German Historical Institute London

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1) Prize of the German Historical Institute London
2) GHIL Seminars
3) Conferences and Workshops
4) Summer School
5) Call for Papers
6) Stipendiatenkolloquium
7) Post-Doc Scholarship
8) GHIL Podcast
9) Library
10) New GHIL Publication
11) Bulletin of the GHIL, Spring Issue

1) 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 2010. 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author will allow it to be considered for publication in the Institute's German-language series, and that the work will not be published before the judges have reached a final decision,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 30 June 2011.

The Prize will be presented on the occasion of the Institute's Annual Lecture on 11 November 2011.

2) GHIL Seminars

21 June
Jeddah: Daily Life in a Cosmopolitan Ottoman City

Ulrike Freitag is Professor of Islamic Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and Director of the Centre of Modern Oriental Studies in Berlin.

28 June
Precedent-setting or Precluded? The "NATO Enlargement Question" in the Triangular Bonn-Washington-Moscow Diplomacy of 1990/1991 and Beyond

Kristina Spohr Readman is Senior Lecturer in International History at the LSE. She specializes in the international affairs of Germany since 1945 and the ending of the Cold War and the methodology of contemporary history.

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.

3) Conferences and Workshops

24-25 June
Sciences of Politics around 1800 - Die Wissenschaft des Politischen um 1800

International conference held by the LMU-excellent-Project "Sciences of Politics around 1800" in co-operation with the German Historical Institute London
Venue: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

8-9 July
The Crusades, Islam and Byzantium

An Interdisciplinary Workshop and Conference
Organisers: The Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East; The German Historical Institute; The History Department of Royal Holloway, University of London; with support from the Royal Historical Society
Venue: German Historical Institute London

4) Summer School

25-29 July
9th Summer School in British History: Britain in the 1970s
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Conveners/Organisers: German Historical Institute London; Historisches Seminar der Ludwig-Maxiliams-Universität München

Closing date for applications: 30 June 2011.

More information is available on the GHIL website (in German only).

5) Call for Papers

Poverty in Modern Europe. Micro-perspectives on the Formation of the Welfare State in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Date: 10-12 May 2012
Conference held by the CRC 600 “Strangers and Poor People”, University of Trier, Projects B4 and B5 in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London

Deadline: 1 July 2011

European Remigrations in the Twentieth Century

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Date: 8-10 March 2012
Conveners: Marita Krauss (University of Augsburg), Andreas Gestrich (GHIL)

Deadline: 31 July 2011

Ninth Workshop on Early Modern German History

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Date: 9 December 2011

Deadline: 31 August 2011

6) Stipendiatenkolloquium

The Stipendiatenkolloquium 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.

21 June (2.30pm)

Die Kultur der Mäßigung. Der politische Mittelweg der englischen Liberal Tories und der französischen Doktrinäre (1789-1850)

28 June (2.30pm)

Jüdische Solidarität oder nationale Loyalität? Die 'Ostjudenfrage' während des Ersten Weltkriegs im internationalen Vergleich (Deutschland, Österreich, Großbritannien, USA)

5 July (3pm)

Die Thyssens - familiäre Praktiken, Lebensformen und Identitäten. Die Geschichte einer mobilen Familie, 1880-1960

Das Weltkultur- und Naturerbe der UNESCO: Kosmopolitisierung des kulturellen Gedächtnisses, 1960-1988

19 July (5pm)

Making Sense of the UK and International Development: Ideas, Institutions, and Foreign Policy Change

13 September (3pm)

Anglo-Norman self-fashioning: the writing of history and cultural memory in the early twelfth century

Repräsentanten der englischen Krone als Förderer von Buchmalerei und Tafelwerken auf dem Kontinent (1399-1485)

7) Post-Doc Scholarship

Deadline for applications for the "DHI London Post-Doc-Stipendium" for 2011/12 is 30 June 2011.

8) GHIL Podcast

Peter Hayes: The German Foreign Office and Nazism: Image and Reality after 1945
(8th Annual Lecture on Contemporary German History at the German Embassy London, 31 March 2011)

Plenary Forum on Empires and Colonies
(Frederick Cooper, John Darwin and Regina Grafe discuss various, possibly contradicting approaches to imperial and colonial history, chaired by Peer Vries, 15 April 2011)

The audio recordings of these events are now available as downloads on the GHIL website.

9) Library

Please note that there will be no late openings from 1 August until 10 September. During this time the library will close at 5pm on Thursdays.

Due to a conference the library will also be closed all day on 8 September.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

10) New GHIL Publication

Political Languages in the Age of Extremes
Ed. by Willibald Steinmetz
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.- XIII, 408 p. (Studies of the German Historical Institute London)
ISBN: 978-0-19-960296-4

11) 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 XXXIII, No. 1 (May 2011)



Towards The Limits to Growth? The Book and its Reception in West Germany and Britain 1972-73 (Elke Seefried)

In Subsidium: The Declining Contribution of Germany and Eastern Europe to the Crusades to the Holy Land, 1221-91 (Nicholas Morton)

Review Articles

Normality, Utopia, Memory, and Beyond: Reassembling East German Society (Thomas Lindenberger)

Response to Thomas Lindenberger (Mary Fulbrook)

Book Reviews

Jennifer R. Davis and Michael McCormick (eds.), The Long Morning of Medieval Europe: New Directions in Early Medieval Studies (Dominik Waßenhoven)

Das Lehnswesen im Hochmittelalter: Forschungskonstrukte-Quellenbefunde-Deutungsrelevanz, ed. Jürgen Dendorfer and Roman Deutinger (Thomas N. Bisson)

Jochen Burgtorf, The Central Convent of Hospitallers and Templars: History, Organization, and Personnel (1099/1120-1310) (Karl Borchardt)

Oliver Auge, Handlungsspielräume fürstlicher Politik im Mittelalter: Der südliche Ostseeraum von der Mitte des 12. Jahrhunderts bis in die frühe Reformationszeit (Jonathan R. Lyon)

Dominik Haffer, Europa in den Augen Bismarcks: Bismarcks Vorstellungen von der Politik der europäischen Mächte und vom europäischen Staatensystem (Frank Lorenz Müller)

James Retallack (ed.), Imperial Germany 1871-1918 (Ewald Frie)

Dierk Hoffmann, Otto Grotewohl (1894-1964): Eine politische Biographie (Norman LaPorte)

Jane Caplan and Nikolaus Wachsmann (eds.), Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany: The New Histories (Edith Raim)

Anthony Grenville, Jewish Refugees from Germany and Austria in Britain 1933-1970: Their Image in AJR Information (Peter Alter)

Patrick Major, Behind the Berlin Wall: East Germany and the Frontiers of Power (Michael Kubina)

Conference Reports

The Influence of Personal Relationships between Statesmen on the History of Politics (1815-1945) (Heidi Mehrkens)


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