Events 2014

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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. 

Taxation for and against Redistribution since 1945: Historical Trajectories and Comparative Outcomes

December 05 - 06, 2014
Workshop at the GHI, Washington, DC
Conveners: Gisela Hürlimann (University of Zurich and GHI Washington), W. Elliot Brownlee (University of California Santa Barbara)

Taxes and Inequality in a Changing Economy

December 05, 2014
Keynote Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Leonard E. Burman (Urban Institute & Syracuse University)

East Germany and the United States: A Non-Relationship?

December 04, 2014
Panel Discussion at the GHI
Speakers: Brandon Grove (chargé and then Deputy Chief of Mission in East Berlin 1974-1976), Rozanne Ridgway (Ambassador 1983-1985), Hope M. Harrison (George Washington University), Robert Gerald Livingston (GHI), and Christian Ostermann (Moderator, Woodrow Wilson Center)

The Rosenburg Files: The West German Ministry of Justice after 1949 and the Nazi Past

November 17, 2014
Lecture and Panel Discussion at the GHI
Speakers: Heiko Maas (Federal Minister of Justice), Manfred Görtemaker (University of Potsdam) Christoph Safferling (University of Marburg), and Peter Black (USHMM)

Toward a New Europe? Knowledge as a Transformational Resource since the 1970s

November 13, 2014
Twenty-Eighth Annual Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Andreas Wirsching (Institut für Zeitgeschichte München)
Comment: Jeffrey J. Anderson (Georgetown University)

Dispossession: The Plundering German Jewry, 1933-1945 and Beyond

November 09 - 11, 2014
Conference at Boston University
Conveners: Christoph Kreutzmüller (Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz, Berlin) and Jonathan Zatlin (Boston University)

Before and After the Wall: Music & Art in East & West Germany

November 08, 2014
Symposium at the Goethe-Institut, GoetheForum
Speakers: Leonard Schmieding (GHI/Georgetown), Nico Raschick (filmmaker, Here We Come), and Eckhart Gillen (German art historian and curator)

Here We Come

November 03, 2014
Film Screening and Discussion at the Goethe-Institut, GoetheForum
Speaker: Nico Raschick

Green Capitalism? Exploring the Crossroads of Environmental and Business History

October 30 - 31, 2014
Conference at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, DE
Adam Rome (University of Delaware), Yda Schreuder (University of Delaware), Hartmut Berghoff (GHI), Erik Rau (Hagley Museum and Library), Roger Horowitz (Hagley Museum and Library)

Wirtschaftskriminalität und Unternehmen

October 09 - 10, 2014
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Hartmut Berghoff (GHI/Göttingen), Cornelia Rauh (Leibniz-Universität Hannover), Thomas Welskopp (Universität Bielefeld)

The Memory of Dictatorship and the Future of Democracy: The East German Past Today

October 03, 2014
German Unification Symposium Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Richard Schröder

Peculiarities of the West: German-American Communities in San Francisco and Los Angeles, 1880-1960

September 21, 2014
Panel at 38th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Kansas City
Panelists: Kathleen Conzen (Moderator, University of Chicago), Bill Issel (Commentator, San Francisco State University and Mills College), Leonard Schmieding (Georgetown Univ./GHI), and Uwe Spiekermann (GHI)

Shady Business: White Collar Crime in History

September 18 - 20, 2014
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Edward Balleisen (Duke University), Hartmut Berghoff (GHI), Christopher McKenna (University of Oxford)

World War I: Causes, Events, and Legacy

September 15, 2014
Lecture and Panel Discussion at the German Embassy
Speakers: Christopher Clark (Cambridge University) and Roger Chickering (Georgetown University)

Congressional Briefing on “Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Historical Perspective”

September 12, 2014
Congressional Briefing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building
Speakers: Hartmut Berghoff (GHI), Zulema Valdez (University of California, Merced), Xiaojian Zhao (University of California, Santa Barbara), Dane Kennedy (National History Center)

Gender, War and Culture: From the Age of the World Wars (1910s-1940s) to the Cold War, Anti-Colonial Struggle to the Wars of Globalization (1940s-Present)

