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Special Events 2009

29 September 

Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture
PROFESSOR JOHANNES PAULMANN: Welfare without Borders? On the Entangled History of German Social Policy in the Twentieth Century

The Visiting Professorship is a joint project of the GHIL and the International History Department of the LSE and is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation

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7 September (6pm)

Panel Discussion: New Approaches to Political History. A Dialogue between British and German Historians

Willibald Steinmetz (Bielefeld) and Gareth Stedman Jones (Cambridge), moderated by Stefan Berger (Manchester)

This Panel discussion will mark the beginning of the GHIL Summer School "New Approaches to Political History: Writing British and German Contemporary History".
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21 April 2009 to 31 July 2009

Exhibition: "Eduard Zander (1813–1868). Views of Ethiopia"

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut in Addis Ababa.

Eduard Zander was a nineteenth-century adventurer who was fascinated by life in Africa. Inspired by the work of the learned naturalists he left the Duchy of Anhalt for Abessinia. Trained as a painter Zander depicted the scenes he came across in the course of his many expeditions. Yet only one sketchbook survived. Rediscovered a few years ago, it portrays nature and everyday life in the Simien mountains of Ethopia. Zander’s remarkable sketches will be on display at the GHIL from 21 April to 31 July 2009.

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21 July (6pm)

Round Table Discussion:
Helmut Walser Smith (Vanderbilt University): The Continuities of German History

A dialogue between the author, Christopher Clark (Cambridge) and Andreas Gestrich (GHIL)

Helmut Walser Smith's most recent book has triggered a heated debate among German historians which is still in full swing today. About twenty years after the heyday of the Sonderweg debate, Walser Smith again argues for continuities of German history which finally resulted in the Holocaust. Taking up the special path interpretation and giving it a new outlook by integrating cultural and transnational approaches, he sheds new light on the 'long nineteenth century'. At the GHIL the author will present the main argument of his book. Christopher Clark, whose history of modern Prussia is widely acclaimed, and Andreas Gestrich, who has contributed profound works on the social history of Germany, will both comment on the book before the discussion is opened to the audience.

16 June 2009 (4pm)

GHIL-Debates: The Crisis of Liberalism?

With Karen Horn (Cologne/Berlin), Jörn Leonhard (Freiburg), Richard Reeves (London), Quentin Skinner (London) and Benedikt Stuchtey (GHIL)

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10 June 2009 (7pm)

Film: Konspirantinnen (Conspirators)

Venue: Goethe-Institut London

On 10 June the Goethe-Institut London will present the documentary Konspirantinnen (Conspirators), which brings to light the important role of women in the Polish resistance during World War II. Director Paul Meyer will be present to introduce the film and join Andreas Gestrich, Director of the German Historical Institute London, for a discussion after the screening.

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18 May (5pm)

PROFESSOR BERNHARD VOGEL: The German unification 20 years ago- A witness' report from West and East

The lecture by Professor Bernhard Vogel, former Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia, will be followed by a question and answer session and reception.
German Historical Institute London in association with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

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5 November 2008 – 17 March 2009

Exhibition: Neuland / new territory

Photographs by Claudio Hils

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4 March 2009

6th Annual Lecture on Contemporary History at the German Embassy

Hans Ulrich Wehler, „Economic Miracle and Social Inequality – West Germany 1945 – 1989”

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