Events 2003

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All lectures are open to the public. Please RSVP by email or phone (202.387.3355).
Conferences are not public. If you are interested in participating, please contact the GHI convener. 

My Journey from Hamburg to Hollywood: A Peripatetic Youth

December 11, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Steven Muller (Johns Hopkins University)

Adorno in America: German Exiles and the American Experience

December 09, 2003
Friends of the GHI Symposium in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation
Conveners: Keith D. Alexander, GHI; Helga Flores-Trejo, Heinrich Böll Foundation

Rivers in History: Designing and Conceiving Waterways in Modern Europe

December 05 - 07, 2003
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Christof Mauch, GHI; Thomas Zeller, GHI/University of Maryland

“Time is a Violent Torrent”: Constructing and Reconstructing Rivers in Modern Germany

December 04, 2003
Keynote address at the conference Rivers in History
Speaker: David Blackbourn (Harvard University)

12th Annual Symposium of the Friends of the GHI

November 21, 2003
Presentation of the Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize 2003
Conveners: Gerald D. Feldman (FGHI), Christof Mauch (GHI)

Freedom in American History

November 20, 2003
17th Annual Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Eric Foner (Columbia University), Comments: Jürgen Kocka, Social Science Research Center, Berlin

Memory – Morality - Guilt: Relegating Nazism to the Past in Postwar Germany

November 13, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Raphael Gross (Leo Baeck Institute, London)

American Museums: Putting Visitors First

November 12 - 13, 2003
ICOM-Germany Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.

Death in Modern Germany

November 07 - September 09, 2003
Conference at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Conveners: Paul Betts, University of Sussex; Alon Confino, University of Virginia; Dirk Schumann, GHI

How Valid Are Comparisons? The American Occupation of Germany Revisited

November 03, 2003
Symposium in collaboration with the Washington Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Choate Room)
Conveners: Dieter Dettke (Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Washington DC), Robert Gerald Livingston (GHI), Rebecca Boehling (University of Maryland)

Creating Religious Communities in Modern Society

October 23 - 25, 2003
Event at the University of Chicago

Remembered Facts: Bohr und Heisenberg in Copenhagen

October 23, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Johannes Fried (University of Frankfurt)

Medieval History Seminar

October 23 - 26, 2003
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Michael Borgolte, Humboldt University of Berlin; Caroline W. Bynum, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Johannes Fried, University of Frankfurt; Patrick J. Geary; University of California at Los Angeles; Christoph Strupp, GHI

Forms of Religious Community Creation in Modern Society

October 23 - 25, 2003
Conference at the University of Chicago
Conveners: Michael Geyer, University of Chicago; Lucian Hölscher, University of Bochum; Simone Lässig, GHI; Hartmut Lehmann, Max Planck Institute for History, Göttingen

Is the EU Complete Without Turkey? Opportunities and Challenges for Europe's Identity and the Foreign and Security Policy of the EU and the USA

October 20, 2003
Panel discussion in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, at the GHI
Panelists: Cem Özdemir (German Marshall Fund and former member of the German Bundestag), Claus Schönig (Orient Institute, Istanbul), Henri Barkey (Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA), Omer Taspinar (The Brookings Institution), Moderator: Fiona Hill (The Brookings Institution)

Atlantic Crossings? Transcultural Relations and Political Protest in Germany and the United States, 1958-1977

October 17 - 18, 2003
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Belinda Davis, Rutgers University; Astrid M. Eckert, GHI; Wilfried Mausbach, University of Heidelberg

Reflecting on the Past, Envisioning the Future: New Perspectives in German-Jewish Studies

October 16, 2003
First joint lecture of the Leo Baeck Institute, New York, and the German Historical Institute
Speaker: Liliane Weissberg (University of Pennsylvania)

Memory and Memories: The Art of Autobiography

October 09, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf (University of Münster)

Reflections on My Country before and after 1989: German Unification

October 03, 2003
Symposium with Jens Reich, Washington, D.C.