September 11 - 13, 2014
Workshop at Duke University
Conveners: Hartmut Berghoff (GHI), Dirk Bönker (Duke University), Karen Hagemann (UNC Chapel Hill), and Mischa Honeck (GHI)

The Early Days: Hip-Hop Culture in the German Democratic Republic - A Photo Exhibition

September 04 - December 04, 2014
Exhibition at the GHI
Curated by Leonard Schmieding (Georgetown University/GHI)

Bosch Foundation Archival Summer School for Young Historians 2014: American History in Transatlantic Perspective

September 01 - 12, 2014
Archival Seminar in Chicago, IL; Madison, WI; Boston, MA; Washington, DC
Conveners: German Historical Institute, Washington DC; University of Chicago's Department of History; Newberry Library, Chicago; Robert Bosch Stiftung

“The sooner, the better”: Germany's Military Leadership and the Outbreak of War in July 1914

July 24, 2014
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Michael Epkenhans (Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr)

Archival Summer Seminar in Germany 2014

June 23 - July 04, 2014
Seminar in Germany
Convener: Mark Stoneman (GHI)

Informal and Everyday Markets: Modern Histories of Indian Business and Entrepreneurship since the Nineteenth Century

June 18, 2014
Conference at the University of Göttingen
Convener: Dr. Ingo Köhler (University of Göttingen), Dr. Sebastian Schwecke (University of Göttingen), Dr. Christina Lubinsiki (GHI Washington), Prof. Dr. Douglas Haynes (Dartmouth College)

War and Childhood in the Age of the World Wars

June 05 - 07, 2014
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Mischa Honeck (GHI Washington), James Marten (Marquette University), Andreas Gestrich (GHI London), Arndt Weinrich (GHI Paris)

What Crisis? Speculation, Corruption, and the State of Emergency during the Great Depression

May 29, 2014
Fifth Gerald D. Feldman Memorial Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Martin H. Geyer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Jazz - the Classical Music of Globalization

May 21, 2014
Performance and Lecture at the GHI
Speaker and performer: Reinhold Wagnleitner (University of Salzburg) and Tom McDermott (Piano, New Orleans)

Between East and West: Contemporary History as Biographical Challenge

May 15, 2014
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Jürgen Danyel (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam)

20th Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar: Nineteenth-Century German History

May 07 - 10, 2014
Seminar in Washington, DC
Anna von der Goltz (Georgetown University), Richard F. Wetzell (GHI)

Search for a New Sound: The Blue Note Photographs of Francis Wolff

May 03 - July 03, 2014
Exhibition and opening at the Goethe-Institut

A Hands-on Approach: The Do-It-Yourself Culture and Economy in the 20th Century

April 25 - 26, 2014
Workshop at the GHI
Reinhild Kreis (GHI)

In the Labyrinth of Memories: The Battle over the Stasi Files in the Peaceful Revolution of 1990/91

April 24, 2014
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Stefan Wolle (DDR Museum Berlin)

Migration during Economic Downturns: From the Great Depression to the Great Recession

April 04 - 05, 2014
Workshop at the GHI
Conveners: Elisa Minoff (GHI) and Marc Rosenblum (Migration Policy Institute)

Migration and the Great Recession

April 04, 2014
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Demetrios G. Papademetriou (Migration Policy Institute)

Histories of Humanitarianism: Religious, Philanthropic, and Poltical Practices in the Modernizing World

March 07 - 08, 2014
Conference at the GHI and the University of Maryland, College Park
Conveners: Sonya Michel (University of Maryland, College Park) and Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (GHI)

Visions of Beatuy: Arnold Genthe and the Art of Photography

February 25 - April 30, 2014
Exhibition Opening, Dance Performance and Lecture at the GHI
Curated by Marina Kaneti (New School for Social Research)

Gender, War and Culture: From Colonial Conquest and standing Armies to Revolutionary Wars (1650s-1830s) to the Wars of Nations and Empires (1830s-1910s)

February 20 - 22, 2014
Workshop at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Conveners: Dirk Bönker (Duke University), and Karen Hagemann (UNC Chapel Hill)

The Academic and the Everyday in the GDR

February 20, 2014
Lecture at the GHI
Speakers: Sigrid Jacobeit (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Wolfgang Jacobeit (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Studying the History of National Socialism and the Holocaust: Toward an Agenda for the 21st Century

