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Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor

Professor Arnd Bauerkämper is the Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor for 2017/2018. He will spend a year researching and teaching at the German Historical Institute London and at the London School of Economics.

Arnd Bauerkämper, Professor of Modern European History at the Freie Universität Berlin, studied History and English at the Universities of Bielefeld, Oxford and Göttingen. Before his appointment, he worked as a Research Fellow at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam (1993-2001) as well as Managing Director of the Zentrum (Berliner Kolleg) für Vergleichende Geschichte Europas (2001-2009). He is a member of the boards of the Historische Kommission zu Berlin as well as the journals Jahrbuch für Geschichte des ländlichen Raumes and Zeitgeschichte.

Arnd Bauerkämper has concentrated on transnational European history in the 20th century. His main fields of research are the history of fascism, communism and the two World Wars, life in divided Germany, transatlantic philanthropy since 1945 as well as the history of civil society and human rights since the late 18th century.

Email: bauerkaemper(ghi)

Research Project

Security and Humanity in the First World War. The Treatment of Civilian “Enemy Aliens” in the Belligerent States

In the First World War, politicians and officials had to strike a balance between security demands and humanitarian requirements, not only in democracies such as Britain, but also in authoritarian states such as imperial Germany and Russia. The research project investigates this intricate and multi-layered relationship, concentrating on repressive measures taken against civilian “enemy aliens”. Whereas many governments, nationalistic elites and populist movements pressed for the wholesale interment of these citizens, national and international humanitarian organizations strove to protect the basic rights of “enemy aliens”. The comparative study of major European states (in particular Germany, France, Britain, Russia, the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and Italy) as well as their overseas empires, the United States and Latin America sheds light on different approaches to the relationship between “national security” on the one hand and liberty and humanity on the other. As governments reacted to each other, the transnational perspective also includes reciprocity in the treatment of “enemy aliens” between reprisals and alleviations.

Inaugural Lecture

National Security and Humanity. The Internment of Civilian “Enemy Aliens” During the First World War

28 November (6.30pm) at the German Historical Institute London

In the “total” First World War, civilian “enemy aliens” became targets of stringent state control and internment, frequently in the name of “national security”. On the other hand, national and international humanitarian organisations supported these helpless victims of the war. To what extent and how did debates and conflicts about the relationship between security and humanity impact on the changing balance?

The Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship is a co-operation of the Department of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the German Historical Institute London (GHIL), and the Gerda Henkel Professor’s home university. Its purpose is to promote awareness in Britain of German research on the history of the German Federal Republic and the German Democratic Republic, and to stimulate comparative work on German history in a European context. The first professorship was awarded in 2009.

Previous Visiting Professors:

  • 2016/2017 — Prof Dr Dominik Geppert (Bonn): A History of Divided Germany, 1945-1990
  • 2015/2016 — Prof Dr Lutz Raphael (Trier): Transformations of industrial labour in Western Europe between 1970 and 2000
  • 2014/2015 — Prof Dr Kiran Klaus Patel (Maastricht): Welfare in the Warfare State: Nazi Social Policy on the International Stage
  • 2013/2014 — Prof Dr Dorothee Wierling (Hamburg): Coffee Worlds. Trade in Green Coffee and its Agents: The Hamburg Coffee Merchants in the 20th century
  • 2012/2013 — Prof Dr Andreas Rödder (Mainz): The History of the Present
  • 2011/2012 — Prof Dr Ute Daniel (Braunschweig): Media and politics - an entangled history (c. 1900-1980)
  • 2010/2011 — Prof Dr Christoph Cornelißen (Frankfurt am Main): The British and German welfare states after "the great boom": public debates on social inequality and social justice since the 1970s
  • 2009/2010 — Prof Dr Johannes Paulmann (Mainz): International aid and solidarity: Humanitarian commitment and the media in Germany, c. 1950-1985


Gerda Henkel Foundation:
Dr Sybille Wüstemann
Tel.: +49 (0)211/936524 0
E-Mail: wuestemann(ghi)

German Historical Institute London:
Dr Tobias Becker
Tel.: +44 (0)20/7309 2016
E-Mail: becker(ghi)