German Historical Institute London

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1) Christmas Closure
2) Library news
3) Prizes
4) GHIL Seminars and Public Lectures
5) Conferences and Workshops
6) Kolloquium
7) GHIL Bulletin, Autumn Issue
8) GHIL Bulletin Supplement

1) Christmas Closure

The Institute will be closed from Tuesday, 21st December 2pm to Monday, 3rd January 2011 and re-open on Tuesday, 4th January.

2) Library News

Please note that the Library will be closed on Friday, 10th December.

3) Prizes

Wolfgang J. Mommsen Prize awarded for the first time

On 12 November 2010 the GHIL awarded the new 'Wolfgang J. Mommsen Prize' to Tobias Wolffhardt (Munich) for his study Wissensproduktion als Staatsaufgabe. Colin Mackenzie (ca. 1753–1821) und das Projekt eines umfassenden Survey in Indien. The prize will be awarded annually to the author of an outstanding piece of German research on British history and covers the cost of translating the work for the new GHIL series Monographs in British History.

Prize of the German Historical Institute

This year's winner of the GHIL Prize for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis on German history, British history, Anglo-German relations, or an Anglo-German comparative topic is Britta Schilling (Oxford) for Memory, Myth and Material Culture: Visions of Empire in Postcolonial Germany. The prize was also awarded on the occasion of the Annual Lecture on 12 November.

Read more about the prizes of the German Historical Institute.

4) GHIL Seminars and Public Lectures

GHIL Seminars

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

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

18 January
Tyranny of Intimacy: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic

1 February


15 March
Social Capital, Gender, and the Consumer Revolution in Early Modern Germany

29 March
A ‘not entirely Prussian’ Hohenzoller? Emperor Frederick III as Germany's Missed Opportunity

Public Lectures

9 December
This lecture has been moved to 10 March 2011

16 February
Thoughts on a History of Political and Social Key Concepts in 20th Century Germany

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

3 March
Moving History: Television and Holocaust in Western Europe since the 1950s

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

10 March (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, Institute of Historical Research, University of London

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.

5) Conferences and Workshops

8 December
Holocaust Studies in the 21st Century
Venue: German Historical Institute London

13-14 January 2011
Postgraduate Students' Conference Conference
Venue: German Historical Institute London

24-26 February
Networks of Paupers and Debtors: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches to Forms of Monetary Dependence in the Modern Period
Venue: German Historical Institute London

10-12 March
Crime and Punishment in Modern Europe, 1870-1990
Venue: German Historical Institute Washington

17-19 March
Mediating Knowledge: Textual and Visual Representations of the New Sciences in Early Modern Europe (c.1600 – 1750)
Venue: German Historical Institute London

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.

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.)

7) 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 XXXII, No. 2 (November 2010)



God’s Anti-Liberal Avant-Garde: New Theologies in the Weimar Republic (Friedrich Wilhelm Graf)

Review Article

Monarchy and its Legacies in Germany since 1918 (Matthew Stibbe)

Book Reviews

Ines Weber, Ein Gesetz für Männer und Frauen: Die frühmittelalterliche Ehe zwischen Religion, Gesellschaft und Kultur (Pauline Stafford)

Johannes Laudage, Friedrich Barbarossa (1152–1190): Eine Biografie, ed. Lars Hageneier and Matthias Schrör (Gianluca Raccagni)

Rainer C. Schwinges, Studenten und Gelehrte: Studien zur Sozial- und Kulturgeschichte deutscher Universitäten im Mittelalter. Students and Scholars: A Social and Cultural History of German Medieval Universities (Georg Strack)

Sarah M. Butler, The Language of Abuse: Marital Violence in Later Medieval England (Hiram Kümper)

Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger, Des Kaisers alte Kleider: Verfassungsgeschichte und Symbolsprache des Alten Reiches (Peter H. Wilson)

Christine R. Johnson, The German Discovery of the World: Renaissance Encounters with the Strange and Marvelous (Sünne Juterczenka)

Steffen Bender, Der Burenkrieg und die deutschsprachige Presse: Wahrnehmung und Deutung zwischen Bureneuphorie und Anglophobie 1899–1902 (Tilman Dedering)

Anthony McElligott (ed.), Weimar Germany (Andreas Wirsching)

Anna von der Goltz, Hindenburg: Power, Myth, and the Rise of the Nazis (Wolfram Pyta)

Hermann Graml, Hitler und England: Ein Essay zur nationalsozialistischen Außenpolitik 1920 bis 1940 (Jonathan Wright)

Toby Thacker, Joseph Goebbels: Life and Death (Daniel Mühenfeld)

Neil Gregor, Haunted City: Nuremberg and the Nazi Past (Christiane Wienand)

Conference Reports

The Cultural Industries in the Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Cen turies: Britain and Germany Compared (Sebastian Wehrstedt and Dominik Büschken)

At the Margins of the Welfare State: Changing Patterns of Including and Excluding the ‘Deviant’ Poor in Europe 1870–1933 (Katharina Brandes and Elisabeth Grüner)

Slave Revolts and (Anti)-Imperialism: From Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century (Raphael Hörmann)

New Approaches to the History of Adoption (Dorit Brixius)

German Society in the Nazi Era: Volksgemeinschaft between Ideological Projection and Social Practice (Janosch Steuwer)

Die erste Blütezeit der modernen Europa-Historiographie (Martina Steber)

8) GHIL Bulletin Supplement

The Bulletin Supplement 'Memory, History, and Colonialism. Engaging with Pierre Nora in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts', edited by Indra Sengupta (2009) is now available online.