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GHIL NEWSLETTER September 2010


1) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor
2) GHIL Seminars and Public Lectures
3) Conferences and Workshops
4) Call for Papers
5) Kolloquium
6) Postgraduate Students' Conference
7) Special Event
8) Library

1) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor

The German Historical Institute London, the International History Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Düsseldorf Gerda Henkel Stiftung have, for the second time, awarded a Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship for the topic ‘Germany in Europe, 1945-2000’. From 1 October 2010 Prof. Dr. Christoph Cornelißen will research at the GHIL and teach at the LSE for one year. By means of this Visiting Professorship the Gerda Henkel Stiftung will be promoting Christoph Cornelißen’s planned study of the British and German welfare states. Professor of Modern History at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel Cornelißen will be looking at which concepts of inequality and social justice have been discussed in Britain and the Federal Republic since the 1970s. Prof. Cornelißen also plans to hold a conference and a seminar on the topic.

2) GHIL Seminars and Public Lectures

GHIL Seminars

19 October
Academic History and Party Dominance: The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 1945–1990

Wolfgang Hardtwig is Professor Emeritus of Modern History at the Humboldt University Berlin and co-editor of the journal Geschichte und Gesellschaft. His research concentrates on Germany in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, especially the Vormärz and the 1848 revolution, political culture in the inter-war period, and the history of historiography.

2 November
The Long and Twisted Road to Sarajevo: Kaiser Wilhelm II and the Approach of War in 1914

John Röhl is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Sussex. He is an expert on nineteenth and twentieth-century German history, in particular on the biography and rule of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The last volume in his three-volume biography of the Kaiser, for which he received the 1994 Wolfson Historikerpreis and the 2003 Gissings Prize, was published in 2008.

30 November
A Space of Difference: Liberalism and Empire Re-visited

Catherine Hall is Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at University College London and one of the leading exponents of the New Imperial History. Her current project focuses on the life and work of Thomas Babington Macaulay.

14 December
The Close Proximity of a Distant War: Contemporary Perceptions of the Thirty Years War in England and Scotland

Hans Medick is Professor Emeritus of Historical Anthropology at the University of Erfurt and was a member of the pioneering research group on the history of proto-industrialization at the Max Planck Institute for History at Göttingen. Recent work focuses on ego-documents and self-narratives in the early modern period. Medick is especially interested in experiences and portrayals of violence during the Thirty Years War, and in conceptions of personhood and self.


Public Lectures

26 October (5pm)
From History to Histories? Interpreting Autobiographical Texts of the Nineteenth Century. In cooperation with Oxford University

GHIL in co-operation with St Antony's College, Oxford

Angelika Schaser is Professor of Modern History at the University of Hamburg and a member of the research group ‘Self-narratives in Transcultural Perspective’ (Berlin). She has published widely on minorities, the German women’s movement, and historiography and biography in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

9 December (5:30pm)
Much Ado About Nothing? The NATO Double Track Decision and West German Political Culture

GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London

Philipp Gassert was Deputy Director of the German Historical institute in Washington, D.C (2008/09) and since 2009 has been Professor of Transatlantic Cultural History at the University of Augsburg. His research interests span the history of Atlantic relations, National Socialism, and post-1945 contemporary German and European history.

Seminars and lectures are held at 5 p.m. (unless otherwise indicated) 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

23-25 September
Commercial Agriculture in Africa as an Alternative to the Slave Trade

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Conveners: Robin Law (Liverpool University/Stirling University), Suzanne Schwarz (Liverpool Hope University), Silke Strickrodt (GHIL)

4-6 October
Civility and its Other. German, British, South Asian and African Perspectives, 17th – 19th centuries

Conference organized by the German Historical Institute London and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Conveners: Andreas Gestrich (GHIL), Ute Frevert and Margrit Pernau (Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin)

11-12 October
„He should put an end to all such connections”: The influence of personal relationships between statesmen on the history of politics (1815-1914)

Venue: German Historical Institute London

4-6 November
Unthinking the Imaginary War. Intellectual Reflections of the Nuclear Age, 1945-1990

International Conference, jointly organised by the Centre for Peace History, University of Sheffield, and the Arbeitskreis für Historische Friedensforschung, in collaboration with the German Historical Institute London and the German Historical Institute Rome
Venue: German Historical Institute London

4) Call for Papers

Networks of Paupers and Debtors: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches to Forms of Monetary Dependence in the Modern Period

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Date: 24-26 February 2011
Conveners: Andreas Gestrich (GHI London), Martin Stark (University of Trier)

Deadline: 31 October 2010

The Crusades, Islam and Byzantium

Venues: German Historical Institute London; Institute of Historical Research, London
Date: 8-9 July 2011
Organisers: The Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East; The German Historical Institute London; The Institute of Historical Research, London; The London Centre for Crusader Studies, London

Deadline: 30 October 2010

5) 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.

19 October (2:30pm)

Die britische Russlandwahrnehmung im 20. Jahrhundert

26 October (2:30pm)

Eine andere transatlantische Perspektive? Afrikanische Studenten im Großbritannien des 18. Jahrhunderts

2 November (2:30pm)

Französische Revolutionsemigranten als europäische Akteure. Britische Perspektiven auf ein transnationales Phänomen

9 November (3pm)

Der Investiturstreit in England

Kinderbischöfe im europäischen Mittelalter

30 November (2:30pm)

Das arbeitslose Subjekt. Konzepte und Techniken sozialer Mobilisierung in Großbritannien und der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1949-90

7 December (3pm)

Die Herausbildung einer spezifischen Verwaltungssprache im englischen Schatzamt des 12. Jahrhunderts

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

6) Postgraduate Students' Conference

The German Historical Institute London will hold its 15th postgraduate students' conference on 13-14 January 2011. 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 2010.

7) Special Event

13 October (6.30pm)
Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture

The Rediscovery of Poverty in Germany and Great Britain since the 1970s

8) Library

The library will be closed on 23 and 24 September, 4, 5 and 22 October, and 4, 5 and 12 November due to conferences. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.