Events 2013

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  • Lectures
  • Conferences
  • GHI Seminars

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. 

Emancipation through Colonization: Brazil and Cuba

December 12, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Ursula Prutsch (University of Munich)

The Consumer on the Home Front: World War II Civilian Consumption in Comparative Perspective

December 05 - 07, 2013
Conference at the GHI London
Conveners: Hartmut Berghoff (GHI Washington), Andreas Gestrich (GHI London), Nikolaus Katzer (GHI Moscow), Jan Logemann (GHI Washington), Felix Römer (GHI London), Sergey Kudryashov (GHI Moskau)

The Challenges of Biography: Questions, Reflections, Possible Solutions

November 22, 2013
Panel at the Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association in Chicago
Panelists: Volker Depkat (University of Regensburg), Clifton Hood (Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York), Susie Pak (St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, New York), Levke Harders (University of Bielefeld), Uwe Spiekermann (GHI)

22nd Annual Symposium of the Friends of the GHI

November 15, 2013
Symposium at the GHI

How Americans Raise their Children: Generational Relations over Two Hundred Years

November 14, 2013
Twenty-Seventh Annual Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Paula S. Fass (University of California, Berkeley)

The ‘Other' Emancipation of the 1860s: Freeing Russia's Serfs

November 07, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Peter Kolchin (University of Delaware)

Migrants as "Translators": Mediating External Influences on Post World War II Western Europe, 1945 - 1973

October 24 - 26, 2013
Workshop in Hamburg
Conveners: Jan Logemann (GHI), Miriam Rürup (Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden)

Helmut Schmidt Prize Lecture 2013

October 24, 2013
Award Presentation and Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Mary Nolan (New York University)

Prussian Emancipation: The Revolution Against Serfdom in Germany and Its Atlantic Afterlives

October 10, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Andrew Zimmerman (George Washington University)

Medieval History Seminar 2013

October 10 - 13, 2013
Seminar at the GHI London
Conveners: Stefan Hördler (GHI), Cornelia Linde (GHI London)

German Unification Symposium/Hertie Lecture 2013

October 03, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Konrad Jarausch

Obesity, Health, and the Liberal Self: Transatlantic Perspectives on the Late Nineteenth and the Late Twentieth Centuries

September 26 - 28, 2013
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Nina Mackert/Jürgen Martschukat (University of Erfurt), Susan Strasser (University of Delaware), Uwe Spiekermann (GHI)

The Dream and Its Untold Stories

September 19 - 21, 2013
Conference at the GHI
Convener: Marcia Chatelain (Georgetown), Sharon Monteith (Nottingham), Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (GHI)

Kriminalität und Strafjustiz in der Moderne, 18.-20. Jh.: Tagung zur Historischen Kriminalitätsforschung 2013

September 19 - 21, 2013
Conference in Munich
Conveners: Sylvia Kesper-Biermann (LMU München), Désirée Schauz (Münchner Zentrum für Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte), and Richard F. Wetzell (GHI Washington)

This is the Day: The March on Washington, Photographs by Leonard Freed

September 19 - December 13, 2013
Exhibition at the GHI
Curated by Paul Farber (Haverford College)

Martin's Dream: The Global Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

September 19, 2013
Lecture and Exhibition Opening at the GHI
Speaker: Clayborne Carson (Stanford University)

Interpreting History on the Screen: An Evening with Barbara Sukowa

September 17, 2013
Discussion and film-screening at the Goethe-Institut, GoetheForum

Does Memory Matter in Politics?

September 12, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Bernd Faulenbach (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Policy and Process: How the Slaves Became Free in America

September 05, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: David Blight (Yale University)

Archival Summer School for Young Historians: American History in Transatlantic Perspectives

September 01 - 13, 2013
Seminar in Chicago, Madison, Boston, Washington, DC
Convener: Mischa Honeck

"The lost decade": The Debt Crisis of the 1980s and the Reaction of the International Community

July 02, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Laura Rischbieter (GHI)

A Common Solution: Bailouts in History

June 27, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Robert E. Wright (Augustana College)

Archival Summer Seminar in Germany 2013

June 16 - 29, 2013
Convener: Clelia Caruso (GHI) and Mark Stoneman (GHI)

States vs. Banks: Debt and Crises in the Twentieth Century

June 06, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Moritz Schularick (University of Bonn)

Colonialism and Climate History

June 06 - 08, 2013
Conference at the Georgetown University
Co-organizers: John R. McNeill, Franz Mauelshagen, Eleonora Rohland, Jean-François Mouhot

Creating a Garden Eden? The Transformation of Rural California since the mid 19th Century

May 30 - June 02, 2013
Workshop at the German Association of American Studies
Conveners: Uwe Spiekermann (GHI), Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (GHI)

