German Historical Institute London

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London WC1A 2NJ
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  1. 1) Anthony Nicholls (1934-2020)
  2. 2) Academic Advisory Board
  3. 3) GHIL Seminars
  4. 4) Public Lecture
  5. 5) European Leo Baeck Lecture Series
  6. 6) Conferences and Workshops
  7. 7) Call for Papers
  8. 8) Kolloquium
  9. 9) India Research Programme
  10. 10) New Publication
  11. 11) Open Access
  12. 12) Stipendien
  13. 13) Vacancies

1) Anthony Nicholls (1934-2020)

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor Anthony Nicholls (University of Oxford). He belonged to the generation of British historians that helped to found the German Historical Institute London, was a member of our academic advisory board from 1993-2003, and above all a long-standing friend and supporter.

2) Academic Advisory Board

We are delighted to announce that over the last few months several new members of the academic advisory board have been appointed by the council of the Max Weber Foundation: Professor Jörn Leonhard (University of Freiburg), Professor Gisela Mettele (University of Jena), Professor Jörg Peltzer (University of Heidelberg), Professor Margrit Pernau (Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin), and Professor Ulinka Rublack (University of Cambridge). We also thank the out-going members of the advisory board who have come to the end of their terms, Professor Ravi Ahuja (University of Göttingen), Professor Christiane Eisenberg (Humboldt University Berlin), Professor Andreas Fahrmeir (University of Frankfurt), Professor Annette Kehnel (University of Mannheim), and Professor Lyndal Roper, for their support of our work over the last eight years. In addition, Professor Dagmar Freist (University of Oldenbourg) has been elected as the new chair of the advisory board and Professor Peltzer as her deputy. They take over from Andreas Fahrmeir and Annette Kehnel.
A list of the members of the Academic Advisory Board is available on the GHIL website.

3) 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.
17 March (5.30pm)
Peter Burschel (Wolfenbüttel)
The Dance of the Tapuya: On the Cultural Coding of Skin Colour in the Early Modern Period

This talk will show how European perceptions of skin colour—rather than primarily of skin markings, as had been the case in the Middle Ages—increasingly began to influence European perceptions of non-European ‘aliens’. It will be argued that it was only during the sixteenth century that skin was seen as a ‘supra-individual’ distinguishing characteristic that made it possible to structure, classify, and, not least, to hierarchize intercultural encounters chromatically. This shows that the process was not merely about the perception of skin colour per se, but always also addressed the question of who was white, and who was not.
28 April (5.30pm)
Samita Sen (Cambridge)
Making Coolies: Labour Brokerage and the Tea Industry in India, 1830–1930

This presentation will focus on recruitment of labour for the Assam tea industry. It will be argued that recruitment for plantations in colonial India gave rise to institutions and agencies which became separate businesses in themselves. They maintained close links with the industry for which they supplied labour, but these two interests were not convergent since the recruiting agencies’ profitability depended on their ability to leverage the buyers. Moreover, the commercial brokerage of labour, which expanded its net across the country, drew into its profitable sway a vast network of recruiters at different levels as well as whole sets of social relationships and institutions.
More information on seminars is available on the GHIL website.

4) Public Lecture

20 February (5.30pm)
Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (Berlin)
Sex and Violence: Race Defilement in Nazi Germany

GHIL in co-operation with the Modern German History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
This talk will look at the entanglement of antisemitism, gender, sexuality, and emotion in Nazi Germany. It will focus on Nazi Germany’s violent practices and dynamics, which encompassed other forms of resentment and hostility, but treated men and women conspicuously differently in each case, as can be shown in the race defilement propaganda and persecution of the 1930s and 1940s. The paper will argue that the peculiar ambivalence of these cases was inherent in the attraction of Nazi propaganda and deterrence at the same time.
11 March (5.30pm)
Cornelius Torp (Bremen)
Speculation and Gambling in Germany and Britain around 1900

GHIL in co-operation with the Faculty of History, University of Oxford
The worldwide economic crisis since 2007 is not the first time that financial speculation has been accused of resembling a casino game. The dividing line between speculation and gambling has always been fragile and contested. The debate about the legitimation of certain types of speculation and their resemblance to games of chance enjoyed a heyday around 1900, in both Germany and Britain. Around this time, the anti-gambling movement reached its apogee in both countries and resulted in the legal prohibition of various forms of gambling. At the same time, new financial instruments opened up space for speculative transactions on a hitherto unseen scale. From a comparative perspective, the lecture tries to bring these two strands together and traces how politicians and journalists, economists and speculators strove to draw a line between honourable economic activity and illicit wagering.
12 March (5.30pm)
Jenny Pleinen (German Historical Institute London)
The Landed Gentry in British Politics after World War II: From Taxed Decadence to Subsidized Cultural Heritage

