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GHI Washington - Summer Newsletter
June 30, 2017
GHI Announces the First Annual Bucerius Lecture at GHI West - The Knowledge of Migrants, Knowledge about Migrants: Preconceptions, Misconceptions, and the Limits of Knowledge
Thirty years after opening its doors in the U.S. capital, the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI) is expanding its operations to the West Coast. The opening of our new branch office GHI WEST in Berkeley will be marked by the First Annual Bucerius Lecture & Reception featuring Professor Armin Nassehi on November 1 from 6 to 9:30pm at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley.
Armin Nassehi is a Professor of Sociology at LMU Munich and editor of Kursbuch, one of Germany’s leading intellectual magazines. An outspoken participant in public debate, he is considered “among the most thoughtful intellectual voices in Germany today” (New York Review of Books). Nassehi's keynote is the first in a series of annual Bucerius lectures funded by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, one of the major German private foundations active in the field of migration and transformation studies. Prior to the public lecture, GHI WEST is hosting the Bucerius Young Scholars Forum, a new program designed to bring together a group of ten junior scholars each year from Germany, Europe, and North America to explore new research and questions in the history of migration with a particular focus on questions arising from intertwining the perspectives of migration and knowledge.
The GHI is currently laying the groundwork for an ambitious relaunch of the German History in Documents and Images (GHDI) website. The relaunch will involve migrating the existing content to a new technical platform that, among other advantages, will accommodate audio and video sources, as well as document facsimiles. The relaunch will also involve the revision and expansion of the project’s ten individual volumes. Over the past year, in preparation for the relaunch, the Institute put GHDI through a rigorous academic review, in which twenty outside scholars participated. We also solicited feedback from more than 650 GHDI users via an online survey. Survey respondents, most of whom identified themselves as university professors or students, came from more than thirty countries. Many thanks to those members of the historical profession who have supported our work to date!
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the new GHDI editorial board. The board consists of both new and returning GHDI editors (see list below). We are very pleased to welcome the new members of the board – Greta Kroeker, Jason Coy, Jared Poley, Brian Vick, David Ciarlo, Erik Jensen, Jonathan Wiesen, and Pamela Swett. We look forward to working with this talented group of historians. At the same time, we would also like to acknowledge the contribution of those members of the original editorial board who have decided to step down: Thomas Brady, Jr., William Hagen, Jonathan Sperber, Roger Chickering, Eric Weitz, and Richard Breitman. In 2003, they took a chance on participating in a new type of project and helped make it a success. Lastly, we are grateful for the expertise and commitment of veteran editors James Retallack, Uta Poiger, Volker Berghahn, Konrad Jaraush, and Helga Welsh, who have decided to stay on for GHDI 2.0. We are delighted to have this part of the original team back for another go.
For more than a decade the GHI Washington has closely cooperated with the Joseph Horner Memorial Library in Philadelphia by granting fellowships for researchers to explore the library’s unique collections. Founded by the German Society of Pennsylvania, the library recently celebrated its bicentennial. In his remarks at this event, GHI Deputy Director Axel Jansen congratulated the GHI partner institution and emphasized the historical significance of the library’s holdings. Over the past decade, fellows sponsored by the GHI in cooperation with the Horner Library have explored a range of topics in fields such as the history of childhood, the history of ethnicity, historical linguistics, and German colonial history.
GHI Research Fellow Kerstin von der Krone Awarded the Joseph and Eva R. Dave Fellowship
GHI research fellow Kerstin von der Krone was awarded the Joseph and Eva R. Dave Fellowship at the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati (OH) for the 2017–2018 academic year. The fellowship program at the archives was founded in 1977 and brings together scholars of the American Jewish experience to research and discuss their chosen topics. While at the Center Dr. von der Krone will work on her research project "Educating the ‘Modern’ Jew and the ‘Loyal’ Citizen: Re-Defining Jewish Religious Education in the Nineteenth Century."
GHI Research Fellow Matthew Hiebert Awarded DAAD Scholarship to Attend 8th European Summer University in Digital Humanities
GHI research fellow Matthew Hiebert was awarded a DAAD Scholarship to participate in “Culture and Technology,” the 8th annual European Summer University for Digital Humanities (ESU) at the University of Leipzig in July. The ESU facilitates project-oriented collaboration and networking across individual disciplines, and fosters questions about the consequences and implications of applying computational methods and tools to cultural artifacts. Participating for a sixth time in the event, Dr. Hiebert will be focusing this year on legal and ethical issues surrounding data management, through a workshop organized by Pawel Kamocki (IDS Mannheim & Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany / Université Paris Descartes, France) and Thorsten Trippel (Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany).
GHI Bulletin Issue 60 (Spring 2017) has been published and is available online for download. The issue includes several exciting features based on recent GHI lectures and research, two articles based on lectures delivered at the January 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA), as well as the typical news and conference reports.
Decades of Reconstruction Postwar Societies, State-Building, and International Relations from the Seven Years' War to the Cold War
This volume, edited by Ute Planert and James Retallack and from the GHI's series with Cambridge University Press, focuses on the transformative period that societies experience following conflicts, when substantial changes in economy, politics, society, and culture often take place. Looking at both Europe and North America, the volume puts the postwar decade after 1945 into a long-term historical perspective by illuminating new patterns of transition between war and peace from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Together, the individual chapters sketch out the transformations of state systems, international relations, and normative principles in international comparison and persuasively show that states and societies are never restituted from a “zero hour.”
Inventing the Silent Majority in Western Europe and the United States Conservatism in the 1960s and 1970s
Inventing the Silent Majority, edited by Anna von der Goltz and Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson and from the GHI’s series with Cambridge University Press, examines the unprecedented mobilization and transformation of conservative movements on both sides of the Atlantic. This new politically mobilized “silent majority” spawned countless new political organizations that sought to defend the existing order against a perceived left-wing threat from the resurgence of a new, politically organized Christian right to the beginnings of a radicalized version of neoliberal economic policy. The volume provides a comparative and transnational perspective for understanding conservative mobilization across countries, clarifying similarities as well as divergences between European and American conservative movements.
Bright Modernity: Color, Commerce, and Consumer Culture
Color is a visible technology that invisibly connects so many puzzling aspects of modern Western consumer societies—research and development, making and selling, predicting fashion trends, and more. Bright Modernity: Color, Commerce, and Consumer Culture, edited by Regina Lee Blaszczyk and Uwe Spiekermann (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), examines transatlantic and multidisciplinary dimensions of the “color revolution” (Blaszczyk), which has shaped our world in ways we take for granted. Covering history from the mid-nineteenth century into the immediate past, it examines the relationship between color, commerce, and consumer societies in unfamiliar settings and in the company of new kinds of experts.
The GHI's new History of Knowledge blog features interesting contributions on specific topics related to the history of knowledge as well as others exploring the history of knowledge as a research perspective. Here's a selection of some of the recent posts highlighting the breadth of topics covered by the blog: