German Historical Institute London

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London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

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  1. 1) Library News
  2. 2) GHIL Seminars
  3. 3) Public Lectures
  4. 4) Conferences and Workshops
  5. 5) Kolloquium
  6. 6) Exhibition
  7. 7) Stipendien
  8. 8) New Publications

1) Library News

The GHIL library will be present at the "History Libraries and Research Open Day" at the Institute of Historical Research on 18 March 2014. The event will provide an excellent opportunity to meet and learn about libraries and archives in London. Come and see us during the Open History Fair in the afternoon.

Please also note that there will be restricted access to some library holdings (Sf, Sg and Sh) on Friday 7 February and Friday 7 March from 2pm. Books from these holdings will still be available but may have to be fetched by library staff. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

2) GHIL Seminars

Seminars are held at 5.30 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the German Historical Institute. Tea is served from 5.00 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.
4 February
Lutheran Visual Culture during the Renaissance and Baroque

This paper will ask how and why early modern Lutheranism, a confession that derived its significance from the promulgation of the Word of God, came to value the visual so highly. Taking as its key example the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century history of the very first Reformation altarpiece (Lucas Cranach’s Schneeberg Altar, 1539), it will explore the changing role that images played in constructing Lutheran identity and promoting Lutheran piety.
18 February
The Austrian Food Crisis and the Practices of Global Governance, 1918–45

This seminar explores how the food and financial crisis which gripped Austria after the First World War shaped the ideas and practices of global governance developed by the League of Nations. Aid to Austria encouraged a broader understanding of ‘security’, a trend usually identified with the notion of ‘human security’ in the past two decades. The seminar will touch on how ideas of global ‘ordering’ informed this international intervention, and on its problematic legacies for Austria and international agency in the twentieth century.
11 March
Urbanization, Suburbanization, and Gentrification: A Comparative Look at English and German Develop ments since the mid-1940s

‘Vertical slums abroad, horizontal slums in England.’ This is how Elizabeth Denby described what she saw as a specifically English form of urbanization in 1938. The seminar explores the fundamental differences that have continued to shape urban development in Britain and Germany since the 1940s, when suburbanization and, more recently, gentrification became the defining patterns of urban life.
18 March
‘Inside was a Parchment, so beautifully painted on all sides’: The Ornate Charter of the Hanoverian Succession

In 1701 the English Parliament passed the Act of Settlement. To secure the Protestant succession, the crown was to pass to Electress Sophia, a granddaughter of James I/VI, and her descendants. The Act resulted in a unique diplomatic mission: in order to become law, it had to be conveyed to, and accepted by, the Hanoverian court. This seminar will look at the actual parchment sent and its presentation.

3) Public Lectures

26 February (5.30pm)
Multiple Boundaries, Contested and Shifting: Spatiality, Subjectivity, and the History of the Weimar Republic

GHIL in co-operation with the Faculty of History, University of Oxford
The Weimar Republic has often been described as marked by two contrasting features: a burst of cultural creativity on the one hand and the fragility and ultimate destruction of the new democratic order on the other. While recent research has highlighted the co-existence of ‘multiple modernities’ and emphasized the chances for stabilizing democracy, this more nuanced picture still provides only partial answers to the question of how culture and politics were related in Weimar Germany. The lecture will approach this problem from a new angle by investigating ‘boundaries’—between territories, between masculinity and femininity, in popular culture and politics, of political milieu vis-à-vis the temptations of mass culture, and between civilian life and military preparedness. The talk will explore how a focus on a variety of boundaries, attempts to control and redefine them, and interrelations between them can help us conceptualize the history of Weimar Germany.
13 March (5.30pm)
War, Nationalism, and the Making of Germany in the Early Nineteenth Century

GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Pointing to the ‘nationalization of the war and the militarization of national feelings’, historians commonly regard the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars as the threshold of a new era of nationalism and nation-states. In Germany, the wars against the French Emperor served as a national foundation myth, much like the Declaration of Independence in the USA and the revolution in France. The impact of these wars, however, is often overestimated. They were less a revolutionary caesura than part of a long-lasting, evolutionary process of nationalization.
20 March (5.30pm)
The literary history of the Upper Rhine in the later Middle Ages: Carthusians, Dominican nuns and Knights Hospitaller

Keynote lecture to: The Culture of the Upper Rhine Valley in the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance.

