Events 2016

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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. 

Restricting Knowledge: Channeling Security Information in Recent History

December 08 - 09, 2016
Workshop at the German Historical Institute
Conveners: Keith R. Allen (University of Giessen), Simone Lässig (GHI Washington), Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Inernational Center for Scholars)

Kernwissen: Nuclear Information and the Germans, 1939-1949

December 08, 2016
Keynote Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Michael Gordin (Princeton University)

Germans & Jews

December 06, 2016
Washington Jewish Film Festival Screening at Edlavitch DCJCC
Sponsored by the Heinrich Boell Foundation. Co-presented with the Embassy of Germany, the German Historical Institute, and the Foundation for Jewish Study.

25th Annual Symposium of the Friends of the GHI

November 11, 2016
Award of the Fritz Stern Prize at the GHI

Benchmark Europe: Liberalism and Cultural Nationalism in the United States, 1900-1930

November 10, 2016
30th Annual Lecture at the GHI
Adelheid von Saldern (Leibniz Universität Hannover)

A Joint Past for Europe’s Future: National Memory, Bilateral Reconciliation and the German-Polish Textbook Initiative

November 03, 2016
Panel Discussion at the GHI
In cooperation with the German and Polish Embassies, Washington DC

Creating Spatial Historical Knowledge: New Approaches, Opportunities, and Epistemological Implications of Mapping History Digitally

October 20 - 22, 2016
International Workshop and Conference at the German Historical Institute Washington
Conveners: Matthew Hiebert (GHI), Simone Lässig (GHI), Stephen Robertson (George Mason University)

Toward a Spatial Narrative of the 1935 Harlem Riot: Mapping and Storytelling after the Geospatial Turn

October 20, 2016
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Stephen Robertson (George Mason University)

Migration and Knowledge

September 29 - October 02, 2016
Panel Series at Fortieth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, San Diego, CA
Organizers: Simone Lässig (GHI Washington) and Swen Steinberg (UCLA)

1990: An Epochal Break in German History?

September 28, 2016
German Unification Symposium Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Martin Sabrow (ZZF)

Industrial Decline and the Rise of the Service Sector? How did Western Europe and North America cope with the multifaceted structural transformations since the 1970s

September 16 - 17, 2016
Conference at Institute of Contemporary History, Munich
Conveners: Sebastian Voigt (IfZ Munich) and Stefan Hördler (GHI Washington), and Howard Brick (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

The People vs. Fritz Bauer

August 16, 2016
Film Screening at Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC, Washington Jewish Film Festival F
Co-presented with the Goethe-Institut, the Embassy of Germany, the German Historical Institute, and the German School of Washington, DC.

Cultural Mobility and Knowledge Formation in the Americas

June 30 - July 02, 2016
International Conference at the Amerikahaus, Munich, Germany
Conveners: Volker Depkat (BAA) and Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (GHI)

Uncertainty and Risk in America: (Un)Stable Histories from the Late Colonial Period to the "Gilded Age"

June 30 - July 02, 2016
Conference at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin
Conveners: Elisabeth Engel (GHI, Washington, DC), Sebastian Jobs (Freie Universität Berlin)

Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Transnational Comparative Perspective, 18th Century - Today

June 16 - 17, 2016
Workshop at the German Historical Institute (GHI)
Conveners: Hartmut Berghoff, Jessica Csoma, Bryan Hart, Kelly McCullough, Atiba Pertilla, Benjamin Schwantes, Uwe Spiekermann

Investing in America: The Historical Perennial of Immigration and Assimilation

June 16, 2016
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Alan Kraut (American University)

Archival Summer Seminar in Germany 2016

June 13 - 24, 2016
Seminar in Germany
Convener: Elisabeth Engel (GHI)

Willy Brandt and the Americas, 1974-1992

June 10 - 11, 2016
Conference in Berlin
Conveners: German Historical Institute, Washington and the Bundeskanzler-Willy-Brandt-Stiftung, Berlin

22nd Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar: German History in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