Two Sides of History – Two Lives in Dialogue

October 02, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Georg and Wilma Iggers (State University of New York at Buffalo/Canisius College)

The Private Sphere and the Public Order: West German Debates about Education, Family, and Sexuality in the 1950s and 1960s

September 19, 2003
Conference in New Orleans
Moderator: Uta Poiger, University of Washington, Seattle, Commentator: Maria Höhn, Vassar College

The Global Situation: A European Point of View

September 17, 2003
Gerd Bucerius Lecture
Speaker: Helmut Schmidt (former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1974 - 1982)

Cold War Memory: Interpreting the Physical Legacy of the Cold War

September 08 - 09, 2003
Conference at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington D.C.
Conveners: Keith Allen, Woodrow Wilson Center; Christian Ostermann, Woodrow Wilson Center; Bernd Schäfer, GHI

Great Expectations: John F. Kennedy and the ‘Thousand Days

August 21 - 22, 2003
Conference at the Free University of Berlin
Conveners: Andreas Etges, Free University of Berlin; Bernd Schäfer, GHI

Nazi Crimes and the Law

August 16 - 18, 2003
Conference at the University of Amsterdam
Conveners: Henry Friedlander, City University of New York; Nathan Stoltzfus, Florida State University; Richard F. Wetzell, GHI

The June 17, 1953 Uprising: 50 Years Later

June 10, 2003
Panel discussion in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, at the GHI

American Studies in Twentieth-Century Germany: On the History and Pre-History of the German Association for American Studies

June 10 - 13, 2003
Conference in Munich
Moderator: Thomas Zeller, GHI/University of Maryland, Commentator: Hans-Jürgen Grabbe, University of Halle-Wittenberg

Culture in American History: Transatlantic Perspectives

May 29 - June 01, 2003
Young Scholars Forum at the GHI
Convener: Christine von Oertzen (GHI)

Culture in American History – Transatlantic Perspectives

May 29 - June 01, 2003
Young Scholars Forum at the GHI
Convener: Christine von Oertzen, GHI

Mid-Atlantic Seminar in German History: Vom Alten Vaterland zum Neuen: German-Americans, Letters from the ‘Old Homeland’ and World War One

May 10, 2003
Event at the GHI

Germany’s America/America’s Germany: Americans and Germans Speak about the Nation

May 08, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Bess Rothenberg (Clemson University)

People on the Move: The Challenges of Migration in Transatlantic Perspective

May 05, 2003
Gerd Bucerius Lecture
Speaker: Rita Süßmuth (University of Göttingen, former President of the German Bundestag)

Germany’s Position in Europe and Transatlantic Relations: Symposium with Richard von Weizsaecker

April 28, 2003
Event at the GHI

Characters and Contexts: (Mis-) Understanding Cultural Perceptions in the German-American Sphere

April 24, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Klaus Milich (Humboldt University of Berlin)

Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar 2003: Germany in the Early Modern Era, 1490-1790

April 09 - 12, 2003
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Roger Chickering, Georgetown University; Richard F. Wetzell, GHI

Transitional Justice after 1989: Is Germany So Different?

March 27, 2003
Speaker: A. James McAdams (University of Notre Dame)

Historical Justice in International Perspective: How Societies are Trying to Right the Wrongs of the Past

March 27 - 29, 2003
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Manfred Berg, Free University of Berlin; Christian Ostermann, Woodrow Wilson Center; Bernd Schäfer, GHI

Remodelling the Sachsenhausen Memorial Site

March 26, 2003
Winfried Meyer (Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten), Comments by Jeffrey Herf (University of Maryland, College Park)

Gendering Modern German History: Rewritings of the Mainstream

March 21, 2003
University of Toronto
Conveners: Karen Hagemann, University of Toronto/Technical University of Berlin; Christine von Oertzen, GHI

The Language of the Victors: The Americanization of the German Language and German Identity after 1945

March 20, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Heidrun Kämper (German Language Institute, Mannheim)

Honoring Willy Brandt: Symposium with Egon Bahr and Henry Kissinger

March 18, 2003
Event at the GHI

The Watershed Decade: Americanization and Anti-Americanism in East and West Germany in the 1960s – A Prelude to Current Controversies

March 13, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Bernd Greiner (Institute for Social Research, Hamburg)

Perceptions of Security in Germany and the United States from 1945 to the Present

March 10, 2003
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Georg Schild, GHI/University of Bonn; Dirk Schumann, GHI

From Manhattan to Mainhattan: Architecture and Style as Transatlantic Dialogue, 1920-1970

March 06 - 08, 2003
Conference a the Columbia University, New York
Conveners: Volker R. Berghahn, Columbia University; Cordula Grewe, Columbia University; Christof Mauch, GHI

The Americanization of Europe: Fact or Fiction?

