German Historical Institute London

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1) Seminars
2) Special Lecture
3) Conferences and Workshops
4) Special Events
5) Colloquia
6) GHIL Bulletin Supplement
7) New GHIL Publications
8) Library closure

1) Seminars

12 May
Philanthropic Germans? Forms and Developments of Charitable Giving in West Germany, 1945 to the early 1980s

Gabriele Lingelbach’s main fields of expertise are the history of historiography and of poverty and charity in the modern age. Her publications include Klio macht Karriere: Die Institutionalisierung der Geschichtswissenschaft in Frankreich und den USA in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts (2003); and with Jürgen Kocka, Schenken, Spenden, Stiften (2007).

19 May
Mary: The Challenges to History

Distinguished medievalist Miri Rubin is well known for her methodologically reflected approaches. At the GHIL she will be speaking about her most recent book, Mary—Mother of God: A History (2008). Among her other publications are Corpus Christi: The Eucharist in Late Medieval Culture (1991); and Gentile Tales: The Narrative Assault on Late Medieval Jews (1999).

2 June
Sonderwege or ‘Parentheses’? The German and Italian Roads to Ruin, 1914-45

MacGregor Knox’s main field of research is European international history, 1890 to 1945, especially strategic theory and dictatorships. His publications include Hitler’s Italian Allies: Royal Armed Forces, Fascist Regime, and the War of 1940–43 (2000); and To the Threshold of Power, 1922/33: Origins and Dynamics of the Fascist and National Socialist Dictatorships (2007).

30 June
The Stout Doctor: Martin Luther and Biography

With her special interest in gender history and general interest in religious and social history, Lyndal Roper is one of the most eminent scholars of the history of early modern Germany. Her books include The Holy Household: Women and Morals in Reformation Augsburg (1989); and Witch Craze: Terror and Fantasy in Baroque Germany (2004).

14 July
Felix von Luschan’s Research Trip to America, 1914–15

John David Smith is an expert in the history of the American Civil War, slavery, and racial thought. The latter interest directed him to the Austrian anthropologist Felix von Luschan. Among his books are An Old Creed for the New South: Proslavery Ideology and Historiography, 1865–1918 (3rd edn., 2008); and Black Judas: William Hannibal Thomas and ‘The American Negro’ (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.m.

2) Special lecture

18 May (6pm)
PROFESSOR BERNHARD VOGEL: The German unification 20 years ago - A witness' report from West and East

Talk by Professor Bernhard Vogel, former Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia. This event is organised in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Venue: Seminar Room of the German Historical Institute London.

3) Conferences and Workshops

16-17 May
Local histories, global heritage, local heritage, global histories: Colonialism, history and the making of heritage
Conference at the German Historical Institute London

26 May
South Asian Experiences of the World Wars: New Evidence and New Approaches

Workshop organised by the Centre of South Asian Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (London), the German Historical Institute (London) and the Zentrum Moderner Orient (Berlin)

5-6 June
Civic virtue and modernity: Debates on Rousseau in German-speaking Europe and in Britain

Conference organised by the UCL Centre for Transnational History and the German Historical Institute London

25-28 June
Why fighting ends: A history of surrender

International Conference organised by the University of Leeds and the University of Oxford in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London

29 June-1 July

Conference at the Militärgeschichtliches Forschungsamt Potsdam, jointly organised by the GHIL

2-4 July
German Images of ‘the West’ in the ‘long 19th century’

Conference organised by the University of St Andrews and the German Historical Institute London

4) Special Events

21 April 2009 to 31 July 2009
Exhibition "Eduard Zander (1813–1868). Views of Ethiopia"

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba.
Eduard Zander was a nineteenth-century adventurer who was fascinated by life in Africa. Inspired by the work of the learned naturalists he left the Duchy of Anhalt for Abessinia. Trained as a painter Zander depicted the scenes he came across in the course of his many expeditions. Yet only one sketchbook survived. Rediscovered a few years ago, it portrays nature and everyday life in the Simien mountains of Ethopia. Zander’s remarkable sketches will be on display at the GHIL from 21 April to 31 July 2009.

16 June (please book your ticket by 15 May)
GHIL-Debates: The Crisis of Liberalism?
With Karen Horn (Berlin), Jörn Leonhard (Freiburg), Richard Reeves (London), Quentin Skinner (London) and Benedikt Stuchtey (GHIL)

5) 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.

28 April (3pm)

Der umstrittene Wald. Konflikte um die Wahrnehmung und Nutzung am Beispiel von Wald und Holz in den Ländern Hannover, Norwegen und Schottland (1780-1890)

Neue Universitäten – neue Urbanität? Fallstudie zur Verbindung von universitären Neugründungen und Stadtentwicklungen

5 May (3pm)

Mediale Diskurse über Behinderung und Behinderte in der Frühen Neuzeit

Der Luftkrieg im Ersten Weltkrieg als transnationales Medienereignis: Die Berichterstattung deutscher, englischer und französischer Zeitungen im Vergleich

23 June (3pm)

Arbeit am Tempel "Europa". Westeuropäische Freimaurereien transkulturell, 1850-1930

Jugendstile und Popkultur nach 1945 in transnationaler Perspektive

30 June (3pm)

Chor als Spiegel der Gesellschaft. Vergleichende Studien zur Neuformierung des Chorwesens in der DDR und England (1945-1975)

7 July (3pm)

Das britische Board of Longitude 1714-1830. Wissensproduktion und -distribution

Compiler into Genius. The Rise of Dictionary Writers in Eighteenth-Century England and France

6) GHIL Bulletin Supplement

Memory, History, and Colonialism
Engaging with Pierre Nora in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts

Ed. by Indra Sengupta. Foreword by Hagen Schulze
London: German Historical Institute, 2009. - 178 p. (GHIL Bulletin Supplement No. 1)
ISSN 0269-8552

The articles in this first supplement of the GHIL Bulletin address some of the major concerns of the use of memory as an analytical tool in historical research by engaging with Pierre Nora’s notion of lieux de mémoire. Based on studies of colonialism and postcolonialism, the articles take issue with the claims to exclusivity that Nora made for the approach: that is, its applicability to the nation-state and national identity and its suitability for the French national context alone. The aim of this collection is to use the specific parameters of colonialism and postcolonialism to enter into a methodological dialogue with the lieux de mémoire approach to the writing of history.

To order a free copy of this supplement, please contact the GHIL.

7) New GHIL Publications

Removing Peoples. Forced Removal in the Modern World
Ed. by Richard Bessel and Claudia B. Haake
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. - XII, 468 p. (Studies of the German Historical Institute London)
ISBN: 978-0-19-956195-7

Frank Bösch, Öffentliche Geheimnisse: Skandale, Politik und Medien in Deutschland und Großbritannien 1880–1914
Munich: Oldenbourg, 2009. – VI, 540 p. (Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London Vol. 65)
ISBN 978-3-486-58857-6

8) Library closure

The library will be closed on Friday, 5 June 2009 due to a conference held at the Institute. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.