German Historical Institute London

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  1. 1) GHIL Seminars
  2. 2) Public Lecture
  3. 3) Conferences and Workshops
  4. 4) Summer School
  5. 5) Calls for Papers
  6. 6) Kolloquium
  7. 7) Junior Research Fellowship
  8. 8) Prize of the German Historical Institute London

1) GHIL Seminars

Migration, Citizenship and Welfare in British History
Seminar Series | Summer Term 2017
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.
16 May
Andrew Thompson (Exeter)
The Making of Multiculturalism: Post-War Immigration in Britain and France, and the Global Dynamics of Decolonization

Decolonization set in train a series of large-scale population flows, equivalent or greater in scale to those witnessed today. Among the new mobilities that marked the end of empire was the reverse flow of subjects from nearly and newly independent colonies to the cities of Europe. Highly charged political debates about restrictive immigration legislation, the welfare of migrants, and social inclusion and cohesion rapidly followed. This lecture will explore the experience of post-war Britain, with particular reference to the politically fraught and at times explosive issue of housing, and will draw explicit comparisons with the parallel experiences of France. It will show how many of the debates surrounding immigration today were anticipated, if not prefigured, from the 1950s to the 1970s, when an explicit discourse of race relations first emerged.
13 June
W. Mark Ormrod (York)
England’s Immigrants, 1330–1550: Defining the Rights of Aliens in Later Medieval England

Over the course of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the English state began to scrutinize more closely aliens living within its bounds, not least with a view to taxing them more heavily than their English-born counterparts. At the same time, it began to experiment with measures that allowed such aliens the medieval equivalent of national citizenship, known as denization. The lecture will examine the various motivations of the state and of immigrants during this formative period in English naturalization laws.
20 June
William O’Reilly (Cambridge)
Strangers, Subjects, Citizens: Changing Attitudes to Immigrants in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century England

This lecture will consider the debates surrounding immigration to England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and reflects on why at that time a discernible change occurred in how migrants were treated. It will examine emerging ideas of a ‘British’ Protestant identity and the ever-changing relationship with continental Europe, and reflect on changing ideas of Englishness and on popular and public attitudes to foreign workers in England. A rhetoric of ‘suitability’ for English society meant that many foreigners were denied charity and employment, and were directed away from England’s shores.
4 July
Diane Frost (Liverpool)
Work, Community and Exclusion: West African Seafarers in Early Twentieth-Century Liverpool

The lecture will consider a number of exclusionary mechanisms that operated in early twentieth-century Britain with specific reference to black seafarers in colonial ports like Liverpool. It will explore measures instituted at different levels of British society throughout the 1920s, including those introduced at state level that aimed to undermine the legal status of black seafarers, and pressures from ‘below’, from those sections of organized labour that campaigned against the employment of black labour. Both responses will be located in the specific socio-economic and historical conditions of the post-First World War period, and take into account localized factors prevailing in colonial seaports like Liverpool.
More information on seminars is available on the GHIL website.

2) Public Lecture

18 May (5.30pm)
Andreas Wirsching (Munich)
Nazi Legacies? The Question of Continuities in Postwar Germany

GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Annual Lecture of the German History Society
Initiated first by private enterprises, later by federal ministries and other public institutions, contracted research on the history of the Nazi period and its legacies after 1945 is currently experiencing strong growth. The exploration of new archival sources has re-opened the question of Nazi continuities in postwar Germany. The problem of how far former members of the Nazi Party and thus antidemocratic mentalities influenced the policies of the early Federal Republic (but also the German Democratic Republic) has become a dominant research question in current German contemporary history. The paper will discuss the preconditions for this trend, its implications and problems, and will ask what new results are to be expected.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

3) Conferences and Workshops

5 May
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)
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, Hannover
19–20 May
Competitors & Companions: Britons and Germans in the World (19th & 20th Century)

ADEF Annual Conference 2017
Convenors: Julia Eichenberg (Humboldt University Berlin), Daniel Steinbach (University of Exeter), Tobias Becker (GHIL)
Venue: Centre for British Studies (Großbritannienzentrum), Humboldt University, Berlin
22-24 June
Moralising Commerce in a Globalising World – Multidisciplinary Approaches to a History of Economic Conscience, 1600-1900

Convenors: Felix Brahm (GHIL) and Eve Rosenhaft (University of Liverpool)
More information is available on the GHIL website.

4) Summer School

4-8 September
15th Summer School in British History: Understanding the Nation. Transformations of the British Nation State in the Twentieth Century
Conveners/Organisers: Historisches Seminar der Ludwig-Maxiliams-Universität München; German Historical Institute London
Venue: German Historical Institute London
More information is available on the GHIL website.

5) Calls for Papers

Shaping the Officer. Communities and Practices of Accountability in Premodern Europe
8-10 November 2017
Conveners: María Ángeles Martín Romera (LMU Munich), Hannes Ziegler (GHI London)
Closing date: 8 May 2017
Heritage, Decolonisation and the Field: A Conference
26-27 January 2018
German Historical Institute London and UCL Institute of Archaeology; supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, German Historical Institute London/Max Weber Foundation and the UCL Institute of Archaeology
Closing date: 31 May 2017
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.
16 May (2.30pm)
Daniel Monninger (Cologne)

Das Tavistock Institute of Human Relations und der Wandel der Arbeitswelt, ca. 1940-1980
30 May (3pm)
Amit Suman (Delhi)

Educating Poor Muslims: Madrasa System of Education in Colonial India, Reforms and Evolution
Kerstin Schulte (Bielefeld)
„Volksgemeinschaft“ hinter Stacheldraht – Die Internierungslager in der britischen und US-amerikanischen Besatzungszone und ihre Bedeutung für die deutsche Nachkriegsgesellschaft, 1945-1950
6 June (5pm)
William Carruthers (London)

Archaeology, Nasser’s Egypt and the Making of the Post-War Past

7) Junior Research Fellowship

The Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, and the German Historical Institute London intend to appoint a joint Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow, tenable for a period of six months from 15 September 2017.
Closing date for applications: 1 May 2017
More information is available on the GHIL website.

8) Prize of the German Historical Institute London

The Prize of the German Historical Institute London is awarded annually for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis on German history (submitted to a British or Irish university), British history or the history of the British Empire (submitted to a German university), Anglo-German relations, or an Anglo-German comparative topic.
Submission deadline for this year's prize: 31 July 2017
More information is available on the GHIL website.