19th Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar

May 29 - June 01, 2013
Seminar at the Historisches Kolleg, Munich
Conveners: Margit Szöllösi-Janze (University of Munich), Anna von der Goltz (Georgetown University) and Richard F. Wetzell (GHI)

Sovereign Debt as a Problem of Modern Societies

May 23, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Hans-Peter Ullmann (University of Cologne)

New Technologies and Cultures of Communication in the 19th and 20th Centuries

May 10 - 11, 2013
Workshop at the GHI
Conveners: Clelia Caruso (GHI), Peter Jelavich (The Johns Hopkins University), Richard R. John (Columbia University), and Benjamin Schwantes (GHI)

From Made in Italy to Made in China: A European Story, 1960-2010

May 09, 2013
Fourth Gerald D. Feldman Memorial Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Victoria de Grazia (Columbia University)

Decades of Reconstruction: Postwar Societies, Economics, and International Relations, from the 18th to the 20th Century

May 03 - 04, 2013
Conference at the University of Toronto
Conveners: Ute Planert (University of Wuppertal / University of Toronto) and James Retallack (University of Toronto)

America's Right: Conservatism and U.S. History

April 18, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Julian Zelizer (Princeton University)

Land of Extremes: German History in the 20th Century, an Interpretation

April 04, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Ulrich Herbert (University of Freiburg)

Germans and Americans in Israel - Israelis in Germany and the United States

April 03 - 04, 2013
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Michael Brenner (LMU München), Stefan Hördler (GHI), Miriam Ruerup (Institute for the History of the German Jews, Hamburg)

Third Junior Scholars Conference in German-Jewish History

April 03 - 04, 2013
Conference at the GHI
Michael Brenner (LMU München), Stefan Hördler (GHI), Miriam Ruerup (Institute for the History of the German Jews, Hamburg)

In Search of Better Lives: The Circulation of Ideas for Social Improvement in the 19th and 20th Centuries

March 08 - 09, 2013
Workshop at the GHI
Conveners: Christina Lubinski (GHI), Christina May (Göttingen) and Warren Rosenblum (St. Louis)

Fateful Communities: Jewish Ghettos in German-Occupied Eastern Europe, 1940-1945

January 24, 2013
Panel Discussion at the GHI
Panelists: Omer Bartov (Brown University), Hartmut Berghoff (GHI), Martin Dean (USHMM), Geoffrey Megargee (USHMM), Paul Shapiro (USHMM), and Sybille Steinbacher (University of Vienna)

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

Emancipation through Colonization: Brazil and Cuba

December 12, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Ursula Prutsch (University of Munich)

How Americans Raise their Children: Generational Relations over Two Hundred Years

November 14, 2013
Twenty-Seventh Annual Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Paula S. Fass (University of California, Berkeley)

The ‘Other' Emancipation of the 1860s: Freeing Russia's Serfs

November 07, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Peter Kolchin (University of Delaware)

Helmut Schmidt Prize Lecture 2013

October 24, 2013
Award Presentation and Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Mary Nolan (New York University)

Prussian Emancipation: The Revolution Against Serfdom in Germany and Its Atlantic Afterlives

October 10, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Andrew Zimmerman (George Washington University)

German Unification Symposium/Hertie Lecture 2013

October 03, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Konrad Jarausch

Martin's Dream: The Global Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

September 19, 2013
Lecture and Exhibition Opening at the GHI
Speaker: Clayborne Carson (Stanford University)

Does Memory Matter in Politics?

September 12, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Bernd Faulenbach (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Policy and Process: How the Slaves Became Free in America

September 05, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: David Blight (Yale University)

"The lost decade": The Debt Crisis of the 1980s and the Reaction of the International Community

July 02, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Laura Rischbieter (GHI)

A Common Solution: Bailouts in History

June 27, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Robert E. Wright (Augustana College)

States vs. Banks: Debt and Crises in the Twentieth Century

June 06, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Moritz Schularick (University of Bonn)

Sovereign Debt as a Problem of Modern Societies

May 23, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Hans-Peter Ullmann (University of Cologne)

From Made in Italy to Made in China: A European Story, 1960-2010

May 09, 2013
Fourth Gerald D. Feldman Memorial Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Victoria de Grazia (Columbia University)

America's Right: Conservatism and U.S. History

April 18, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Julian Zelizer (Princeton University)

Land of Extremes: German History in the 20th Century, an Interpretation

April 04, 2013
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Ulrich Herbert (University of Freiburg)

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

The Consumer on the Home Front: World War II Civilian Consumption in Comparative Perspective

