Events 2015

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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. 

Wissen auf der Flucht: Deutsche Akademikerinnen und Akademiker im Ausland, 1933-45

December 17, 2015
Conference at the American Academy in Berlin
Co-organized by the Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands, German Historical Institute Washington, and Max Weber Stiftung

Wie definiert sich Qualität? Forschungsinfrastrukturen und Wissenstransfer im deutschen Wissenschaftssystem

December 16, 2015
Panel Discussion at the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft Berlin
Co-organized by Das Georg-Eckert-Institut - Leibniz-Institut für internationale Schulbuchforschung, das Herder-Institut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung - Institut der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, and das Sozio-oekonomische Panel (SOEP) im Deutschen Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung

Helmut Schmidt Prize Lecture 2015: Austerity - Views of Chancellor Brüning's and President Hoover's Fiscal Policies from across the Atlantic, 1930-32

December 10, 2015
Award Presentation and Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Carl-Ludwig Holtfrerich (Freie Universität Berlin)

Atlantic Brotherhoods: Fraternalism in Transcontinental Perspective (18th-early 20th century)

December 04 - 05, 2015
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Jessica Harland-Jacobs (University of Florida), Jan C. Jansen (GHI Washington, DC)

Teaching the ‘Cold War’: Memory Practices in the Classroom

November 13, 2015
Event at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 4th Floor
Speaker: Barbara Christophe (Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Germany)

Capitalism and the Jews Revisited

November 12, 2015
Twenty-Ninth Annual Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Jerry Z. Muller (Catholic University of America)

German Unification Symposium 2015: The Challenges of Unified Germany

October 27, 2015
Lecture & Discussion at the GHI
Speaker: Gregor Gysi

Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitism in International Perspective

October 21 - 23, 2015
Conference at the German Historical Institute Paris
Conveners: The Max Weber Foundation and its institutes - The German Historical Institutes in Paris, London, Rome, Moscow, Warsaw and Washington, the German Centre for the history of Art in Paris, the Orient Institute Istanbul - and the Centre for Research on Anti-Semitism at the Technische Universität Berlin

Medieval History Seminar 2015

October 15 - 17, 2015
Seminar at the GHI Washington
Conveners: Stuart Airlie (University of Glasgow), Paul Freedman (Yale University), Jan Jansen (GHI Washington), Bernhard Jussen (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main), Ruth Mazo Karras (University of Minnesota), Cornelia Linde (GHI London), Frank Rexroth (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen), and Miri Rubin (Queen Mary University of London)

Towards an Iconology of Medieval Studies: Approaches to Visual Narratives in Modern Scholarship

October 15, 2015
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Bernhard Jussen (University of Frankfurt)

Half a Country, a Whole Country, a Whole Life: Recollections of the GDR, the Period of Change 1989 /90 and the Efforts of German Unification

October 07, 2015
German at Noon at the Goethe-Institut Washington (in German)
A Conversation with Marianne Birthler, with commentary by Paul Nolte

Defining the Modern Metropolis: Universal Exhibitions from the Mid-Nineteenth to the Mid-Twentieth Century

October 03, 2015
DFG Leibniz Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Friedrich Lenger (Universität Gießen)

Contested Visions of Justice : The Allied War Crimes Trials in Global Context, 1943-1958

September 25 - 27, 2015
Conference at Boston College - Ireland
Conveners: Franziska Seraphim (University of Boston), Kerstin von Lingen (University of Heidelberg), Wolfgang Form (ICWC Marburg), Barak Kushner (University of Cambridge)

4. Kolloquium zu Kriminalität und Strafjustiz in der Neuzeit, 18. – 20. Jh.

September 09 - 11, 2015
Colloquium in München/Gauting
Conveners: Sebastian Frenzel (Technische Universität Dresden), Alexandra Ortmann (Berlin), Désirée Schauz (Technische Universität München), Richard F. Wetzell (Deutsches Historisches Institut Washington)

Bosch Foundation Archival Summer School for Young Historians 2015: U.S. History in Transatlantic Perspective

September 06 - 18, 2015
Archival Seminar in Chicago, IL; Madison, WI; Boston, MA; Washington, DC
Convener: Mischa Honeck (GHI)

Fourth Junior Scholars Conference in German-Jewish History

July 03 - 04, 2015
Conference at the Institute for the History of the German Jews, Hamburg
Co-organized by the German Historical Institute Washington, DC, the Institute for the History of the German Jews, Hamburg, the Alvin H. Rosenfeld Chair in Jewish Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, and the Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft des Leo Baeck Instituts (Miriam Ruerup, Anne Schenderlein, Mirjam Zadoff)

Between Recovery and Decline? Observations of an Economic Historian on the Obama Years and Beyond

June 18, 2015
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Hartmut Berghoff (GHI Washington)

Financialization: A New Chapter in the History of Capitalism?

