German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

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1) Library
2) Prize of the German Historical Institute London
3) GHIL Seminars
4) Conferences and Workshops
5) Summer Schools
6) Kolloquium
7) Special Events
8) Bulletin of the GHIL, Spring Issue

1) Library

The library will be closed on Thursday and Friday, 2-3 July as well as on Thursday and Friday, 9-10 July 2009 due to conferences.

Please note that there will be no late opening hours in August. Instead, the library will be open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Guided tours of the Library will be available on 30th June and 14th July before the seminar at 4 p.m.

2) Prize of the German Historical Institute London

The Prize of the German Historical Institute London is awarded annually for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis on German history (submitted to a British or Irish university), British history (submitted to a German university), Anglo-German relations, or an Anglo-German comparative topic. The Prize is 1,000 Euros.

To be eligible a thesis must have been submitted to a British, Irish or German university after 31 August 2008. To apply, send one copy of the thesis with

  • a one-page abstract,
  • examiners' reports on the thesis,
  • a brief CV,
  • a declaration that the author will allow it to be considered for publication in the Institute's German-language series, and that the work will not be published before the judges have reached a final decision,

to reach the Director of the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ, by 18 September 2009.

The Prize will be presented on the occasion of the Institute's Annual Lecture on 13 November 2009.

3) GHIL Seminars

30 June
The Stout Doctor: Martin Luther and Biography

With a special interest in gender history and a general interest in religious and social history, Lyndal Roper, Professor of Early Modern History at Oxford University, is one of the most eminent scholars in the history of early modern Germany. Her studies on the history of witchcraft in Germany between c.1450 and 1750 are widely acclaimed. Her books include The Holy Household: Women and Morals in Reformation Augsburg (1989); Witch Craze: Terror and Fantasy in Baroque Germany (2004); and ed. with Daniel Pick, Dreams and History: The Interpretation of Dreams from Ancient Greece to Modern Psychoanalysis (2004).

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

John David Smith, Professor of American History, is interested in the history of the Civil War, slavery, and emancipation and the history of racial thought. The latter directed him to European history in general and the figure of the Austrian anthropologist Felix von Luschan in particular, the subject of his seminar at the GHIL. Among his many 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.

4) Conferences and Workshops

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

Venues: German Historical Institute London and University College London
Conveners: Avi Lifschitz (Centre for Transnational History, University College London) and Andreas Gestrich (GHIL)

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

Venue: Weetwood Hall, Leeds
Convenors: Holger Afflerbach (University of Leeds), Hew Strachan (All Souls College, Oxford), and Andreas Gestrich (GHIL)

29 June - 1 July

Venue: Potsdam
Organisers: Militärgeschichtliches Forschungsamt, jointly with the Arbeitskreis Militärgeschichte e.V., the German Historical Institute London, and the Hamburg Institut für Sozialforschung

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

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Convenors: Riccardo Bavaj and Bernhard Struck (St Andrews), and Andreas Gestrich and Martina Steber (GHIL)

9-11 July
‘Gentle Bobby’ and Rigid ‘Pickelhaube’? Communicating Order, PolicingSociety: A Comparison of Policing in Great Britain and Germany in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Conveners: Philipp Müller (University College London) and Andreas Gestrich (GHIL)

4-5 September
Communities in Conflict: Civil Wars and their Legacies

Venue: James Callaghan Building, Swansea University
Conveners: Regina Poertner (School of Humanities, University of Swansea) and Andreas Gestrich (GHIL)

5) Summer Schools

27-31 July 2009
Knowledge and Empire: The British Empire, 1583-1975
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Convenors/Organisers: German Historical Institute London; Historisches Seminar der Ludwig-Maxiliams-Universität München; Universität Konstanz

7–12 September
New Approaches to Political History: Writing British and German Contemporary History

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Organisers: Kerstin Brückweh (GHIL) and Martina Steber (GHIL)

6) Kolloquium

The Research Seminar in German Language 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.

