German Historical Institute London

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London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

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  1. 1) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor
  2. 2) GHIL Seminars and Public Lectures
  3. 3) Conferences and Workshops
  4. 4) Kolloquium
  5. 5) Postgraduate Students' Conference
  6. 6) New Publications
  7. 7) 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 Gerda Henkel Foundation in Düsseldorf have awarded the Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship for the research sphere “Germany in Europe 1890–2000”. From 1 October 2012 Prof Andreas Rödder, Chair-holder in Modern History at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, will spend a year researching at the German Historical Institute London and teaching at the London School of Economics.

His Inaugural Lecture, to be given on 7 November 2012 at the LSE, is entitled “From Kaiser Wilhelm to Chancellor Angela Merkel. The German Question on the European Stage”. Here Andreas Rödder will look at present concerns over Germany’s hegemony in Europe which stretches back to the late 19th century and has been revived by German re-unification and its economic repercussions.

2) GHIL Seminars and Public Lectures

GHIL Seminars

9 October
From Wind Tunnels to Jet Fighters: German Émigrés and the Making of Aeronautics in India

Jahnavi Phalkey is Lecturer in History of Science and Technology at King’s College London. She has studied politics and history of science at the University of Bombay, the School of Oriental and African Studies (London), and Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta). Her doctoral dissertation received the Sardar Patel Award (2008) for the best dissertation submitted at an American university in the field of modern Indian studies. Her research is focused on the history of science at its intersection with the transformation of the Indian subcontinent in the twentieth century, seen especially in its effects on laboratory practice.

30 October
From Getting to Spending: Consumer Culture and the Making of Jewish Identity

Gideon Reuveni is Reader in History and Director of the Centre for German Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex. He is the author of Reading Germany: Literature and Consumer Culture in Germany before 1933 (2006) and co-editor of several other books on different aspects of Jewish history. His current area of research lies on the intersection between Jewish history and economics. Presently he is working on a book on consumer culture and Jewishness in Europe.

20 November
The First World War as a ‘Break’ in the European History of the Twentieth Century

Lucian Hölscher is Professor of Modern History and the Theory of History at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. His main fields of research are the social, cultural, and religious history of modern times, the history of concepts, the history of notions of the future, and the theory of time and space. He is author of Die Entdeckung der Zukunft (1999); Neue Annalistik: Umrisse einer Theorie der Geschichte (2003); Geschichte der protestantischen Frömmigkeit (2005); and Semantik der Leere: Grenzfragen der Geschichtswissenschaft (2009).

27 November
Storytelling as a Principle of Knowledge Transfer in the German Jesuit Mission Journal Der Neue Weltbott

Renate Dürr is Professor of Modern History at the Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen. Her research interests include the correlation of architectural space with spheres of political action; the role of the Jesuit order in the transfer of knowledge and culture in Europe and the world; and comparative studies of prophets in the early modern period. Her recent publications include Kirchen, Märkte und Tavernen: Erfahrungs- und Handlungsräume in der Frühen Neuzeit (co-ed., 2005); Frauenarbeit in Haus, Handel und Gewerbe: Ihr Beitrag zur Hamburger Stadtwirtschaft im 14. Jahrhundert (2005); and Politische Kultur in der Frühen Neuzeit: Kirchenräume in Hildesheimer Stadt- und Landgemeinden, 1550–1750 (2006).

Public Lectures

17 October (5pm)
Individual Choices with Global Repercussions: Family Planning Programmes and ‘Third World’ Development in the Post-War Era

GHIL in co-operation with the Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Corinna R. Unger is Associate Professor of Modern European History at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Freiburg and worked as a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute Washington, D.C. She has published on the history of development and modernization, exile, science, and the Cold War. She is currently working on a project on the history of modernization policies and practices in post-1947 India.

6 December (5.30pm)
The Passion to Perform: Meritocracy and the Self in Germany around 1900

GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Nina Verheyen is a cultural historian of modern Europe. She studied history, sociology, and film in Berlin, Rome, and New York and received a Ph.D. from the Free University of Berlin in 2008. After working at the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin and at the University of Vienna, she is now a Lecturer at the University of Cologne.

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

11-13 October
Dynastic Politics, Monarchical Representation and the Union between Hanover and Britain

Joint Conference of the German Historical Institute London and the Historische Kommission für Niedersachsen and Bremen
Venue: German Historical Institute London

26 October
Tenth Workshop on Early Modern German History

Venue: German Historical Institute London

29-30 November
„Tales about time“. Temporality, modernity and the order of time

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.

30 October (2.30pm)

„Plan Your Family – Plan Your Nation“. Internationale Bevölkerungspolitik in Kenia (Mitte 1960 – Mitte 1980)

13 November (3pm)

Bowlby Revisited. Eine Kulturgeschichte der Bindungstheorie im 20. Jahrhundert

Im afrikanischen Spiegel. Zur Konstruktion nationaler Selbstbilder im Diskurs von Kolonialismus, Dekolonisation und Entwicklungspolitik in deutschen und englischen Schulbüchern (1945-2010)

20 November (2.30pm)

Zwischen Leben. Die jiddischen Publikationen und die jüdischen Displaced Persons in Italien und Österreich, 1944-1951

27 November (2.30pm)

A Study in Industrial Health: Coal Mines of Eastern India (1901-73)

4 December (3pm)

Problemgeschichte der „Britishness“-Debatte

Die Konstruktion kultureller Räume in Europa und Nordamerika seit 1945

5) Postgraduate Students' Conference

The German Historical Institute London will hold its 17th postgraduate students' conference on 10-11 January 2013. 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 2012.

6) New Publications

Bernhard Dietz: Neo-Tories: Britische Konservative im Aufstand gegen Demokratie und politische Moderne (1929–1939)
(Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London ; 71)
Munich: Oldenbourg, 2012. - X, 334 p.
ISBN 978-3-486-71302-2

The following publication will be available as a paperback edition shortly:

Political Languages in the Age of Extremes
Edited by Willibald Steinmetz.
(Studies of the German Historical Institute London)
Oxford University Press, October 2012. - 422 p.
ISBN 978-0-19-966333-0

7) Library

Please note that the library will be closed all day on the following days: Monday, 1st October, Tuesday, 2nd October and Friday 9th November.

On Friday, 12th October, access to the library will be restricted. The library will remain open, but books from first-floor rooms will have to be fetched by staff.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.