German Historical Institute London

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  1. 1) Library News
  2. 2) GHIL Seminars
  3. 3) Annual Lecture of the German History Society
  4. 4) European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2013
  5. 5) Conferences and Workshops
  6. 6) Summer School
  7. 7) Kolloquium
  8. 8) Call for Papers
  9. 9) GHIL Podcast
  10. 10) New Publication
  11. 11) Team GHIL: Laufende Forschung - Running Research

1) Library News

Please note that the library will be closed on Friday, 3 May and on Friday, 24 May 2013.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.

2) GHIL Seminars

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.
14 May
The European Renaissance and the Rise of the West

The Industrial Revolution happened in Europe rather than in Asia or the Islamic world. Having started on the Italian peninsula, the European Renaissance was an indispensable factor in the lead-up to the ‘European miracle’ (Eric Jones). The seminar therefore discusses its global implications: was the European Renaissance unique or simply one among many other renaissances?
21 May
Europe after Empire: Decolonization, Society, and Culture

After the Second World War, Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Portugal made the transition from imperial powers to postcolonial, multicultural nations. Yet we still lack a comparative social and cultural history of the process of decolonization at home. This seminar outlines the reshaping of national identities, the formation of multicultural societies, and the remembering and forgetting of empire in Britain, France, and Portugal.
5 June (Wed.)
Jewish Images on Christian Coins: Economy and Symbolism in Medieval Germany

From the twelfth century, Jews were increasingly associated with the pejorative image of the moneylender. Apart from this stereotype, other images and representations of Jews were publicly available: on small silver coins which circulated in regional markets. This seminar probes different levels of interpretation of each coin and encourages further reflection on the relationship between economic and religious stereotypes and the reality of economic life.
11 June
Law, Violence and the Colonial State: India and the Colonial Modern

This lecture explores the systemic violence integral to many of the everyday practices of colonialism, and the languages in which these practices were legitimated within colonial discourse. Through this exploration it reflects on the troubled relationship between law and violence in the making of colonial modernity.
18 June
Politics and Culture in Wilhelmine Germany: Carl Vinnen’s Ein Protest deutscher Künstler (1911) Revisited

Carl Vinnen’s Ein Protest deutscher Künstler is one of Wilhelmine Germany’s best known but arguably least understood acts of cultural protest. It has been described as a ‘notoriously pessimistic, xenophobic attack on modern art’, yet Vinnen had explicitly stated that he wanted ‘no chauvinistic Deutschtümelei’. This seminar will argue that the focus on Vinnen’s nationalism has obscured his true concerns: the commodification of art and the loss of the local in an age of rapid globalization.

3) Annual Lecture of the German History Society

6 June (5.30pm)
Imagined Revolutions and Real Executions: Hard-Core Nazis and the Spring of 1945

Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London in co-operation with the German Historical Institute London
During the final weeks of the Second World War hundreds of ordinary German civilians were murdered by SS killing squads, retreating Wehrmacht units or local functionaries of the Nazi Party. Despite the relatively small numbers of victims, these incidents provide revealing insights not only into how hard-core Nazis perceived total defeat, but also into how the “Third Reich” was interpreted in (West) Germany during the late 1940s and 1950s. When West German courts began to deal with Nazi crimes after 1945, these killings were among the first cases investigated. They corresponded to the interest of the German public and media in regarding ordinary Germans as victims of fanatical Nazis.
The lecture will be held at the German Historical Institute London.

4) European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2013

This season’s topic is Jews and Muslims: British Perspectives which takes a look at British viewpoints, be they political, legal or cultural, on Jews and Muslims living in the UK in the 20th and 21st centuries.
25 April (6.30pm)
Jews and Muslims in the UK: In the Past and In the Future

16 May (6.30pm)
Dealing with Difference: Jews, Muslims and the British Left Today

These events are organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London, the Jewish Museum, Frankfurt am Main and the Fritz Bauer Institut, Frankfurt am Main, in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.
Lectures will be held at the German Historical Institute London. Admission is free.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

5) Conferences and Workshops

23-25 May
The Ethics of Seeing: 20th Century German Documentary Photography Reconsidered
Venue: German Historical Institute London
30-31 May
Social Planning in Late Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts (1920s-1960s)
Venue: German Historical Institute London
13-15 June
The Power of Musick - Music and Politics in Georgian Britain
Venue: German Historical Institute London

6) Summer School

25-29 July
11th Summer School in British History: Magna Carta 1215 – History and Myth
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Conveners/Organisers: German Historical Institute London; Historisches Seminar der Ludwig-Maxiliams-Universität München
Closing date for applications: 15 May 2013.
More information is available on the GHIL website (in German only).

7) 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.
14 May (2.30pm)

Industrielles Erbe und regionale Identitätsbildung im Ruhrgebiet und in Südwales im historischen Vergleich
21 May (2.30pm)

Afrikanische Initiativen zur Abolition: Die Einstellung der Goldküsteneliten zu Sklaverei und Sklavenhandel
28 May (5pm)

Jahrzehnte der Krise und der Individualisierung? Konsumkulturen in den 1970er und 1980er Jahren in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und Großbritannien
11 June (2.30pm)

‘A Different Kind of History is possible’: The History Workshop Movement and the Politics and Poetics of British and West German Historical Practice
18 June (2.30pm)

Tätigkeit und Memoiren polnischer Intellektueller nach dem Zusammenbruch des russischen Zarenreiches: Befunde aus zwei New Yorker Instituten

8) Call for Papers

Eleventh Workshop on Early Modern German History
Deadline: 30 June 2013


9) GHIL Podcast

Jane Caplan: ‘Jetzt judenfrei.’ Writing Tourism in Nazi-Occupied Poland.
(Annual Lecture, 9 November 2012)
Public Panel Debate: The Nazi Seizure of Power in 1933 and its Significance, 80 Years on.
(Mary Fulbrook, Neil Gregor, Anthony McElligott, Maiken Umbach; Moderators: Chris Szejnmann, Benjamin Ziemann, 30. January 2013)
The audio recordings of these events are now available as downloads on the GHIL website.

10) New Publication

Jens Gründler: Armut und Wahnsinn. "Arme Irre" und ihre Familien im Spannungsfeld von Psychiatrie und Armenfürsorge in Glasgow, 1875-1921
(Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London; 72)
Munich: Oldenbourg, 2013. - X, 382 p.
ISBN 978-3-486-71494-4

11) Team GHIL: Laufende Forschung - Running Research

The German Historical Institute took part in a charity race (5k and 10k) on Clapham Common on 3 March 2013. ‘Team GHIL: Laufende Forschung’ was fundraising for Chance UK, a charity that mentors young children with behavioural difficulties and helps them to get a good education. All team members made the finishing line in style, some even with personal best times. In total, we ran 50km at an average speed of 10,65 km/h. We were buoyed by the fantastic success of our fundraising efforts, having raised more than £1,700.
Thank you all for your generous support!
More information is available on the following websites: Team GHIL and