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Special Events 2011

2 December 2011 (6pm)

Professor Mervyn Heard’s Magic Lantern Show

Venue: The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ More information

Professor Mervyn Heard presents genuine Victorian and Edwardian magic lantern shows featuring vintage moving slides, comical stories, sights, frights and optical surprises.

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3 November 2011 to 27 January 2012

Exhibition "Faces of the Peaceful Revolution 1989/90"

Photographs by Dirk Vogel

The exhibition composed by the Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft based on the photographs by Dirk Vogel portrays people from different regional, professional, political and social backgrounds, all connected by their struggle for democracy and a free and self-determined life in the GDR. Some of them were politically active for decades in the East or the West. They were all pioneers and protagonists in the social change of 1989–90. The portraits are complemented by biographical texts highlighting the individual’s part in the revolution.

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27 October (6:30pm)

Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture
PROFESSOR UTE DANIEL: Goebbels, War and Propaganda. The Media Logic of the “Third Reich”

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.

The notorious speech of the German Minister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, February 1943 in the Sportpalast has been studied by historians a good many times. In this lecture it is analyzed in a slightly different way: as an example which illustrates problems Goebbels had with the media logic of the "Third Reich".

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18 October 2011 (5pm)

Frederick the Great: A Singular Life, Variably Interpreted

Peter Paret is emeritus Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study. He is an eminent scholar of modern German history, the history of European warfare and military thinking, and art in German history. His main publications include Clausewitz and the State (1976, rev. edns. 1985 and 2007); Art as History: Episodes in the Culture and Politics of Nineteenth-Century Germany (1988); German Encounters with Modernism, 1840–1945 (2001); and An Artist against the Third Reich: Ernst Barlach, 1933–1938 (2003). He is editor (with Daniel Moran) of Carl von Clausewitz, Historical and Political Writings (1992); and of Frederick the Great: A Profile (1972).

To mark the 300th anniversary of the birthday of Frederick II on 24 January 2012, an international and interdisciplinary research project entitled ‘Frederick the Great in Europe: A Changeful Relationship’ and funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Gerda Henkel Stiftung, FU Berlin, and Villa Vigoni has coordinated research on Frederick and the Prussia of his time in a European perspective. Professor Bernd Sösemann (Berlin), director of this project, will welcome you to the evening. Before the lecture, Professor Eckhart Hellmuth (Munich) will introduce the project and the volumes that it has produced. In his lecture, Professor Paret will revisit Frederick’s biography and the historiography on Frederick from the perspective of his extensive research.

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14 June 2011 (5.30 pm)

Book Launch: Violence Against Prisoners of War in the First World War: Britain, France and Germany, 1914-1920

Dr Heather Jones, Lecturer in International History at the London School of Economics, would like to cordially invite you to the launch of her book: Violence Against Prisoners of War in the First World War: Britain, France and Germany, 1914-1920, published by Cambridge University Press.

Venue: German Historical Institute London

The book will be launched by Professor Alan Kramer, Trinity College, University of Dublin, with a welcome address by Professor Benedikt Stuchtey (GHIL).

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2 June 2011 (4pm)

GHIL-Debates: German Industrial Foundations and the Holocaust

Introduction: Andreas Gestrich (GHIL)
Speakers: Michael Berenbaum (AJU, LA), Richard Evans (Uni. Cambridge), Wilhelm Krull (VW Foundation), Jörg Skriebeleit (KZ-Gedenkstätte Flossenbürg)

Germany has numerous industrial foundations supporting academic research at home and worldwide. Many of them were set up after the war, their capital often coming from firms which profited from NS racial policy and the Holocaust. Whether scholars or academic institutions should be accepting their money has been subject of ongoing debates. The panel will examine the state of the discussion and the standards which have evolved in this morally difficult field.

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9 May to 29 July 2011

Exhibition: The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany

The exhibition presents the first results of a joint research initiative of the German Historical Institute Washington, Vassar College, and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies at the University of Heidelberg. It includes images illuminating the experiences of African-American GIs during World War II and the impact those experiences had on the Civil Rights Movement.

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15 April 2011 (6.30 pm)

Plenary Forum on Empires and Colonies

This Plenary Forum was a special event accompanying the "Third European Congress in World and Global History" at the London School of Economics, 14-17 April 2011. Hosted by the German Historical Institute London and kindly supported by Campus Verlag, Princeton University Press and Cambridge University Press the Plenary Forum on Empires and Colonies took place Friday, 15 April, 6.30-8.30 pm. Three outstanding scholars in the field - Frederick Cooper (New York University), John Darwin (University of Oxford), and Regina Grafe (Northwestern University) - discussed various, possibly contradicting approaches to imperial and colonial history, chaired by Peer Vries (University of Vienna).

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31 March

8th Annual Lecture on Contemporary German History
PROFESSOR PETER HAYES: The German Foreign Office and Nazism: Image and Reality after 1945

On Thursday, 31 March, the 8th Annual Lecture on Contemporary German History took place at the German Ambassador’s Residence, in co-operation with the German Historical Institute London.

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