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The fellows of the German Historical Institute London pursue a wide range of research topics on British, German, Colonial and Global History as well as on Anglo-German relations, from the Middle Ages to the present day. There are some fields of research on which the Institute places particular emphasis and concentrates its activities in arranging conferences and acquiring outside funding. These areas of particular expertise of the present staff are mirrored in the research clusters listed below. Since late 2018, additional cross-cutting themes such as the history of medialization and histories of kinship and gender have newly emerged in our discussions, in addition to the existing cross-cutting theme of the history of knowledge.

History of Politics and the Political

Webs of Information: Scribal News and News Cultures around 1700  (Michael Schaich)

‘The Vigilant and the Negligent’: British Coastal Administrations in the Eighteenth Century  (Hannes Ziegler)

Homesick for Yesterday: A History of the Nostalgia Wave  (Tobias Becker)

Staging Britain in a Changing World: Knowledge and Practices of British State Visits, 1910-1980  (Falko Schnicke)

British Envoys to Germany  and  British Envoys to the Kaiserreich   (Markus Mößlang)

History as a Political Category of ICAS Metamorphosis of the Political (M.S Merian International Centre of Advanced Studies)

Colonial and Global History

Objects without Status between Middle Eastern Excavation Sites and Europe’s Museums (Mirjam Brusius)

Preserving India’s Past: Law, Bureaucracy and Historical Conservation in Colonial India 1904-1925 (Indra Sengupta)

Selling History: Tourist Guides, Bazaar Histories, and the Politics of the Past (Indra Sengupta; subproject in module History as a Political Category of ICAS MP)

Merchandise of Power: Arms Trade and Control between Europe and East Africa, 1850-1919 (Felix Brahm)

India Centre  (GHIL)

History of Social Structures, Practices and Experiences

The Dominicans and the University of Oxford, 1221-1538 (Cornelia Linde)

Ageing and ‘Doing Gender‘ in the Era of Value Change (Christina von Hodenberg)

Pauper Letters and Petitions for Poor Relief in Germany and Great Britain, 1770 – 1914 (Andreas Gestrich and Steven King)

Medialization and Empowerment (International Standing Working Group)

Education and the Urban (India Centre Research Group)

Further Projects

The Mythographic Sermon in Late Medieval England: Classicism, Discourse, and Clerical Identity, 1330-1450  (Bernhard Hollick)

Collaborative Projects

Prize Papers: Cataloguing – Digitisation – Presentation (University of Oldenburg in cooperation with The National Archives, Kew, and the GHIL)

M.S Merian International Centre of Advanced Studies ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’ (ICAS:MP)

Collaboration with the Academy of Science and Literature, Mainz

Source Editions

British Envoys to Germany  and  British Envoys to the Kaiserreich  (Markus Mößlang)

Pauper Letters and Petitions for Poor Relief in Germany and Great Britain, 1770–1914  (Andreas Gestrich and Steven King; Daniela Heinisch)

Nazis as Troop Commanders: The War Diaries of Theodor Habicht (1898-1944)  (Felix Römer — this link will take you to the Uni Mainz website)

Online-Edition – Wilhem Schimper: Betrachtung der Vegetation während eines Spaziergangs vom Märäb=Thal, über die Ebene Hāmĕdó, die Adoa=Gebirge hinweg nach Urāhut in der Provinz Agāmĕ, auf einem Terrain von 4000 bis 11000 Fuss absoluter Höhe, Theil des Reiches Tigré (Andreas Gestrich and Dorothea McEwan)