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Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor

Professor Lutz Raphael is the Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor for 2015/2016. He will spend a year researching and teaching at the German Historical Institute London and at the London School of Economics.

Lutz Raphael is professor of modern and contemporary history at the University of Trier where he has been involved in two Collaborative Research Centres funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). He held various visiting professorships, among others at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, at Université Paris Didérot and St. Antony's College Oxford. He is a fellow of the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz. In 2013 he was presented with the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, Germany’s most prestigious research award.

His numerous publications on nineteenth and twentieth-century European history have been widely influential. They opened up new perspectives on the history of modern bureaucracies and the role of expert knowledge and changed the way contemporary historians approach the societal development of Europe since the 1970s. He has also contributed significantly to the writing of a history of historiography which is European in scale.

During his time in London Professor Raphael will be working on a new monograph on the transformations of industrial labour in Western Europe between 1970 and 2000.

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 in the field ‘Germany in Europe, 1945–2000’ was awarded in 2009.

Previous Visiting Professors:

  • 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 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 committment 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