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1) Library
2) GHIL Seminars and Public Lectures
3) Conferences and Workshops
4) Call for Papers
5) Colloquia
6) GHIL Bulletin, Autumn Issue
7) Gerda Henkel-Visiting Professorship

1) Library news

Please note that the Library will be closed on Thursday, 18th December from 4pm.

Christmas closure
The library will be closed from Monday, 21st December 2008 to Friday, 2nd January 2009 and re-open on Monday 4th January.

GHIL acquires Refugee Voices
The GHIL library subscribes to a wide range of databases and electronic journals and constantly tries to make more digital resources available to its readers. It is therefore with great pleasure that we announce the acquisition of Refugee Voices, a major audio-visual archive for the study of the Holocaust and the history of German refugees to Britain during and after the Second World War. Through filmed interviews Refugee Voices provides insights into the life stories of 150 survivors of the Nazi persecutions in Germany who found refuge in Britain. All interviews can be listened to in one of the library’s reading rooms. The interviews have been fully transcribed and extensively catalogued so that they can be searched in various ways.

2) GHIL Seminars and Public Lectures

GHIL Seminars

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).

19 January
Civility—An Entangled History: Britain and North India in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Based at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Margrit Pernau is one of the few German experts on Indian history and the history of modern Islam. Currently she is working on the history of emotions. Her main publications include The Passing of Patrimonialism: Politics and Political Culture in Hyderabad 1911–48 (2000); and Bürger mit Turban: Muslime in Delhi im 19. Jahrhundert (2008).

2 February
God’s Anti-Liberal Avant-Garde: New Theologies in the Weimar Republic

Friedrich Wilhelm Graf is one of Germany’s most prolific scholars. Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics in Munich, he has been awarded the prestigious Leibniz Prize. His studies on the history of religion in modern Germany are widely acclaimed. His recent publications include (ed.), Ernst Troeltschs ‘Historismus’ (2nd edn., 2003); Die Wiederkehr der Götter: Religion in der modernen Kultur (3rd edn., 2004); and Der Protestantismus: Geschichte und Gegenwart (2006).

16 February
Germany’s 1918 Defeat Revisited

David Stevenson’s research focuses on the history of international relations in Europe since c.1900. He has contributed profoundly to our understanding of the First World War. Among his major publications are Armaments and the Coming of War: Europe, 1904–1914 (1996); 1914–1918: The History of the First World War (2004); ed. with Holger Afflerbach, An Improbable War? The Outbreak of World War I and European Culture Before 1914 (2007).

2 March
Alf Garnett Goes to Germany: Television Comedy and the Cultural Revolutions, 1965–79

Christina von Hodenberg has written widely on the social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth- century Germany. Recently she has focused on the post-1945 period in general and on the West German media in particular. Her publications include Aufstand der Weber: Die Revolte von 1844 und ihr Aufstieg zum Mythos (1997); Konsens und Krise: Eine Geschichte der westdeutschen Medienöffentlichkeit, 1945 bis 1973 (2006); and ed. with Detlef Siegfried, Wo ‘1968’ liegt: Reform und Revolte in der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik (2006).

16 March
What it is to Write a Biography of Johann Sebastian Bach

Peter Williams is an eminent musicologist, organist, and harpsichordist. His scholarly work centres on the organ and Johann Sebastian Bach. Among his many publications are The Organ in Western Culture (1993); The Organ Music of J. S. Bach (2nd edn., 2003); and The Life of Bach (2003).


Public Lectures

1 December (5pm)
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).

28 January (5:30pm)
Imperialism and Globalization: Entanglements and Interactions

GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London.
Ulrike Lindner’s research concentrates on the history of health in the welfare state in Germany and Britain, and on the history of German colonialism. Her main publications include Gesundheitspolitik in der Nachkriegszeit: Großbritannien und die Bundesrepublik Deutschland im Vergleich (2004); and ed. with Merith Niehuss, Ärztinnen—Patientinnen: Frauen im deutschen und britischen Gesundheitswesen des 20. Jahrhunderts (2002).

24 February (5pm)
How Ordinary People Become Mass-Killers

GHIL in co-operation with St Anthony’s College, Oxford.
Harald Welzer is head of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Memory Research in Essen and Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Witten/Herdecke. His main fields of research are memory, group violence, and research methods. As a sociologist with historical interests, his contributions to the history of National Socialism have had a deep impact. Among his many publications are Grandpa Wasn’t a Nazi: National Socialism and the Holocaust in German Memory Culture (2005); Das kommunikative Gedächtnis: Eine Theorie der Erinnerung (2nd edn., 2005); Täter: Wie aus ganz normalen Menschen Massenmörder werden (2005).

