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Seminars 2010

19 January

Civility—An Entangled History: Britain and North India in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Based at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Margrit Pernau is one of the few German experts on Indian history and the history of modern Islam. Currently she is working on the history of emotions. Her main publications include The Passing of Patrimonialism: Politics and Political Culture in Hyderabad 1911–48 (2000); and Bürger mit Turban: Muslime in Delhi im 19. Jahrhundert (2008).

2 February

God’s Anti-Liberal Avant-Garde: New Theologies in the Weimar Republic

Friedrich Wilhelm Graf is one of Germany’s most prolific scholars. Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics in Munich, he has been awarded the prestigious Leibniz Prize. His studies on the history of religion in modern Germany are widely acclaimed. His recent publications include (ed.), Ernst Troeltschs ‘Historismus’ (2nd edn., 2003); Die Wiederkehr der Götter: Religion in der modernen Kultur (3rd edn., 2004); and Der Protestantismus: Geschichte und Gegenwart (2006).

16 February

Germany’s 1918 Defeat Revisited

David Stevenson’s research focuses on the history of international relations in Europe since c.1900. He has contributed profoundly to our understanding of the First World War. Among his major publications are Armaments and the Coming of War: Europe, 1904–1914 (1996); 1914–1918: The History of the First World War (2004); ed. with Holger Afflerbach, An Improbable War? The Outbreak of World War I and European Culture Before 1914 (2007).

2 March

Alf Garnett Goes to Germany: Television Comedy and the Cultural Revolutions, 1965–79

Christina von Hodenberg has written widely on the social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth- century Germany. Recently she has focused on the post-1945 period in general and on the West German media in particular. Her publications include Aufstand der Weber: Die Revolte von 1844 und ihr Aufstieg zum Mythos (1997); Konsens und Krise: Eine Geschichte der westdeutschen Medienöffentlichkeit, 1945 bis 1973 (2006); and ed. with Detlef Siegfried, Wo ‘1968’ liegt: Reform und Revolte in der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik (2006).

16 March

What it is to Write a Biography of Johann Sebastian Bach

Peter Williams is an eminent musicologist, organist, and harpsichordist. His scholarly work centres on the organ and Johann Sebastian Bach. Among his many publications are The Organ in Western Culture (1993); The Organ Music of J. S. Bach (2nd edn., 2003); and The Life of Bach (2003).

4 May

Showing Weakness: A Medieval Principle of Power

Annette Kehnel is a medieval historian whose research interests range from political, economic, and cultural history to historical anthropology. Her publications include The Inauguration of the Dukes of Carinthia (forthcoming); (ed.) Geist und Geld (2009); Regionale Ordnungen universaler Konzepte: Die Franziskaner auf den Britischen Inseln (13.–16. Jh.) (2003); and Clonmacnois: The Church and Lands of St Ciarán. Change and Continuity in an Irish Monastic Foundation (6th to 16th Century) (1997).

1 June

Rome and the Reich: German–Vatican Diplomatic Relations during the Kaiserreich, 1870–1918

Stewart A. Stehlin is Professor Emeritus of History at New York University. From 1964 to 1966 he was American editor on the Quadripartite Commission for the publication of Akten zur deutschen auswärtigen Politik, 1918–1945 in Bonn. He has published widely on both German and Vatican history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and is presently working on a book on German–Vatican diplomatic relations during the Kaiserreich, 1871–1918. His main publications include Bismarck and the Guelph Problem, 1866–1890 (1973) and Weimar and the Vatican, 1919–1933: German–Vatican Diplomatic Relations in the Interwar Years (1983).

15 June

Lessons from a Troubled Past? Representations of ‘Real Socialism’ in German and European History School Textbooks

Simone Lässig is Director of the Georg-Eckert-Institut für Internationale Schulbuchforschung in Brunswick and currently Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Her publications include Biography between Structure and Agency: Central European Lives in International Historiography (co-edited, 2008); Projekte im Fach Geschichte: Historisches Forschen und Entdecken in Schule und Hochschule (co-edited, 2007); Jüdische Wege ins Bürgertum: Kulturelles Kapital und sozialer Aufstieg im 19. Jahrhundert (2004); and (co-ed.) Modernisierung und Region: Studien zu Wahlen, Wahlrecht und Politischer Kultur im Wilhelminischen Deutschland (1998).

29 June

Space, Capital, and Social History in South Asia: Opening a Debate

Ravi Ahuja is Professor of Modern Indian History at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies at Göttingen University. He has published widely on the social history of labour and capital in colonial South Asia. His recent publications include Pathways of Empire: Circulation, ‘Public Works’ and Social Space in Colonial Orissa (c.1780–1914) (2009); Arbeit und Kolonialherrschaft in Indien, 1750–1947 (2001); and Die Erzeugung kolonialer Staatlichkeit und das Problem der Arbeit: Eine Studie zur Sozialgeschichte der Stadt Madras und ihres Hinterlandes zwischen 1750 und 1800 (1999).

2 November

The Long and Twisted Road to Sarajevo: Kaiser Wilhelm II and the Approach of War in 1914

John Röhl is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Sussex. He is an expert on nineteenth and twentieth-century German history, in particular on the biography and rule of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The last volume in his three-volume biography of the Kaiser, for which he received the 1994 Wolfson Historikerpreis and the 2003 Gissings Prize, was published in 2008. His numerous publications include Philipp Eulenburgs politische Korrespondenz, 3 vols. (ed., 1976–83); Kaiser Wilhelm II., 3 vols. (1993, 2001, 2008); vol. 1 trans. as Young Wilhelm: The Kaiser’s Early Life, 1859–1888 (1998); and The Kaiser and His Court: Wilhelm II and the Government of Germany (1994).

30 November

A Space of Difference: Liberalism and Empire Re-visited

Catherine Hall is Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at University College London and one of the leading exponents of the New Imperial History. Her current project focuses on the life and work of Thomas Babington Macaulay. Recent publications include Civilising Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination, 1830–1867 (2002), which was awarded the Morris D. Forkosch Prize by the American Historical Association; At Home with the Empire: Metropolitan Culture and the Imperial World (co-ed., 2006); and Race, Nation and Empire: Making Histories 1750 to the Present (co-ed., forthcoming 2010).

14 December

The Close Proximity of a Distant War: Contemporary Perceptions of the Thirty Years War in England and Scotland

Hans Medick is Professor Emeritus of Historical Anthropology at the University of Erfurt and was a member of the pioneering research group on the history of proto-industrialization at the Max Planck Institute for History at Göttingen. Recent work focuses on ego-documents and self-narratives in the early modern period. Medick is especially interested in experiences and portrayals of violence during the Thirty Years War, and in conceptions of personhood and self. His publications include Zwischen Alltag und Katastrophe: Der Dreißigjährige Krieg aus der Nähe (co-ed.,1999); Luther zwischen den Kulturen: Zeitgenossenschaft-Weltwirkung (co-ed., 2004); and Der Tod von eigener Hand: Selbsttötung als kulturelle Praxis (co-ed., 2005).


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