German Historical Institute London

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London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

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The German Historical Institute London (GHIL) is an academically independent institution and part of the Max Weber Foundation – German Humanities Institutes Abroad. It promotes research on medieval and modern history, in particular on the history of Britain, on the British Empire and the Commonwealth, and on Anglo-German relations. Its public library specializes in German history.


Christina von Hodenberg took over as Director of the GHIL on 1 September 2018. Professor von Hodenberg specialises in the social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe. From 2006 to 2018, she taught European History at Queen Mary University London.

13 November

Lauren Kassell (Cambridge)
Inscriptions, Digitization, and the Shape of Knowledge: Lessons from the Casebooks Project

20 November

Miles Ogborn (London)
The Great Map of Mankind: The Historical Geography of Early Modern Knowledge
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2018 Prize of the German Historical Institute London is Dr Arun Kumar for his dissertation Learning to Dream: Education, Aspiration, and Working Lives in Colonial India (1880s-1940s) submitted at the University of Göttingen.
The German Historical Institute London (GHIL), the International History Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the Gerda Henkel Foundation in Düsseldorf have appointed historian Johanna Gehmacher to the position of Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor 2018/19. Her Inaugural Lecture, to be given on 27 November 2018 at the LSE, is entitled “Translating Feminism in National and Transnational Spaces. A Biographical Perspective on Women's Movements around 1900”.
Pauline Lipman (Chicago)
Education and Urban Crises: Coercive Neoliberalism, the Politics of Disposability, and the Struggle for the Right to the City
The first Max Weber Lecture of the MWS India Branch Office will be held at the National Institute of Advanced Studies Bangalore, 12 November 2018, 5.30 pm, and the India International Centre New Delhi, 16 November 2018, 6 pm.
The Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2018-19 ‘Seeing Jews in Art’ starts on 1 November 2018, 6.30 pm, at the GHIL. Speaker is Katrin Kogman-Appel (Münster) on 'A Jewish Look on World Politics: The Catalan Mappamundi (1375)'.

12-14 November

Interrogating Marginality: Education and the Urban
10-11 January
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.
Closing date for applications is 30 November 2018.
“From the Ruins of Preservation”. A symposium on rethinking heritage through counter-archives
German Historical Institute London, 11-12 July 2019
Closing date: 1 November 2018
Workshop on Medieval Germany
German Historical Institute London, 17 May 2019
Closing date: 14 January 2019
Medieval History Seminar
German Historical Institute London, 10-12 October 2019
Closing date: 31 January 2019

TRG Poverty & Education Working Paper Series, No. 11
A.R. Venkachalapathy, From Pulavar to Professor: Politics and the Professionalization of Tamil Pandits

Free online access is now available for volumes 2005, 2006, and 2011 to 2016 of The Annual Lecture. German Historical Institute London.
The Max Weber Stiftung - India Branch Office (IBO) invites applications from postdoctoral scholars for the position of a Junior Research Associate for 2 years to be based at the IBO in New Delhi.