May 25 - 28, 2016
Seminar at the GHI
Conveners: Anna von der Goltz (Georgetown University) and Richard F. Wetzell (GHI Washington)

German History as Global History: The Case of Coffee in the 20th Century

May 19, 2016
Seventh Gerald D. Feldman Memorial Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Dorothee Wierling (Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg)

Thirteenth Workshop on Early Modern German History

May 06, 2016
Conference at the GHI London
Conveners: Bridget Heal (University of St Andrews), David Lederer (National University of Ireland, Maynooth), Michael Schaich (German Historical Institute London), Jenny Spinks (University of Manchester)

Measuring Human Needs: Statistics, Humanitarianism, and the Politics of Famine in Modern India

May 05, 2016
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Anindita Nag (German Historical Institute Washington)

Forging Bonds Across Borders: Mobilizing for Women's Rights and Social Justice in the 19th-Century Transatlantic World

April 28 - 30, 2016
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (GHI), Anja Schüler (HCA, Heidelberg), Sonya Michel (University of Maryland)

Mothers of the Matrix - Anna, Fredrika and Ray: Forging Bonds of Feminist Activism

April 28, 2016
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Margaret McFadden (Appalachian State University)

Navigating Diversity: Narratives, Practices and Politics in German-Speaking Europe

April 13 - 15, 2016
Conference in Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
Conveners: Till van Rahden, Université de Montréal; Anthony J. Steinhoff, Université du Québec à Montréal; Richard F. Wetzell, GHI, Washington DC.

The Historian and the World - the Worlds of History: Positions, Politics, and Purposes in the 21st Century

April 01 - 02, 2016
Symposium at the GHI
Conveners: Mischa Honeck (GHI) and Jan Jansen (GHI)

Handling Big Numbers: The Logistics of Granaries and Famine Relief

March 31, 2016
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Monika Dommann (University of Zurich)

Pure Numbers - Dirty Habits: Defining the Standard of Living in the Early German Hygienic Movement

March 10, 2016
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Bernhard Kleeberg (University of Basel)

The Western Art World between 1930 and 1950: Methodological Approaches Aiming at Transdisciplinary Research

February 26 - 27, 2016
Workshop at the GHI
Convener: Jeroen Euwe (GHI)

Die Welt der Kinder: Weltwissen und Weltdeutung in Schul- und Kinderbüchern des 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhunderts

February 04, 2016
International Conference at the Universität Zürich
Conveners: Institut für Sozialanthropologie und Empirische Kulturwissenschaft (ISEK - Schwerpunkt Kinderund Jugendmedien) der Universität Zürich; Schweizerisches Institut für Kinder- und Jugendmedien (SIKJM), assoziiertes Institut der Universität Zürich; Georg-Eckert-Institut - Leibniz-Institut für internationale Schulbuchforschung Braunschweig; German Historical Institute Washington D.C.

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

Kernwissen: Nuclear Information and the Germans, 1939-1949

December 08, 2016
Keynote Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Michael Gordin (Princeton University)

Benchmark Europe: Liberalism and Cultural Nationalism in the United States, 1900-1930

November 10, 2016
30th Annual Lecture at the GHI
Adelheid von Saldern (Leibniz Universität Hannover)

Toward a Spatial Narrative of the 1935 Harlem Riot: Mapping and Storytelling after the Geospatial Turn

October 20, 2016
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Stephen Robertson (George Mason University)

1990: An Epochal Break in German History?

September 28, 2016
German Unification Symposium Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Martin Sabrow (ZZF)

Investing in America: The Historical Perennial of Immigration and Assimilation

June 16, 2016
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Alan Kraut (American University)

German History as Global History: The Case of Coffee in the 20th Century

May 19, 2016
Seventh Gerald D. Feldman Memorial Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Dorothee Wierling (Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg)

Measuring Human Needs: Statistics, Humanitarianism, and the Politics of Famine in Modern India

May 05, 2016
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Anindita Nag (German Historical Institute Washington)

Mothers of the Matrix - Anna, Fredrika and Ray: Forging Bonds of Feminist Activism

