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GHIL NEWSLETTER September 2009


1) Library
2) GHIL Seminars and Public Lectures
3) Conferences and Workshops
4) Call for Papers
5) Postgraduate Students' Conference
6) Stipendiatenkolloquium
7) Special Events
8) New GHIL Publication

1) Library

There will be limited access to two of the basement library rooms (shelf marks B-F, H-I, N-R, T) during the next few weeks due to building works. Please ask library staff for details if this affects you.

Please note that the library will be closed on 8th and 9th October 2009 due to a conference. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

2) GHIL Seminars and Public Lectures


6 October
History of an Illusionary Giant? First Thoughts on a History of Experience of the Twentieth-Century Mass Media

Her contributions to social, cultural, and gender history from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, and her expertise in theory and methodology make Ute Daniel one of the most versatile German historians, widely know for her innovative approaches. Her publications include The War from Within: German Working-Class Women in the First World War (1997); Kompendium Kulturgeschichte: Theorien, Praxis, Schlüsselwörter (2001); and Augenzeugen: Kriegsberichterstattung vom 18. zum 21. Jahrhundert (2006).

20 October
Beethoven, Bayreuth, and the Origins of the Federal Republic of Germany

Neil Gregor’s research interests range widely across twentieth-century Germany, focusing mainly on the political, economic, social, cultural, and literary legacies of war and its impact on modern Germany society. Among his publications are Daimler-Benz in the Third Reich (1998); ed. with M. Roseman and Nils Roemer, German History from the Margins (2006); and Haunted City: Nuremberg and the Nazi Past (2008).

3 November
Art as Political Action: Peter Weiss and Peter Stein, Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Hans Werner Henze

Ingrid Gilcher-Holtey is one of the leading scholars of the history of ‘1968’, focusing particularly on the role of intellectuals and on cultural manifestations. Among her books are Eingreifendes Denken: Die Wirkungschancen von Intellektuellen (2007); 1968: Eine Zeitreise (2008); and Die 68er Bewegung: Deutschland—Westeuropa—USA (4th edn., 2008).

15 December
The Uses of Memory in Early Medieval Europe

Rosamond McKitterick is a leading expert on the political, cultural, intellectual, religious, and social history of Europe in the early Middle Ages. Her particular interest is in the Frankish kingdoms of the eighth and ninth centuries. Recent publications include (ed.), The Short Oxford History of Europe: The Early Middle Ages (2001); Perceptions of the Past in the Early Middle Ages (2006); and Charlemagne: The Formation of Carolingian Identity (2008).

Public Lectures

22 October (Thurs.) 5:30pm
Violence and Trauma: German Soldiers and their Memories of the Second World War

GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Svenja Goltermann’s research focuses on the history of the body, memory, and psychiatry in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany. Her main publications are Körper der Nation: Habitusformierung und die Politik des Turnens, 1860–1890 (1998); and Die Gesellschaft der Überlebenden: Deutsche Soldaten und ihre Erinnerungen an den Zweiten Weltkrieg (2009).

1 December
Volksgemeinschaft as Self-Empowerment: The Current Debate on Society in Nazi Germany

GHIL in co-operation with the St Anthony’s College, Oxford
Michael Wildt’s works on the Reichssicherheitshauptamt and on violence and society in the Nazi regime have established him as one of the leading historians in the field. His name is closely associated with the intensely discussed concept of Volksgemeinschaft. In addition to the Nazi regime, he is also interested in the impact of the consumer society on twentieth-century Germany. His publications include Generation des Unbedingten: Das Führungskorps des Reichssicherheitshauptamtes (2002); Volksgemeinschaft als Selbstermächtigung (2007); and Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus (2008).

Seminars and Lectures 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.

3) Conferences and Workshops

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)

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

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

18 September
Nobility and Religious Opposition. Britain and the Habsburg Territories in Comparison

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Organisers: GHIL and Ronald G. Asch (University of Freiburg)

25 September
Before the Holocaust: Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany 1933-1939

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Convenors: Birkbeck College (School of History, Classics and Archaeology) in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London

8-11 October
Medieval History Seminar

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Organisers: German Historical Institutes in London and Washington

30 October
Eighth Workshop on Early Modern German History

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Convenors: Peter H Wilson (University of Hull), Michael Schaich (GHIL)

20-21 November
The Cultural Industries in the Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Britain and Germany Compared

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Conveners: Christiane Eisenberg (Centre for British Studies at the Humboldt University, Berlin) and Andreas Gestrich (GHIL)

26-28 November
European Societies of Work in Transformation: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives on Great Britain, Sweden and West Germany During the Seventies

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Organisers: Kerstin Brückweh (GHIL), Andreas Gestrich (GHIL), Bernhard Rieger (University College London)

4) Call for Papers

At the Margins of the Welfare State. Changing Patterns of including and excluding the »deviant« poor in Europe 1870-1933

Conference to be held at the German Historical Institute London
Date: 25-27 February 2010

Deadline: 30 September 2009

5) Postgraduate Students' Conference

The German Historical Institute London will hold its 14th postgraduate students' conference on 14-16 January 2010. Its intention is to give postgraduate research students in the UK and Ireland working on German history an opportunity to present their work-in-progress, and to discuss it with other students working in the same field. All 2nd and 3rd year students are encouraged to present a paper on their PhD project. First year students are also welcome. Deadline for application is 30 November 2009. Please visit the GHIL website for further information.

6) Stipendiatenkolloquium

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.

22 September (3pm)

Charlotte Lady Blennerhassett (1843-1917) - Historikerin, Publizistin, liberale Katholikin: eine Biographie

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

6 October (3pm)

Kosmische Visionen. Europäischer Astrofuturismus und außerirdisches Leben im 20. Jahrhundert

13 October (5pm)

The contribution of remigrants to the establishment of Jewish life in West Germany after 1945

3 November (3pm)

King-in-Parliament und 'Kaiser und Reich'. Zur Eigenständigkeit des englischen Parlaments im letzten Drittel des 17. Jahrhunderts im Vergleich zum Immerwährenden Reichstag

24 November (3pm)

Marlboroughs Geheimnis. Diplomatie und Spionage im Spanischen Erbfolgekrieg

1 December (3pm)

Herrschen durch Heilige? Die Reliquienschätze europäischer Herrscher und Herrscherkirchen und ihr Einfluß auf die herrscherliche Legitimierung (13.-16. Jh.)

8 December (3pm)

Repräsentation und Metropole. Königliches Theater als Erfahrungshorizont der großstädtischen Gesellschaft in Berlin und London

Gipfel der Kooperation? Die Entstehung der G7 als Instrument internationaler Sicherheitspolitik

15 December (3pm)

Frühe Abolitionisten? Die Rezeption der antiken Sklaverei zur Zeit der schottischen Aufklärung und deren Einfluß auf die britische Abolitionsbewegung (1750-1833)

7) Special Events

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)
This Panel discussion will mark the beginning of the GHIL Summer School "New Approaches to Political History: Writing British and German Contemporary History".

29 September (by invitation only)
Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture:
PROFESSOR JOHANNES PAULMANN: Welfare without Borders? On the Entangled History of German Social Policy in the Twentieth Century

8) New GHIL Publication

Fabian Klose, Menschenrechte im Schatten kolonialer Gewalt. Die Dekolonisierungskriege in Kenia und Algerien 1945-1962
Munich: Oldenbourg, 2009. – X, 346 p. (Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London Vol. 66)