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GHIL NEWSLETTER September 2014


  1. 1) Obituary
  2. 2) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor
  3. 3) Library News
  4. 4) GHIL Seminars
  5. 5) Public Lectures
  6. 6) Conferences and Workshops
  7. 7) Special Events
  8. 8) Exhibitions
  9. 9) Kolloquium
  10. 10) New Publications
  11. 11) GHIL Podcast
  12. 12) Scholarship Applications

1) Obituary

Professor Hagen Schulze
31 July 1943 – 4 September 2014

It is with great sadness that the German Historical Institute London and the entire Max Weber Stiftung announce the death, on 4 September, of Professor Hagen Schulze. One of the most distinguished modern historians of his generation, Hagen Schulze became Director of the German Historical Institute London in 2000. With his wide-ranging academic ouevre, he was an outstanding ambassador for the Institute and German historiography in Britain until his return to the Freie Universität Berlin in 2006. Hagen Schulze was a European by conviction. Comparative European history was one of his central interests both in teaching and research at the university, and during his time as Director in London. Hagen Schulze led the Institute with great distinction, contributing to its high international standing. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and friends at the German Historical Institute London.

2) 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 have appointed historian Kiran Klaus Patel, Professor of European and Global History at the University of Maastricht, to the position of Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor 2014/15. Professor Patel will join the staff of the GHIL from 1 October.

3) Library News

Please note that there will be restricted access to some library holdings (Sf, Sg and Sh) on Tuesday, 30 September and Friday, 24 October from 1 pm and on Monday, 6 October and Friday, 31 October from 4pm.
Books from these holdings will still be available but may have to be fetched by library staff.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.

4) GHIL Seminars

Seminars are held at 5.30 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the German Historical Institute. Guided tours of the Library are available before each seminar at 4.30 p.m.
28 October
Money, Trade and Identity: Britain and the Post-War Order

11 November
Making Cinema `Useful’: Pedagogies and Publics in India, c 1920 - 1960

GHIL in cooperation with the Transnational Research Group – India
2 December
Heroism in Late Medieval Burgundy

16 December
There are No Slaves in Prussia?


5) Public Lectures

4 November (5.30pm)
Ignorance, Indifference, Inaction? The Volksgemeinschaft and the Holocaust

GHIL in cooperation with the Faculty of History, University of Oxford
27 November (5.30pm)
The End of Modern Statehood? Globalization and the Nation-State

GHIL in cooperation with the Institute of Historical Research, University of London

6) Conferences and Workshops

29 September - 1 October
Dynamics of Social Change and Perceptions of Threat
Venue: German Historical Institute London
6–8 October
All At Sea: The Prize Papers as a Source for a Global Microhistory
Venue: The National Archives, Kew
10 October
“Only doing my Duty.” Defining Perpetrators in Relation to State Sanctioned Violence
Venue: German Historical Institute London
23-25 October
Inside World War One? Ego Documents and the Experience of War
Venue: German Historical Institute London

7) Special Events

27-28 September
The Meaning of 1914: A Free Conference

St. Antony’s College, Oxford; The New York Review of Books Foundation
Venue: Nissan Lecture Theatre, St. Antony’s College, Oxford
A Conference to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War; with Vernon Bogdanor, Christopher Clark, Elitza Dulguerova, Max Egremont, Christa Ehrmann-Hämmerle, Robert Evans, Robert Gerwarth, Simon Head, Michael Howard, Jörn Leonhard, Neil MacGregor, Margaret MacMillan, Avner Offer, Peter Pulzer, Iris Rachamimov, Adam Ridley, Eugene Rogan, Hew Strachan, and Marc Trachtenberg. (Co-sponsored by The Bill Graham Center for Contemporary International History, Toronto; Europeaum, Oxford; The German Historical Institute London; Maison Française d’Oxford; Mission Centenaire 14-18; Remarque Institiute, New York University; Zeit Siftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius.)
25 September 2014, 9.15-13.00
Making Winners? Transforming Individuals through Education in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts

Venue: Historikertag, University of Göttingen
The session at the Historikertag explores ideas and methods relating to the transformation of individuals through education. It analyses conflicting conceptions of such transformative processes in colonial and postcolonial contexts through specific examples and will investigate various technologies of crafting subjectivity in a wide range of geographical locations, targeting children and adults, men and women. Participants come from the GHIL, the TRG and other British institutions.

8) Exhibitions

Germans in Britain
A new exhibition by the Migration Museum Project
18 September to 24 October 2014
Mo, Tue, Wed, Fri: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Germans in Britain explores the rich and fascinating history of German migrants to Britain. Across the centuries, Germans in Britain have been loved or hated, admired or demonised, but their impact has been immense. The exhibition looks at the many ways in which British sport, science, banks, businesses, music, monarchs, art and design have all been shaped by their German connections, and asks the question: Are we sworn enemies or affectionate siblings? It is a fascinating story, peppered with both familiar and unfamiliar names.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

Remembering East Germany’s Peaceful Revolution.
Twenty-Five Years Later

1 November 2014 to 30 January 2015
Mo, Tue, Wed, Fri: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 8pm
The exhibition marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall, and is based on Molly Andrews` longitudinal research project (1992-2012) “The Unbuilidng of East Germany: Excavating Biography and History”. In the project, political psychologist Molly Andrews with the assistance of Birgit Schmitt interviewed in 1992 and again in 2012 fifteen people who played a prominent role in the changes of 1989. The exhibition combines reflections from these artists, actors, religious leaders, scientists, and politicians with archival materials from the Robert Havemann Gesellschaft, the leading archive of East Germany’s dissident movement, shedding light on the experience of living through revolutionary change.
Exhibition opening, Friday 31 October
3.30 to 6.30 pm Panel discussion with contemporary witnesses Annette Simon, Sebastian Pflugbeil and Reinhard Weißhuhn
6.30 to 8.30 pm Exhibition Opening
More information is available on the GHIL website.

9) 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.
7 October (3pm)

Politisches Empowerment von Frauen in Indien
Social Space in Worker Neighbourhoods of Ahmedabad
21 October (5pm)

Visualisierung weiblicher Königsherrschaft. Die politische Ikonographie Elisabeths I. von England
28 October (2.30pm)

An-aesthetics of the prison: the Breakwater prison albums, 1890s-1900s
11 November (2.30pm)

Archivzeiten. Objektivierung und Institutionalisierung geschichtlicher Zeitlichkeit. 1870-1920
18 November (3pm)

Kulturelle und institutionelle Faktoren der Entwicklung moderner Finanzmärkte. Ein Vergleich zwischen Londoner und Berliner Börse, 1871 – 1914
Semantiken des Marktes in der Parteipolitik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und Großbritanniens in den 1970er Jahren

10) New Publications

Tobias Becker: Inszenierte Moderne. Populäres Theater in Berlin und London, 1880-1930 (Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London, Volume 74)  [more]
Ronald G. Asch: Sacral Kingship Between Disenchantment and Re-enchantment. The French and English Monarchies 1587-1688  (Studies in British and Imperial History, Volume 2) [more]

11) GHIL Podcast

Roundtable Debate: 1914: What Historians Don’t Know about the Causes of the First World War
Speakers: Margaret MacMillan, Annika Mombauer, Sönke Neitzel, John Röhl; Chair: Mark Hewitson.  GHIL, 18 June 2014.
The audio recording of this event is now available as a download on the GHIL website.

12) Scholarship Applications

Deadline for scholarship applications for 2015 is 30 September 2014.