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Seminars 2009

20 January

Max Weber Unbound: The Rediscovery of a Passionate Thinker

Joachim Radkau has published widely on the history of technology and environmental history. Among his best-known books is a contribution to the cultural history of classical modernity, placing neurasthenia in its contemporary framework. He has recently published a major English-language biography of Max Weber, the founding father of sociology, and will introduce this work at the GHIL. Other publications include Das Zeitalter der Nervosität: Deutschland zwischen Bismarck und Hitler (1998); Natur und Macht: Eine Weltgeschichte der Umwelt (2000); and, as editor (with Frank Uekoetter), Naturschutz und Nationalsozialismus (2003).

3 February

Is There a New Political History in Europe?

Heinz-Gerhard Haupt is one of the most distinguished German social historians. His main interests are the history of the petite bourgeoisie and the guild system in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has also written major works on nationalism and identity and the history of violence. At the GHIL he will reflect on the potentials of a new political history, an interest which derives from his involvement in the Bielefeld Sonderforschungbereich on the German new political history. He has co-edited (with Dieter Langewiesche) Nation und Religion in Europa: Mehrkonfessionelle Gesellschaften im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert (2004), and (with Ute Frevert) Neue Politikgeschichte: Perspektiven einer historischen Politikforschung (2005).

17 February

Global Electrification at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century: The Example of the German Transatlantic Electricity Company in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile, 1898–1920

Peter Hertner is an expert on European economic history in the early modern and modern periods. In recent years his main interest has been in Italian economic history in general and the history of German and Italian companies in particular. He has focused on the impact of multinational companies up to the Second World War, and will elaborate on this at the GHIL. His publications include Der deutsche Kapitalexport nach Italien, die deutsch-italienischen Wirtschaftsbeziehungen und die Entwicklung der italienischen Volkswirtschaft 1861–1894 (1986); and he has edited (with T. Brockmeier) Menschen, Märkte und Maschinen: Die Entwicklung von Industrie und mittelständischer Wirtschaft im Raum Halle (Saale) (2007).

3 March

Himmler and the Holocaust

Peter Longerich is one of the leading scholars of the Nazi regime. His contributions to the history of the SA, the Holocaust, and the men at the top of party and state are cornerstones of research. At the GHIL he will present the central arguments of his new, widely acclaimed biography of Heinrich Himmler. His publications include Die braunen Bataillone: Geschichte der SA (1989), Hitlers Stellvertreter: Führung der Partei und Kontrolle des Staatsapparates durch den Stab Heß und die Parteikanzlei Bormanns (1992); and ‘Davon haben wir nichts gewusst!’ Die Deutschen und die Judenverfolgung 1933–1945 (2006).

12 May

Philanthropic Germans? Forms and Developments of Charitable Giving in West Germany, 1945 to the early 1980s

Gabriele Lingelbach is Professor of West European History at the University of Freiburg. Her main fields of expertise are the history of historiography and of poverty and charity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Europe and the United States. Her publications include Klio macht Karriere: Die Institutionalisierung der Geschichtswissenschaft in Frankreich und den USA in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts (2003); and with Jürgen Kocka, Schenken, Spenden, Stiften (2007).

19 May

Mary: The Challenges to History

Led by her interest in social relations within the predominantly religious cultures of Europe between 1100 and 1600, Miri Rubin, Professor of Medieval History at Queen Mary, University of London, has made a profound contribution to the understanding of the Middle Ages. She is well known for her methodologically reflected approaches integrating textuality and visual imagery as well as anthropological perspectives. At the GHIL she will be speaking about her most recent book, Mary—Mother of God: A History (2008). Among her many publications are Charity and Community in Medieval Cambridge (1987); Corpus Christi: The Eucharist in Late Medieval Culture (1991); and Gentile Tales: The Narrative Assault on Late Medieval Jews (1999).

2 June

Sonderwege or ‘Parentheses’? The German and Italian Roads to Ruin, 1914-45

MacGregor Knox holds the Stevenson Chair in International History at the LSE. His main fields of research are European international and strategic history, 1890 to 1945, especially the foreign and military policies of Italy and Germany, strategic theory, and dictatorships. His seminar at the GHIL derives from his current comparative research project on the origins and dynamics of the fascist and Nazi dictatorships. His publications include Hitler’s Italian Allies: Royal Armed Forces, Fascist Regime, and the War of 1940–43 (2000); To the Threshold of Power, 1922/33: Origins and Dynamics of the Fascist and National Socialist Dictatorships (2007); and ed. with Williamson Murray, The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300–2050 (2001).