January 24, 2014
Panel Discussion at the GHI
Panelists: Frank Bajohr (Institute of Contemporary History Munich/Center for Holocaust Studies), Christopher Browning (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and Wendy Lower (Claremont McKenna College)

Studying the History of National Socialism and the Holocaust: Toward an Agenda for the 21st Century

January 23 - 24, 2014
Concerence at the USHMM/Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and the GHI
Conveners: Stefan Hördler (GHI), Leah Wolfson (USHMM)

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

Taxes and Inequality in a Changing Economy

December 05, 2014
Keynote Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Leonard E. Burman (Urban Institute & Syracuse University)

The Rosenburg Files: The West German Ministry of Justice after 1949 and the Nazi Past

November 17, 2014
Lecture and Panel Discussion at the GHI
Speakers: Heiko Maas (Federal Minister of Justice), Manfred Görtemaker (University of Potsdam) Christoph Safferling (University of Marburg), and Peter Black (USHMM)

Toward a New Europe? Knowledge as a Transformational Resource since the 1970s

November 13, 2014
Twenty-Eighth Annual Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Andreas Wirsching (Institut für Zeitgeschichte München)
Comment: Jeffrey J. Anderson (Georgetown University)

The Memory of Dictatorship and the Future of Democracy: The East German Past Today

October 03, 2014
German Unification Symposium Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Richard Schröder

Fighting White-Collar Crime in the Twenty-First Century

September 18, 2014
Panel Discussion at the GHI
Speakers: Joel Kirsch (Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Siemens USA), Don Langevoort (Georgetown Univ.), and Cheryl Scarboro (Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP / formerly U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)

World War I: Causes, Events, and Legacy

September 15, 2014
Lecture and Panel Discussion at the German Embassy
Speakers: Christopher Clark (Cambridge University) and Roger Chickering (Georgetown University)

“The sooner, the better”: Germany's Military Leadership and the Outbreak of War in July 1914

July 24, 2014
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Michael Epkenhans (Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr)

What Crisis? Speculation, Corruption, and the State of Emergency during the Great Depression

May 29, 2014
Fifth Gerald D. Feldman Memorial Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Martin H. Geyer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Jazz - the Classical Music of Globalization

May 21, 2014
Performance and Lecture at the GHI
Speaker and performer: Reinhold Wagnleitner (University of Salzburg) and Tom McDermott (Piano, New Orleans)

Between East and West: Contemporary History as Biographical Challenge

May 15, 2014
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Jürgen Danyel (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam)

In the Labyrinth of Memories: The Battle over the Stasi Files in the Peaceful Revolution of 1990/91

April 24, 2014
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Stefan Wolle (DDR Museum Berlin)

Migration and the Great Recession

April 04, 2014
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Demetrios G. Papademetriou (Migration Policy Institute)

Visions of Beatuy: Arnold Genthe and the Art of Photography

February 25 - April 30, 2014
Exhibition Opening, Dance Performance and Lecture at the GHI
Curated by Marina Kaneti (New School for Social Research)

The Academic and the Everyday in the GDR

February 20, 2014
Lecture at the GHI
Speakers: Sigrid Jacobeit (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Wolfgang Jacobeit (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

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

Taxation for and against Redistribution since 1945: Historical Trajectories and Comparative Outcomes

December 05 - 06, 2014
Workshop at the GHI, Washington, DC
Conveners: Gisela Hürlimann (University of Zurich and GHI Washington), W. Elliot Brownlee (University of California Santa Barbara)

Dispossession: The Plundering German Jewry, 1933-1945 and Beyond

November 09 - 11, 2014
Conference at Boston University
Conveners: Christoph Kreutzmüller (Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz, Berlin) and Jonathan Zatlin (Boston University)

Green Capitalism? Exploring the Crossroads of Environmental and Business History

October 30 - 31, 2014
Conference at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, DE
Adam Rome (University of Delaware), Yda Schreuder (University of Delaware), Hartmut Berghoff (GHI), Erik Rau (Hagley Museum and Library), Roger Horowitz (Hagley Museum and Library)

