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GHIL NEWSLETTER September 2017


  1. 1) Obituary
  2. 2) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor
  3. 3) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture
  4. 4) GHIL Seminars
  5. 5) Public Lecture
  6. 6) Conferences and Workshops
  7. 7) TRG Poverty & Education Final Conference
  8. 8) Call for Papers
  9. 9) Kolloquium
  10. 10) Postgraduate Students' Conference
  11. 11) Exhibitions
  12. 12) Scholarship Applications

1) Obituary

Professor Peter Wende
17 March 1936 – 26 July 2017

It is with great sadness that the German Historical Institute London and the Max Weber Stiftung announce the death, on 26 July 2017, of Professor Peter Wende. Peter Wende was a renowned scholar of modern history and expert on the history of Britain and the British Empire. In 1994 he was seconded from Frankfurt University to become Director of the London institute, a post he held until 2000. His extensive academic work on British history, his close connections with British historians and his liberal personality and leadership style left a lasting impression on the GHIL. The Institute and the Foundation remember Peter Wende’s achievements with deep gratitude and will always cherish his memory.

2) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor

The German Historical Institute London (GHIL), the International History Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the Gerda Henkel Foundation in Düsseldorf have appointed historian Arnd Bauerkämper, Professor of 19th and 20th century history at the FU Berlin, to the position of Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor 2017/18. Professor Bauerkämper will join the staff of the GHIL from 1 October.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

3) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture

28 November (6:30pm)
Arnd Bauerkämper
National Security and Humanity. The Internment of Civilian “Enemy Aliens” During the First World War

Venue: German Historical Institute London
More information is available on the GHIL website.

4) 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.
3 October
Dagmar Ellerbrock (Dresden)
Trigger-Happy Germans? How to Explain the Transformation of German Gun Culture in the Twentieth Century

German gun culture in the nineteenth century was marked by widespread ownership and use of private firearms. By the end of the twentieth century German gun culture had become regulated and moralized. How can we account for this transformation? Are emotions important for understanding why the trigger-happy German has all but disappeared? And can other societies learn lessons from this in their efforts to regulate private handguns?
17 October
Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge)
Recycling the Sacred: Material Culture and Cultural Memory after the English Reformation

This paper examines medieval liturgical artefacts that survived the English Reformation by being converted to alternative religious and secular purposes. It explores the underlying theological assumptions that legitimized such acts of ‘recycling’—they offer new insights into how Protestantism reconfigured traditions of commemoration and patterns of remembrance. The paper also considers their role in resisting religious change, in preserving tangible traces of the Catholic past, and in perpetuating and complicating social and cultural memory.
14 November
Jan Eckel (Tübingen)
New Perspectives on the History of International Politics in the Twentieth Century

This lecture suggests a new chronology of international politics in the twentieth century. It will argue that the century was marked by a series of transformative moments, not just the second ‘thirty years war’ followed by the Cold War. In order to understand the driving forces behind international relations, historians need to focus on the interplay between superpower antagonism, anti-imperial aspirations, post-colonial attempts to create a new world order, the deep splits within the Communist world, and the multiple forms of global governance.
More information on seminars is available on the GHIL website.

5) Public Lecture

30 November (5.30pm)
Norman Domeier (Stuttgart)
The Secret Cooperation between Associated Press and Nazi Germany, 1942–1945

GHIL in co-operation with the Modern German History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
New archival evidence reveals the existence of a secret German–American cooperation between Associated Press (AP) and the Bureau Laux, an agency of the SS and the German Foreign Office, during the war years 1942 to 1945. With the permission of the Roosevelt administration, AP and the Bureau Laux exchanged approximately 40,000 photographs by diplomatic pouch via Lisbon and Stockholm on a daily basis until spring 1945. In Berlin, the AP photos were presented to Hitler and the highest Nazi leadership every day. They were then used by the German press for anti-American and anti-Semitic propaganda. Conversely, thousands of Nazi photos received by AP New York were printed in the American and international press. This presentation sheds light on what was probably the only channel of communication between these enemies during the Second World War.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

6) Conferences and Workshops

12-14 October
Medieval History Seminar

Organised by the German Historical Institute London and the German Historical Institute Washington, D.C.
Conveners: 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
8-10 November
Shaping the Officer. Communities and Practices of Accountability in Premodern Europe

Conveners: María Ángeles Martín Romera (LMU Munich), Hannes Ziegler (GHI London)
Venue: German Historical Institute London
More information is available on the GHIL website.