30 June

The Stout Doctor: Martin Luther and Biography

With a special interest in gender history and a general interest in religious and social history, Lyndal Roper, Professor of Early Modern History at Oxford University, is one of the most eminent scholars in the history of early modern Germany. Her studies on the history of witchcraft in Germany between c.1450 and 1750 are widely acclaimed. Her books include The Holy Household: Women and Morals in Reformation Augsburg (1989); Witch Craze: Terror and Fantasy in Baroque Germany (2004); and ed. with Daniel Pick, Dreams and History: The Interpretation of Dreams from Ancient Greece to Modern Psychoanalysis (2004).

14 July

Felix von Luschan’s Research Trip to America, 1914–15

John David Smith, Professor of American History, is interested in the history of the Civil War, slavery, and emancipation and the history of racial thought. The latter directed him to European history in general and the figure of the Austrian anthropologist Felix von Luschan in particular, the subject of his seminar at the GHIL. Among his many books are An Old Creed for the New South: Proslavery Ideology and Historiography, 1865–1918 (3rd edn., 2008); and Black Judas: William Hannibal Thomas and ‘The American Negro’ (2002).

6 October

History of an Illusionary Giant? First Thoughts on a History of Experience of the Twentieth-Century Mass Media

Her contributions to social, cultural, and gender history from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, and her expertise in theory and methodology make Ute Daniel one of the most versatile German historians, widely know for her innovative approaches. Her publications include The War from Within: German Working-Class Women in the First World War (1997); Kompendium Kulturgeschichte: Theorien, Praxis, Schlüsselwörter (2001); and Augenzeugen: Kriegsberichterstattung vom 18. zum 21. Jahrhundert (2006).

20 October

Beethoven, Bayreuth, and the Origins of the Federal Republic of Germany

Neil Gregor’s research interests range widely across twentieth-century Germany, focusing mainly on the political, economic, social, cultural, and literary legacies of war and its impact on modern Germany society. Among his publications are Daimler-Benz in the Third Reich (1998); ed. with M. Roseman and Nils Roemer, German History from the Margins (2006); and Haunted City: Nuremberg and the Nazi Past (2008).

3 November

Art as Political Action: Peter Weiss and Peter Stein, Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Hans Werner Henze

Ingrid Gilcher-Holtey is one of the leading scholars of the history of ‘1968’, focusing particularly on the role of intellectuals and on cultural manifestations. Among her books are Eingreifendes Denken: Die Wirkungschancen von Intellektuellen (2007); 1968: Eine Zeitreise (2008); and Die 68er Bewegung: Deutschland—Westeuropa—USA (4th edn., 2008).

15 December

The Uses of Memory in Early Medieval Europe

Rosamond McKitterick is a leading expert on the political, cultural, intellectual, religious, and social history of Europe in the early Middle Ages. Her particular interest is in the Frankish kingdoms of the eighth and ninth centuries. Recent publications include (ed.), The Short Oxford History of Europe: The Early Middle Ages (2001); Perceptions of the Past in the Early Middle Ages (2006); and Charlemagne: The Formation of Carolingian Identity (2008).

Public Lectures 2009

26 February

Militant Subcultures: Origins of West German Terrorism in the Late 1960s

Detlef Siegfried, invited in cooperation with the Modern German History Seminar at the IHR, focuses on the history of the twentieth century in West Germany and Europe, specifically on popular cultures, consumption, and social sciences. Currently he is working on transnational networks of European intellectuals, and racism in European societies. At the GHIL he will present his research on left-wing radicalism. His recent publications include Sound der Revolte: Studien zur Kulturrevolution um 1968 (2008); and Time Is on My Side: Konsum und Politik in der westdeutschen Jugendkultur der 60er Jahre (2006).

22 October

Violence and Trauma: German Soldiers and their Memories of the Second World War

GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

Svenja Goltermann’s research focuses on the history of the body, memory, and psychiatry in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany. Her main publications are Körper der Nation: Habitusformierung und die Politik des Turnens, 1860–1890 (1998); and Die Gesellschaft der Überlebenden: Deutsche Soldaten und ihre Erinnerungen an den Zweiten Weltkrieg (2009).

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1 December

Volksgemeinschaft as Self-Empowerment: The Current Debate on Society in Nazi Germany

GHIL in co-operation with the Research Seminar on Modern European Social and Cultural History of the University of Oxford.

Michael Wildt’s works on the Reichssicherheitshauptamt and on violence and society in the Nazi regime have established him as one of the leading historians in the field. His name is closely associated with the intensely discussed concept of Volksgemeinschaft. In addition to the Nazi regime, he is also interested in the impact of the consumer society on twentieth-century Germany. His publications include Generation des Unbedingten: Das Führungskorps des Reichssicherheitshauptamtes (2002); Volksgemeinschaft als Selbstermächtigung (2007); and Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus (2008).

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