German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)20 - 7309 2050
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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.

New Working Group 'Medialization and Empowerment'

A new research group on feminism and medialization has taken up its work at the German Historical Institute. It will explore the correlations between women’s emancipation movements and the rise of mass media during the long 20th century with a deliberately global and transnational approach. Different disciplines such as media studies, political and social history, gender studies and sociology will be brought into dialogue, focussing on examples from 20th century Britain, Germany, India and beyond. The International Standing Working Group (ISWG) will run until 2022 and will be coordinated by historian of feminism Dr Jane Freeland from 1 July 2019. The first workshops, bringing together doctoral, postdoctoral and senior researchers, will take place at the GHIL on 21-23 November 2019 and 7-8 February 2020. Partners include the Max Weber foundation branch office in New Delhi, the GHIs in Washington, Rome and Beirut, and the London School of Economics. More information will be available on the GHIL website shortly.

6 June

Maren Möhring (Leipzig)
Travelling around the World: Mass Entertainment in the ‘Haus Vaterland’ in Berlin

11 June

Multidirectional Memory?: National Holocaust Memorials and (Post-)Colonial Legacies

18 June

Who owns Public History?: Two Talks on History Textbooks in Conflicted Societies
3–6 September
The History of the British Empire. New Perspectives
Closing date for applications: 20 May 2019
5 July
Germany in Global Context, 1871-1945. Research Trends and Classroom Practice.
A free one-day event for A-level history teachers.
26 June
Panel on Marginality and the Urban: Linkages and Intersections
Venue: German Historical Institute London

Submission deadline for this year's prize: 31 July 2019
Global Royal Families: Concepts, Cultures, and Networks of International Monarchy, 1800-2020
German Historical Institute London, 16-18 January 2020
Closing date: 25 May 2019
14 May -
11 June 2019
An Exhibition by Robbie Aitken, Sheffield Hallam University. Based on ground-breaking research, the exhibition Black Germany employs a number of biographies, accompanied by photographic images, in order to look at the largely forgotten development of a Black Diaspora in Germany from the 1880s up to 1945.
Opening Event on 14 May 2019, 5:30pm
German Historical Institute London
With talks by historian Robbie Aitken (Sheffield), on “Making the Visible the Invisible – Black Germany in the Age of Empire”, and poet, dramaturge and editor Philipp Khabo Koepsell (Berlin), on “Afro-Deutschland – The Making of an Activist Movement“.
Markus Mösslang (ed.), British Envoys to the Kaiserreich, 1871-1897, Volume II: 1884-1897 (Camden Fifth Series, 56). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press for the Royal Historical Society in association with the German Historical Institute London, 2019.

Volume II of British Envoys to the Kaiserreich, the follow up series of British Envoys to Germany, 1816-1866, presents official diplomatic reports from the British embassy at Berlin (German Empire) and from the diplomatic missions in Darmstadt, Dresden, Stuttgart, and Munich during the years 1884 to 1897. The volume is an open access volume and can be freely shared and used under the terms of a Creative Commons licence. More information on the British Envoys series is available here.

Anasua Chatterjee: Exclusion, Urbanity and Education: A Case Study of a Muslim Neighbourhood in Kolkata, in: Education and the Urban in India - Working Paper Series 2019/1 [Open Access].
The M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies “Metamorphoses of the Political: Comparative Perspectives on the Long Twentieth Century” (ICAS:MP), a project under the aegis of the Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office, advertises multiple fellowships for the academic year July 2020-June 2021.
Closing date: 30.6.2019
More in information is available at the ICAS:MP blog.