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GHIL NEWSLETTER September 2015


  1. 1) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor
  2. 2) Library News
  3. 3) GHIL Seminars
  4. 4) Public Lecture
  5. 5) Conferences and Workshops
  6. 6) Call for Papers
  7. 7) Exhibition
  8. 8) Kolloquium
  9. 9) Bulletin Supplement
  10. 10) GHIL Podcast
  11. 11) Scholarship Applications
  12. 12) Open House

1) 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 Lutz Raphael, Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Trier, to the position of Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor 2015/16. Professor Raphael will join the staff of the GHIL from 1 October.

2) Library News

Please note that there will be restricted access to some library holdings (Sf, Sg and Sh) on Friday, 2 October, Friday, 23 October and on Friday, 13 November from 1pm. 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.

3) 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.
6 October
Martin Mulsow (Erfurt/Gotha)
Drugs and Oriental Studies in the Seventeenth Century: Towards an Intellectual History beyond East and West

In the early 1670s Martin Fogel, a physician and linguist from Hamburg, inquired into rumours about Maslach, a drug that the Ottoman Turks supposedly gave their soldiers to enhance their fighting abilities. The lecture will trace the entangled history of the Maslach debate from Fogel’s perspective and the Ottoman side. It will demonstrate how an intellectual history focusing on scholarly practices can contribute to a transcultural history of this era.
20 October
Elizabeth Harvey (Nottingham)
Gender, Race, and the Wartime Workforce: The Nazi Labour Administration and Female Forced Labour from Occupied Eastern Europe

This lecture will explore why such a substantial proportion of the civilian forced labourers recruited from occupied Poland and the occupied Soviet territories for work in wartime Nazi Germany was female. It will consider factors influencing the demand for and supply of female foreign labour and explore the recruitment policies and practices of the Reich labour administration.
27 October
Lawrence Goldman (London)
Founding the Welfare State: The Collective Biography of William Beveridge, R. H. Tawney, and William Temple

This lecture will examine the close personal relations between three of the most prominent British social reformers of the twentieth century. Tawney and Temple were at school together; all three overlapped as students in the same Oxford college; Tawney married Beveridge’s sister; they remained friends and colleagues for the rest of their lives. What do these personal relationships tell us about social politics in Britain between 1900 and 1950? Can the welfare state be reduced to three interlocking biographies?
24 November
Joanna Bourke (London)
‘Going Ballistic’: A New History of Aggression

Aggression is an essentially contested concept. What is meant by ‘aggression’ has changed dramatically over the past two centuries. What ideological, political, and economic forces have produced practices that are categorized as ‘aggressive’ at any period of time and for any particular group? The lecture will explore what these systems of classification and regulation can tell historians about gender and power in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century culture.

4) Public Lecture

10 December (5.30pm)
Klaus Weinhauer (Bielefeld)
The Return of the ‘Many-Headed Hydra’? Protest, Social Movements, and Violence in the Phase of Global Upheaval (c.1916–23)

GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
The years between 1916 and 1923 saw multiple and overlapping upheavals around the globe. Labour historians have studied the strikes and social movements while other historians have discussed the revolutionary, social, and consumer protests of this phase. However, we still lack globally orientated integrative studies of these important years. Starting from a social and cultural historical translocal perspective, the lecture will suggest a space-sensitive re-interpretation of this phase, focused on the struggle about local order in a phase of global change.

5) Conferences and Workshops

17-18 September
Interdisciplinary Inroads into the Social History of Post-War Europe
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, 1607 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC 20009 - U.S.A.
22-24 October
The Global Public: Its Power and its Limits
Venue: German Historical Institute London
19-20 November
Emotional Journeys Itinerant Theatres, Audiences, and Adaptation in the Long 19th Century
Venue: German Historical Institute London

6) Call for Papers

Spaces and Places of Leisure, Recreation and Sociability in Early Modernity (c. 1500-1800)
19-21 May 2016
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Closing date: 8 November
Transformations of ‘the Political’
14-25 June 2016
Venue: Göttingen, Germany
Closing date: 30 September

7) Exhibition

Things We Keep
A new Exhibition at the German Historical Institute London
10 September to 9 November 2015
Mo, Tue, Wed, Fri: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 8pm
What do a jam pot, a fountain pen, a house number plaque and a mixer tap have in common? All these things have been brought to Britain by German immigrants and expats. And all these things will be on show in autumn at „Things We Keep“, an exhibition at the German Historical Institute London.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

8) 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.
13 October (5pm)
Egner, Wolfgang (Konstanz)

Protektion. Die Entwicklung neuer imperialer Herrschaftsformen und Legitimationsfiguren im 19. Jahrhundert
20 October (2:30pm)
Petersen, Sven (Göttingen)

Dinge im Konflikt. Eine globale Mediengeschichte des Österreichischen Erbfolgekrieges (1739-1748)
10 November (3pm)
Breitinger, Jan Carlos (Marburg)

Natur als Ressource: Erschließung und Schutz des Lake Victoria, 1950er-80er
Fortenbacher-Nagel, Katja (Marburg)
'A Test of Empire'. Der Einfluss Südafrikas auf die irischen Unabhängigkeitsbestrebungen vom British Empire (1916-1949)
17 November (2:30pm)
Berger, Barbara (TU Munich)

Der Gasbehälter als Bautypus - Entstehung, Entwicklung und Verbreitung des Gasbehälters im 19. Jahrhundert
Esposito, Fernando (Tübingen)
Die "Gleichzeitigkeit des Ungleichzeitigen“. Chronopolitische Theorie und Praxis in der Industriemoderne, 1860-1970
24 November (2:30pm)
Karpp, Annette (FU Berlin)

Anglo-American Punk Subculture and Human Rights. 1970s -2000s

9) Bulletin Supplement

The GHIL Bulletin Supplement No. 3: Debtors, Creditors, and their Networks is now available to download or to order.

10) GHIL Podcast

Dan Diner: Rites of Reserve: The German-Israeli Encounter in Luxemburg 1952.
Keynote Lecture to the German History Society Annual Conference 2015
The audio recording of this event is now available as a download on the GHIL website.

11) Scholarship Applications

Deadline for scholarship applications for 2016 is 30 September 2015.

12) Open House

This year, for the first time, the German Historical Institute takes part in Open House London, the capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and design. The Institute will be open on Saturday 19 September between 10am and 2pm. There will be guided tours every half hour.