4) Conferences and Workshops

6-8 February
Intelligence in World History, c. 1500–1918
Venue: German Historical Institute London
6-8 March
Making and Breaking the Rules: Discussion, Implementation and Consequences of Dominican Legislation
Venue: German Historical Institute London
14-16 March
The Culture of the Upper Rhine Valley in the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance
Venues: (Thursday) German Historical Institute London; (Friday) Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

5) 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.
4 February (2.30pm)

Strict Control of Strichjungen: Male Prostitution in the Third Reich, 1933-1945
11 February (5pm)

Eine Geschichte des Roten Telefons
18 February (2.30pm)

'The British Raj in Germany?' Überlegungen zu einer neuen Geschichte britischer Herrschaftspraxis im besetzten Deutschland 1945-1949
4 March (5pm)

Ursachen und Rezeption des Scheiterns transatlantischer Kolonialprojekte im Vergleich (ca. 1530-1630)
11 March (2.30pm)

Das Tor zur Freiheit. Die Bewältigung der Kriegsfolgen, Erinnerungspolitik und humanitärer Anspruch im Lager Friedland (1945-1980)
18 March (2.30pm)

„In der Reichshauptstadt schlug der Mob die Fensterscheiben ein. Wir Juden haben schon Schlimmeres erlebt und überstanden.“ Bewertung und Bewältigung von Antisemitismus im deutschen Judentum 1914-1938
1 April (3pm)

Intermediale (Re-)Präsentations-Strategien von Armut: Das literarische Werk von George R. Sims und seine Adaptionen
Paradigmen der Moderne im europäischen Moscheebau
15 April (5pm)

Die Personalunion zwischen Großbritannien und Hannover 1714-1837. Ein internationaler Kommunikations- und Handlungsraum
22 April (5pm)

Fremd- und Selbstwahrnehmung im 12. Jahrhundert: Deutschland und England im Vergleich

6) Exhibition

Erich Retzlaff Volksfotograf
An exhibition by Dr. Christopher Webster van Tonder (Aberystwyth University)
Photography was readily utilised in the promulgation of political and ideological concepts in Germany between the two world wars. This is especially true for the visualisation of racial and eugenic ideas developed in the nineteenth century and ideas of a ‘Germanic’ nation, subsequently incorporated in National Socialist thinking and propaganda. This exhibition (with illustrated catalogue) examines the work of the German photographer Erich Retzlaff (1899-1993) as part of a visual discourse that emerged from an intellectual milieu deeply affected by the parascience of physiognomy and National Socialist race science.
The exhibition can be seen at the German Historical Institute London from 22 January 2014 to 21 March 2014
Opening Times: Mo, Tue, Wed, Fri: 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Closed Weekends and Bank Holidays
Free Admission
For more information, please visit the GHIL website.

7) Stipendien

Bewerbungsschluss für Stipendien für Doktoranden und Nachwuchswissenschaftler für das Jahr 2014 ist der 31. März 2014.

8) New Publications

Sabine Freitag: Kriminologie in der Zivilgesellschaft. Wissenschaftsdiskurse und die britische Öffentlichkeit, 1830-1945 (Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London)  [more]
Ludwig Vogl-Bienek, Richard Crangle (eds.): Screen Culture and the Social Question 1880-1914  [more]
The first volume of the new GHIL series „Studies in British and Imperial History“ has been published with Berghahn Books:
Christiane Eisenberg: The Rise of the Market Society in England, translated from the German by Deborah Cohen  [more]