February 27, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Richard Kuisel (Georgetown University)

The German Discovery of America: A Review of the Controversy over Didrik Pining’s Voyage of Exploration in 1473 in the North Atlantic

February 25, 2003
Speaker: Thomas L. Hughes (GHI), Comments by A.J.R. Russell-Wood (Johns Hopkins University)

All lectures are open to the public. Please RSVP by email or phone (202.387.3355).

My Journey from Hamburg to Hollywood: A Peripatetic Youth

December 11, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Steven Muller (Johns Hopkins University)

“Time is a Violent Torrent”: Constructing and Reconstructing Rivers in Modern Germany

December 04, 2003
Keynote address at the conference Rivers in History
Speaker: David Blackbourn (Harvard University)

Freedom in American History

November 20, 2003
17th Annual Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Eric Foner (Columbia University), Comments: Jürgen Kocka, Social Science Research Center, Berlin

Memory – Morality - Guilt: Relegating Nazism to the Past in Postwar Germany

November 13, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Raphael Gross (Leo Baeck Institute, London)

Remembered Facts: Bohr und Heisenberg in Copenhagen

October 23, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Johannes Fried (University of Frankfurt)

Reflecting on the Past, Envisioning the Future: New Perspectives in German-Jewish Studies

October 16, 2003
First joint lecture of the Leo Baeck Institute, New York, and the German Historical Institute
Speaker: Liliane Weissberg (University of Pennsylvania)

Memory and Memories: The Art of Autobiography

October 09, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf (University of Münster)

Two Sides of History – Two Lives in Dialogue

October 02, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Georg and Wilma Iggers (State University of New York at Buffalo/Canisius College)

The Global Situation: A European Point of View

September 17, 2003
Gerd Bucerius Lecture
Speaker: Helmut Schmidt (former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1974 - 1982)

Germany’s America/America’s Germany: Americans and Germans Speak about the Nation

May 08, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Bess Rothenberg (Clemson University)

People on the Move: The Challenges of Migration in Transatlantic Perspective

May 05, 2003
Gerd Bucerius Lecture
Speaker: Rita Süßmuth (University of Göttingen, former President of the German Bundestag)

Characters and Contexts: (Mis-) Understanding Cultural Perceptions in the German-American Sphere

April 24, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Klaus Milich (Humboldt University of Berlin)

Transitional Justice after 1989: Is Germany So Different?

March 27, 2003
Speaker: A. James McAdams (University of Notre Dame)

Remodelling the Sachsenhausen Memorial Site

March 26, 2003
Winfried Meyer (Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten), Comments by Jeffrey Herf (University of Maryland, College Park)

The Language of the Victors: The Americanization of the German Language and German Identity after 1945

March 20, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Heidrun Kämper (German Language Institute, Mannheim)

The Watershed Decade: Americanization and Anti-Americanism in East and West Germany in the 1960s – A Prelude to Current Controversies

March 13, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Bernd Greiner (Institute for Social Research, Hamburg)

The Americanization of Europe: Fact or Fiction?

February 27, 2003
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2003 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Richard Kuisel (Georgetown University)

The German Discovery of America: A Review of the Controversy over Didrik Pining’s Voyage of Exploration in 1473 in the North Atlantic

February 25, 2003
Speaker: Thomas L. Hughes (GHI), Comments by A.J.R. Russell-Wood (Johns Hopkins University)

Conferences are not public. If you are interested in participating, please contact the GHI convener.

Rivers in History: Designing and Conceiving Waterways in Modern Europe

December 05 - 07, 2003
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Christof Mauch, GHI; Thomas Zeller, GHI/University of Maryland

Death in Modern Germany

November 07 - September 09, 2003
Conference at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Conveners: Paul Betts, University of Sussex; Alon Confino, University of Virginia; Dirk Schumann, GHI

Medieval History Seminar

October 23 - 26, 2003
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Michael Borgolte, Humboldt University of Berlin; Caroline W. Bynum, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Johannes Fried, University of Frankfurt; Patrick J. Geary; University of California at Los Angeles; Christoph Strupp, GHI

