Events 2008

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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. 

Writing East German History: What Difference Does the Cultural Turn Make?

December 05 - 07, 2008
Conference at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Conveners: Uta Balbier (GHI), Benita Blessing (Ohio University), Geoff Eley (University of Michigan), and Heather Gumbert (Virginia Tech University)

Between Science and Politics: Economics and National Socialism

December 04, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2008 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Jan-Otmar Hesse (University of Göttingen)

The Future of the Transatlantic Relationship between the U.S. and Europe

December 02, 2008
Discussion at the GHI
Dr. Thomas Bagger (Deputy Head of the Political Division, German Embassy, Washington DC), Emily Schmidt (CDS International), Introduced by Dr. Philipp Gassert (GHI)

Engineering Society: The "Scientification of the Social" in Comparative Perspective 1880-1990

November 20 - 22, 2008
Conference at the University of Sheffield
Conveners: Kerstin Brückweh (GHI London), Dirk Schumann (Jacobs University Bremen), Richard F. Wetzell (GHI), Benjamin Ziemann (Univ. of Sheffield)

The Economic Development of Germany in the 'Third Reich': A Comparison with the Post-World War II Period

November 20, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2008 Lecture Series)
Christoph Buchheim (University of Mannheim)

African American Civil Rights and Germany

November 19, 2008 - January 15, 2009
Exhibition at the GHI

Martin Luther King Jr. and Germany in the 1960s

November 19, 2008
Panel discussion at the GHI

17th Annual Symposium of the Friends of the GHI

November 14, 2008
Presentation of the Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize 2008
Conveners: David Blackbourn (FGHI), Hartmut Berghoff (GHI), Commentator: Fritz Stern

Inaugural Lecture Hartmut Berghoff

November 14, 2008
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Hartmut Berghoff (Director GHI)

The Natural Sciences and Democratic Practices: Albert Einstein, Fritz Haber, Max Planck

November 13, 2008
22nd Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Margit Szöllösi-Janze (University of Cologne), Commentator: Cathryn Carson (University of California, Berkeley)

Global Migration Systems of Domestic and Care Workers

November 12 - 15, 2008
Converence at York University, Toronto
Conveners: Anke Ortlepp (GHI), Valerie Preston (York University), Wenona Giles (York University), Franca Iacovetta (University of Toronto)

Decoding Modern Consumer Societies: Preliminary Results, Ongoing Research, and Future Agendas

November 07 - 08, 2008
Workshop at the GHI
Conveners: Hartmut Berghoff (GHI), Uwe Spiekermann (GHI)

Commercial Advertising in Nazi Germany

November 06, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2008 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Pamela Swett (McMaster University)

A Whole New Game: Expanding the Boundaries of the History of Sports

October 30 - November 01, 2008
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Stefan Wiederkehr (GHI Warschau), Uta Balbier (GHI Washington)

Konkurrenz und Konvergenz: Die USA und Deutschland im Wettlauf um die Moderne

October 30, 2008
Symposium at the Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte Hamburg
Convener: Christoph Strupp (FZH Hamburg)

Franz Steiner Prize Award 2008

October 23, 2008
Stuttgart

Terrorism and Modernity: Global Perspectives on Political Violence in the Nineteenth Century October 23 - 26, 2008

October 23 - 26, 2008
Conference at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA
Convener: Carola Dietze (GHI Washington), Mareike König (GHI Paris), Benedikt Stuchtey (GHI London), Claudia Verhoeven (George Mason University/EUI Florenz)

Symposium in Memoriam of Gerald D. Feldman

October 23 - 24, 2008
Berlin

Franz Steiner Prize Award 2010

October 13, 2008
Stuttgart

Trajectories of Decolonization: Elites and the Transformation from the Colonial to the Postcolonial

October 09 - 11, 2008
Conference in Cologne
Conveners: Jost Dülffer (University of Cologne) and Marc Frey (Jacobs University, Bremen)

Nature's Accountability: Aggregation and Governmentality in the History of Sustainability

October 09 - 11, 2008
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Sabine Höhler (GHI), Rafael Ziegler (Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin, Germany)

What is a European Classic of Contemporary History?

