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  1. 1) Library News
  2. 2) GHIL Seminars
  3. 3) Public Lecture
  4. 4) Conferences and Workshops
  5. 5) Calls for Papers
  6. 6) Kolloquium
  7. 7) Open Access
  8. 8) GHIL Podcast

1) Library News

Please note that there will be restricted access to some library holdings (German history 1871-1945) on Friday 20 May, Friday 10 June and Friday 17 June from 2.30pm. 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.
The Library is pleased to announce that there is a coffee machine available in the Common Room for the use of readers. It offers a variety of teas and coffees, charged at 50p per cup.

2) GHIL Seminars

Narrating the Nineteenth Century: New Approaches
Seminar Series | Summer Term 2016
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.
3 May
Richard J. Evans (Cambridge)
Writing the History of Nineteenth-Century Europe

In the era of global history, is it still possible to write European history? How should it be periodized? Does it make sense to try to cover the huge variety of subjects that have formed the focus of historical research in recent decades? This talk attempts to answer these and other questions raised in the writing of volume 7 of the new Penguin History of Europe, The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815–1914, to be published this September.
17 May
Willibald Steinmetz (Bielefeld)
Writing a History of Nineteenth-Century Europe: Challenges, Conundrums, Complexities

This lecture deals with ways of narrating the history of Europe in the nineteenth century. How should we define Europe? What were its specific features in the nineteenth century? One suggestion is that nineteenth-century Europeans were obsessed with comparisons and competitions. Another idea is that they were caught in endless paradoxical demands for equality and recognition of difference.
31 May
Johannes Paulmann (Mainz)
How Close is the Nineteenth Century? Contemporary Reflections on a History of Europe

The nineteenth century has just passed from being a memory of the living into the cultural memory of Europe. To some, it seems to have become a very distant past. This talk shows how historians have interpreted the period facing their own contemporary issues. It discusses the changing frames which bring the nineteenth century close to us, or, indeed, have turned it into a foreign country.
21 June
David Cannadine (Princeton)
Rewriting the British Nineteenth Century

The nineteenth century was incontrovertibly the ‘British century’, in which the UK seemed to dominate the globe, and when, for good or ill, ‘British history’ took place in many other parts of the world as well. At a time when global history has become so prominent, this seems an appropriate opportunity to revisit the years 1800 to 1906.
More information on seminars is available on the GHIL website.

3) Public Lecture

26 May (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.
More information is available on the GHI website.

4) Conferences and Workshops

6 May
Thirteenth Workshop on Early Modern German History

Organised by the German Historical Institute London in co-operation with the German Historical Institute Washington and the German History Society, to be held at the GHIL.
Conveners: Bridget Heal (University of St. Andrews), David Lederer (NUI Maynooth), Michael Schaich (German Historical Institute London), Jenny Spinks (University of Manchester)
19-21 May
Spaces and Places of Leisure, Recreation and Sociability in Early Modernity (c. 1500-1800)

Convener: Angela Schattner
16-18 June
The Contemporary History of Historiography: International Perspectives on the Making of Professional History

Conference co-organised by the Leibniz Research Group on Historiography, University of Trier and the German Historical Institute London
More information is available on the GHIL website.

5) Calls for Papers

The Best Ideas? Natures, Nations, and Collective Memory
1-3 December 2016
Conveners: Andreas Gestrich (German Historical Institute London), Frank Uekötter (University of Birmingham)
Deadline: 13 May 2016
Pop Nostalgia. The Uses of the Past in Popular Culture
10-11 November 2016
Conveners: Dion Georgiou (BSSH South Sport and Leisure History Network), Tobias Becker (German Historical Institute London)
Deadline: 30 June 2016
More information is available on the GHIL website.

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.
3 May (2:30pm)
Oliver Bock (Jena)

The Contributions of German Scholars to the Work of the Sixth Record Commission (1831-1837)
28 June (2:30pm)
Manish Jain (Ambedkar University, Delhi)

Margins of Colonial Modernity: Rural Citizens, Poverty and Civic(s) Education
Akash Bhattacharya (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi)
Classrooms and the Pedagogic Process: Remaking the Social in Nineteenth-Century Bengal
5 July (3pm)
Jasmin Daam (Kassel)

Tourismusräume. Der „Orient“ als Reiseziel europäischer Touristen in der Zwischenkriegszeit
Jonas Kreienbaum (Rostock)
Das Öl und der Kampf um eine neue Weltwirtschaftsordnung
26 July (2:30pm)
Julia Hauser (Kassel)

Embracing the World. An Entangled History of Vegetarianism (c. 1800 – 1957)
Amelia Wiegeshoff (Marburg)
Von Menschen und Erregern. Eine globalhistorische Untersuchung seuchenpolitischen Handelns (ca. 1870 – 1919)

7) Open Access

Free online access is now available for volumes 65 to 70 of the Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London:

  • Frank Bösch: Öffentliche Geheimnisse: Skandale, Politik und Medien in Deutschland und Großbritannien 1880–1914
  • Fabian Klose: Menschenrechte im Schatten kolonialer Gewalt. Die Dekolonisierungskriege in Kenia und Algerien 1945-1962
  • Almut Steinbach: Sprachpolitik im Britischen Empire. Herrschaftssprache und Integration in Ceylon und den Föderierten Malaiischen Staaten
  • Christiane Reinecke: Grenzen der Freizügigkeit. Migrationskontrolle in Großbritannien und Deutschland, 1880-1930
  • Andreas Pečar: Macht der Schrift. Politischer Biblizismus in Schottland und England zwischen Reformation und Bürgerkrieg (1534-1642)
  • Andreas Rose: Zwischen Empire und Kontinent. Britische Außenpolitik vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg

To read these books, and vols. 50–55/57–64 which have previously been made available, follow this link: Open Access

8) GHIL Podcast

Lutz Raphael: Life Cycle and Industrial Work. West German and West European Patterns in Times of Globalization (1975-2005).
Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture
The audio recording of this event is now available as download on the GHIL website.