German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)20 - 7309 2050
Fax: +44 (0)20 - 7309 2055 / 7404 5573


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1) Library News
2) GHIL Seminars and Public Lectures
3) European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2012
4) Stipendiatenkolloquium
5) Exhibitions
6) Call for Papers
7) Prize of the German Historical Institute London
8) GHIL Bulletin, Spring Issue

1) Library News

Please note that were will be no Thursday late openings from 19 July to 6 September inclusive. The library will close at 5 pm on Thursday during this period.

During the London Olympics (27 July - 12 August) library opening hours may have to be changed at short notice. Please check the website before you visit the library during these weeks.

2) GHIL Seminars and Public Lectures

GHIL Seminars

22 May
Senatorial Bishops? The Rise of Episcopal Power in Gaul (400–600)

Steffen Patzold teaches medieval history at the Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen. His research focuses on European history from 500 to 1200, in particular, on political history and the history of religious institutions. He is the author of Episcopus: Wissen über Bischöfe im Frankenreich des späten 8. bis frühen 10. Jahrhunderts (2008) and his current project is a prosopography of the Gaulish episcopate from 400 to 700.

12 June
One Village, Five Religions: New Approaches to the Analysis of Religious Coexistence in Early Modern Germany

Dagmar Freist is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Oldenburg and co-founder of the research network NESICT <>. Her research interests include religious diversity, political culture, and the public sphere in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England and Germany. Her publications include Governed by Opinion: Politics, Religion and the Dynamics of Communication in London, c.1637–1645 (1998); Absolutismus: Kontroversen um die Geschichte (2008); and Living with Religious Diversity in Early Modern Europe (co-ed. 2009).

Public Lectures

24 May (5.30pm)
The Worst Fears Come True? Germany and European Integration since 1945

GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Kiran Klaus Patel is Professor of European and Global History at the University of Maastricht, where he also serves as head of department. His most recent publications include The United States and Germany during the Twentieth Century: Competition and Convergence (co-ed., 2010); Europeanization in the Twentieth Century: Historical Approaches (co-ed., 2010); and Europäisierung wider Willen: Die Bundesrepublik in der Agrarintegration der EWG (2009).

29 May (5pm)
The Great War in British History, 1914–2014

Discussant: UTE DANIEL (London/Brunswick)
Jay Winter received his doctorate in history at Cambridge, where he taught for many years. He is now Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale, and is a specialist on the history of the First World War. He was one of the founders of the Historial de la grande guerre at Péronne Somme, and is editor-in-chief of the three-volume Cambridge History of the First World War, to be published in 2014, in English and in French.

Seminars and Lectures are held at 5 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the German Historical Institute unless otherwise indicated. 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) European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2012

23 May (6.30pm)
“Before the Law stands a doorkeeper. To this doorkeeper comes a man…”: Kafka, Narrative and the Law

Vivian Liska is Senior Professor of German literature and Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Her research focuses on modernist literature, German-Jewish literature and culture, and literary theory. She is the author of Die Nacht der Hymnen: Paul Celans Gedichte 1938-1944 (1993) and Die Dichterin und das schelmische Erhabene. Else Lasker-Schülers 'Die Nächte Tino von Bagdads' (1998). Her most recent book is Fremde Gemeinschaft. Deutsch-jüdische Literatur der Moderne (2011).

13 June (6.30pm)
Inside the Dual State: The Secret Life, Writings and Lawyering of Ernst Fraenkel in Nazi Germany

Douglas G. Morris is a legal historian and practicing criminal defense attorney with Federal Defenders of New York, Inc. He is author of Justice Imperiled: The Anti-Nazi Lawyer Max Hirschberg in Weimar Germany (2005). In 1998 he received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for serving "as pro bono counsel to a human being under a sentence of death."

The lectures will be held at the German Historical Institute. Admission is free. Places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London, email:, tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5690.

More information is available on the GHIL website.

4) 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.

22 May (2.30pm)

Languages of Governance and Contestations: Political Culture in Rampur, 1889-1949

29 May (2.30pm)

Transatlantische Transfers der Marketing-Konzepte zwischen Eastman Kodak und Agfa, 1880-1945

12 June (2.30pm)

Königs- und Fürstenerhebungen in England und im Reich c. 1250-1530. Ein Vergleich zweier spätmittelalterlicher politischer Kulturen

5) Exhibitions

"Germans and Fun?"
German Satirical Cartoons on Current News by Greser&Lenz
Exhibition ends 29 June 2012
Mo, Tue, Wed, Fri: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Closed on weekends and bank holidays
Free Admission

More information is available on the GHIL website.