October 08, 2008
Luncheon at the GHI with Dr. Nicolas Berg (Universitaet Leizig) and Dr. Jan-Holger Kirsch (Center for Contemporary History, Potsdam)

Making History in Kohl's Republic: The Politics of the Past in the 1980s and 1990s

October 04, 2008
GHI-sponsored panel at the 32nd Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, St. Paul (MI)

The Peaceful Revolution of 1989 - German Unification Symposium at the GHI

October 03, 2008
Speaker: Marianne Birthler (Bundesbeauftragte für die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen DDR)

"Nature Incorporated": Business History and Environmental Change

October 01, 2008
GHI sponsored panel at the 47. Deutscher Historikertag

Travel for Everyone?

October 01, 2008
GHI sponsored panel at the 47. Deutscher Historikertag

Human Breeding for the Improvement of the Nations: Proto-Eugenic Thinking before Galton

September 25 - 27, 2008
Workshop at the GHI
Conveners: Maren Lorenz (GHI), Christoph Irmscher (Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana)

Corporate Freedom of Action in Nazi Germany

September 18, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2008 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Peter Hayes (Northwestern University)

Enticement and Deprivation: Consumption under Hitler

September 18, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2008 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Hartmut Berghoff (GHI)

Human Dignity and Freedom of the Press - Ninth Gerd Bucerius Lecture

September 11, 2008
Lecture at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, Washington DC
Speaker: Jutta Limbach (Former Chief Judge, German Supreme Court and former President of the Goethe-Institut)

Competing Modernities: The United States and Germany, 1890 to Present

June 20, 2008
Book presentation at the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin

Archival Summer Seminar in Germany 2008

June 16 - 27, 2008
Convener: Corinna Unger (GHI)

Civilising Nature: National Parks in Transnational Historical Perspective

June 12 - 14, 2008
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Bernhard Gissibl (University of Mannheim, Germany), Sabine Hoehler (GHI), Patrick Kupper (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)

Why Terrorists Stop: Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Global Comparison

June 05 - 07, 2008
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Alia Ayub (Hoover Institution), Carola Dietze (GHI), Christof Mauch (University of Munich), Timothy J. Naftali (Hoover Institution)

Terrorism - Yesterday and Today

June 05, 2008
Lecture at the GHI
Speakers: Stefan Aust (Editor-in-Chief, Der Spiegel, 1994-2008), Bruce Hoffmann (Georgetown University)

Gender and the Long Postwar: Reconsiderations of the United States and the Two Germanys, 1945-1989

May 29 - 31, 2008
Conference at the GHI
Convener: Karen Hagemann (University of North Carolina), Sonya Michel (University of Maryland), Corinna Unger (GHI)

Early Modern German History

May 28 - 31, 2008
Fourteenth Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar, at the Free University, Berlin
Conveners: Roger Chickering (Georgetown University), Claudia Ulbrich (FU Berlin), and Richard F. Wetzell (GHI)

Public Eating, Public Drinking: Places of Consumption from early Modern to Postmodern Times

May 23 - 24, 2008
Conference at the GHI
Convener: Maren Möhring

Hitler's Black Victims: Black Resistance and Oppression under Nazism

May 22, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2008 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Clarence Lusane (American University)

Fire and Flammable Cities: Urban Environment and Culture in History

May 15 - 17, 2008
Conference at the GHI
Convener: Uwe Lübken (GHI), Greg Bankoff (University of Hull), Jordan Sand (Georgetown University)

"I Prefer Panthers to Pigs": German Students, Black Panther GIs and the 1970/71 Racial Crisis in the 7th Army

May 08, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2008 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Maria Höhn (Vassar College)

New Perspectives on National Socialism and Global War: Symposium in Honor of Gerhard L. Weinberg

May 02, 2008
Conveners: Doris Bergen (University of Toronto), Philipp Gassert (GHI), Alan Steinweis (University of Nebraska)

Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee Institute and the German Empire: Race and Cotton in the Black Atlantic

April 24, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2008 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Andrew Zimmerman (George Washington University)

Black Germans, Photography and the 'Evidence' of History

April 17, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2008 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Tina Campt (Duke University)

1968 - 40 Years Later

April 12, 2008
Workshop at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie NY)

Modernization as a Global Project: American, Soviet, and European Approaches

March 28 - 29, 2008
Workshop at the GHI
Convener: Corinna Unger (GHI), David Engerman (Brandeis University)

Of Borderstates and Leeches: Ottilie Assing and the Douglasses

March 13, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2008 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Maria Diedrich (Universität Münster)

Managing the Unknown: Natural Resources and Reserves in History

February 21 - 23, 2008
Conference at the GHI
Convener: Uwe Lübken (GHI), Frank Uekötter (Deutsches Museum München)

Photo-Exhibition: Pilgrims on the Ohio

February 01, 2008
Opening Reception

Celebrating 325 Years: German Migration to the United States

January 30, 2008
Panel discussion at The Union League, Lincoln Hall (Philadelphia)

Max Mohr: One Story, Two Tellings

January 29, 2008
Goethe Institute (Washington DC)

Transregional and Transnational Families

January 25 - February 27, 2008
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Gisela Mettele (GHI), David Sabean (UCLA), Christopher Johnson (Wayne State University), Francesca Trivellato (Yale University), Simon Teuscher (Universität Zürich)

Joint Reception of the German Historical Institute and the Conference Group for Central European History (for AHA members)

January 05, 2008
Convener: Richard Wetzel

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

Between Science and Politics: Economics and National Socialism

December 04, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2008 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Jan-Otmar Hesse (University of Göttingen)

The Economic Development of Germany in the 'Third Reich': A Comparison with the Post-World War II Period

November 20, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2008 Lecture Series)
Christoph Buchheim (University of Mannheim)

Inaugural Lecture Hartmut Berghoff

November 14, 2008
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Hartmut Berghoff (Director GHI)

The Natural Sciences and Democratic Practices: Albert Einstein, Fritz Haber, Max Planck

November 13, 2008
22nd Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Margit Szöllösi-Janze (University of Cologne), Commentator: Cathryn Carson (University of California, Berkeley)

Commercial Advertising in Nazi Germany

November 06, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2008 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Pamela Swett (McMaster University)

Franz Steiner Prize Award 2010

October 13, 2008
Stuttgart

The Peaceful Revolution of 1989 - German Unification Symposium at the GHI

October 03, 2008
Speaker: Marianne Birthler (Bundesbeauftragte für die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen DDR)

Corporate Freedom of Action in Nazi Germany

September 18, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2008 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Peter Hayes (Northwestern University)

Enticement and Deprivation: Consumption under Hitler

September 18, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Fall 2008 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Hartmut Berghoff (GHI)

Human Dignity and Freedom of the Press - Ninth Gerd Bucerius Lecture

September 11, 2008
Lecture at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, Washington DC
Speaker: Jutta Limbach (Former Chief Judge, German Supreme Court and former President of the Goethe-Institut)

Terrorism - Yesterday and Today

June 05, 2008
Lecture at the GHI
Speakers: Stefan Aust (Editor-in-Chief, Der Spiegel, 1994-2008), Bruce Hoffmann (Georgetown University)

Hitler's Black Victims: Black Resistance and Oppression under Nazism

May 22, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2008 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Clarence Lusane (American University)

"I Prefer Panthers to Pigs": German Students, Black Panther GIs and the 1970/71 Racial Crisis in the 7th Army

May 08, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2008 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Maria Höhn (Vassar College)

Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee Institute and the German Empire: Race and Cotton in the Black Atlantic

April 24, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2008 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Andrew Zimmerman (George Washington University)

Black Germans, Photography and the 'Evidence' of History

April 17, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2008 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Tina Campt (Duke University)

Of Borderstates and Leeches: Ottilie Assing and the Douglasses

March 13, 2008
Lecture at the GHI (Spring 2008 Lecture Series)
Speaker: Maria Diedrich (Universität Münster)

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

Writing East German History: What Difference Does the Cultural Turn Make?

