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


calendar & information

Breadcrumb navigation:




  1. 1) Library News
  2. 2) GHIL Seminars
  3. 3) Public Lecture
  4. 4) Conferences and Workshops
  5. 5) Call for Papers
  6. 6) Kolloquium
  7. 7) Prize of the German Historical Institute London
  8. 8) New Academic Advisory Board Member Appointed
  9. 9) TRG Visiting Fellowships
  10. 10) Georg Wilhelm Schimper goes on-line
  11. 11) New Publication
  12. 12) GHIL Bulletin, May 2015

1) Library News

Please note that there will be no late openings from 6 August to 3 September. During this time the library will close at 5pm on Thursdays.
There will be restricted access to some library holdings (Sf, Sg and Sh) on Monday 20 July 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

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 explores the possibilities and limitations of these new approaches at the intersection of historiography and linguistics.
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.
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 presents 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.

3) 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.  Venue: German Historical Institute 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 milieux of the German left.

4) Conferences and Workshops

20-24 July
13th Summer School in British History: Natural History, Politics and Religion in the Victorian Age
Venue: German Historical Institute London
1-3 October
Nostalgia — Historicizing the Longing for the Past
Venue: German Historical Institute London
15-17 October
Medieval History Seminar
Venue: German Historical Institute Washington, U.S.A.

5) Call for Papers

Emotional Journeys. Itinerant Theatres, Audiences, and Adaptation in the Long 19th Century
18-19 November 2015
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Closing date: 30 June 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.
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) Prize of the German Historical Institute London

The Prize of the German Historical Institute London is awarded annually for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis on German history (submitted to a British or Irish university), British history (submitted to a German university), Anglo-German relations, or an Anglo-German comparative topic.
Submission deadline for this year's prize: 31 July 2015
More information is available on the GHIL website.

8) New Academic Advisory Board Member Appointed

Professor Neil Gregor (University of Southampton) has been appointed as a new member of the GHIL's Academic Advisory Board. He replaces Professor Richard Bessel (University of York) who retired from the Advisory Board at the end of his eight year term.

9) TRG Visiting Fellowships

Visiting fellowships Transnational Research Group “Education Policy in India since the Nineteenth Century” at GHI London
Deadline for applications: 19 June 2015

10) Georg Wilhelm Schimper goes on-line

In the context of its research interests in knowledge production in colonial and other contexts, the German Historical Institute has cooperated with Dr Dorothea McEwan in preparing an academic online edition of a manuscript by the important nineteenth-century botanist and traveller Georg Wilhelm Schimper. He spent most of his life in what is now Ethiopia and wrote an extensive report on his observations made in the course of his botanical trips through Tigray in Northern Ethiopia. The two manuscript volumes of his research findings and general ethnographical and other descriptions of the area are kept in the British Library together with detailed maps of the area drawn by him. The manuscripts were rediscovered in 2008 by Dr Dorothea McEwan and are presented here in both the original German version and an English translation. Many of Schimper’s plant specimens are now digitised and accessible online allowing us to link text, maps and digitised specimen of the herbaria. The Open-Access edition is a co-operative project by the British Library, the German Historical Institute London, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
To access this edition go to

11) New Publication

The Hanoverian Succession. Dynastic Politics and Monarchical Culture 
Ed. by Andreas Gestrich and Michael Schaich
More information is available on the GHIL website.

12) GHIL Bulletin, May 2015

The May issue of the Bulletin of the German Historical Institute London is now available online.

German Historical Institute London Bulletin  Volume XXXVII, No. 1 (May 2015)


Special Theme: The Sounds of the First World War

  • Introduction (Felix Römer)
  • War Noises on the Battlefield: On Fighting Underground and Learning to Listen in the Great War (Julia Encke)
  • Reflections of War Sounds in German Concert Halls (Stefan Hanheide)
  • War, Impression, Sound, and Memory: British Music and the First World War (Jeremy C. Dibble)

Review Article

  • ‘When Saturday Comes’: New Books on German and International Sports History (Kay Schiller)

Book Reviews

  • Chartularium Sangallense, i: 700–840, ed. Peter Erhart with Karl Heidecker and Bernhard Zeller (Jinty Nelson)
  • Tom Scott, The Early Reformation in Germany: Between Secular Impact and Radical Vision (Gabriele Haug-Moritz)
  • David Scott Gehring, Anglo-German Relations and the Protestant Cause: Elizabethan Foreign Policy and Pan-Protestantism; David Worthington, British and Irish Experiences and Impres sions of Central Europe, c.1560–1688 (Alexander Schunka)
  • Anorthe Kremers and Elisabeth Reich (eds.), Loyal Subversion? Caricatures from the Personal Union between England and Hanover (1714–1837) (Torsten Riotte)
  • Uwe Ziegler and Horst Carl (eds.), ‘In unserer Liebe nicht glücklich’: Kultureller Austausch zwischen Großbritannien und Deutschland 1770–1840 (John R. Davis)
  • Leighton S. James, Witnessing the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in German Central Europe (Michael Sikora)
  • Sven Oliver Müller, Das Publikum macht die Musik: Musikleben in Berlin, London und Wien im 19. Jahrhundert (Anselm Heinrich)
  • Egbert Klautke, The Mind of the Nation: Völkerpsychologie in Germany, 1851–1955 (Nicolas Berg)
  • Stephan Kurt Westmann, Surgeon with the Kaiser’s Army, ed. Michael Westman (Frank Lorenz Müller)
  • Britta Schilling, Postcolonial Germany: Memories of Empire in a Decolonized Nation (Marie Muschalek)

Conference Reports

  • Making Winners? Transforming Individuals through Education in Colonial and Post-Colonial Contexts (Alva Bonaker)
  • All At Sea: The Prize Papers as a Source for a Global Microhistory (Margaret R. Hunt)
  • ‘Only doing my duty’: Defining Perpetrators in Relation to State-Sanctioned Violence (Gaëlle Fisher)
  • Inside World War One? International Workshop on Ego Documents and the Experience of the First World War (Dorothee Wierling and Richard Bessel)
  • Society, Rule, and their Representation in Medieval Britain (Martin Stier)

Library News

  • Recent Acquisitions