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GHIL NEWSLETTER September 2011


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

1) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor

The German Historical Institute London (GHIL), the International History Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the Gerda Henkel Foundation in Düsseldorf are pleased to announce that they have made their third appointment to the position of Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor in the field of Germany in Europe. For the first time, the timeframe for the research promoted in this position has been extended to cover the period from 1890 to 2000. From 1 October 2011 Ute Daniel, professor of modern history at the Technical University in Brunswick, will spend a year researching at the GHIL and teaching at the LSE. With this appointment, the Gerda Henkel Foundation is supporting Ute Daniel’s research on relations between the mass media and politics in the twentieth century, a topic which she will investigate comparatively in Germany, Britain, and the USA.

2) GHIL Seminars and Public Lectures

GHIL Seminars

4 October
Against the Grain: The Swiss Parish Republic of Gersau in the Age of Absolutism

Beat Kümin is Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Warwick. Following undergraduate studies at Berne and doctoral research at Cambridge, he specialized in the social and cultural history of local communities in England and German-speaking Europe c.1400–1800. 

25 October
From the Inside: The Story of West Germany, Told by its Prisoners

Sarah Colvin is Professor in the Study of Contemporary Germany and Director of the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham. She was formerly Eudo C. Mason Chair of German at the University of Edinburgh. Her current research is on reading and writing in prisons; her broader fields of interest include narrative, gender, violence, and theatre. 

15 November
Places of Order and Spheres of Political Action: Examples from Scotland, England, and France in the Late Middle Ages

Jörg Rogge is Professor of Medieval History and Academic Director at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. His research focuses on English and Scottish medieval history, the military and society in the Middle Ages, the social and constitutional history of the German Empire, and theories and methods of cultural history. 

22 November
Science, Gender, Internationalism: A Transnational History of Female Academic Networking, 1919–1955

Christine von Oertzen has been a research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin since 2005. Previously she was a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. Her research interests include cultural history, gender, and the history of science during the twentieth century in transnational perspective. 


Public Lectures

8 November
Carl Goerdeler’s Struggle to Protect the Jews

Peter Hoffmann is William Kingsford Professor of History at McGill University, Montreal. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal of the State of Baden-Württemberg (Germany), the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit (Federal Republic of Germany), and the Konrad Adenauer Research Award. His most recent book is Carl Goerdeler and the Jewish Question, 1933–1942 (2011).

29 November
‘Politics of Privatization’: Germany and Western Europe 1970–2000
GHIL in co-operation with the Research Seminar on Modern European Social and Cultural History of the University of Oxford
Dietmar Süß is Dilthey Fellow at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena. His research interests include German and British contemporary history, labour history, and the history of violence.

8 December (5.30pm)
Mussolini, Hitler, Franco: The Construction of Charismatic Leader ship
GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Martin Baumeister is Professor of Contemporary European History at the Ludwig-Maximilians- Universität München.

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

13-15 October
The Fischer Controversy 50 Years On

International Conference
Venue: German Historical Institute London

21 October
Listening Spaces: Art Music and its Audiences in the Concert Hall and Beyond, c.1850-1945

One-Day Workshop
Convenors: Neil Gregor (Southampton) James Mansell (Nottingham) Andreas Gestrich (GHIL)
Venue: German Historical Institute London

17-19 November
Sport in the Early Modern Culture

Conference held by the DFG-Network “Body Techniques” in co-operation with the German Historical Institute London
Venue: German Historical Institute London

4) 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.

11 October (3pm)

Die Motorisierung des „Mufassil“: Automobilverkehr und gesellschaftlicher Wandel im ländlichen Nordindien, c. 1920-1970

Werbung und Marktforschung in Ghana, 1930-1970

25 October (2:30pm)

Munizipalsozialismus? Das Entstehen der städtischen Leistungsverwaltung in Frankfurt am Main und Birmingham

8 November (2pm)

Die Wirkungsgeschichte des protestantischen Netzwerks unter Maria Tudor (1553-1558)

Die Entstehung des Ministeriums in Großbritannien und Brandenburg-Preußen, ca. 1660-1800

15 November (2:30pm)

Britische Human Intelligence im Zweiten Weltkrieg

22 November (2:30pm)

Waffenhandel. Eine europäisch-ostafrikanische Verflechtungsgeschichte (1850-1900)

29 November (2:30pm)

A temple of growth for industrialized countries. The growth paradigm and the OEEC/OECD, 1950s-1980s

5) Postgraduate Students' Conference

The German Historical Institute London will hold its 16th postgraduate students' conference on 12-13 January 2012. 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 2011.

6) Special Event

27 October (6:30pm)
Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture

Goebbels, War and Propaganda. The Media Logic of the “Third Reich”

7) New Publication

The Legacies of Two World Wars. European Societies in the Twentieth Century
Ed. by Lothar Kettenacker and Torsten Riotte.
New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2011. - 334 p.
ISBN 978-0-85745-180-4

8) Library

Please note that due to conferences the library will be closed all day on Thursday, 13 October, and Friday, 11 November, and from 1pm on Thursday, 27 October. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.