Wirtschaftskriminalität und Unternehmen

October 09 - 10, 2014
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Hartmut Berghoff (GHI/Göttingen), Cornelia Rauh (Leibniz-Universität Hannover), Thomas Welskopp (Universität Bielefeld)

Shady Business: White Collar Crime in History

September 18 - 20, 2014
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Edward Balleisen (Duke University), Hartmut Berghoff (GHI), Christopher McKenna (University of Oxford)

Gender, War and Culture: From the Age of the World Wars (1910s-1940s) to the Cold War, Anti-Colonial Struggle to the Wars of Globalization (1940s-Present)

September 11 - 13, 2014
Workshop at Duke University
Conveners: Hartmut Berghoff (GHI), Dirk Bönker (Duke University), Karen Hagemann (UNC Chapel Hill), and Mischa Honeck (GHI)

Bosch Foundation Archival Summer School for Young Historians 2014: American History in Transatlantic Perspective

September 01 - 12, 2014
Archival Seminar in Chicago, IL; Madison, WI; Boston, MA; Washington, DC
Conveners: German Historical Institute, Washington DC; University of Chicago's Department of History; Newberry Library, Chicago; Robert Bosch Stiftung

Informal and Everyday Markets: Modern Histories of Indian Business and Entrepreneurship since the Nineteenth Century

June 18, 2014
Conference at the University of Göttingen
Convener: Dr. Ingo Köhler (University of Göttingen), Dr. Sebastian Schwecke (University of Göttingen), Dr. Christina Lubinsiki (GHI Washington), Prof. Dr. Douglas Haynes (Dartmouth College)

War and Childhood in the Age of the World Wars

June 05 - 07, 2014
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Mischa Honeck (GHI Washington), James Marten (Marquette University), Andreas Gestrich (GHI London), Arndt Weinrich (GHI Paris)

A Hands-on Approach: The Do-It-Yourself Culture and Economy in the 20th Century

April 25 - 26, 2014
Workshop at the GHI
Reinhild Kreis (GHI)

Migration during Economic Downturns: From the Great Depression to the Great Recession

April 04 - 05, 2014
Workshop at the GHI
Conveners: Elisa Minoff (GHI) and Marc Rosenblum (Migration Policy Institute)

Histories of Humanitarianism: Religious, Philanthropic, and Poltical Practices in the Modernizing World

March 07 - 08, 2014
Conference at the GHI and the University of Maryland, College Park
Conveners: Sonya Michel (University of Maryland, College Park) and Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (GHI)

Gender, War and Culture: From Colonial Conquest and standing Armies to Revolutionary Wars (1650s-1830s) to the Wars of Nations and Empires (1830s-1910s)

February 20 - 22, 2014
Workshop at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Conveners: Dirk Bönker (Duke University), and Karen Hagemann (UNC Chapel Hill)

Studying the History of National Socialism and the Holocaust: Toward an Agenda for the 21st Century

January 23 - 24, 2014
Concerence at the USHMM/Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and the GHI
Conveners: Stefan Hördler (GHI), Leah Wolfson (USHMM)

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.

Research Seminar

December 10, 2014
  • Nathan Delaney (Case Western Reserve University/GHI)
    Non-Ferrous Metal Traders and their North American Networks: The Case of American Metal Company

Doctoral Seminar

November 20, 2014
  • Julia Heunemann (Universität Weimar)
    Untiefen mariner Zeitlichkeit. Formationen des Wissens über das Meer, ca. 1770 - 1870
  • Patrick Gaul (Universität Frankfurt)
    "Der folgenschwerste Principienkampf des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts": Rezeption und Folgen des amerikanischen Bürgerkriegs in Deutschland, 1861-1871

Research Seminar

November 19, 2014
  • Juliane Czierpka (GHI/Universität Göttingen)
    The commercialisation of professional football in historical perspective

Research Seminar

October 22, 2014
  • Reading Session: Erez Manela, The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism, Oxford University Press, 2007

Doctoral Seminar

September 11, 2014
  • Andrew Zonderman (Emory University)
    Embracing Empire: Eighteenth-Century German Migrants and the Development of the British Imperial System
  • Gregg French (University of Western Ontario)
    An ‘Instinctive Mutual Attraction': American Perceptions of Spain and the Spanish Empire in the Long Nineteenth Century, 1776-1914
  • Ulrike Breitsprechter (Universität Leipzig)
    The Socialist Academic Teacher - Effects of Higher Education Policies on the Faculty of the Humboldt University Berlin in the GDR (1946-1990)

