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  1. 1) Library News
  2. 2) GHIL Seminars
  3. 3) Public Lecture
  4. 4) European Leo Baeck Lecture Series
  5. 5) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture
  6. 6) Workshop
  7. 7) Postgraduate Students' Conference
  8. 8) Call for Papers
  9. 9) Joint Junior Research Fellowship
  10. 10) Vacancy
  11. 11) New Publication
  12. 12) Annual Lecture in Open Access
  13. 13) GHIL Bulletin, November 2018

1) Library News

The GHI library will participate in the History Day on 27 November 2018, organized by the IHR in collaboration with the Committee of London Research Libraries in History. Please come and meet us at this open history fair showcasing libraries, archives and organisations from around London. More information can be found here:
Christmas Closure: The German Historical Institute will be closed from 24 December 2016 and reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2019.
The library will close early on Tuesday 18 December at 2pm. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

2) GHIL Seminars

New Approaches to the History of Knowledge
Lecture Series | Autumn Term 2018
This lecture series explores new approaches to the history of knowledge from a wide geographical and thematic angle. Addressing knowledge production in contexts ranging from medieval European societies and colonial settings to the modern challenges of climate change and the digital humanities, the talks will exemplify how these methods can be applied in a variety of disciplines.
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.
4 December
Nico Stehr (Friedrichshafen)
The Atmosphere of Democracy: Will Climate Change Trump Democratic Governance?

This talk focuses on what climate change discussions may call an ‘inconvenient democracy’. This refers to the huge gap that exists between the claims of scientific knowledge and good policy. The resulting sense of political futility leads to a disenchantment with democracy and the conclusion that the state, led by experts, should be a source of security for society in the face of extreme risk and danger from climate change. The talk argues that these gloomy views about the efficacy of democracy are mistaken.
11 December
Martin Kintzinger (Münster)
History of Knowledge in the Middle Ages: Discussions and Perspectives

Moving away from the institutional and legal history of schools and universities, research on the history of knowledge has recently undergone a fundamental change. Instead of focusing on the social history of learned scholars or the traditions and challenges of education, it has started to look at knowledge systems in dynamic processes of change within contemporary societies: the construction of a learned elite; the migration of ideas; and the reception of foreign knowledge through intercultural communication. This talk will argue that global aspects of medieval history will lead to a new definition of what defined knowledge in medieval European societies.
More information on seminars is available on the GHIL website.

3) Public Lecture

21 November (5.30pm)
Jakob Vogel (Paris)
Through Humboldt’s Glasses? Latin America in European History of the Early Nineteenth Century

GHIL in co-operation with the Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Apart from Alexander von Humboldt’s voyages in the Spanish Empire and to the United States between 1799 and 1804, Latin America is rarely mentioned in the general narratives about nineteenth-century European history. But the political and cultural interactions between Europe and the Latin American world were much more important and diverse in the early nineteenth century than the standard narrative suggests. The lecture explores the ways in which the myth of Alexander von Humboldt as the ‘ideal’ German traveller focused attention on specific elements of a broader history of Latin American–European relations that were increasingly neglected by general European historiography.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

4) European Leo Baeck Lecture Series

Seeing Jews in Art: Networks, Fantasies and Dreams
This season’s topic aims to explore the agency of Jews within the networks shaping visual culture. Spanning from the middle ages to the present, and across a range of different media, it will focus on the point of intersection of Art by Jews with Art about Jews and the complex interplay of Jewish reactions to their depiction in Western art and Gentile attitudes towards Jewish visual culture. How do Jews respond and attempt to re-shape their images, stereotyped by the majority societies surrounding them? How does Jewish material culture influence Western visual culture, and how were Jews entangled with the art world?
6 December (6.30pm)
Ruth Oren (Haifa)
‘Coming back to History’: The Jewish Image in Landscape Photographs of ‘Eretz-Israel’, 1898-1961
This visual presentation about Zionist landscape photography in Palestine (Eretz- Israel), from its beginning in 1898 until 1961, explores the ‘returning’ of the Jews to modern history and geography and the formation of the ‘mental landscape’ of Israel as it was created in the Zionist photographic narrative. Landscape photography, produced and consumed within the National Zionist Institutions, created a utopian image of the Jewish environment by developing a coherent iconography rooted in the hegemonic ideology of cultivating and ‘building’ a country for the Jewish nation.
24 January 2019 (6.30pm)
Cilly Kugelmann (Jewish Museum Berlin)
Jewish Museums between Self-Assertion and Self-Defence

In the 19th century Jews gradually began to free themselves from their ambivalence towards the fine arts. Rabbis repeatedly placed the depiction of people in pictures and sculptures close to idolatry and viewed it with reservations. The discovery of a visual culture in Judaism by the Haskala, the Jewish Enlightenment, fulfilled a double function: it was intended to strengthen a new Jewish selfconfidence internally and at the same time to ward off the anti-Semitic prejudice that Jews were incapable of artistic expression. This process will be illustrated by the example of the emergence and development of Jewish museums in Europe.
14 February 2019 (6.30pm)
Richard I. Cohen (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Moses Mendelssohn – The German-Jewish Icon of Modernity (1780s-2019)