April 28, 2016
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Margaret McFadden (Appalachian State University)

Handling Big Numbers: The Logistics of Granaries and Famine Relief

March 31, 2016
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Monika Dommann (University of Zurich)

Pure Numbers - Dirty Habits: Defining the Standard of Living in the Early German Hygienic Movement

March 10, 2016
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Bernhard Kleeberg (University of Basel)

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

Restricting Knowledge: Channeling Security Information in Recent History

December 08 - 09, 2016
Workshop at the German Historical Institute
Conveners: Keith R. Allen (University of Giessen), Simone Lässig (GHI Washington), Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Inernational Center for Scholars)

Creating Spatial Historical Knowledge: New Approaches, Opportunities, and Epistemological Implications of Mapping History Digitally

October 20 - 22, 2016
International Workshop and Conference at the German Historical Institute Washington
Conveners: Matthew Hiebert (GHI), Simone Lässig (GHI), Stephen Robertson (George Mason University)

Industrial Decline and the Rise of the Service Sector? How did Western Europe and North America cope with the multifaceted structural transformations since the 1970s

September 16 - 17, 2016
Conference at Institute of Contemporary History, Munich
Conveners: Sebastian Voigt (IfZ Munich) and Stefan Hördler (GHI Washington), and Howard Brick (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

Cultural Mobility and Knowledge Formation in the Americas

June 30 - July 02, 2016
International Conference at the Amerikahaus, Munich, Germany
Conveners: Volker Depkat (BAA) and Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (GHI)

Uncertainty and Risk in America: (Un)Stable Histories from the Late Colonial Period to the "Gilded Age"

June 30 - July 02, 2016
Conference at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin
Conveners: Elisabeth Engel (GHI, Washington, DC), Sebastian Jobs (Freie Universität Berlin)

Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Transnational Comparative Perspective, 18th Century - Today

June 16 - 17, 2016
Workshop at the German Historical Institute (GHI)
Conveners: Hartmut Berghoff, Jessica Csoma, Bryan Hart, Kelly McCullough, Atiba Pertilla, Benjamin Schwantes, Uwe Spiekermann

Archival Summer Seminar in Germany 2016

June 13 - 24, 2016
Seminar in Germany
Convener: Elisabeth Engel (GHI)

Willy Brandt and the Americas, 1974-1992

June 10 - 11, 2016
Conference in Berlin
Conveners: German Historical Institute, Washington and the Bundeskanzler-Willy-Brandt-Stiftung, Berlin

22nd Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar: German History in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

May 25 - 28, 2016
Seminar at the GHI
Conveners: Anna von der Goltz (Georgetown University) and Richard F. Wetzell (GHI Washington)

Thirteenth Workshop on Early Modern German History

May 06, 2016
Conference at the GHI London
Conveners: Bridget Heal (University of St Andrews), David Lederer (National University of Ireland, Maynooth), Michael Schaich (German Historical Institute London), Jenny Spinks (University of Manchester)

Forging Bonds Across Borders: Mobilizing for Women's Rights and Social Justice in the 19th-Century Transatlantic World

April 28 - 30, 2016
Conference at the GHI
Conveners: Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (GHI), Anja Schüler (HCA, Heidelberg), Sonya Michel (University of Maryland)

Navigating Diversity: Narratives, Practices and Politics in German-Speaking Europe

April 13 - 15, 2016
Conference in Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
Conveners: Till van Rahden, Université de Montréal; Anthony J. Steinhoff, Université du Québec à Montréal; Richard F. Wetzell, GHI, Washington DC.