June 12 - 13, 2015
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Hartmut Berghoff (GHI), Kenneth Lipartito (Florida International University), Moritz Schularick (Universität Bonn), Laura Rischbieter (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)

Archival Summer Seminar in Germany 2015

June 08 - 20, 2015
Seminar in Germany
Convener: Elisabeth Engel (GHI)

The U.S. South in the Black Atlantic: Transnational Histories of the Jim Crow South since 1865

June 04 - 06, 2015
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Elisabeth Engel (GHI Washington), Nicholas Grant (University of East Anglia), Mischa Honeck (GHI Washington)

Race and Place in the Age of Space

June 04, 2015
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Brenda Gayle Plummer (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Security, Privacy, and the German-American Relationship

June 04, 2015
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Loch K. Johnson (University of Georgia)

Nature Protection, Environmental Policy and Social Movements in Communist and Capitalist Countries during the Cold War

May 29 - 30, 2015
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Astrid Mignon Kirchhof (Georgetown/GHI) and John McNeill (Georgetown)

The Practices of Structural Policy in Western Market Economies since the 1960s

May 28 - 29, 2015
Conference at the Center for Contemporary History Potsdam
Conveners: Ralf Ahrens (ZZF Potsdam), Astrid M. Eckert (Emory University), Stefan Hördler (GHI / Buchenwald & Mittelbau-Dora Memorial Foundation)

Franz Steiner Prize 2015

May 28, 2015
Prize Ceremony at the University of Bonn
Prize Winner: Elisabeth Engel

21st Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar: Twentieth-Century German History

May 27 - 30, 2015
Seminar in Berlin, Germany
Conveners: Anna von der Goltz (Georgetown University), Richard F. Wetzell (GHI), Michael Wildt (Humboldt University)

History Lived and History Written: Germany and the United States, 1945/55-2015

May 21, 2015
Sixth Gerald D. Feldman Memorial Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Charles Maier (Harvard University)

A Great Divide? America between Exceptionalism and Transnationalism

May 21 - 22, 2015
International Conference at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
Convener: Michael Kimmage (Catholic University of America), Uwe Lübken (LMU), Andrew Preston, (University of Cambridge), Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (GHI)

Freedom against Freedom: Swiss State Security in the Cold War Era-and Beyond

May 14, 2015
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Georg Kreis (University of Basel)

Twelfth Workshop on Early Modern German History

May 08, 2015
Conference at the GHI London
Conveners: Bridget Heal (University of St Andrews), David Lederer (National University of Ireland, Maynooth), Angela Schattner (GHIL), and Jenny Spinks (University of Manchester)

Jewish Consumer Cultures in 19th and 20th Century Europe and America

May 07 - 09, 2015
Conference at the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC
Conveners: Paul Lerner (University of Southern California / Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies), Anne C. Schenderlein (GHI), Uwe Spiekermann (GHI)

Jewish Consumer Cultures: An Overview of Current Research

May 07, 2015
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Gideon Reuveni (University of Sussex)

This Ain’t No Mouse Music! The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records

May 06, 2015
Film and discussion at the Goethe-Institut
Organized by the German Historical Institute, the Goethe-Institut, and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

The History of the Fourth Amendment

April 23, 2015
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Laura K. Donohue (Georgetown University)

Parliamentary Oversight of Intelligence: The German Experience

April 02, 2015
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Wolfgang Krieger (University of Marburg)

Consumer Engineering: Mid-Century Mass Consumption between Planning Euphoria and the Limits of Growth, 1930s-1970s

March 26 - 28, 2015
Conference at the University of Göttingen
Conveners: Gary Cross (Pennsylvania State University), Ingo Köhler (Göttingen), Jan Logemann (German Historical Institute)

Germans in the Pacific World from the late 17th to 20th Century

March 05 - January 07, 2015
Conference at the University of California in San Diego
Hartmut Berghoff (GHI), Frank Biess (UCSD), Ulrike Strasser (UCSD)

The Changing World of Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Three Centuries of German-American Experience

January 02, 2015
Panel at the 129th annual meeting of the American Historical Association in New York City

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

Helmut Schmidt Prize Lecture 2015: Austerity - Views of Chancellor Brüning's and President Hoover's Fiscal Policies from across the Atlantic, 1930-32

December 10, 2015
Award Presentation and Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Carl-Ludwig Holtfrerich (Freie Universität Berlin)

Capitalism and the Jews Revisited

November 12, 2015
Twenty-Ninth Annual Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Jerry Z. Muller (Catholic University of America)

German Unification Symposium 2015: The Challenges of Unified Germany

October 27, 2015
Lecture & Discussion at the GHI
Speaker: Gregor Gysi

Towards an Iconology of Medieval Studies: Approaches to Visual Narratives in Modern Scholarship

October 15, 2015
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Bernhard Jussen (University of Frankfurt)

Defining the Modern Metropolis: Universal Exhibitions from the Mid-Nineteenth to the Mid-Twentieth Century

October 03, 2015
DFG Leibniz Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Friedrich Lenger (Universität Gießen)

Between Recovery and Decline? Observations of an Economic Historian on the Obama Years and Beyond

June 18, 2015
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Hartmut Berghoff (GHI Washington)

Race and Place in the Age of Space

June 04, 2015
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Brenda Gayle Plummer (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Security, Privacy, and the German-American Relationship

June 04, 2015
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Loch K. Johnson (University of Georgia)

History Lived and History Written: Germany and the United States, 1945/55-2015

May 21, 2015
Sixth Gerald D. Feldman Memorial Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Charles Maier (Harvard University)

Freedom against Freedom: Swiss State Security in the Cold War Era-and Beyond

May 14, 2015
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Georg Kreis (University of Basel)

Jewish Consumer Cultures: An Overview of Current Research

May 07, 2015
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Gideon Reuveni (University of Sussex)

The History of the Fourth Amendment

April 23, 2015
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Laura K. Donohue (Georgetown University)

Parliamentary Oversight of Intelligence: The German Experience

April 02, 2015
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Wolfgang Krieger (University of Marburg)

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

Wissen auf der Flucht: Deutsche Akademikerinnen und Akademiker im Ausland, 1933-45

December 17, 2015
Conference at the American Academy in Berlin
Co-organized by the Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands, German Historical Institute Washington, and Max Weber Stiftung

Atlantic Brotherhoods: Fraternalism in Transcontinental Perspective (18th-early 20th century)

December 04 - 05, 2015
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Jessica Harland-Jacobs (University of Florida), Jan C. Jansen (GHI Washington, DC)

Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitism in International Perspective

October 21 - 23, 2015
Conference at the German Historical Institute Paris
Conveners: The Max Weber Foundation and its institutes - The German Historical Institutes in Paris, London, Rome, Moscow, Warsaw and Washington, the German Centre for the history of Art in Paris, the Orient Institute Istanbul - and the Centre for Research on Anti-Semitism at the Technische Universität Berlin

Medieval History Seminar 2015

October 15 - 17, 2015
Seminar at the GHI Washington
Conveners: Stuart Airlie (University of Glasgow), Paul Freedman (Yale University), Jan Jansen (GHI Washington), Bernhard Jussen (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main), Ruth Mazo Karras (University of Minnesota), Cornelia Linde (GHI London), Frank Rexroth (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen), and Miri Rubin (Queen Mary University of London)

Contested Visions of Justice : The Allied War Crimes Trials in Global Context, 1943-1958

September 25 - 27, 2015
Conference at Boston College - Ireland
Conveners: Franziska Seraphim (University of Boston), Kerstin von Lingen (University of Heidelberg), Wolfgang Form (ICWC Marburg), Barak Kushner (University of Cambridge)

