German Historical Institute London

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London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

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  1. 1) Library News
  2. 2) GHIL Seminars
  3. 3) Public Lecture
  4. 4) Conferences and Workshops
  5. 5) Special Event
  6. 6) Kolloquium
  7. 7) Prize of the German Historical Institute London
  8. 8) New Publications

1) Library News

Please note that there will be no late openings in August, therefore the library will close at 5pm on Thursdays.

2) GHIL Seminars

Seminars are held at 5.30 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the German Historical Institute (unless indicated otherwise). Guided tours of the Library are available before each seminar at 4.30 p.m.
Contested Histories
Seminar Series | Summer Term 2019
The silenced social challenges of regime change, the teaching of history during local conflicts, Holocaust remembrance in post-colonial societies, the transatlantic slave trade, and imperial collecting in museums — the topics covered in this series will explore histories that, even if not always contested at the time, have become so in recent years. Speakers will debate how these difficult histories around the globe are embraced, remembered, but also very often kept under wraps.

3 July (7pm)
Closing Event ‘Zingster Strasse 25’
Venue and Collaborator: Goethe Institute London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PH

To address the urgent need for living space in the 1950s the GDR government introduced new housing projects based on prefabricated concrete slabs, the so-called Plattenbau. Erected on the outskirts of East Berlin, Zingster Straße 25 in Neu-Hohenschönhausen was one of them and it was completed in 1987. Three decades later the artist Sonya Schönberger visits some of the tenants. Who is still around, and who has moved in since? Her interviews, read by performers Johanna Malchow and Ingo Tomi, tell not just personal stories of daily life in the GDR, but also bear witness to the regime change of 1989, and the often challenging and still under-debated aftermath of social change in a unified Germany. The performance is introduced by Christina von Hodenberg, Director, GHIL.
Seminars - Autumn 2019
15 October
F. Benjamin Schenk (Basle); comment by Andy Willimott (London)
‘Hubs of Global Migration’: Organizing Transcontinental Flows of People in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries

Scholars have long treated the history of the trans-Atlantic migration to the Americas and the trans-Ural movement of peasant colonists within the Russian Empire at the end of the nineteenth century separately. In fact, the two processes were interconnected and had a number of striking similarities. One common feature was modern reception and transit camps for immigrants and migrants, which emerged almost simultaneously at various locations along global migration routes. These ‘hubs of global migration’ became important laboratories of migration management in the modern age.
29 October
Sarah Stockwell (London)
‘Losing an empire, winning friends’? Sandhurst, Military Assistance, and British Decolonization

In the 1950s and 1960s British institutions delivered a variety of forms of technical and military assistance to emergent Commonwealth states. As a result, the ‘end’ of empire saw large numbers of Britons still working in the public services of newly independent countries and a great influx of students from former colonies to train and study in Britain, including at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where British authorities struggled to cope with the high demand for places. This lecture explores what the history of Commonwealth and foreign cadets at post-war Sandhurst tells us about Britain’s management and experience of decolonization.
More information on seminars is available on the GHIL website.

3) Public Lecture

13 November (5.30pm)
Ulrike Jureit (Hamburg)
Chronicle of an Announced Death: Affiliation, Violence, and the Appropriation of Urban Space in Provincial Germany, 1934

GHIL in co-operation with the Faculty of History, University of Oxford
On 25 March 1934 the Jewish population of the small town of Gunzenhausen in central Franconia experienced one of the first pogroms, in which two Jews lost their lives. The lecture reconstructs the spatial appropriation of this urban space and analyses the interdependence of space, violence, and collective belonging. In Gunzenhausen the spatial appropriation was extremely violent. The pogrom proved to be a revolutionary moment of commitment to a way of life that, although it had been following a racial concept of social order for some time, still had to reach agreement on binding forms of social exclusion and racial community-building.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

4) Conferences and Workshops

11-12 July
From the Ruins of Preservation: A Symposium on Rethinking Heritage Through Counter-Archives

Co-organized by Rodney Harrison (AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership Fellow/Professor of Heritage Studies at the UCL Institute of Archaeology) and Mirjam Brusius (Research Fellow in Colonial and Global History) German Historical Institute of London)
Venue: German Historical Institute London

3-6 September
16th Summer School in British History: The History of the British Empire. New Perspectives

Conveners/Organisers: Historisches Seminar der Ludwig-Maxiliams-Universität München; German Historical Institute London)
Venue: German Historical Institute London

10-12 October
Medieval History Seminar

Organised by the German Historical Institute London and the German Historical Institute Washington, D.C.)
Conveners: Paul Freedman (Yale), Bernhard Jussen (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main), Simon MacLean (St Andrews), Ruth Mazo Karras (Trinity College Dublin), Len Scales (Durham University), and Dorothea Weltecke (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main))
Venue: German Historical Institute London
More information is available on the GHIL website.

5) Special Event

5 July

Germany in Global Context, 1871-1945. Research Trends and Classroom Practice. A free one-day event for A-level history teachers.

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.
23 July (2.30pm)
Sebastian Schlund (Kiel)

Staatsbürgerschaft als intersektionales Konstrukt in Siedlungskolonien des langen 19. Jahrhunderts
Simeon Marty (Berlin)
“Thinking Black in the Blitz”: Pan Afrikanische Bewegungen während des «London Moment», 1939-1945
10 September (2.30pm)
Nina Szidat (Essen)

Doing Europe instead of Thinking Europe? Town Twinning between Birmingham, Frankfurt, Lyon and Milan
Victor Jaeschke (Potsdam)
Europapolitische Zukunftsvorstellungen in Großbritannien, Frankreich und der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1984-1992
17 September (3.30pm)
Juliane Clegg (Potsdam)

Großbritannien und die europäische Währungspolitik in den 1980er Jahren
24 September (3.30pm)
Daniel Trabalski (Bochum)

Die Regulierung der 'Staublungen-Krankheit' nach 1945. Gesundheitliche Prävention und Entschädigung im Spannungsfeld umkämpften Wissens
1 October (3.30pm)
Karoline Künzel (Kiel)

Sinn- und Bewältigungskonzepte im Umgang mit Vergänglichkeit in lateinischen Jenseitsreiseberichten des 12. Jahrhunderts
8 October (3.30pm)
Luise Elsäßer (Florenz)

Disappearing Markets: Britain’s Transition from Equine to Motorised Power, c. 1870-1950s

7) Prize of the German Historical Institute London

The Prize 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 2019
More information is available on the GHIL website.

8) New Publications

Kramper, Peter: The Battle of the Standards. Messen, Zählen und Wiegen in Westeuropa 1660-1914
    Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2019
(Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London ; Vol. 82)

Jyotsna Jha, Puja Minni: Bridging Old Gaps, Building New Barriers: A Study of Online Admissions under the Right to Education Act in Bangalore Urban Private Unaided Schools
    London: Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office and GHIL, 2019
(Education and the Urban in India - Working Paper Series ; 2019/2)
[Open Access]