German Historical Institute London

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  1. 1) GHIL Seminars
  2. 2) Public Lecture
  3. 3) Workshop
  4. 4) Summer School
  5. 5) Special Event
  6. 6) Kolloquium
  7. 7) GHIL Podcast

1) GHIL Seminars

Digital History: New Data-Driven Approaches in the Humanities
As the digital humanities continue to boom, historians are discovering the potential of big data, computational techniques and corpus-driven methods for opening up new avenues of research.
The GHIL seminar series in the summer term 2015 will explore the possibilities and limitations of these new approaches at the intersection of historiography and linguistics. Scholars from both disciplines will present their research and ideas. They will discuss not only their methodology, but also its application in empirical case studies, covering a broad range of themes from medieval to contemporary history.
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.
12 May
Joachim Scharloth (Dresden)
Computing Historical Watersheds. A Linguistic Approach

The automated analysis of huge digital text collections as a method of historical research is becoming more and more popular. But along with its rising popularity, its explanatory power is coming under scrutiny. The talk will explore how we can use computational methods for a deeper understanding of cultural change from a linguistic angle. Starting with a short introduction to the basic principles of data-driven methods, the lecture will discuss different linguistic categories which can be used as indicators for cultural change and illustrate the corpus-driven approach using empirical evidence from large German newspaper corpora (1946-2014).
26 May
Helen Baker and Tony McEnery (Lancaster)
The Language Surrounding Poverty in Early Modern England

This talk will examine the textual portrayal of beggars and vagrants by seventeenth-century English writers by means of a corpus-based analysis. The lecture will discuss what language was used to describe beggars and vagrants and what shift, if any, took place in their representation as the seventeenth century progressed. It aims to show what these findings can reveal about early modern English attitudes towards people experiencing poverty.
2 June
Naomi Tadmor (Lancaster)
The Settlement of the Poor and the Rise of the Form in Eighteenth-Century England

As computational linguistics shows, the concept of 'settlement' developed in England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in direct relation to the administration of the poor laws. This paper will examine the relationship between the law, civil society, and print culture, exploring how the legislation concerning the settlement of the poor, enacted in England since the seventeenth century, gave rise to an administrative system where settlement certificates and forms were increasingly employed.
23 June
Gregor Rohmann (Frankfurt a.M.)
Conceptualizing ‘Contagion’ before the Black Death. An Approach to Political Language in the Middle Ages

The lecture discusses the methodology and findings of the research project ‘Political Language in the Middle Ages. Semantic Approaches’ at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. It will present the digital tools developed by the project team for the analysis of semantic structures in medieval Latin sources based on the methodology of corpus linguistics. The lecture will focus on the concept of ‘contagion’ as a case study to demonstrate how these tools can help us to understand how semantic change evolved in general, and especially how people conceptualized power, social conflicts, and group relations in times before politics as a social subsystem emerged.

2) Public Lecture

11 June (5.30pm)
Sven Reichardt (Constance)
German Counterculture in the 1970s and 1980s

GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Terms such as ‘Ganzheitlichkeit’ (holism) and ‘Selbstverwirklichung’ (self-realization) were typical expressions of the counterculture of the 1970s and 1980s. The lecture gives some insights into discourses, social communication, and everyday life within the countercultural milieu of the German left.

3) Workshop

8 May
Twelfth Workshop on Early Modern German History
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Organised by the German Historical Institute London in co-operation with the German Historical Institute Washington and the German History Society
Conveners: Bridget Heal (University of St Andrews), David Lederer (NUI Maynooth), Angela Schattner (GHIL), Jenny Spinks (University of Manchester)
More information is available on the GHIL website.

4) Summer School

Natural History, Politics and Religion in the Victorian Age
(London, 20-24 July 2015)
Summer School for BA and MA students at German universities
Noch bis zum 15. Mai 2015 können sich Studierende für die Teilnahme an der Summer School zur britischen Geschichte bewerben. In diesem Jahr wird es in der vom Deutschen Historischen Institut London und der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München organisierten Veranstaltung um neuere Forschung zu Charles Darwin und der Wirkungsgeschichte seiner Ideen gehen.
Weitere informationen finden sich auf der GHIL Website.

5) Special Event

4 June (6pm)
Panel Discussion: Negotiating the Nazi Model - The Internationalization of Nazi Labour and Social Policy and the Role of the Reichsarbeitsministerium, 1933-1945

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Chair: Elizabeth Harvey, University of Nottingham
Participants: Jane Caplan, University of Oxford; Andreas Gestrich, GHIL; Matthew Jones, London School of Economics (LSE); Sandrine Kott, University of Geneva; Kiran Klaus Patel, Maastricht University/GHIL/LSE

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.
28 April (3pm)
Benjamin Auberer (Heidelberg)

Subaltern Diplomats and the League of Nations
Christian Marx (Trier)
Der Aufstieg multinationaler Unternehmen in Westeuropa nach dem Boom
12 May (2:30pm)
Eva Ehninger (Bern)

Gesicht und Geschichte. Fotografische Normen der Repräsentation
19 May (5pm)
Katharina Schmitten (Berlin)

Riot Policing without Riot Police? Eine interaktionistische Perspektive auf Straßenunruhen in deutschen und britischen Industriestädten, 1900-1933
26 May (2:30pm)
Felix Eichelbeck (Heidelberg)

Gewalt gegen Tiere in Indien. Ein transkultureller Diskurs zwischen Imperialismus, Rassismus und Tierschutz
9 June (5pm)
Christoph Mauntel (Heidelberg)

Weltordnungen. Geographisch-kulturelles Wissen und soziale Praktiken im mittelalterlichen Europa
16 June (5pm)
Simon Mee (Oxford)

Central Banking Independence, Historical Narratives and the Bundesbank, 1948-1979
23 June (2:30pm)
Franziska Klein (Essen)

Die Konvertiten des Königs - Caritas und Kontrolle im spätmittelalterlichen England

7) GHIL Podcast

Panel Discussion: Max Weber’s work and its relation to historical writing
In commemoration of Max Weber’s 150th anniversary, the German Historical Institute on 11 December 2014 hosted a discussion with three Weber experts, British historians David d’Avray and Peter Ghosh and German historian Joachim Radkau, on Max Weber’s work and its relation to historical writing. Chair: Andreas Gestrich.
The audio recording of this event is now available as download on the GHIL website.