Moses Mendelssohn has engaged artists of Jewish and non-Jewish origin from his lifetime until today. The lecture will show how, over this long period, Mendelssohn has been turned into the icon of German-Jewish modernity by being represented in a myriad of ways and techniques.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

5) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture

27 November (6:30pm)
Johanna Gehmacher
Translating Feminism in National and Transnational Spaces. A Biographical Perspective on Women's Movements around 1900

Venue: London School of Economics (CLM.4.02, Clement House, Aldwych, London WC2A 3LJ)
Political movements such as women’s movements around 1900 operated mostly in national arenas. The ideas and demands they propagated were, however, circulated (and transformed) transnationally. The talk takes the example of Käthe Schirmacher (1865-1930), a Danzig-born political activist who travelled widely through Europe before the Great War to discuss how women’s movements could share their different political concepts.
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.

6) Workshop

14 December
Scribal News and News Cultures in Late Stuart and Early Georgian Britain

Venues: History of Parliament Trust, 18 Bloomsbury Square, and German Historical Institute London
More information is available on the GHIL website.

7) Postgraduate Students' Conference

The German Historical Institute London will hold its 23rd postgraduate students conference on 10-11 January 2019. 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 2018.
Please visit the GHIL website for further information.

8) Call for Papers

Workshop on Medieval Germany
Closing date: 14 January 2019

Medieval History Seminar
Closing date: 31 Januar 2019

More information is available on the GHIL website.

9) Joint Junior Research Fellowship

Nicole Wiederroth has been appointed Joint Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, and the German Historical Institute London for 2018-19.
More information is available on the UCL website .

10) Vacancy

Wissenschaftliche/n Mitarbeiter/in (Postdoc) in Vollzeit
Closing date for applications: 7. Januar 2019.

More information is available on the GHIL website.

11) New Publication

Sandrine Kott and Kiran Klaus Patel (eds.): Nazism across Borders. The Social Policies of the Third Reich and their Global Appeal (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)

More information is available on the GHIL website.

12) Annual Lecture in Open Access

Free online access is now available for volumes 2005, 2006, and 2011 to 2017 of The Annual Lecture. German Historical Institute London.
PDF downloads are available on the GHIL website.

13) GHIL Bulletin, November 2018

The November issue of the Bulletin of the German Historical Institute London is now available online.
German Historical Institute London Bulletin  Volume XL, No. 2 (November 2018)



  • Hard Times: The Economic Activities of American Consuls on the North Sea Coast under the Continental System (Margrit Schulte Beerbühl)
  • Policing the Ports: The Regional Dimensions of Eighteenth-Century Customs Activity in England and Wales (Spike Sweeting)

Review Article

  • Cultures of the Edge? The Place of the Coast in Maritime Historiographies of Britain (Hannes Ziegler)

Book Reviews

  • Ingrid Rembold, Conquest and Christianization: Saxony and the Carolingian World, 772–888 (Lutz E. von Padberg)
  • Georg Schmidt, Die Reiter der Apokalypse: Geschichte des Dreißigjährigen Krieges ; Georg Schmidt, Der Dreißigjährige Krieg (Peter H. Wilson)
  • Cornel Zwierlein, Imperial Unknowns: The French and British in the Mediterranean, 1650–1750 (Maria Fusaro)
  • Shane Nagle, Histories of Nationalism in Ireland and Germany: A Comparative Study from 1800 to 1932 (Andreas Boldt)
  • Panikos Panayi, The Germans in India: Elite European Migrants in the British Empire (Razak Khan)
  • Jasper Heinzen, Making Prussians, Raising Germans: A Cultural History of Prussian State-Building after Civil War, 1866–1935 (Hartwin Spenkuch)
  • Franziska Meifort, Ralf Dahrendorf: Eine Biographie (Keith Robbins)
  • Christoph Nonn and Tobias Winnerling (eds.), Eine andere deutsche Geschichte 1517–2017: Was wäre wenn ... (Falko Schnicke)


  • Response to Mr Barkow’s Review of Theresienstadt 1941–1945 (Jeremy Adler)
  • Reply to Jeremy Adler (Ben Barkow)

Conference Reports

  • European Democracies: Origins, Evolutions, Challenges. A Workshop in Memory of Peter Blickle (Hannes Ziegler)
  • Understanding Brexit: Britain and Europe in the Twentieth Century (Nikolai Wehrs)
  • Contested Borders? Practising Empire, Nation, and Region in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Christina Neuberger and Larissa Kraft)
  • ‘Splendid Isolation’? Insularity in British History (Margarete Tiessen)
  • Fourteenth Workshop on Early Modern German History (Hannes Ziegler)

Library News

  • Recent Acquisitions