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. 1) Library News
  2. 2) GHIL Seminars
  3. 3) Public Lectures
  4. 4) Conferences and Workshops
  5. 5) Call for Papers
  6. 6) Kolloquium
  7. 7) TRG Events
  8. 8) Stipendien

1) Library News

Please note that there will be restricted access to some library holdings (Sf, Sg and Sh) on Friday 6 February 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.


2) 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.
27 January (5.30pm)
Patrick Harries (Basel)
The Long Middle Passage: Cape Town, the Americas, and the East African Slave Trade

The lecture will treat the organization and legal provisions behind the slave trade around the southern tip of Africa from c.1780 to 1850. Special attention will be paid to the changing nature of this trade and its influence on the system of migrant labour that later served the mining industry in South Africa.
10 February (5.30pm)
David d’Avray (London)
Medieval and Early Modern Catholicism: How Different were They?

The paper focuses on the implications of the Congregazione del Concilio, which was responsible for implementing the decrees of the Council of Trent and, in practice, for most other high-level non-dogmatic religious decision-making for centuries after the Council. It will explore the relation between the kind of law generated by the Congregazione del Concilio’s decisions and the Canon Law derived from the Middle Ages, and whether the relation between hierarchy and condensed symbolism that characterized the medieval church continued unchanged in the early modern period.
17 February (5.30pm)
Harriet Rudolph (Regensburg)
Entangled Objects? The Material Culture of Cross-Cultural Negotiations: Habsburg–Ottoman Diplomacy (1527–1648)

The lecture examines the various forms, functions, and semantics of objects in diplomatic interaction between representatives of the Habsburg Empire and the Ottoman Empire. It applies the methods of Material Culture Studies to the fields of diplomacy, foreign policy, and international law. The lecture thus aims at a more profound understanding of individual political processes of negotiation between these two empires in peace and war.
3 March (5.30pm)
Alexander Nützenadel (Berlin)
Capitalism from Below: Urban Real Estate Markets and Homeownership in Europe around 1900

The lecture explores the dynamics of urban real estate markets in Europe around 1900, a period characterized by brisk urbanization and the emergence of novel financial instruments. It will argue that ordinary people learned the rules and dynamics of modern capitalism through homeownership. By analysing real estate markets, we can understand the history of capitalism from below.

3) Public Lectures

4 February (5.30pm)
Frank Bösch (Potsdam)
Fault Lines of Modernity: Global Effects of Regional Events at the End of the 1970s

GHIL in co-operation with the Faculty of History, University of Oxford
In 1979 many global events contested the basic beliefs of modernity: religious mass movements challenged authoritarian regimes (as in Iran, Poland, and Nicaragua); nuclear accidents or political decisions led to mass protests and fears (as after Harrisburg, Nato Double-Track, Soviets in Afghanistan); spectacular changes of government led to new economic models (as in China and Britain); and the perception of history changed after the TV event ‘Holocaust’. Such events had a regional background and were apparently contingent and disconnected. However, they immediately had a global impact and interacted as fault lines of modernity. The lecture analyses their transnational impact from a German perspective and suggests a different approach to writing global contemporary history.
12 March (5.30pm)
Uffa Jensen (Berlin)
Did Freud Really Invent Psychoanalysis? A Global History in Berlin, London, and Calcutta 1910–1940

GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
The lecture discusses the transnational history of psychoanalysis by examining therapeutic practices in Berlin, London, and Calcutta. By situating the major protagonists in a wider therapeutic culture, complex issues of the diffusion of knowledge and practices emerge. Studying a non-Western setting like Calcutta challenges many assumptions about the history of psychoanalysis, among them Freud’s pivotal role in it.