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

14-16 January 2010
Postgraduate Students' Conference Conference

25-27 February
At the Margins of the Welfare State. Changing Patterns of including and excluding the »deviant« poor in Europe 1870-1933
Venue: German Historical Institute London

25-27 March
German Society in the Nazi Era. ‘Volksgemeinschaft’ between Ideological Projection and Social Practice International
Conference organized by the Institut für Zeitgeschichte München-Berlin and the German Historical Institute London
Venue: German Historical Institute London

4) Call for Papers

German History Society Annual Conference
Venue: University of Manchester
Date: 16-17 September 2010
Deadline: 20 Februar 2010

Transcending Boundaries: Biographical Research in Colonial and Postcolonial African History
Workshop to be held at the German Historical Institute London
Date: 7-8 May 2010
Deadline: 29 January 2010

Commercial Agriculture in Africa as an Alternative to the Slave Trade
An International Conference to be held at the German Historical Institute London
Date: 23-25 September 2010
Deadline: 12 January 2010

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.

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)

6) GHIL Bulletin, Autumn Issue

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

German Historical Institute London Bulletin  Volume XXXI, No. 2 (November 2009)



Ideas of Justice in the Foundation of the German Old Age Pension System (Ulrike Haerendel)

Review Articles

The Origins of the Protestant Past: Recent Works on the Historiography of Early Modern Germany (C. Scott Dixon)

Britain, Berlin, German Unification, and the Fall of the Soviet Empire (Colin Munro)

Book Reviews

Ingrid Baumgärtner and Hartmut Kugler (eds.), Europa im Weltbild des Mittelalters: Kartographische Konzepte (Florin Curta)

Michael Borgolte, Juliane Schiel, Bernd Schneidemüller, and Annette Seitz (eds.), Mittelalter im Labor: Die Mediävistik testet Wege zu einer transkulturellen Europawissenschaft (Nora Berend)

Claudia Garnier, Die Kultur der Bitte: Herrschaft und Kommunikation im mittelalterlichen Reich (Jonathan R. Lyon)

Paul Fouracre and David Ganz (eds.), Frankland. The Franks and the World of the Early Middle Ages: Essays in Honour of Dame Jinty Nelson (Hans-Werner Goetz)

Ulrike Grassnick, Ratgeber des Königs: Fürstenspiegel und Herrscher ideal im spätmittelalterlichen England (Jürgen Sarnowsky)

Jonathan B. Durrant, Witchcraft, Gender and Society in Early Modern Germany (Ralf-Peter Fuchs)

Susanne Friedrich, Drehscheibe Regensburg: Das Informations- und Kommunikationssystem des Immerwährenden Reichstages um 1700 (James van Horn Melton)

Johann Gustav Droysen, Historik: Texte im Umkreis der Historik (1826–1882) (Andreas Gestrich)

Wolfram Pyta, Hindenburg: Herrschaft zwischen Hohenzollern und Hitler; Jesko von Hoegen, Der Held von Tannenberg: Genese und Funktion des Hindenburg-Mythos (Conan Fischer)

Jane Caplan (ed.), Nazi Germany (Bernhard Gotto)

Thorsten Diedrich, Paulus. Das Trauma von Stalingrad: Eine Biographie (Eckard Michels)

Karen Bayer, ‘How Dead is Hitler?’ Der britische Starreporter Sefton Delmer und die Deutschen (Florian Altenhöner)

Sandra Chaney, Nature of the Miracle Years: Conservation in West Germany, 1945–1975 (Willi Oberkrome)

Conference Reports

Seventh Workshop on Early Modern Central European History (Michael Schaich)

Re-Imagining Democracy 1750–1850: Government, Participation, and Welfare in German Territories (Michael Schaich)

The City as a Stage for Reform: Britain and Germany, 1890–1914 (Carl Philipp Schuck)

Local Histories, Global Heritage, Local Heritage, Global Histories: Colonialism, History, and the Making of Heritage (Indra Sengupta)

South Asian Experiences of the World Wars: New Evidence and New Approaches (Indra Sengupta)


Special Announcement

Refugee Voices

Library News

Recent Acquisitions

7) Gerda Henkel-Visiting Professorship

The GERMAN HISTORICAL INSTITUTE LONDON together with THE INTERNATIONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF THE LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE announce The Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship: a one-year post (from 1.10.2010), focused in the research area of ‘Germany in Europe, 1945-2000’