Research Seminar

September 10, 2014
  • Claudia Haake (la Trobe University, Melbourne)
    Land, Rights, and Writing: Iroquois political representations in the age of removal, 1830-1887

Research Seminar

June 25, 2014
  • Rachel Moran (Pennsylvania State University)
    "The Poor Cannot Be Trusted": Nutrition and Pregnancy in the American Welfare State

Research Seminar

June 11, 2014
  • James Boyd (Cardiff)
    Migration patterns from the German south west to colonial Pennsylvania and the early American Republic: connections, continuities and change

Research Seminar

May 28, 2014
  • Carl-Henry Geschwind (Independent Scholar, Washington, DC)
    The Petrol Tax and the Politics of Austerity, 1947-1957
  • Emily Swafford
    Practicing Democracy: U.S. Girl Scouts in the Cold War at Home and Abroad

Doctoral Seminar

May 22, 2014
  • Caitlin Verboon (Yale University)
    Urban Encounters: Struggle over Freedom in Southern Cities, 1865-1877
  • Kristina Poznan (College of William & Mary)
    Becoming Immigrant Nation-Builders: The Advancement of Austria-Hungary's National Projects in the United States, 1880s-1920s

Research Seminar

April 30, 2014
  • Julio Decker (Universität Darmstadt)
    Colonial Railways of the German Empire and the United States
  • Jana Weiss (WWU Münster)
    Beer and German Immigrants in the United States: A "Reinvention of Tradition and Consumption"

Doctoral Seminar

April 17, 2014
  • Claas Kirchhelle (University of Oxford)
    Pyrrhic Progress. Consumer Attitudes towards Agricultural Antibiotics (1951-2012)
  • Jake Newsome (State University of New York at Buffalo)
    Homosexuals after the Holocaust: Identity Politics and Social Activism in the United States & the Federal Republic of Germany, 1969-2000

Research Seminar

April 16, 2014
  • Benjamin Schwantes (GHI)
    Selling MCI Mail to America: The Commercialization and Commodification of Electronic Mail

Research Seminar

April 02, 2014
  • Steve Silvia (American University)
    Holding the Shop Together: German Industrial Relations in the Postwar Era

Research Seminar

March 26, 2014
  • Mario Daniels (GHI)
    The enemy is reading. The U.S. government and the control of unclassified technical information in the 1950s

Doctoral Seminar

March 13, 2014
  • Sophia Dafinger (Universität Augsburg)
    "Lessons learned"? Wissenschaftliche Expertise für den Luftkrieg nach 1944 in den USA
  • David Möller (Universität Erfurt)
    American Empire and Asian Contact Zones: US Militär, Sexualität und taiwanische Gesellschaft im Kalten Krieg (1950-1979)

Research Seminar

March 05, 2014
  • Christina Lubinski (GHI)
    HR Management and Politics: German Multinationals in British India, 1922-46

Doctoral Seminar

February 27, 2014
  • Daniel Kuppel (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
    Praxis der 'Weltanschaulichen Schulung' von SS- und Polizeiangehörigen in der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus
  • Jana Hoffmann (Westfälische Wilhelms-­Universität Münster)
    Familienvorstellungen im amerikanischen Mainline-­Protestantismus, 1950-1980
  • Ella Müller (Universität Freiburg)
    "Anti-Environmentalism". Widerstände gegen Umweltschutzpolitik in den USA von 1969 bis in die frühen 1990er Jahre

Research Seminar

February 19, 2014
  • Arndt Engelhardt (Simon Dubnow Institute, Leipzig)
    "Jewish Publishing Cultures in Nineteenth Century Germany"

Research Seminar

February 12, 2014
  • Maike Lehmann (University of Bremen)
    "Dissidents and the West. Intellectual and Everyday Encounters during the Age of Fracture"

Research Seminar

January 29, 2014
  • Corinna Ludwig (GHI)
    "Trading with the Enemy"
  • Andreas Joch (GHI)
    "In a Democracy Planning is a Slow Process"