4) Conferences and Workshops

5-7 February
Dreams of Germany – Music and (Trans)national Imaginaries in the Modern Era

Keynote Speakers: Celia Applegate (Vanderbilt); Berthold Hoeckner (Chicago)
Convenors: Andreas Gestrich (GHIL); Neil Gregor (Southampton); Tom Irvine (Southampton)
Venue: German Historical Institute London
16-18 April
Friedrich Max Müller and the Role of Philology in Victorian Thought

Collaborating institutions: Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations, Queen Mary University of London; English Goethe Society; German Historical Institute, London
Convenors: John R. Davis (Kingston University); Angus Nicholls (Queen Mary University of London)
Venue: German Historical Institute London

5) Call for Papers

Medieval History Seminar 2015
15-17 October 2015
Organised by the German Historical Institutes London and Washington
Conveners: Paul Freedman (Yale), Ruth Mazo Karras (University of Minnesota), Stuart Airlie (University of Glasgow), Miri Rubin (Queen Mary University of London), Bernhard Jussen (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main) and Frank Rexroth (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen).
Venue: German Historical Institute Washington
Closing date: 31 January 2015
The Global Public: Its Power and its Limits
22-24 October 2015
Conveners: Valeska Huber (GHIL) and Jürgen Osterhammel (Leibnizpreis-Forschungsstelle Globale Prozesse, Universität Konstanz)
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Closing date: 28 February 2015
Nostalgia — Historicizing the Longing for the Past
1-3 October 2015
Convener: Tobias Becker (GHIL)
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Closing date: 31 March 2015

6) 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.
27 January (2.30pm)
Theo Jung (Freiburg)

Politik des Schweigens. Sprachspiele an den Grenzen politischer Kommunikation in Europa (1789-1920)
3 February (3pm)
Klaus Seidl (Munich)

Weltbürger wider Willen. Eine Biographie Veit Valentins (1885-1947)
Barbara Wünnenberg (Berlin)
British Writers and the Weimar Republic
10 February (2.30pm)
Anna Orlowska (Kiel)

Die englische Handelsniederlassung in Danzig (1370-1454)
17 February (2.30pm)
Lucas Haasis (Oldenburg)

Das Geheimnis des Erfolgs. Kaufmännische Briefschaften zur Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts
24 February (3pm)
Ulrich Päßler (Berlin)

Preußen. Deutsch-englische Beobachtungen eines Staates. 1830-1918
Christoph Nübel (Berlin)
Der lange Schatten der Revolutionen. Politische Sicherheit in England und Preußen, 1815-1867
3 March (2.30pm)
Stefan Hynek (Münster)

Das 'akademische Jahr' als Ausdruck zeitbezogener Identitätsbildung an den Universitäten des Mittelalters
10 March (3pm)
Bastian Herbst (Berlin)

Vom Kommunikationsempire zur Kommunikationskrise. Britische und französische Kommunikations- und Medienpolitik in Ägypten, 1856-1956
Sarah Kunkel (Berlin)
From Forced to 'Free' Labour in the Gold Coast/Ghana: The Institutionalisation of the Labour Market in the Aftermath of International Labour Conventions from 1930 to 1966
21 April (3pm)
Nikolas K. Schröder (Halle)

Außenbeziehungen eines Waisenhauses. Die Bedeutung Londons im Korrespondenznetzwerk der Glauchaschen Anstalten
Tim Neu (Göttingen)
Imperiale Geldströme. Zur Praxis der politischen Ökonomie im British Empire (1688-1834)
28 April (5pm)
Benjamin Auberer (Heidelberg)

Subaltern Diplomats and the League of Nations

7) TRG Events

14 February
Official Opening of the Max Weber Foundation Delhi Office

Panel Discussions on Education for the Poor: the Politics of Poverty and Social Justice.
Keynote Lecture by Carlos Alberto Torres (University of California, Los Angeles): Neoliberalism, Globalization Agendas and Banking Educational Policy: Is Popular Education an Answer?
Venue: India International Centre, New Delhi

8) Stipendien

Bewerbungsschluss für Stipendien für Doktoranden und Nachwuchswissenschaftler für das Jahr 2015 ist der 31. März 2015.