German Historical Institute London

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London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

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  1. 1) 40 Years German Historical Institute London
  2. 2) Library News
  3. 3) Seminars and Public Lectures
  4. 4) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture
  5. 5) European Leo Baeck Lecture Series
  6. 6) Conferences and Workshops
  7. 7) Postgraduate Students' Conference
  8. 8) Call for Papers
  9. 9) Kolloquium
  10. 10) Exhibition – German Historical Institute. 40 Year Anniversary
  11. 11) Prize of the German Historical Institute London
  12. 12) Joint Junior Research Fellowship
  13. 13) GHIL Bulletin, November 2016

1) 40 Years German Historical Institute London

On 4 November 2016 the GHIL celebrated its 40th anniversary. On this occasion we would like to thank our colleagues and friends who supported us and our work over the last four decades. More information on the anniversary and the institute’s history is available on the GHIL website.

2) Library News

Please note that there will be restricted access to some library holdings (German history 1871-1945) on Friday 2nd December from about 3pm. Books from these holdings will still be available but may have to be fetched by library staff.

Christmas Closure: The German Historical Institute Library will be closed for a period of between two and four weeks in December/January (including the Christmas period) to allow for stock reorganisation. The exact dates of the closure period will be announced on the GHIL website in early December.

3) 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.
22 November (5.30pm)
Harald Fischer-Tiné (Zurich)
‘Keep them pure, fit, and brotherly!’: The Indian YMCA’s ‘Army Work’ in the Great War (1914–1920)

The outbreak of the First World War was hailed by American YMCA secretaries working in India as presenting ‘overwhelming opportunities’ to enlarge the association’s activities and boost its general popularity. This lecture takes stock of the wide spectrum of the Y’s activities, and it addresses the question of the underlying objectives and wider impact of the Y’s humanitarian ‘war work’ schemes.
6 December (5.30pm)
Frances Andrews (St Andrews)
Medieval Europe through Monastic Eyes

As global history takes centre stage, the interconnectedness of high medieval Europe might seem to be a given. Yet the widely held belief that medieval men and women lived their lives with little awareness of the world beyond their village and its fields persists. Nor do modern historians easily associate European interconnectedness with professional religious, the monks, nuns, and friars. This talk opens up an alternative view, exploring the many chapter meetings to which they travelled, how those meetings worked, and what they made of them, picturing medieval Europe through monastic eyes.
More information on seminars is available on the GHIL website.

4) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture

29 November (6:30pm)
Dominik Geppert
National Expectations and Transnational Infrastructure. The Media, Global News Coverage and International Relations in the Age of High Imperialism

Venue: The London School of Economics and Political Science, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building Kingsway, London WC2A 3LJ
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. More information is available on the GHIL website.

5) European Leo Baeck Lecture Series

24 November (6.30pm)
Brian Klug (Oxford)
Denouncing Israel: Anti-colonialism or Antisemitism on the British Left?
8 December (6.30pm)
Christina Späti (Fribourg)
The German-speaking Left and Israel: Legacies and Developments since 1948
26 January 2017 (6.30pm)
Michel Dreyfus (Paris)
The Two Lefts in France: Divisions over Zionism and Israel
More information is available on the GHIL website.

6) Conferences and Workshops

1-3 December
The Best Ideas? Natures, Nations, and Collective Memory

Venue: German Historical Institute London
12-13 December
The De-industrialising City: Urban, architectural and socio-cultural perspectives

Venue: German Historical Institute London
15-17 December
The City as a Site of the Political: Themes in Urban History, Infrastructure and Culture

Venue: Kolkata, Centre for the Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta
More information is available on the GHIL website.

7) Postgraduate Students' Conference

The German Historical Institute London will hold its 21st postgraduate students' conference on 12-13 January 2017. 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 2016.
Please visit the GHIL website for further information.

8) Call for Papers

Medieval History Seminar
Closing date: 31 January 2017

Workshop on Medieval Germany
Closing date: 9 January 2017

Revolutionary Biographies in the 19th and 20th Century. Imperial – Inter/national – Decolonial
Closing date: 30 November 2016

More information is available on the GHIL website.

