German Historical Institute London

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  1. 1) GHIL Seminars
  2. 2) Public Lectures
  3. 3) Conferences and Workshops
  4. 4) Calls for Papers
  5. 5) Panel Discussion
  6. 6) Exhibition
  7. 7) Kolloquium
  8. 8) Prize of the German Historical Institute London
  9. 9) Collaboration with the Academy of Science and Literature, Mainz
  10. 10) New Publications

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.
1 May
Pat Thane (King’s College London)
Divided Kingdom: Inequalities in the UK since 1900

This paper surveys patterns of equality in the UK since c.1900, in particular, how income inequality narrowed, especially from 1945 to the late 1970s, but has now returned to much earlier levels. It asks how changes—for better and worse—in this and other inequalities, including gender, race, and age, have come about.
15 May
Keith Robbins
Oxford University Press 1970–2004: Organizing a Publishing History

Oxford University Press reasonably claims to be the largest university press in the world, operating in many different locations and meeting complex needs. It is the unusual department of a great university and committed to its educational purpose and academic mission. The challenge before it in this period has been to survive and prosper during decades of publishing turbulence and technological change. Its situation can be put simply: making a surplus is not its purpose but it has had to make a surplus in order to survive. This talk explores how it has responded.
29 May
Amanda Power (St Catherine’s College Oxford)
Medieval Histories of the Anthropocene

The ‘global middle ages’ is a relatively new idea in both medieval and global history. The conventional view of ‘the global’ as a post-1500 process extends the work that ignorance of the medieval past has long done to legitimize the political, economic, and intellectual regimes of modernity. It strategically obliterates the planet itself by locating the meanings and significance of ‘the global’ narrowly in the history of human connections. The concept of a ‘global middle ages’ can run against all this. Drawing on new work in the environmental humanities, anthropology, political theory, the ‘nonhuman turn’, and much else, medievalists can develop fresh approaches to invigorate both the discipline of global history, and the study of our own period.
12 June
Matthew P. Fitzpatrick (Flinders, South Australia)
The Kaiser’s Weltpolitik? Constitutional Monarchy in the Age of Empire

Via a series of case studies, this lecture interrogates the idea that Wilhelm II was the guiding hand on Germany’s foreign policy tiller. Through a discussion of the genocidal war in South-West Africa, the development of the Baghdad Railway, and the aftermath of the Boxer Rebellion, the lecture looks at the royal prerogative in action and suggests that despite claims to the contrary, the Kaiser’s scope for independent action was surprisingly limited.
More information on seminars is available on the GHIL website.

2) Public Lectures

9 May (5.30pm)
Katharina Karcher (University of Bristol)
An anti-authoritarian threat to national security? Rudi Dutschke’s exile in the UK

This is an opening talk for the exhibition “ANTI-AUTHORITARIANS; Berlin 1968 / 2018” that will be hosted by the GHIL from 10 May to 31 July 2018. The talk starts at 5.30pm and will be followed by a general discussion and the opportunity to see the exhibition over a glass of wine afterwards.
The 1960s saw a wave of student revolts around the world. Britain remained largely unaffected by the revolutionary spirit of the time; but anxieties flared when in December 1968 Rudi Dutschke, the charismatic icon of the West German student movement, moved to England after being shot in the head by a right-wing extremist in Berlin. As a result of the attempt on his life, Dutschke suffered memory loss, epileptic fits, and had to re-learn the ability to read and write. Nevertheless, the Home Office considered him a potential threat to national security and expelled him from the country when he wanted to continue his studies in the UK. Drawing on previously unconsidered archival sources in Germany and in the UK and on interviews with contemporary witnesses, this talk will give a brief overview of Rudi Dutschke’s exile in the UK. Particular attention will be paid to conflicting narratives of disability and notions of political activity in the Dutschke case. I will conclude by asking: what can we learn from the Dutschke case when it comes to academic freedom and immigration in post-Brexit Britain?

