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Dear friends of the German Historical Institute,

While the German Historical Institute is still closed to the public until further notice, a lot of work has been going on behind closed doors. Our summer lectures and conferences had to be cancelled, but we have been working on publications, podcasts and revamping our website instead. We hope to welcome you back to our events and into our library from late summer or autumn onwards – depending on the coronavirus situation. Any changes will be announced on our website as well as via our Facebook and Twitter channels, where we will also alert you to new podcasts, open access publications and virtual events. As always, staff can be reached by telephone or email and we are happy to deal with your enquiries.


  1. Library News
  2. Cancellations
  3. Summer Seminar Series Podcast: Feminist Histories
  4. Kolloquium
  5. Call for Papers
  6. Staff News
  7. Academic Advisory Board
  8. Prize of the German Historical Institute London
  9. New Publication
  10. Medialisation and Empowerment Blog
  11. GHIL Bulletin, May 2020

Library News

Unfortunately, the library will have to remain closed to readers for the moment in line with government advice. In the meantime we will use the closure period to finish some building works which will improve ventilation in the library rooms and make your stay more comfortable in future.

Our staff will continue to work remotely and monitor mailboxes regularly. From June 15th it may be possible to fulfil some urgent scan requests. Please email library(ghi) and we will see what we can do.


  • Frank Bajohr: Research on the Holocaust since the 1990s: Achievements, Changes, Problems, and Challenges (Annual Lecture of the Modern German History Society, 11 June)
  • Imaobong Umoren: Race Women Internationalists: Black Women, Feminism and Freedom Struggles (Seminars - Summer 2020: Feminist Histories, 28 June)
  • Petra Terhoeven: The other side of terrorism: Victimhood and acknowledgment in the context of terrorist violence (Richard von Weizsäcker Guest Professor Lecture, 30 June)

Summer Seminar Series Podcast: Feminist Histories

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the seminar series on Feminist Histories will be presented as part of the GHIL audio podcast. The lectures will be available for download on the GHIL website, with a new episode released every Wednesday from 1 July to 15 July.
1 July, Chiara Bonfiglioli (Cork)
Internationalist Waves and Feminist Waves in Italy, Yugoslavia, and Cuba from the 1950s to 1970s

Chiara Bonfiglioli's lecture will focus on women’s internationalism in Italy, Yugoslavia, and Cuba, and on the gendered imaginaries of citizenship that circulated among the generation of women active within Cold War mass organizations in the 1950s and 1960s. It will also consider how this ‘internationalist wave’ engaged with second-wave feminism in the 1960s and 1970s, a time characterized by the overlapping of different generational paradigms of women’s and feminist activism, the “emancipation” one based on women’s socio-economic rights and institutional reform, and the “liberation” one based on gender, sexuality and grassroots activism. These generational paradigms were not only national but also transnational, and were shaped by the global developments of left-wing parties and movements, and of women’s and feminist movements worldwide.
8 July, Jane Whittle (Exeter) and Laura Schwartz (Warwick)
Understanding Women and Work from the Early Modern Era to the Present. A Roundtable

This roundtable brings together two experts in the field of women’s work to discuss how ideas of work and gender have changed across the centuries. Alongside considering what women’s work is, it will explore how women’s work has been defined and valued in the past and within historical scholarship.
15 July, Maud Bracke (Glasgow)
Inventing Reproductive Rights: Sex, Population and Feminism in Europe (1945-1980)

Maud Bracke's lecture presents an interpretation of the emergence following World War Two of the notion of ‘reproductive rights’. Drawing on critical understandings of reproductive biopower, it focuses on the ways in which the introduction and legalisation of the contraceptive pill across Western Europe in the long 1960s produced new, gendered discourses on family planning, responsibility in reproduction, sexual morality, and bodily autonomy. The analysis focuses on tensions between different groups advocating access to the pill: the family planning movement, rooted in population control and neo-Malthusianism, and the ‘new’ women’s liberation movement, which re-centred debates on reproduction on the principles of bodily autonomy and individual rights. Case studies focus on Italy (specifically, the illegal distribution of the pill among women of the Roman slums in the 1950s-60s) and France (the distinct family planning approaches vis-à-vis immigrant women in the 1960s-70s).
More information is available on the GHIL website.