9) 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.
22 November (2.30pm)
Robert Raman (Göttingen)

From Girangaon to ‘Mini Pakistan’: The Precarious Place of Working Muslims in Twentieth Century Bombay
6 December (2.30pm)
Alrun Schmitdke (HU Berlin)

Veröffentlichungspolitik und Entscheidungsbefugnisse: Der Verlagsberater Paul Rosbaud und die wissenschaftlichen Verlage Julius Springer, Pergamon Press und Wiley Interscience, 1927-1963

10) Exhibition – German Historical Institute. 40 Year Anniversary

To celebrate the 40 year anniversary an exhibition on the institute’s history is on public display at the GHIL until 31 January 2017. The exhibits and panels focus on the foundation and the first years of the GHIL, the history of 17 Bloomsbury Square, and the institutes’ activities and research over last four decades.

11) Prize of the German Historical Institute London

We are delighted to announce that the 2016 prize of the German Historical Institute London for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis has been awarded to Benjamin Pope (University of Durham) for "Relations between Townspeople and Rural Nobles in Late Medieval Germany: A Study of Nuremberg in the 1440s". The prize was presented at the Annual Lecture of the GHIL on 4 November 2016. Congratulations to Benjamin Pope!

12) Joint Junior Research Fellowship

Andreas Weiß has been appointed Joint Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, and the German Historical Institute London for 2016-17.
More information is available on the UCL website .

13) GHIL Bulletin, November 2016

The November issue of the Bulletin of the German Historical Institute London is now available online.
German Historical Institute London Bulletin  Volume XXXVIII, No. 2 (November 2016)


Forty Years of the GHIL

  • The German Historical Institute London at Forty (Andreas Gestrich)
  • Interview with Lothar Kettenacker and Peter Alter
  • The German Historical Institute London and British Research on German History (Richard Bessel)
  • The German Historical Institute London and German Research on British History (Andreas Fahrmeir)


  • Life Cycle and Industrial Work: West German and British Patterns in Times of Globalization (Lutz Raphael)
  • A Myth of Unity? German Unification as a Challenge in Contemporary History (Martin Sabrow)

Review Article

  • National Socialism, Islam, and the Middle East: Questioning Intellectual Continuities, Conceptual Stakes, and Methodology (Nils Riecken)

Book Reviews

  • Fiona J. Griffiths and Julie Hotchin (eds.), Partners in Spirit: Women, Men, and Religious Life in Germany, 1100–1500 (Hedwig Röckelein)
  • Kathryne Beebe, Pilgrim and Preacher: The Audiences and Observant Spirituality of Friar Felix Fabri (Sabine von Heusinger)
  • Christina Brauner, Kompanien, Könige und caboceers: Interkulturelle Diplomatie an Gold- und Sklavenküste im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert (Helen Paul)
  • Anne Mariss, ‘A World of New Things’: Praktiken der Naturgeschichte bei Johann Reinhold Forster (Stefan Hanß)
  • Wolfram Siemann, Metternich: Stratege und Visionär. Eine Biografie (Tim Blanning)
  • Tait Keller, Apostles of the Alps: Mountaineering and Nation Building in Germany and Austria, 1860–1939 (Laurence Cole)
  • Dominik Geppert and Frank Lorenz Müller (eds.)‚ Sites of Imperial Memory: Commemorating Colonial Rule in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Jan C. Jansen)
  • Martin Böhm, Die Royal Air Force und der Luftkrieg 1922–1945: Personelle, kognitive und konzeptionelle Kontinuitäten und Entwicklungen (Alaric Searle)
  • Lauren Faulkner Rossi, Wehrmacht Priests: Catholicism and the Nazi War of Annihilation (Dagmar Pöpping)
  • Andreas W. Daum, Hartmut Lehmann, and James J. Sheehan (eds.), The Second Generation: Émigrés from Nazi Germany as Historians. With a Biobibliographic Guide (Birte Meinschien)

Conference Reports

  • Thirteenth Workshop on Early Modern German History (Hannah Briscoe and Rebecca Lott)
  • Cultures of Intelligence (Bernhard Sassmann and Tobias Schmitt)
  • The Contemporary History of Historiography: International Perspectives on the Making of Professional History (Amar Baadj)

Library News

  • Recent Acquisitions