ZOV - "Tracksuit Traitors"
East German Elite Athletes on the Run
11 July- 12 August
Mo, Tue, Wed, Fri: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Closed on weekends and bank holidays
Free Admission

More information is available on the GHIL website.

6) Call for Papers

Tenth Workshop on Early Modern German History

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send a short synopsis and a CV by 30 June 2012 to: or

7) Prize of the German Historical Institute London

Submission deadline for this year's prize: 30 June 2012

More information is available on the GHIL website.

8) GHIL Bulletin, Spring Issue

The spring issue of the Bulletin of the German Historical Institute London is now available online.

German Historical Institute London Bulletin  Volume XXXIV, No. 1 (May 2012)


Special Theme

Objects and Emotions: Loss and Acquisition of Jewish Property (Andreas Gestrich and Daniel Wildmann)


Emblems and Heirlooms. Restitution, Reparation, and the Subjective Value of Chattels: A Legal Perspective (Norman Palmer)

Diasporic Home or Homelessness: The Museum and the Circle of Lost and Found (Hanno Loewy)

Family Files: Emotions and Stories of (Non-)Restitution (Atina Grossmann)

Review Article

Objects and Emotions Exhibited: Two Catalogues on Raub und Restitution (Chloe Paver)

Book Reviews

Frank Rexroth (ed.), Beiträge zur Kulturgeschichte der Gelehrten im späten Mittelalter (Hannah Skoda)

Thomas Brockmann, Dynastie, Kaiseramt und Konfession: Politik und Ordnungsvorstellungen Ferdinands II. im Dreißigjährigen Krieg (Peter H. Wilson)

Andrew C. Thompson, George II: King and Elector (Ulrich Niggemann)

Benno Gammerl, Untertanen, Staatsbürger und Andere: Der Umgang mit ethnischer Heterogenität im Britischen Weltreich und im Habsburgerreich 1867-1918 (R. J. W. Evans)

Norbert Friedrich, Uwe Kaminsky, and Roland Löffler (eds.), The Social Dimension of Christian Missions in the Middle East: Historical Studies of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Catriona Laing)

Anne Sudrow, Der Schuh im Nationalsozialismus: Eine Produktgeschichte im deutsch-britisch-amerikanischen Vergleich (Neil Gregor)

Dietmar Süß, Tod aus der Luft: Kriegsgesellschaft und Luftkrieg in Deutschland und England (Stefan Goebel)

Olaf Blaschke, Verleger machen Geschichte: Buchhandel und Historiker seit 1945 im deutsch-britischen Vergleich (Stephan Petzold)

Christian L. Glossner, The Making of the German Post-War Economy: Political Communication and Public Reception of the Social Market Economy after World War Two (Jan-Otmar Hesse)

Paul Betts, Within Walls: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic (Dorothee Wierling)

Janet Ward, Post-Wall Berlin: Borders, Space and Identity (Hanno Hochmuth)

Conference Reports

Crime and Punishment: Criminal Justice in Modern Europe, 1870-1990 (Richard F. Wetzell)

The Dilemmas of International Humanitarian Aid in the Twentieth Century (Johannes Paulmann)

The Cold War: History, Memory, and Representation (Jula Danylow, Jasmin Heermann, Claudia Schumacher, Andreas Etges)

Staging Empire: New Perspectives on the 1911 Coronation Durbar and Imperial Assemblage (Justin Siefert)

The Fischer Controversy Fifty Years On (Annika Mombauer)

Medieval History Seminar (Jan-Hendryk de Boer)

Listening Spaces: Art Music and its Audiences in the Concert Hall and Beyond, c.1850-1945 (Neil Gregor)

Sport in Early Modern Culture (Amelie Rösinger and Angela Schattner)

Screen Culture and the Social Question: Poverty on Screen 1880-1914 (Lydia Jakobs)

Ninth Workshop on Early Modern Central European History (Linnéa Rowlatt)