23 June (3pm)

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

Jugendstile und Popkultur nach 1945 in transnationaler Perspektive

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

Please note that the colloquium on 30th June has been cancelled.

7) Special Events

10 June 2009 (7pm)
Film: Konspirantinnen (Conspirators)
Venue: Goethe-Institut London

On 10 June the Goethe-Institut London will present the documentary Konspirantinnen (Conspirators), which brings to light the important role of women in the Polish resistance during World War II. Director Paul Meyer will be present to introduce the film and join Andreas Gestrich, Director of the German Historical Institute London, for a discussion after the screening.

16 June 2009
GHIL-Debates: The Crisis of Liberalism?
With Karen Horn (Cologne/Berlin), Jörn Leonhard (Freiburg), Richard Reeves (London), Quentin Skinner (London), and Benedikt Stuchtey (GHIL)

7 September (6pm)
Panel Discussion: New Approaches to Political History. A Dialogue between British and German Historians
Ute Frevert (Berlin) and Gareth Stedman Jones (Cambridge), moderated by Stefan Berger (Manchester)

8) Bulletin of the GHIL, Spring Issue

The spring issue of the Bulletin of the German Historical Institute London is now available online:

Bulletin of the German Historical Institute London Volume XXXI, No. 1 (May 2009)



‘Rose without Thorn, Eagle without Feathers: Nation and Power in Late Medieval England and Germany’  (Len Scales)

Book Reviews

Rosamond McKitterick, Karl der Große (Rudolf Schieffer)

Joachim Ehlers, Heinrich der Löwe: Eine Biographie (Graham A. Loud)

Christian Vogel, Das Recht der Templer: Ausgewählte Aspekte des Templerrechts unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Statutenhandschriften aus Paris, Rom, Baltimore und Barcelona (Jonathan Riley-Smith)

Dominik Collet, Die Welt in der Stube: Begegnungen mit Außereuropa in Kunstkammern der Frühen Neuzeit (Pamela H. Smith)

Dirk van Laak, Imperiale Infrastruktur: Deutsche Planungen für eine Erschließung Afrikas, 1880–1960 (Benedikt Stuchtey)

Thomas Morlang, Askari und Fitafita: ‘Farbige’ Söldner in den deutschen Kolonien; Marianne Bechhaus-Gerst, Treu bis in den Tod: Von Deutsch-Ostafrika nach Sachenshausen—Eine Lebensgeschichte (Eckard Michels)

Karen Hagemann and Jean H. Quataert (eds.), Gendering Modern German History: Rewriting Historiography (Christiane Eifert)

Boris von Haken, Der ‘Reichsdramaturg’: Rainer Schlösser und die Musiktheater-Politik in der NS-Zeit; Sven Oliver Müller and Jutta Toelle (eds.), Bühnen der Politik: Die Oper in europäischen Gesellschaften im 19. und 20. Jahr hundert (Anselm Heinrich)

John Lewis Gaddis, The Cold War: The Deals. The Spies. The Truth; Bernd Stöver, Der Kalte Krieg 1947–1991: Geschichte eines radikalen Zeitalters (Matthias Uhl)

Benjamin Ziemann, Katholische Kirche und Sozialwissenschaften 1945–1975 (Thomas Etzemüller)

Anja Kruke, Demoskopie in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland: Meinungsforschung, Parteien und Medien 1949–1990 (Christiane Reinecke)

Peter Barker, Marc-Dietrich Ohse, and Dennis Tate (eds.), Views from Abroad: Die DDR aus britischer Perspektive (Jens Gieseke)

Conference Reports

Imperial Legacies: The Afterlife of Multi-Ethnic Empires in the Twen tieth Century (Jost Achenbach and Helen Schmitt)

Knowledge Production and Pedagogy in Colonial India: Missionaries, Orientalists, and Reformers in Institutional Contexts (Indra Sengupta)

Engineering Society: The Scientization of the Social in Comparative Perspective, 1880–1990 (Jochen F. Mayer)

Visual Representations of the Unemployed (Matthias Reiss)


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