4. Kolloquium zu Kriminalität und Strafjustiz in der Neuzeit, 18. – 20. Jh.

September 09 - 11, 2015
Colloquium in München/Gauting
Conveners: Sebastian Frenzel (Technische Universität Dresden), Alexandra Ortmann (Berlin), Désirée Schauz (Technische Universität München), Richard F. Wetzell (Deutsches Historisches Institut Washington)

Bosch Foundation Archival Summer School for Young Historians 2015: U.S. History in Transatlantic Perspective

September 06 - 18, 2015
Archival Seminar in Chicago, IL; Madison, WI; Boston, MA; Washington, DC
Convener: Mischa Honeck (GHI)

Fourth Junior Scholars Conference in German-Jewish History

July 03 - 04, 2015
Conference at the Institute for the History of the German Jews, Hamburg
Co-organized by the German Historical Institute Washington, DC, the Institute for the History of the German Jews, Hamburg, the Alvin H. Rosenfeld Chair in Jewish Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, and the Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft des Leo Baeck Instituts (Miriam Ruerup, Anne Schenderlein, Mirjam Zadoff)

Financialization: A New Chapter in the History of Capitalism?

June 12 - 13, 2015
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Hartmut Berghoff (GHI), Kenneth Lipartito (Florida International University), Moritz Schularick (Universität Bonn), Laura Rischbieter (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)

Archival Summer Seminar in Germany 2015

June 08 - 20, 2015
Seminar in Germany
Convener: Elisabeth Engel (GHI)

The U.S. South in the Black Atlantic: Transnational Histories of the Jim Crow South since 1865

June 04 - 06, 2015
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Elisabeth Engel (GHI Washington), Nicholas Grant (University of East Anglia), Mischa Honeck (GHI Washington)

Nature Protection, Environmental Policy and Social Movements in Communist and Capitalist Countries during the Cold War

May 29 - 30, 2015
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Astrid Mignon Kirchhof (Georgetown/GHI) and John McNeill (Georgetown)

The Practices of Structural Policy in Western Market Economies since the 1960s

May 28 - 29, 2015
Conference at the Center for Contemporary History Potsdam
Conveners: Ralf Ahrens (ZZF Potsdam), Astrid M. Eckert (Emory University), Stefan Hördler (GHI / Buchenwald & Mittelbau-Dora Memorial Foundation)

21st Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar: Twentieth-Century German History

May 27 - 30, 2015
Seminar in Berlin, Germany
Conveners: Anna von der Goltz (Georgetown University), Richard F. Wetzell (GHI), Michael Wildt (Humboldt University)

A Great Divide? America between Exceptionalism and Transnationalism

May 21 - 22, 2015
International Conference at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
Convener: Michael Kimmage (Catholic University of America), Uwe Lübken (LMU), Andrew Preston, (University of Cambridge), Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (GHI)

Twelfth Workshop on Early Modern German History

May 08, 2015
Conference at the GHI London
Conveners: Bridget Heal (University of St Andrews), David Lederer (National University of Ireland, Maynooth), Angela Schattner (GHIL), and Jenny Spinks (University of Manchester)

Jewish Consumer Cultures in 19th and 20th Century Europe and America

May 07 - 09, 2015
Conference at the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC
Conveners: Paul Lerner (University of Southern California / Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies), Anne C. Schenderlein (GHI), Uwe Spiekermann (GHI)

Consumer Engineering: Mid-Century Mass Consumption between Planning Euphoria and the Limits of Growth, 1930s-1970s

March 26 - 28, 2015
Conference at the University of Göttingen
Conveners: Gary Cross (Pennsylvania State University), Ingo Köhler (Göttingen), Jan Logemann (German Historical Institute)

Germans in the Pacific World from the late 17th to 20th Century

March 05 - January 07, 2015
Conference at the University of California in San Diego
Hartmut Berghoff (GHI), Frank Biess (UCSD), Ulrike Strasser (UCSD)

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 02, 2015
  • Noaquia Callahan (University of Iowa/GHI)
    Carrying Her Burden in the Heat of the Day: Mary Church Terrell, Black Women's Internationalism, and Germany's 'schwarze Schmach' Campaign, 1918 - 1922
  • Jessica Levy (Johns Hopkins University/GHI)
    From Black Power to Black Empowerment: Transnational Capital and Racial Integration in the United States and South Africa, 1969-2010.