December 05 - 07, 2013
Conference at the GHI London
Conveners: Hartmut Berghoff (GHI Washington), Andreas Gestrich (GHI London), Nikolaus Katzer (GHI Moscow), Jan Logemann (GHI Washington), Felix Römer (GHI London), Sergey Kudryashov (GHI Moskau)

Migrants as "Translators": Mediating External Influences on Post World War II Western Europe, 1945 - 1973

October 24 - 26, 2013
Workshop in Hamburg
Conveners: Jan Logemann (GHI), Miriam Rürup (Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden)

Medieval History Seminar 2013

October 10 - 13, 2013
Seminar at the GHI London
Conveners: Stefan Hördler (GHI), Cornelia Linde (GHI London)

Obesity, Health, and the Liberal Self: Transatlantic Perspectives on the Late Nineteenth and the Late Twentieth Centuries

September 26 - 28, 2013
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Nina Mackert/Jürgen Martschukat (University of Erfurt), Susan Strasser (University of Delaware), Uwe Spiekermann (GHI)

The Dream and Its Untold Stories

September 19 - 21, 2013
Conference at the GHI
Convener: Marcia Chatelain (Georgetown), Sharon Monteith (Nottingham), Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (GHI)

Kriminalität und Strafjustiz in der Moderne, 18.-20. Jh.: Tagung zur Historischen Kriminalitätsforschung 2013

September 19 - 21, 2013
Conference in Munich
Conveners: Sylvia Kesper-Biermann (LMU München), Désirée Schauz (Münchner Zentrum für Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte), and Richard F. Wetzell (GHI Washington)

Archival Summer School for Young Historians: American History in Transatlantic Perspectives

September 01 - 13, 2013
Seminar in Chicago, Madison, Boston, Washington, DC
Convener: Mischa Honeck

Creating a Garden Eden? The Transformation of Rural California since the mid 19th Century

May 30 - June 02, 2013
Workshop at the German Association of American Studies
Conveners: Uwe Spiekermann (GHI), Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (GHI)

New Technologies and Cultures of Communication in the 19th and 20th Centuries

May 10 - 11, 2013
Workshop at the GHI
Conveners: Clelia Caruso (GHI), Peter Jelavich (The Johns Hopkins University), Richard R. John (Columbia University), and Benjamin Schwantes (GHI)

Decades of Reconstruction: Postwar Societies, Economics, and International Relations, from the 18th to the 20th Century

May 03 - 04, 2013
Conference at the University of Toronto
Conveners: Ute Planert (University of Wuppertal / University of Toronto) and James Retallack (University of Toronto)

Germans and Americans in Israel - Israelis in Germany and the United States

April 03 - 04, 2013
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Michael Brenner (LMU München), Stefan Hördler (GHI), Miriam Ruerup (Institute for the History of the German Jews, Hamburg)

Third Junior Scholars Conference in German-Jewish History

April 03 - 04, 2013
Conference at the GHI
Michael Brenner (LMU München), Stefan Hördler (GHI), Miriam Ruerup (Institute for the History of the German Jews, Hamburg)

In Search of Better Lives: The Circulation of Ideas for Social Improvement in the 19th and 20th Centuries

March 08 - 09, 2013
Workshop at the GHI
Conveners: Christina Lubinski (GHI), Christina May (Göttingen) and Warren Rosenblum (St. Louis)

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.

Doctoral Seminar

December 12, 2013
  • Slike Körber (Johannes Gutenberg-­Universität Mainz)
    Deutschsprachige Verleger im Exil in den USA/Großbritannien und ihr Einfluss auf die Entwicklung des populären illustrierten Sachbuchs im 20. Jahrhundert.

Research Seminar

December 11, 2013
  • Reading: Emily S. Rosenberg, A World Connecting, 1870-1945 (Harvard University Press, 2012)

Research Seminar

December 04, 2013
  • Mischa Honeck (GHI)
    Eagle on Ice: Paul Siple's Passage to Imperial Manhood

Research Seminar

November 20, 2013
  • Adelheid Voskuhl (University of Pennsylvania)
    Engineers' Class Struggle and the Question of "Technology" in German and American High Industrialism

Doctoral Seminar

November 07, 2013
  • Scott Krause (UNC Chapel Hill)
    City upon a Hill of Ruins: A German-American Network's Campaign to bring Cold War Democracy to West Berlin, 1945-63
  • Alex Elkins (Temple University)
    Street Sovereignties: The 1960s Riots and the Triumph of "Get-Tough" Policing

Research Seminar

October 30, 2013
  • Leonard Schmieding (GHI)
    German Restaurants in San Francsico, 1890-1941

