German Historical Institute London

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London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

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  1. 1) Library News
  2. 2) Seminars and Public Lectures
  3. 3) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture
  4. 4) European Leo Baeck Lecture Series
  5. 5) Conferences and Workshops
  6. 6) Postgraduate Students' Conference
  7. 7) Call for Papers
  8. 8) Kolloquium
  9. 9) GHIL Podcast
  10. 10) New Publications
  11. 11) GHIL Bulletin, November 2015

1) Library News

The GHI library will participate in the History Day on 27 November, organized by the IHR in collaboration with the Committee of London Research Libraries in History. Please come and meet us at this open history fair showcasing libraries, archives and organisations from around London. Registrations are free and can be made via Eventbrite. You can also sign up for one-on-one clinics in practical research skills and panel sessions on libraries, archives and digital research. More information can be found here (this link will take you to the SAS/History Collections website).

Christmas Closure: The German Historical Institute will be closed for Christmas from 24 December 2015 and reopen on 4 January 2016 at 9:30.

Also, the library will close early on 16 December at 3pm. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

2) Seminars and Public Lectures

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.

24 November (5.30pm)
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.
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.

3) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture

15 December (6:30pm)
Lutz Raphael
Life Cycle and Industrial Work. West German and West European Patterns in Times of Globalization (1975-2005)

Venue: German Historical Institute London
The Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship is a joint project of the GHIL and the International History Department of the LSE and is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

4) European Leo Baeck Lecture Series

3 December (6.30pm)
Thabet Abu Rass (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
Land, Power and Resistance in Israel: The Case of the Bedouins of the Negev

In this lecture the state policies toward tens of thousands of the indigenous inhabitants of the Negev region in Israel who live in ‘unrecognized villages’ will be highlighted. Militarizing space to secure land has always been one of the means to control land. The Prawer Plan is the current attempt of displacing the Bedouins to finalize their land claims and urbanize them against their will. The landowners have tried all means of resistance including the legal and political ones, however, they didn’t succeed. Therefore, they returned to their tribal roots in a last, but incredibly effective attempt to challenge the imminent confiscation of the lands of their ancestors.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

5) Conferences and Workshops

19-20 November 2015
Emotional Journeys Itinerant Theatres, Audiences, and Adaptation in the Long 19th Century

Venue: German Historical Institute London
21-22 January 2016
Cultural Encounters during Global War, 1914-1918

Venues: King’s College, Strand, London WC2R 2LS (21 Jan.) and German Historical Institute London (22 Jan.)
12-14 February 2016
German Song Onstage 1770-1914

Venues: Royal College of Music and Wigmore Hall

6) Postgraduate Students' Conference

The German Historical Institute London will hold its 20th postgraduate students' conference on 7-8 January 2016. Its intention is to give postgraduate research students in the UK and Ireland working on German history an opportunity to present their work-in-progress, and to discuss it with other students working in the same field. All 2nd and 3rd year students are encouraged to present a paper on their PhD project. First year students are also welcome.
Closing date for applications is 30 November 2015.

7) Call for Papers

Thirteenth Workshop on Early Modern German History
Closing date: 6 January 2015
The Contemporary History of Historiography: International Perspectives on the Making of Professional History
Closing date: 15 January 2015

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.
24 November (2:30pm)
Karpp, Annette (FU Berlin)

Anglo-American Punk Subculture and Human Rights. 1970s -2000s
1 December (3pm)
Münch, Jörg-Ole (Konstanz)

Im Namen der „Nachbarschaft“. Kulturelle Vielfalt und multiethnische Gruppenbildung auf dem Altkleidermarkt im viktorianischen London (1840-1860)
Thießen, Malte (Oldenburg)
Immunisierte Gesellschaften: Eine englisch-deutsche Vergleichs- und Verflechtungsgeschichte von Gesellschaftskonzepten, Risiko- und Sicherheitsvorstellungen

9) GHIL Podcast

Inge Weber-Newth: Home Ties: Objects in Migrants' Lives.
Lecture to mark the public opening of the exhibition "Things We Keep" at the GHIL.
The audio recording of this event is now available as download on the GHIL website.

10) New Publications

Brückweh, Kerstin: Menschen zählen. Wissensproduktion durch britische Volkszählungen und Umfragen vom 19. Jahrhundert bis ins digitale Zeitalter
(Munich: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2016)
Götter, Christian: Die Macht der Wirkungsannahmen. Medienarbeit des britischen und deutschen Militärs in der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts
(Munich: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2016)
More information is available on the GHIL website.

11) GHIL Bulletin, November 2015

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

German Historical Institute London Bulletin  Volume XXXVII, No. 2 (November 2015)



  • Welfare in the Warfare State: Nazi Social Policy on the International Stage (Kiran Klaus Patel)

Review Article

  • Internationals of Experts, Educators, and Scholars: Transnational Histories of Information and Knowledge in the Long Nineteenth Century (Chris Manias)

Book Reviews

  • Katharina Behrens, Scham: Zur sozialen Bedeutung eines Gefühls im spätmittelalterlichen England (Dana Durkee)
  • László Kontler, Translations, Histories, Enlightenments: William Robertson in Germany, 1760–1795 (Avi Lifschitz)
  • Micheline Nilsen, The Working Man’s Green Space: Allotment Gardens in England, France, and Germany, 1870–1919 (Tobias Becker)
  • Rebecca Ayako Bennette, Fighting for the Soul of Germany: The Catholic Struggle for Inclusion after Unification (Olaf Blaschke)
  • Stefan Manz, Constructing a German Diaspora: The ‘Greater German Empire’, 1871–1918 (Bettina Brockmeyer)
  • Kris Manjapra, Age of Entanglement: German and Indian Intellectuals across Empire (Harald Fischer-Tiné)
  • Charmian Brinson and Richard Dove, A Matter of Intelligence: MI5 and the Surveillance of Anti-Nazi Refugees 1933–50 (Alan MacLeod)
  • Hugo Service, Germans to Poles: Communism, Nationalism and Ethnic Cleansing after the Second World War (Tobias Weger)
  • Sagi Schaefer, States of Division: Border and Boundary Formation in Cold War Rural Germany (Arnd Bauerkämper)
  • Volker R. Berghahn, American Big Business in Britain and Germany: A Comparative History of Two ‘Special Relationships’ in the Twen tieth Century (Christof Dejung)

Conference Reports

  • Dreams of Germany: Music and (Trans)national Imaginaries in the Modern Era (Kate Guthrie)
  • Report on the Inauguration of the Branch Office of the Max Weber Foundation, New Delhi (Divya Kannan)
  • Ignorance and Non-Knowledge in Early Modern Expansion (Susanne Friedrich)
  • Twelfth Workshop on Early Modern Central European History (Saskia Limbach)

Library News

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