21 June (5.30pm)
Ulrich Herbert (Freiburg)
The Russian October Revolution and the German Labour Movement

GHIL in co-operation with the Modern German History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
German History Society Annual Lecture
What did the German workers’ movement know about the course, outcome, and effects of the Russian October Revolution; how were the events perceived and judged? The lecture examines the significance of the revolutionary events in Russia and the subsequent civil war for the course of the majority SPD after the November Revolution and for the splitting of the workers’ movement. Of particular interest is how the reports on Russia influenced Ebert’s decision to co-operate with the Reichswehr leadership in suppressing the revolutionary workers, and what role the Bolshevik leadership played in initiating the numerous left-wing uprising attempts until 1923.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

3) Conferences and Workshops

26-28 April
Contested Borders? Practising Empire, Nation and Region in the 19th and 20th Centuries

International Conference
Conveners: Levke Harders (Universität Bielefeld) and Falko Schnicke (GHI London)
Venue: German Historical Institute London
4-5 May
Splendid Isolation? Insularity in British History

Arbeitskreis Großbritannien-Forschung / German Association for British Studies in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London
Conveners: Convenors: Wencke Meteling (Philipps-Universität Marburg), Andrea Wiegeshoff (Philipps-Universität Marburg), Christiane Eisenberg (HU Berlin) and Hannes Ziegler (GHI London)
Venue: Centre for British Studies (Großbritannienzentrum) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
11 May
Fourteenth 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.
Conveners: Bridget Heal (University of St Andrews), Katherine Hill (Birkbeck, University of London), David Lederer (NUI Maynooth), Alison Rowlands (University of Essex) and Hannes Ziegler (GHI London)
Venue: German Historical Institute London
19-21 July
Movable Goods and Immovable Property. Gender, Law and Material Culture in Early Modern Europe (1450‒1850)

9th Conference of the European network “Gender Differences in the History of European Legal Cultures”
Conveners: Annette Cremer (Gießen), Hannes Ziegler (London)
Venue: German Historical Institute London
More information is available on the GHIL website.

4) Calls for Papers

Anglo-German Doctoral Seminar in Early Modern Religious History
3-5 September 2018
Organizers: Bridget Heal (St Andrews), Thomas Kaufmann (Göttingen), Matthias Pohlig (Münster), and Michael Schaich (GHIL). With participation from Anselm Schubert (Erlangen), Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge), Jonathan Willis (Birmingham), and Markus Wriedt (Frankfurt).
Closing date: 31 May 2018
More information is available on the GHIL website.

5) Panel Discussion

3 May (7pm)
Panel Discussion (in German): Abschied vom Kontinent? Der Brexit aus historischer und aktueller Perspektive

Venue: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin
More information is available on the GHIL website.

6) Exhibition

Anti-Authoritarians; Berlin 1968 / 2018
An Exhibition of Photographs by Colin Robins
In memory of Michael John Underwood 1948-2015
10 May to 31 July 2018 at the German Historical Institute London.
Opening hours: Mo, Tue, Wed, Fri: 10am – 5pm; Thursday: 10am – 8pm
This is a photographic project documenting people that had been either directly involved in, or came in the wake of, the 1960s anti-authoritarian movement as it developed in Berlin.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

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.
15 May (2.30pm)
Christian Koch (Heidelberg)

Was ist Pagode im kolonialen Myanmar des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts? Ein religionswissenschaftlicher und (trans-)kulturwissenschaftlicher Ansatz zu „Religiöser Materialität“
22 May (5pm)
Felix Fuhg (Berlin)

Growing Up in the Metropolis. London’s Working Class Youth Culture and the Making of Post-Victorian Britain, 1958-71
29 May (2.30pm)
Felix Mauch (Munich)

Die stille Revolution. Singapur als logistische Stadt. 1848-1914
12 June (2.30pm)
Andrea Wiegeshoff (Marburg)

Von Erregern und Menschen. Eine Kulturgeschichte seuchenpolitischen Handelns im 19. Jahrhundert (1850-1920)
19 June (5pm)
Guan Xiaojing (Beijing/Lyon)

The Religion of Banner People in Qing (1644-1912) – Study based on Manchu Materials
26 June (5pm)
Anam Soomro (Berlin)

A Critical Inquiry into Freedom of Movement: Race, Colonialism and the Making of International Law

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 2018
More information is available on the GHIL website.

9) Collaboration with the Academy of Science and Literature, Mainz

The Academy of Science and Literature, Mainz and the German Historical Institute London have entered into a collaborative agreement which will strategically extend their collaboration by conceiving and applying for new projects, and by further developing existing projects such as programmes run by the DFG, the Federal Ministry for Education and Research or by EU funding partners.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

10) New Publications

Cornelia Linde (ed.): Making and Breaking the Rules. Discussion, Implementation, and Consequences of Dominican Legislation.
(Studies of the German Historical Institute London)
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Victor Mauer: Brückenbauer. Großbritannien, die deutsche Frage und die Blockade Berlins 1948-1949.
(Publications of the German Historical Institute London; Vol. 80)
Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2018.
More information is available on the GHIL website.