Research Seminar

November 18, 2015
  • David Jünger (Zentrum für Jüdische Studien Berlin Brandenburg/GHI)
    Legacies of the Holocaust. Joachim Prinz, American Jewry and the Civil Rights Movement

Doctoral Seminar

November 05, 2015
  • Stefan Laffin (Universität Bielefeld)
    Eine (an)gespannte Beziehung? - Die US-amerikanische Besetzung Italiens 1943 - 1945
  • Suzanne Swartz (Stony Brook University)
    Hidden Encounters: Interactions among Jewish and Polish Children during the Nazi and Soviet Occupations, 1939-1945
  • Maximilian Strnad (University of Munich/USHMM)
    The Last German Jews - Mixed Marriages in the Final Stage of the Holocaust 1944/45

Research Seminar

November 05, 2015
  • Jens Gründler (Institut für Geschichte der Medizin der Robert Bosch Stiftung)
    "Wir sind Gott sei Dank noch alle Gesund!" - Ressources of Health of German Immigrants to the US, 1830-1930

Doctoral Seminar

October 22, 2015
  • Karin Trieloff (Humboldt-­Universität zu Berlin)
    Gerichtsprozesse im Besetzten Rheinland, 1918-1930
  • Rudolf Himpsl (Ludwig-­Maximilians-­Universität)
    Außenhandel und Außenwirtschaftspolitik in Bayern, 1957-1982

Research Seminar

September 23, 2015
  • Hanno Scheerer (University of Mainz)
    "Land is the Basis of All That We Have": Single Tax and Land Reform Movements, 1880-1939

Doctoral Seminar

September 17, 2015
  • Daniela Hettstedt (Universität Basel)
    Lighthouse, Abattoir, Disease Control. Shared Colonialism and International Administration in Tangier (Morocco), 1840-1956
  • Jean-Michel Turcotte (Université Laval)
    How to treat Hitler's soldiers? German prisoners of war in Canada, the United States and Great-Britain during the Second World War

Research Seminar

September 02, 2015
  • Anna Karla (Universität zu Köln)
    Reconstruction Policies in Europe after World War I

Research Seminar

July 08, 2015
  • Astrid Kirchhof (Georgetown University/GHI)
    Fighting for Recognition of Sovereignty: the GDR's Nature Conservation Policy in an International Arena

Research Seminar

June 10, 2015
  • Jan Jansen (GHI)
    Freemasons and Empires in the Atlantic World: Mapping Slavery, Anti-Slavery, and Freemasonry (c. 1780-1850)

Research Seminar

May 27, 2015
  • Sabine Horlitz (Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin)
    The Labor Housing Conference: Unions and Modern Housing in 1930s USA

Research Seminar

May 13, 2015
  • Jeremy Varon (The New School, New York)
    "They Couldn't Fool Us, We Couldn't Fool Them": Holocaust Survivors in German Universities, 1945-1951

Research Seminar

April 29, 2015
  • Mirjam Thulin (Leibniz Institute of European History/ Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies)
    From Breslau to New York: Instituting Conservative Wissenschaft des Judentums

Research Seminar

March 25, 2015
  • Árpád von Klimó (Catholic University)
    Cold Days. The Novi Sad massacre of 1942 and the debate on the Holocaust in Hungary during the 1960s

Research Seminar

March 11, 2015
  • Mischa Honeck (GHI)
    Boyification: How Scouting Fetishized Boys, Rejuvenated Men, and Infantilized Empire

Doctoral Seminar

February 26, 2015
  • Martin Gruner (Universität Augsburg)
    Alliierte Strafverfolgung von NS-Verbrechen - US-amerikanischen Militärprozesse gegen ehemalige KZ-Kommandanten
  • Helena Barop (Universität Freiburg)
    Poppy Wars: Interventionist Drug Policy in the 1960s and 1970

Research Seminar

February 18, 2015
  • Harald Fuess (Heidelberg/Dartmouth)
    Global History of German Lager Beer in East Asia and the United States

Research Seminar

January 28, 2015
  • Ines Prodöhl (GHI)
    "‘A Miracle Bean': Eine Verflechtungsgeschichte der Sojabohne" (Schreibwerkstatt)