7) TRG Poverty & Education Final Conference

27-29 September
Poverty and Education from the Nineteenth Century to the Present: India and Comparative Perspectives

Max Weber Foundation Transnational Research Group - India “Poverty Reduction and Policy for the Poor between the State and Private Actors: Education Policy in India since the Nineteenth Century”
More information is available on the GHIL website.

8) Call for Papers

Contested Borders? Practising Empire, Nation and Region in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
26-28 April 2018
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Closing date: 16 October 2017
Splendid Isolation? Insularity in British History
4-5 May 2018
Venue: Centre for British Studies, Humboldt-Universität Berlin
Closing date: 3 November 2017
Movable Goods and Immovable Property. Gender, Law and Material Culture in Early Modern Europe (1450‒1850)
19-21 July 2018
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Closing date: 15 October 2017
Living the German Revolution 1918-19: Expectations, Experiences, Responses
18-20 October 2018
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Closing date: 1 November 2017
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.
26 September (3pm)
Justin Mathew (Göttingen)

Geographies of Accumulation and the Urban Question in a Colonial Port City: Cochin, Southwest India 1860s-1950s
3 October (1pm)
Michael Zeheter (Trier)

Eine Konsum- und Kulturgeschichte des Mineralwassers in Europa, von 1830 bis in die Gegenwart
Julia Held (Konstanz)
The Asian Minority Between Integration and Exclusion: Citizenship and Nationhood in Transitional East Africa, c. 1945-1972
10 October (5pm)
Bastian Knautz (Mainz)

Zwischen Eurosklerose und Relance – Die Europäische Gemeinschaft auf dem Weg zur Einheitlichen Europäischen Akte 1983-1986. Eine multinationale Betrachtung
24 October (5pm)
Axel Hüntelmann (Berlin)

Rechnungswesen und Buchführung in der Medizin. Kalkulierte Praktiken, administrative Techniken und medizinisches Wissen in Deutschland und Großbritannien 1750-1950
31 October (6pm)
Lena Rudeck (Berlin)

Between Pleasure and Immorality: Western Allies' Soldiers' Clubs in Germany as Sites of Encounters between Occupiers and the Occupied, 1945-1952
14 November (2.30pm)
Nikolai Wehrs (Konstanz)

Elitenherrschaft im Zeitalter der Massendemokratie – Die Rolle des Civil Service in der politischen Kultur Großbritanniens im 20. Jahrhundert

10) Postgraduate Students' Conference

The German Historical Institute London will hold its 22nd postgraduate students' conference on 11-12 January 2018. 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.
Closing date for applications is 30 November 2017.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

11) Exhibitions

500 Years: German Protestants in Britain
7 September – 5 November 2017
As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is celebrated across the world in 2017, this exhibition at St George’s German Lutheran Church London explores the history of German Protestants in Britain, from the 1520s to the present.
Venue: St George’s German Lutheran Church, 55 Alie Street, London E1 8EB
Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919–1933
23 June – 15 October 2017
The exhibition at Tate Liverpool, conceived in cooperation with the GHIL, presents the faces of Germany between the two world wars told through the eyes of painter Otto Dix (1891–1969) and photographer August Sander (1876–1964) - two artists whose works document the radical extremes of the country in this period.
Venue: Tate Liverpool
More information is available on the GHIL website.

12) Scholarship Applications

The closing date for scholarship applications for January to June 2018 is 30 September 2017.
More information is available on the GHIL website.