German Historical Institute London

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London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

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  1. 1) GHIL Seminars
  2. 2) Public Lecture
  3. 3) European Leo Baeck Lecture Series
  4. 4) Conferences and Workshops
  5. 5) Calls for Papers
  6. 6) Special Event
  7. 7) Kolloquium
  8. 8) Stipendien
  9. 9) New Publication
  10. 10) GHIL Podcast

1) 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.
28 February (5.30pm)
Richard Reid (London)
Mourning and Glory: Emotions and the Historical Imaginary in Africa and Europe

This lecture is concerned with the historical imagination in, and about, Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and explores cultures of temporality and historicity through the lens of emotions. It proposes that owing to alternately melancholic, pessimistic, and nostalgic perspectives on the African past, African history has been steadily displaced and foreshortened in the modern era.
14 March (5.30pm)
Jo Fox (Durham)
Careless Talk? Rumour and the Second World War

Belligerent nations went to considerable lengths to trace, document, and contain rumours. Rumour-mongering was universally denounced as a pathological, destructive condition that threatened the war effort. This lecture will argue that, on the contrary, rumour is an inherently human behaviour that offers an insight into complex human behaviours, motivations, and mentalities at times of crisis.
More information on seminars is available on the GHIL website.

2) Public Lecture

9 March (5.30pm)
Britta Schilling (Utrecht)
Germany’s Colonial Material

GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
This talk will consider the relationship between German colonialism and material culture. It will argue for the importance of the material in attempts to establish and maintain German political power and cultural identity in its overseas empire between 1884 and 1919 and beyond. It will also consider the utility of material culture analysis for understanding more recent developments in ‘postcolonial’ Germany.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

3) European Leo Baeck Lecture Series

16 February (6.30pm)
Jan Gerber (Leipzig)

16 March (6.30pm)
Panel Discussion
The Legacy of the Left and Israel: 1967-2017


  • Nick Cohen, The Observer and The Spectator
  • David Feldman, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Christina Späti, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Peter Ullrich, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

More information is available on the GHIL website.

4) Conferences and Workshops

5 May 2017
Workshop on Medieval Germany

Organised by the German Historical Institute London in co-operation with the German Historical Institute Washington and the German History Society.
Conveners: Len Scales (Durham University) and Cornelia Linde (GHIL)
Venue: German Historical Institute London
8-10 May
The Long End of the First World War. Ruptures, Continuities and Memories

Herrenhausen Symposium
Organisers: Leibniz University of Hanover; Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO); Volkswagen Foundation; German Historical Institute London
Venue: Herrenhausen Palace, Herrenhäuser Straße 4A, 30419 Hannover, Germany
More information is available on the GHIL website.

5) Calls for Papers

Competitors & Companions: Britons and Germans in the World (19th & 20th Century)
ADEF Annual Conference 2017

19-20 May 2017
Convenors: Julia Eichenberg (Humboldt University Berlin), Daniel Steinbach (University of Exeter), Tobias Becker (GHI London)
Venue: Centre for British Studies, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Closing date: 1 March 2017
Medieval History Seminar
12-14 October 2017
Organised by the German Historical Institute London and the German Historical Institute Washington, D.C.
Convenors: Stuart Airlie (University of Glasgow), Paul Freedman (Yale), Bernhard Jussen (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main), Ruth Mazo Karras (University of Minnesota), Len Scales (Durham University), and Dorothea Weltecke (Universität Konstanz).
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Extended Deadline: 28 February 2017
Settlement and Unsettlement: The Ends of World War I and their Legacies
2018 Annual Conference of the Max Weber Foundation

22-24 March 2018
Convenors: Max Weber Foundation, German Historical Institute (GHI) Washington DC, American Historical Association (AHA) with the National History Center (NCH), German Historical Association (Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands, VHD)
Venue: German Historical Institute Washington
Closing date: 31 March 2017
More information is available on the GHIL website.

6) Special Event

21 March (5.30pm)
Panel Discussion - Luther’s Legacy: The Thirty Years War and the Modern Notion of State in the Empire, 1530s to 1790s

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Panel Discussion with Robert von Friedeburg, Mark Greengrass, Jo Whaley and Peter Wilson.
The discussion will be moderated by Hamish Scott.
Is there a distinctive German concept of the state? When and under what circumstances did it emerge? What was its intellectual context? The renowned historian Robert von Friedeburg has presented a new interpretation of these much debated questions linking them to late-medieval and, in particular, Lutheran notions of the polity. The panel discussion will consider how this may affect our understanding of Germany in the early-modern period and beyond.

7) 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.
21 February (3pm)
Stefan Tetzlaff (Göttingen)

‘Tata-Bhains’ as Forerunner of Indo-German Business Ties: Industrial Policy, Technical Cooperation and Business Interests in the Making of the Truck-Manufacturing Joint Venture TELCO/Daimler-Benz, c. 1954-1969
Felix Wiedemann (Berlin)
Rassenportraits aus der Vergangenheit – Britische und deutsche Expeditionen nach Ägypten zur fotografischen Erfassung antiker Menschendarstellungen um 1900
28 February (2.30pm)
Silke Schwandt (Bielefeld)

De recto defecisse: Rechtspraktiken und soziale Dynamik im Umfeld des Phänomens default of right im englischen Recht des 12.-14. Jahrhundert
7 March (5pm)
Yves Schmitz (Marburg)

Waffenhandel und imperialstaatliche Durchdringung in Grenzregionen des südlichen Afrikas und Nordamerikas in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts
14 March (2.30pm)
Robert Ding (Bayreuth)

The Hun is at the Gate: The German Invasion of England in British Fiction, 1871-1914
4 April (5pm)
Stefan Weiß (Bayreuth)

Koloniale Krisen und imperiale Identität – Der Sepoy Aufstand 1857 und die Reflexion der Amerikanischen Revolution in Großbritannien

8) Stipendien

Bewerbungsschluss für Stipendien für Doktoranden und Nachwuchswissenschaftler für die zweite Hälfte des Jahres 2017 ist der 31. März 2017.
Weitere Informationen sind auf der Website des DHI erhältlich.

9) New Publication

Hartmut Berghoff, Jan Logemann, and Felix Römer (eds.): The Consumer on the Home Front. Second World War Civilian Consumption in Comparative Perspective. (Studies of the German Historical Institute London) Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

More information is available on the GHIL website.

10) GHIL Podcast

Dominik Geppert: National Expectations and Transnational Infrastructure: The Media, Global News Coverage and International Relations in the Age of High Imperialism
(Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture, 29 November 2016)
The audio recording of this event is now available on the GHIL website.