The Historian and the World - the Worlds of History: Positions, Politics, and Purposes in the 21st Century

April 01 - 02, 2016
Symposium at the GHI
Conveners: Mischa Honeck (GHI) and Jan Jansen (GHI)

The Western Art World between 1930 and 1950: Methodological Approaches Aiming at Transdisciplinary Research

February 26 - 27, 2016
Workshop at the GHI
Convener: Jeroen Euwe (GHI)

Die Welt der Kinder: Weltwissen und Weltdeutung in Schul- und Kinderbüchern des 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhunderts

February 04, 2016
International Conference at the Universität Zürich
Conveners: Institut für Sozialanthropologie und Empirische Kulturwissenschaft (ISEK - Schwerpunkt Kinderund Jugendmedien) der Universität Zürich; Schweizerisches Institut für Kinder- und Jugendmedien (SIKJM), assoziiertes Institut der Universität Zürich; Georg-Eckert-Institut - Leibniz-Institut für internationale Schulbuchforschung Braunschweig; German Historical Institute Washington D.C.

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 14, 2016
  • Gabor Toth (Maximilianeum München)
    Agency and Worlds of Probabilities in the Memory of Holocaust Survivors: The Computer Assisted Analysis of Interviews and Witness Accounts

Research Seminar

December 07, 2016
  • Bernhard Dietz (Universität Mainz)
    New Elites? Managers in the USA and West Germany 1970-1990

GHI Colloquium

December 01, 2016
  • Adrian Mitter (University of Toronto)
    Localism and Transnationalism in the Free City of Danzig (1919/20-1933)
  • Kaete O'Connell (Temple University)
    Feeding the Enemy: Humanitarian Aid and the Power of Hunger in Occupied Germany

Research Seminar

November 17, 2016
  • Philipp Ther (Universität Wien)(Thursday)
    Refugees and Refugee Integration in Modern European History

GHI Colloquium

October 27, 2016
  • Andreas Fuchs (GHI Washington)
    Music as Representation of Reform: The role of singing in the Jewish Reform Movement of the Nineteenth Century
  • Clare Kim (MIT)
    Manifold Exchanges: Mathematics, Aesthetics, and Modernism in America, 1920-1960
  • Annette Karpp (Freie Universität Berlin)
    Punk and/or Human Rights? From Anti­‐establishment Ideology to an Agenda of Political Participation in London's and New York City's Punk Scenes, 1970s-­2000s

Research Seminar

October 26, 2016
  • Leonard Schmieding (BMW Center, Georgetown University)
    Culinary Labor and the Cultural Work of Food among San Francisco Germans

Research Seminar

October 19, 2016
  • Allison Schmidt (University of Kansas) Crossing Germany: Eastern European Transmigrants and Saxon State Surveillance, 1900-1924

Research Seminar

October 12, 2016
  • Shana Klein (University of New Mexico) The Fruits of Empire: Contextualizing Food in Post-Civil War American Art and Culture

GHI Colloquium

October 06, 2016
  • Tobias Schmitt (Universität Freiburg)
    Das verdeckte U.S.-Engagement für eine westdeutsche Wiederbewaffnung, ca. 1948-55

Research Seminar

October 05, 2016
  • Andrew Demshuk (American University)
    Rebuilding after the Reich: Urban Reconstruction as Politics, Protest, and Memory in Frankfurt/Main, Leipzig, and Wrocław, 1945-2015

Research Seminar

September 14, 2016
  • Sabina Brevaglieri (GHI Rome and Washington DC)
    Between Atlantic and Pacific Worlds: Missionary Return-travels and the Making of Global Roman Catholicism, 1580-1680

GHI Colloquium

September 08, 2016
  • Alexander Schwanebeck (Universität zu Köln)
    The Museumization of Borders. Representations of Postcolonial Minorities in US Borderlands in the Second Half of the 20th Century
  • Christa Wirth (Universität Zürich)
    Understanding the Philippines: Chicago, Manila, and the Creation of Postcolonial Knowledge in the Cold War

Research Seminar

July 13, 2016
  • Sarah T. Phillips (Boston University)
    From Farm to Food Politics in 1960s America

Research Seminar

June 29, 2016
  • Nadja Kloprogge (Freie Universität Berlin)
    Love, Sex, Civil Rights: African American GIs in Germany
  • Samantha Bryant (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)‘Black Monster Stalks the City': The Thomas Wansley Case and the Racialized Politics of Sexuality from Civil Rights to Black Power, 1960-1975