GHIL in co-operation with the Modern German History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
This lecture will focus on the period after the Second World War, when the landed gentry’s image in British politics underwent a fundamental reconfiguration, with demands for higher taxation losing momentum and a bipartisan consensus for public subsidies emerging. The lecture explores how this change came about and what role the invention of the ‘stately home’ as a key feature of British cultural heritage played in it.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

5) European Leo Baeck Lecture Series

4 March (6.30pm)
Adi Heyman (Fashion blogger)
The Big Cover-Up: Modest Fashion

In her talk, Heyman explores the possibility of being an ‘Orthodox Fashion Influencer’, and reflects on the lack of authentic content highlighting modest fashion and the underrepresentation of women from minority cultures.
23 April (6.30pm)
Paul Herzberg (Actor and Writer)
Acting Jewish: Perception and Reality

What does ‘acting Jewish’ really mean? Is it a style of performance drawing on the alleged traits of global Jewry? Or is it perhaps about ancient perceptions? Paul Herzberg offers a view, drawing on his four decades in the entertainment industry.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

6) Conferences and Workshops

14-16 May
Chronopolitics. Time of Politics, Politics of Time, Politicized Time

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Organized by Tobias Becker, Christina Brauner and Fernando Esposito for the Arbeitskreis Geschichte + Theorie in conjunction with the German Historical Institute London
22 May
Fifteenth Workshop on Early Modern German History

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Organised by the German Historical Institute London in co-operation with the German Historical Institute Washington and the German History Society.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

7) Call for Papers

Archiving, Recording and Representing Feminism: The Global History of Women’s Emancipation in the 20th Century
Second Meeting of the International Standing Working Group on Medialization and Empowerment, New Delhi, 10-11 December 2020
Closing date: 14 April 2020

More information is available on the GHIL website.

8) 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.
18 February (3.30pm)
Franziska Neumann (Rostock)

Matter out of Place? London Metropolitan ‚Waste Regimes‘ (17th-19th centuries)
25 February (3.30pm)
Manuel Kohlert (Berlin)

Hedonismuskulturen im frühneuzeitlichen London
10 March (3.30pm)
Pierre Sfendules (Munich)

Hippolytus and his Age. Christian Carl Josias von Bunsen (1791-1860) und die frührömische Kirchengeschichte in den Debatten des 19. Jahrhunderts
7 April (3.30pm)
Johanna Gerwin (Kiel)

The Historical Enregisterment of London English
21 April (3.30pm)
Florian Zabranski (Sussex)

Between Love and Sexualised Violence. Male Jewish Intimacy and the Holocaust

9) India Research Programme

Global History – Challenges and Opportunities
16-21 February 2020, New Delhi
A winter school on global history for PhD and early career scholars in Germany and India. Organised jointly by the Heidelberg Centre of Transcultural Studies, the India Branch Office of the Max Weber Stiftung and the German Historical Institute London.
Conveners: Debarati Bagchi, Felix Brahm, Pablo Holwitt, Monica Juneja and Indra Sengupta.
Panel on The Languages of Global History
18 February (6.30pm)
Organised jointly by the Heidelberg Centre of Transcultural Studies, the India Branch Office of the Max Weber Stiftung and the German Historical Institute London.
Venue: Lecture Room II, India International Centre Annexe, New Delhi
Speakers: Felix Brahm (GHIL); Monica Juneja (Heidelberg); Joachim Kurtz (Heidelberg); Dhruv Raina (Delhi) und Rekah Vaidya Rajan (Hyderabad) Chair and Moderator: Neeladri Bhattacharya (Delhi)
More information is available on the GHIL website.

10) New Publication

Matthias Oppermann, Triumph der Mitte. Die Mäßigung der "Old Whigs" und der Aufstieg des britischen Liberalkonservatismus, 1750-1850, Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London, 83, Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2020.

More information is available on the De Gruyter Oldenbourg website.

11) Open Access

Free online access is now available for:
Tobias Becker, Inszenierte Moderne. Populäres Theater in Berlin und London, 1880-1930, Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London, 74, Munich: Oldenbourg, 2014.  

12) Stipendien

Bewerbungsschluss für Stipendien für Doktoranden und Nachwuchswissenschaftler für den nächsten Förderungszeitraum (1. Juli bis 31. Dezember 2020) ist der 31. März 2020.
Weitere Informationen finden sich auf der Website des DHIL.

13) Vacancies

The GHIL is looking to appoint

  • a part-time In-House Editorial Assistant / Academic Translator, German to English (24 hours per week) – permanent
    Closing date for applications: 20 February 2020

  • eine/n Wissenschaftliche/n Mitarbeiter für britische Geschichte des 19. und/oder 20. Jahrhunderts (w/m/d) (2. Qualifizierungsphase)
    Closing date for applications: 23 March 2020

More information is available on the GHIL website.