Forms of Religious Community Creation in Modern Society

October 23 - 25, 2003
Conference at the University of Chicago
Conveners: Michael Geyer, University of Chicago; Lucian Hölscher, University of Bochum; Simone Lässig, GHI; Hartmut Lehmann, Max Planck Institute for History, Göttingen

Atlantic Crossings? Transcultural Relations and Political Protest in Germany and the United States, 1958-1977

October 17 - 18, 2003
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Belinda Davis, Rutgers University; Astrid M. Eckert, GHI; Wilfried Mausbach, University of Heidelberg

The Private Sphere and the Public Order: West German Debates about Education, Family, and Sexuality in the 1950s and 1960s

September 19, 2003
Conference in New Orleans
Moderator: Uta Poiger, University of Washington, Seattle, Commentator: Maria Höhn, Vassar College

Cold War Memory: Interpreting the Physical Legacy of the Cold War

September 08 - 09, 2003
Conference at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington D.C.
Conveners: Keith Allen, Woodrow Wilson Center; Christian Ostermann, Woodrow Wilson Center; Bernd Schäfer, GHI

Great Expectations: John F. Kennedy and the ‘Thousand Days

August 21 - 22, 2003
Conference at the Free University of Berlin
Conveners: Andreas Etges, Free University of Berlin; Bernd Schäfer, GHI

Nazi Crimes and the Law

August 16 - 18, 2003
Conference at the University of Amsterdam
Conveners: Henry Friedlander, City University of New York; Nathan Stoltzfus, Florida State University; Richard F. Wetzell, GHI

American Studies in Twentieth-Century Germany: On the History and Pre-History of the German Association for American Studies

June 10 - 13, 2003
Conference in Munich
Moderator: Thomas Zeller, GHI/University of Maryland, Commentator: Hans-Jürgen Grabbe, University of Halle-Wittenberg

Culture in American History – Transatlantic Perspectives

May 29 - June 01, 2003
Young Scholars Forum at the GHI
Convener: Christine von Oertzen, GHI

Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar 2003: Germany in the Early Modern Era, 1490-1790

April 09 - 12, 2003
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Roger Chickering, Georgetown University; Richard F. Wetzell, GHI

Historical Justice in International Perspective: How Societies are Trying to Right the Wrongs of the Past

March 27 - 29, 2003
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Manfred Berg, Free University of Berlin; Christian Ostermann, Woodrow Wilson Center; Bernd Schäfer, GHI

Gendering Modern German History: Rewritings of the Mainstream

March 21, 2003
University of Toronto
Conveners: Karen Hagemann, University of Toronto/Technical University of Berlin; Christine von Oertzen, GHI

Perceptions of Security in Germany and the United States from 1945 to the Present

March 10, 2003
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Georg Schild, GHI/University of Bonn; Dirk Schumann, GHI

From Manhattan to Mainhattan: Architecture and Style as Transatlantic Dialogue, 1920-1970

March 06 - 08, 2003
Conference a the Columbia University, New York
Conveners: Volker R. Berghahn, Columbia University; Cordula Grewe, Columbia University; Christof Mauch, GHI

If not otherwise announced, the Research Seminar meets Wednesdays 4.30 - 6.00 pm in the GHI Seminar Room. The GHI Research Seminar is a forum for scholars to discuss their ongoing research projects. Taking place on a biweekly basis, it brings together international researchers, DC scholars and GHI research fellows to stimulate intellectual exchange in a wide variety of historical problems, epochs and methods. The seminar discussions are based either on project presentations or unpublished, pre-circulated papers. If you wish to attend or present your work in progress, please contact Elisabeth Engel.

The GHI Fellow's Colloquium usually meets on Thursday mornings. Please send all inquiries via e-mail to Axel Jansen.