Doctoral Seminar

October 17, 2013
  • Karin Hagen (Jacobs University Bremen)
    "Male, pale, and stale": Gender and Manned Space Travel in the United States in the Context of the Cold War
  • Julian Länge (Heinrich-­‐Heine-­‐Universität Düsseldorf)
    Amerikanische Unternehmensstrategien in westdeutschen Einzelhandelsunternehmen nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg bis in die 1980er Jahre

Research Seminar

October 16, 2013
  • Joris Mercelis (University of Ghent)
    Photography and the Public Domain: Managing Knowledge and Intellectual Property, 1871-2003
  • Rene Schlott (University of Giessen)
    A Biography on the Life, Work, and Impact of Raul Hilberg (1926-2007)

Doctoral Seminar

October 10, 2013
  • Bernhard Sassmann (Universität Augsbrg)
    "Kulturen der Intelligence": Militärische Nachrichtendienste in den USA, 1900-1947
  • Elisabeth Piller (Universität Heidelberg)
    German Cultural Diplomacy and the United States, 1919-1932

Doctoral Seminar

July 11, 2013
  • Matthew Yokell (Texas A&M University)
    Qingdao and the German Experience in China, 1880-1918 
  • Marina Kaneti (New School for Social Research)
    Migrants, consumers and the politics of affect 
  • Brendan Murphy (University of Sheffield)
    Killing in the German Army: Organizing and Surviving Combat in the Great War

Doctoral Seminar

June 13, 2013
  • Elise Vallier (University of Paris-Est Marne La Vallée)
    In Defense of American Womanhood: Color, Class, Gender and Region: A Study of African-American Women's Writings, 1865-1920s
  • Kritika Agarwal (State University of New York, Buffalo)
    Uncertain Citizenship: Denaturalization and Expatriation in Twentieth-Century America, 1906-1967
  • Brian Goodman (Harvard University)
    Amerika and the Other Europe: Literature and Culture beyond the Curtain, 1946-1989

Research Seminar

May 29, 2013
  • Anja Werner (Max-Planck Institute)
    A Transnational History of Deaf People
  • Simone Müller-Pohl (Freie Universität Berlin/GHI)
    Contamination Guaranteed: America's Hazardous Waste in Global Perspective

Doctoral Seminar

May 23, 2013
  • Christiane Bauer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
    Deutschlandbilder der Nachfahren deutscher Immigranten in den USA - Eine erinnerungsgeschichtliche Auseinandersetzung mit Migration und Identität
  • Robert Fischer (Universität Erfurt)
    Grenzleben - eine translokale Geschichte von Ciudad Juárez und El Paso, 1880-1940
  • Thilo Niedhöfer (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz)
    Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson und das „balinesische Ethos": Amerikanische Anthropologie zwischen Gesellschaft und Staat ca. 1930-1950

Research Seminar

May 15, 2013
  • Stefan Hördler
    Steel Industries in Divided Germany and the United States, 1970s to 1990s

Research Seminar

April 17, 2013
  • Klaus Nathaus (University of Bielefeld)
    The Production of Cultural and Social Distinction: Popular Music in the 20th Century (West) Germany

Research Seminar

April 10, 2013
  • Simone Selva (GHI)
    Money market, industrial credit, foreign trade. American assistance policies and the shaping of West European consumer societies from Bretton Woods through the recession 1970s. A preliminary study
  • Martin Nekola (Charles University Prague)
    For The Freedom of Captive European Nations: Eastern European Exiles in Postwar America

Doctoral Seminar

March 21, 2013
  • Felicitas Jaima (New York University)
    The African Diaspora in Germany: The Experiences of African American Servicewomen and Military Wives in Germany, 1945-1970
  • Matthias Voigt (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main)
    Re-inventing the Warrior: Native American Ativists between Indigenous Traditions and the Modern Nation State during the Red Power Era

Research Seminar

March 20, 2013
  • Peter Svik (Guggenheim Fellow with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)
    General Reflections on the East-West Trade with Civil Aviation Technology during the Cold War

Doctoral Seminar

February 28, 2013
  • Andreas Bauer (Universität Heidelberg)
    All Politics is Local: Die Free Soil Party und ihre Haltung zum Rassenproblem 1848-1854
  • Sven Deppisch (Ludwig­‐Maximillians‐Universität München)
    Die Ausbildung deutscher Polizeioffiziere von den 1920er bis in die 1950er Jahre

Research Seminar

February 27, 2013
  • Sonia A. Hirt (Virginia Tech)
    Zoned in the USA: German Concepts and American Innovations in Regulating Urban Space

Research Seminar

February 13, 2013
  • Ulrike Wiethaus (Wake Forest University, NC)
    Toward a Genealogy of Place: Hrotsvit of Gandersheim's Primordia in Historical Context

Research Seminar

January 16, 2013
  • Michael Kimmage (Catholic University)
    Wolfgang Koeppen's Journey through America