December 05 - 07, 2008
Conference at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Conveners: Uta Balbier (GHI), Benita Blessing (Ohio University), Geoff Eley (University of Michigan), and Heather Gumbert (Virginia Tech University)

Engineering Society: The "Scientification of the Social" in Comparative Perspective 1880-1990

November 20 - 22, 2008
Conference at the University of Sheffield
Conveners: Kerstin Brückweh (GHI London), Dirk Schumann (Jacobs University Bremen), Richard F. Wetzell (GHI), Benjamin Ziemann (Univ. of Sheffield)

Global Migration Systems of Domestic and Care Workers

November 12 - 15, 2008
Converence at York University, Toronto
Conveners: Anke Ortlepp (GHI), Valerie Preston (York University), Wenona Giles (York University), Franca Iacovetta (University of Toronto)

Decoding Modern Consumer Societies: Preliminary Results, Ongoing Research, and Future Agendas

November 07 - 08, 2008
Workshop at the GHI
Conveners: Hartmut Berghoff (GHI), Uwe Spiekermann (GHI)

A Whole New Game: Expanding the Boundaries of the History of Sports

October 30 - November 01, 2008
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Stefan Wiederkehr (GHI Warschau), Uta Balbier (GHI Washington)

Terrorism and Modernity: Global Perspectives on Political Violence in the Nineteenth Century October 23 - 26, 2008

October 23 - 26, 2008
Conference at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA
Convener: Carola Dietze (GHI Washington), Mareike König (GHI Paris), Benedikt Stuchtey (GHI London), Claudia Verhoeven (George Mason University/EUI Florenz)

Symposium in Memoriam of Gerald D. Feldman

October 23 - 24, 2008
Berlin

Trajectories of Decolonization: Elites and the Transformation from the Colonial to the Postcolonial

October 09 - 11, 2008
Conference in Cologne
Conveners: Jost Dülffer (University of Cologne) and Marc Frey (Jacobs University, Bremen)

Nature's Accountability: Aggregation and Governmentality in the History of Sustainability

October 09 - 11, 2008
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Sabine Höhler (GHI), Rafael Ziegler (Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin, Germany)

Human Breeding for the Improvement of the Nations: Proto-Eugenic Thinking before Galton

September 25 - 27, 2008
Workshop at the GHI
Conveners: Maren Lorenz (GHI), Christoph Irmscher (Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana)

Civilising Nature: National Parks in Transnational Historical Perspective

June 12 - 14, 2008
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Bernhard Gissibl (University of Mannheim, Germany), Sabine Hoehler (GHI), Patrick Kupper (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)

Why Terrorists Stop: Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Global Comparison

June 05 - 07, 2008
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Alia Ayub (Hoover Institution), Carola Dietze (GHI), Christof Mauch (University of Munich), Timothy J. Naftali (Hoover Institution)

Gender and the Long Postwar: Reconsiderations of the United States and the Two Germanys, 1945-1989

May 29 - 31, 2008
Conference at the GHI
Convener: Karen Hagemann (University of North Carolina), Sonya Michel (University of Maryland), Corinna Unger (GHI)

Early Modern German History

May 28 - 31, 2008
Fourteenth Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar, at the Free University, Berlin
Conveners: Roger Chickering (Georgetown University), Claudia Ulbrich (FU Berlin), and Richard F. Wetzell (GHI)

Public Eating, Public Drinking: Places of Consumption from early Modern to Postmodern Times

May 23 - 24, 2008
Conference at the GHI
Convener: Maren Möhring

Fire and Flammable Cities: Urban Environment and Culture in History

May 15 - 17, 2008
Conference at the GHI
Convener: Uwe Lübken (GHI), Greg Bankoff (University of Hull), Jordan Sand (Georgetown University)

1968 - 40 Years Later

April 12, 2008
Workshop at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie NY)