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.
All events are online events for the time being and unless otherwise indicated. If you wish to attend any of these events, please contact Hannes Ziegler (h.ziegler(ghi)
30 June (3.30pm)
Olga Witmer (Cambridge)
Germans at the Dutch Cape of Good Hope, 1652-1806
7 July (3.30pm)
Florian Zabranski (Brighton)

Between Love and Sexualised Violence. Male Jewish Intimacy and the Holocaust
21 July (3.30pm)
Paul Labelle (Hamburg)

Opportunity and Occasion. New Music for the Aldeburgh Festival
28 July (3.30pm)
Svenja von Jan (Göttingen)

Non-elite South Asian migration to Hamburg and beyond. A biographical and microhistorical approach to migration history in the interwar period
1 September (3.30pm)
Katharina Breidenbach (Jena)

Kommissare, Gesandte, Diplomaten, Geistliche, Agenten. Netzwerke, Handlungsspielräume und Machtkonstellationen von Mittelspersonen innerhalb protestantischer Emigrationsbewegungen des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts
8 September (3.30pm)
Jenny Hestermann (Frankfurt)

Europa als Krise und Chance. Zum Spannungsverhältnis von nationalen Dekadenz-Diskursen und Europa-Bildern im 20. Jahrhundert

Call for Papers

Hidden Economies of Slavery
German Historical Institute London, 10-11 December 2020
Closing date: 30 June 2020
More information is available on the GHIL website.

Staff News

The GHIL welcomes its new colleagues Sina Steglich (Modern History) and Marcus Meer (Medieval History).

Academic Advisory Board

We are delighted to announce that Professor Patrick Sahle (University of Wuppertal) has been appointed member of the academic advisory board by the council of the Max Weber Foundation. Patrick Sahle specializes in the field of digital humanities and takes over from Ute Daniel, who had been member of the board from 2013.
A list of the members of the Academic Advisory Board is available on the GHIL website.

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 British colonial history (submitted to a German university), Anglo-German relations or Anglo-German comparative history (submitted to a British, Irish, or German university).
Submission deadline for this year's prize: 31 July 2020
More information is available on the GHIL website.

New Publication

Global Publics. Their Power and their Limits, 1870-1990
Edited by Valeska Huber and Jürgen Osterhammel
    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020
(Studies of the German Historical Institute London)
This volume combines a present-day and historical concern on the topic of global publics between the communication revolution of the 1870s and the digital age. Building on earlier theories of public spheres, it expands the notion of global publics not only geographically but also by charting new thematic territory, describing global publics as courts of global opinion, as market places, or as arenas for competition. The volume brings together established and emerging authors in the field of history and from related disciplines such as geography, sociology, and literature who explore how global publics were configured, imagined, and fragmented. In this way, Global Publics: Their Power and Their Limits not only provides a new conceptual framework and important case studies but also shows how histories of global communication might be studied in the future.

Medialisation and Empowerment Blog

Blog posts of the International Standing Working Group on the “Medialisation and Empowerment“ are now available here.

The Standing Working Group of the GHI London enquires into interactions between the rise of mass media and emancipation movements over the long 20th century. It concentrates on women as the largest self-emancipation reference group and the medial circulation and reception of feminist ideas within a global context.

GHIL Bulletin, May 2020

The May issue of the Bulletin of the German Historical Institute London is now available online.
German Historical Institute London Bulletin  Volume XLII, No. 1 (May 2020)


  • Multidirectional Memory? National Holocaust Memorials and (Post-)Colonial Legacies edited by Stefanie Rauch

Review Article

  • Heimat: Between Past and Present, Intimacy and Nightmare by Juliane Brauer

Exhibition Review

  • ‘Very British: A German Point of View’, exhibition at Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn, 10 July 2019 to 8 March 2020, and at Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig, 9 June 2020 to January 2021 by James Krull

Book Reviews

  • Anne Foerster, Die Witwe des Königs: Zu Vorstellung, Anspruch und Performanz im englischen und deutschen Hochmittelalter (Levi Roach)
  • Duncan Hardy, Associative Political Culture in the Holy Roman Empire: Upper Germany, 1346–1521 (Anja Thaller)
  • Dieter Berg, Oliver Cromwell: England und Europa im 17. Jahrhundert (Thomas Pert)
  • Charlotte Backerra, Wien und London, 1727–1735: Internationale Beziehungen im frühen 18. Jahrhundert (Andrew C. Thompson)
  • Megan Maruschke, Portals of Globalization: Repositioning Mumbai’s Ports and Zones, 1833–2014 (Felix Mauch)
  • Oded Y. Steinberg, Race, Nation, History: Anglo-German Thought in the Victorian Era (Chris Manias)
  • Anand Toprani, Oil and the Great Powers: Britain and Germany, 1914 to 1945 (Rüdiger Graf)
  • Georg Koch, Funde und Fiktionen: Urgeschichte im deutschen und britischen Fernsehen seit den 1950er Jahren (Kinga S. Bloch)
  • Mathias Haeussler, Helmut Schmidt and British–German Relations: A European Misunderstanding (Guido Thiemeyer)

Conference Reports

  • From the Ruins of Preservation: A Symposium on Rethinking Heritage through Counter-Archives (Mirjam Brusius)
  • Medieval History Seminar (Paul Schweitzer-Martin)
  • 100 Histories of 100 Worlds in One Object (Mirjam Brusius)
  • Global Royal Families: Concepts, Cultures, and Networks of International Monarchy, 1800–2020 (Paige Emerick)