December 18, 2003
  • Antisemitismus, Recht und Justiz in Deutschland, 1871-1960.
    Christoph Jahr (Humboldt University of Berlin)
  • Die Geburt des „modernen“ Schuhs im Nationalsozialismus? Eine Produktgeschichte im deutsch-amerikanischen Vergleich.
    Anne Sudrow (University of Göttingen)

October 30, 2003
  • Die USA, das Papsttum und 'Parallel Endeavors for Peace’: Die Mission Myron C. Taylors beim Vatikan, 1940 – 1950.
    Alexander Schöner (University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)
  • Memory Cultures regarding the Museumification of the Holocaust. A Comparison of the Jewish Museum Berlin and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.
    Katrin Pieper (Technical University of Berlin)

August 28, 2003
  • Nationalisierung des Krieges und Bellizisierung der Nation: Die Diskussion um Volks- und Nationalkrieg in Deutschland, Großbritannien und den Vereinigten Staaten seit den 1860er Jahren.
    Dr. Jörn Leonhard (Wadham College, Oxford)
  • Hitler’s Doctor: The Life of Karl Brandt.
    Dr. Ulf Schmidt (University of Kent, Canterbury)
  • Rehabilitation, Democracy, and Society: U.S. Internment Policy in Germany, 1945–1952.
    Dr. Kathrin Meyer (Technical University of Berlin)

July 31, 2003
  • Henry A. Kissinger and Germany: Perceptions, Networks, and Policies from a Transatlantic Perspective.
    Holger Klitzing (University of Heidelberg)
  • Scheitern in gesellschaftlichen Transformationsprozessen: Lebenserinnerungen von Eliten aus den Südstaaten der USA nach 1863 und aus Ostdeutschland nach 1989.
    Dr. Stefan Zahlmann ((University of Münster)

June 19, 2003
  • ‘Kulturtransfer’ und ‘Assimilation’: Einwanderung aus dem Alten Reich nach Georgia, 1730–1825.
    Alexander Pyrges (University of Trier)
  • The High Command Case in View of the Myth of the Clean Hands of the Wehrmacht.
    Valerie Hébert (University of Toronto)
  • Wiedergutmachung für Opfer von Humanexperimenten.
    Stefanie Baumann (University of Munich)

June 05, 2003
  • ‘In Perfect Operation’: Social Vision and the Construction of the Panama Canal.
    Alexander Missal (University of Hamburg)
  • The U.S. Army’s Investigation and Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals in Germany, 1944–1948. 
    Elisabeth M. Yavnai (London School of Economics and Political Science)

May 08, 2003
  • Alliance and Détente: The Evolution of Political Consultation in NATO, 1955–1963.
    Christian Nünlist (University of Zurich)
  • Nuclear Armageddon as Roadside Attraction. Cold War Afterlives, Made in America. 
    Dr. Keith Allen (Woodrow Wilson Center)

April 24, 2003
  • Straf- und Gefängnisreformen in Deutschland und den USA: Preußen und Maryland, 1870-1935.
    Andreas Fleiter (University of Bochum)
  • Männlichkeitsentwürfe im westdeutschen und U.S.-amerikanischen Spielfilm zwischen 1945 und 1960.
    Uta Fenske (University of Cologne)

March 20, 2003
  • Images of Jewish Modernity: Between the ‘Jewish Question’, Gender Difference, and Art History.
    Dr. Hildegard Frübis (Humboldt University of Berlin)
  • Die Vereinigten Staaten und der Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkriegs: Das Urteil amerikanischer Politiker und Intellektueller.
    Silvia Daniel (University of Bonn)
  • Die Internationale Arbeitsorganisation (ILO) und die Dekolonisation, 1944–1965.
    Daniel Maul (University of Munich)

March 13, 2003
  • Kultur- und Gesellschaftsgeschichte der USA in den 1950er und 1960er Jahren.
    Dr. Isabel Heinemann (University of Freiburg)

March 06, 2003
  • Die deutsche und U.S.-amerikanische pharmazeutische Industrie in Südamerika, 1918–1958.
    Dr. Jana Wüstenhagen (University of Halle)
  • Parteien unter Kuratel: Westalliierte Politik zur Restrukturierung des deutschen Parteiensystems, 1945 bis 1955.
    Oliver Gnad (University of Frankfurt)
  • Die Geschichte der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien.
    Anke Hildebrandt-Mirtschink (University of Halle)

February 13, 2003
  • ‘Krebsschaden am Volkskörper’: Schwarzer Markt und Kriminalitätsdiskurs in der Nachkriegszeit am Beispiel Bremens.
    Stefan Mörchen (University of Bremen)

January 16, 2003
  • Cosmopolitan Patriots: German Conservatism and the French Avantgarde.
    Martha M. Norton (Brandeis University)

January 09, 2003
  • Arthur Salz und die Nationalökonomie in der Weimarer Republik.
    Roman Köster (University of Frankfurt)