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History of Politics and the Political

This cluster of projects has become one of the pillars of research at the GHIL. It combines a variety of projects from different periods that all share a dynamic understanding of politics. In this view, politics is not a given but is constantly created, renegotiated and performed. The projects take up concepts, theories and methods from cultural studies and cultural history and apply them to the study of politics, policies and the political. They look at, for instance, gender, class, knowledge, emotions and time and how they constitute and influence political identities, groups, parties and spaces, including statehood and diplomacy. Current projects also give emphasis to the role of the media and medialisation processes.

Research Projects

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)


Past and Completed Projects

Making Space for Sporting Bodies. Sociability, Body Politics, Commerce and Lifestyle in Early Modern English Sports Culture (Angela Schattner)

Cultures of Intelligence (Philipp Gassert, Andreas Gestrich, and Sönke Neitzel)

Theatrum Ceremoniale. Monarchy, Parliament and Ritual in England, 1688/89-c. 1800  (Michael Schaich)

‘People Count’: A History of British Self-Observations in Survey Research and Censuses in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries  (Kerstin Brückweh)

„Conservatism lost – Conservatism regained“. Political Languages of Conservatism in the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany in the 1960s and 1970s  (Martina Steber)

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