QMUL)

9-11 October
Trajectories of Decolonization: Elites and the Transformation from the Colonial to the Postcolonial
Convenors: Jost Dülffer, Köln; Marc Frey, Bremen
To be held at the Univerity of Cologne

24 October
Seventh Workshop on Early Modern German History
Prof Peter H Wilson (University of Hull), Dr Michael Schaich (GHIL)

13-15 November
Knowledge production and Pedagogy in Colonial India: Missionaries, Orientalists, and Reformers in Institutional Contexts
Dr Daud Ali (School of Oriental and African Studies), Dr Indra Sengupta (GHIL)

20-22 November
Engineering Society. The Scientization of the Social in Comparative Perspective, 1880-1990
Convenors: Kerstin Brückweh (German Historical Institute London), Dirk Schumann (Georg-August-University Göttingen), Richard Wetzell (German Historical Institute Washington DC), Benjamin Ziemann (University of Sheffield)
To be held at the Humanities Research Institute of the University of Sheffield

12-13 December
Visual Representations of the Unemployed
Dr. Matthias Reiss (University of Exeter); Prof. Andreas Gestrich (GHIL)
To be held at the University of Exeter

4) Colloquia

The Colloquium offers an opportunity for the GHIL’s scholarship-holders to present and discuss their research projects. It can also serve as a general forum for British and German PhD-students and post-docs to discuss their work in progress. Generally the discussions are held in German and the meetings usually take place on Tuesdays at 5pm in the Common Room. If you wish to participate, please contact Martina Steber (

23 September (3pm)

Unterdruck. Arbeitnehmer-, Belegschafts- und Gewerkschaftshandeln im deutschen und britischen graphischen Gewerbe, c. 1967-1991

7 October (5pm)

Britische Landwirtschaft und europäische Integration, 1957-1975

21 October (3pm)

Begegnungen im frühmittelalterlichen Europa: Beziehungen zwischen England und dem Reich von der Mitte des 9. bis zur Mitte des 11. Jahrhunderts

28 October (3pm)

Der entgrenzte Horizont. Zur Rationalisierung des Bildraumes im 17. Jahrhundert

11 November (5pm)

Die Balkanpolitik Englands von der bosnischen Annexionskrise bis zu den Balkankriegen 1908-1913

18 November (5pm)

Außer Dienst: Europas abgesetzte Staatsmänner und Monarchen als politische Akteure (1815-1918)

2 December (5pm)

“The Truly Married Woman” – Christian Missions and Female Education in 19th century Sierra Leone

5) New GHIL Publications

Markus Mösslang and Torsten Riotte (eds.), The Diplomats' World. A Cultural History of Diplomacy, 1815-1914, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. - IX, 476 p. (Studies of the German Historical Institute London) ISBN-13: 978-0-19-954867-5

6) Exhibition "Neuland / new territory"

Photographs by Claudio Hils

5 November 2008 to 19 December 2009 at the German Historical Institute London

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