GHI Colloquium

June 23, 2016
  • Timothy Wright (University of California, Berkeley)
    Rituals of the Reborn: Theology and Praxis in Radical Protestantism (1690-1750)
  • Brian Alberts (Purdue University)
    Beer to Stay: Brewed Culture, Ethnicity, and the Market Revolution, 1840-1873
  • Alexander Korb (Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies / University of Leicester)
    Deutsche Journalisten: Transnationale Karrierewege, Kontinuitäten und Konflikte zwischen 1925 und 1975

Research Seminar

June 08, 2016
  • Gautham Rao (American University)
    The Imperial Foundations of the American Federal Government: Regulating Taxes and Trade, 1756-1815

GHI Colloquium

June 02, 2016
  • John William Rall (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
    Nazi Charity: Giving, Emotion, and Morality in the Third Reich
  • Viola Huang (Teachers College, Columbia University)
    Transformative Black Education in Harlem, 1960-1980

GHI Colloquium

May 12, 2016
  • Cedric Bierganns (Universität Bonn)
    Die U.S. Information Agency und die Implementierung des NATO-Doppelbeschlusses, 1981-1987. Auswärtige Kultur- und Informationspolitik anhand der bundesdeutschen Amerikahäuser
  • Stefan Huebner (Universität der Bundeswehr München)
    The Seven Seas of Oil: Offshore Oil Drilling, Afro-Eurasia, and the Transformation of the Ocean

Research Seminar

May 11, 2016
  • Annette Weinke (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
    Geneva, Nuremberg, Lake Success: European Émigré Lawyers and Their Conceptions of 20th Century International Law

GHI Colloquium

April 14, 2016
  • Timo Bonengel (Universität Erfurt)
    "A disease that steals potential?" Drogenkonsum in den USA der 1970er und 1980er Jahre
  • Sebastian Huempfer (University of Oxford)
    The Political Economy of U.S. Trade Policy Since the 1930s

Research Seminar

April 13, 2016
  • Isabel Richter (Universität Bielefeld)
    The ‘Discovery' of India in the long 1960s: Entanglements of Migration and Tourism in Transnational Youth Cultures in Western Europe, the United States and India

Research Seminar

April 06, 2016
  • Piotr H. Kosicki (University of Maryland)
    The Limits of Catholicism: The Case of Tadeusz Mazowiecki

GHI Colloquium

March 24, 2016
  • Daniel Brewing (RWTH Aachen University)
    "The Good Soldier": Bilder vom "guten Soldaten" im politischen, wissenschaftlichen und öffentlichen Diskurs der USA im 19./20. Jahrhundert
  • Oliver Werner (Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung Erkner)
    Von Görings Vierjahresplanbehörde zur Weltbank: Der Finanzökonom Otto Donner und die Perzeption der deutschen Wirtschafts- und Wissenschaftselite in den USA von 1930 bis 1960
  • Andreas Wolfsteiner (Stiftung Universität Hildesheim)
    Sichtbarkeitsmaschinen. Zum Umgang mit Szenarien als deutsch-amerikanische Beziehung

Research Seminar

March 02, 2016
  • Anna Echterhölter (Humboldt-Universität Berlin)
    Rationing Tokens: Mary Douglas on Payment in Times of Scarcity

Research Seminar

February 24 - 24, 2016
  • Charlotte Lerg (John W. Kluge Center, LoC)
    All About Prestige: Academics and Diplomats in the Transatlantic Economy of Esteem

GHI Colloquium

February 18, 2016
  • Elenea Torres Ruiz (Ludwig‐Maximilians‐Universität München)
    The Invention of Urban Farming: How the Food Reform Movement Came to Detroit

Research Seminar

February 10, 2016
  • Jeroen Euwe (GHI Fellow in Economic and Social History)
    The Western Art Market Between 1930 and 1950: Methodological Approaches Aiming at Transdisciplinary Research

Research Seminar

January 27, 2016
  • Mark Keck-Szajbel (European University Viadrina)
    An Open Audience: How Pornography Penetrated the East