Modernization as a Global Project: American, Soviet, and European Approaches

March 28 - 29, 2008
Workshop at the GHI
Convener: Corinna Unger (GHI), David Engerman (Brandeis University)

Managing the Unknown: Natural Resources and Reserves in History

February 21 - 23, 2008
Conference at the GHI
Convener: Uwe Lübken (GHI), Frank Uekötter (Deutsches Museum München)

Transregional and Transnational Families

January 25 - February 27, 2008
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Gisela Mettele (GHI), David Sabean (UCLA), Christopher Johnson (Wayne State University), Francesca Trivellato (Yale University), Simon Teuscher (Universität Zürich)

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 10, 2008
  • Die Ausbeutung des besetzten Europas im Zweiten Weltkrieg und ihre volkswirtschaftlichen Konsequenzen
    Jonas Scherner (GHI Economic and Social History Fellow)

December 03, 2008
  • Memory Politics: Conflicts in National Representations of a WW II Battle and its Aftermath
    Nathan Stolzfus (Florida State University)

November 26, 2008
  • Data Processing in the Third Reich: Punched cards in the registration of people in Germany and Albert Speer's success of German war production
    Lars Heide (Copenhagen Business School)

November 05, 2008
  • Image and Identity: African-American Photography and the New Negro
    Patricia Edema (FU Berlin, GHI Doctoral Fellow)
  • Exile or Embrace: Religion, Community and the Death Penalty in Virginia 1976 - 2006
    Anthony Santoro (Heidelberg, GHI Doctoral Fellow)
  • Vom Bochur zum bürgerlichen Mann- Kulturelle Ambivalenz, Männlichkeit und Moderne
    Kristiane Gerhardt (GHI Doctoral Fellow)
  • Die friedliche Nutzung der Kernenergie und die Außenpolitik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des deutsch- amerikanischen Verhältnisses 1954 - 1977
    Stephan Geier (GHI Doctoral Fellow)

October 15, 2008
  • Cultures of Air Travel in Postwar America
    Anke Ortlepp (GHI)

October 08, 2008
  • Subverting Reform: German Jurists under American Occupation 1945 - 1949
    Amy Zaro (UCLA, GHI Doctoral Fellow)
  • Internationalismus in der Zwischenkriegszeit. Die Auswirkung internationaler Kooperation auf dem Agrarsektor in Deutschland und Frankreich (1919 - 1939)
    Georg von Graevenitz (EUI Florence, GHI Doctoral Fellow)
  • German-Americans and National Socialism 1933 - 1945
    Gregory Kupsky (Ohio State University; GHI Doctoral Fellow)
  • Style Politics: Mode, Geschlecht, Blackness und Widerstand in den USA, 1960 - 1975
    Philipp Dorestal (Erfurt, GHI Doctoral Fellow)

September 24, 2008
  • Alternative ohne Alternative. Ernährungsreform und Reformwarenwirtschaft im Kaiserreich
    Uwe Spiekermann (GHI)

September 17, 2008
  • Wilhelm Sollmann (1881-1951) - sozialdemokratischer Journalist und Politiker
    Simon Ebert (Bonn, GHI Doctoral Fellow)
  • U.S. foreign policy and the rise of global visual culture 1961 - 73
    Sönke Kunkel (Jacobs University Bremen, GHI Doctoral Fellow)
  • Der konzeptionelle Dualismus in der amerikanischen Europapolitik und das transatlantische Netzwerk der Transformationspolitiker, 1969 - 1977
    Stephan Kieninger (Mannheim, GHI Doctoral Fellow)
  • Bildungspolitik auf Weltausstellungen im 19. Jahrhundert – Akteure, Praktiken und Diskurse in einem Zeitalter früher Globalisierung
    Klaus Dittrich (University of Portsmouth, GHI Doctoral Fellow)

September 10, 2008
  • Neuere Entwicklungen/Aktuelle Tendenzen in den Forschungen zum Verhältnis zwischen Industrie/Wirtschaft und Nationalsozialismus
    Joachim Scholtyseck (Bonn)