German Historical Institute London

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Phone: Tel. +44-(0)20-7309 2050



German Historical Institute London

Amended COVID regulations after 1 September

Our current opening hours are: Monday to Friday (9.30am-5pm).

Registered readers are no longer required to book a desk. New readers need to make an appointment for a virtual induction before their first visit. All areas of the library will be accessible to readers, so the fetching service has been discontinued. Readers still need to wear a face covering when entering and moving around the building (unless exempt - please advise before arrival).


Events and Conferences


28 September 2021 (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Richard Winkler (Essen)
Loyale Rebellen: Adlige Rebellionen und Konzeptionen idealer Königsherrschaft (ca. 1386–1486)


30 September–02 October 2021


Medieval History Seminar


12 October 2021 (3.30pm)

GHIL Colloquium

Christian Schuster (Dresden)
Die „englische Kolonie“ in Sachsen und die Sachsen in London: Sozialstruktur – Kontakt – Konflikte (ca. 1800–1914)



Call for Papers


Call for Papers

Violence against Women: Historical and Comparative Perspectives
14–16 July 2022

Joint Workshop of the Humboldt Foundation Anneliese Maier Award and the German Historical Institute London

Convenors: Christina von Hodenberg and Jane Freeland (German Historical Institute London), Sylvia Walby (Violence & Society Centre, City University of London), Karen Shire (Essen College for Gender Research, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany)

German Historical Institute London

Closing date for applications: 1 October 2021

Call for Papers

From Cambridge to Bielefeld – and back? British and Continental Approaches to Intellectual History
2–4 June 2022

German Association for British Studies Annual Conference

Organizers: Sina Steglich (German Historical Institute London) and Emily Steinhauer (German Historical Institute London)

Humboldt University Berlin

Closing date for applications: 31 October 2021

Call for Papers

Medieval Germany Workshop 2022
6 May 2022

Organised by the German Historical Institute London in co-operation with the German Historical Institute Washington and the German History Society

GHI London

Deadline: 17 January 2022





Post-graduate Students and Postdoc Scholarships

The GHIL awards a number of annual research scholarships to post-graduate students, Habilitanden and postdocs at German universities to enable them to carry out research in Britain. The scholarships are awarded for a period of up to six months, depending on the requirements of the research project.

Closing date for applications: 30 September 2021


Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in

(Postdoc) in Vollzeit (w/m/d)
Zum 01.01.2022

Befristete Qualifikationsstelle (3 Jahre mit der Verlängerungsmöglichkeit um weitere 3 Jahre) im Hinblick z.B. auf eine Habilitation

Forschungsbereich: britische Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit/Geschichte des britischen Empire in der Frühen Neuzeit

Ausschreibungsschluss: 15 October 2021


Imaging Operator (Photographer)

Part-time (20 hours per week)
Fixed-term contract ending 31 December 2022

For the digitisation project "Prize Papers. Cataloguing. Digitisation. Presentation" run by the University of Oldenburg in cooperation with The National Archives, Kew, and the German Historical Institute London (GHIL)

National Archives, Kew

Closing date for applications: 15 October 2021

GHIL Bulletin

Volume 43 (2021), No. 1

May Issue

Featured Article

Mirjam Brusius

Introduction to Special Issue
Living through the Wende: Housing and the Home c.1989

German Historical Institute London Bulletin, vol. 43 (2021), no. 1, 3–11

Featured Article

Sonya Schönberger

Zingster Straße 25

German Historical Institute London Bulletin, vol. 43 (2021), no. 1, 12-33

New Publications

María Ángeles Martín Romera and Hannes Ziegler (eds.)

The Officer and the People

Accountability and Authority in Pre-Modern Europe

Studies of the German Historical Institute London

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021

Julian Katz

Kriegslegitimation in der Frühen Neuzeit

Intervention und Sicherheit während des anglo-spanischen Krieges (1585-1604)

Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London. Bd. 86

Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2021

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Cristina Sasse

Die Stadt lesen

Englische “Directories” als Wissens- und Orientierungsmedien, 1760–1830

Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London. Bd. 85

Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2021

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Featured Research


Cross-Cutting Research Theme

Histories of Kinship and Gender

Black and white image of a group of students during the student revolution, 1967/68, West Berlin (Stiftung Haus der Geschichte, Ludwig Binder, [CC BY-SA 2.0])

The categories of kinship and gender are powerful indicators of social place, but also social binding agents. How are individuals and groups assigned a social place? How are social hierarchies and differences, or support networks, created by the production of kinship and gender identities? Attention will be paid to the role of experts and knowledge, to practices ‘from below’, and the negotiation and strengthening of norms by situative performances. This will involve a dialogue with new methods and theories from other disciplines such as ethnography and gender studies. Both gender and kinship are here understood as multi-relational, in the sense of intersectionality.

Related Projects


GHIL Podcast

Tanika Sarkar

The Past in the Present: Historical Pedagogy of Hindu Nationalism in India

Part of the GHIL Summer Lecture Series, 29 June 2021

0:59 h

This lecture discusses the historical pedagogy of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (‘National Volunteer Organisation’), which is the ideological inspiration behind India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJP has been continuously in power for the last seven years. Together, the two movements are interrelated parts of an intricate organizational apparatus which has innumerable affiliates all over the country. A particular version of Indian history has long been a core part of their propaganda machinery, and their vast range of formal and informal educational institutions propagate identical historical lessons. After a brief overview of the cardinal tenets of this history, this talk focuses on the methods of dissemination which have captured the popular discourse to a large extent and have predisposed significant sections of the electorate towards the BJP. The conclusion will highlight how and why this version of history has proved so successful in dislodging far more credible and compelling alternatives. 

Tanika Sarkar is Emeritus Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her work investigates questions of religion, gender, and politics in both colonial and post-colonial South Asia, with a particular focus on women and the role of the Hindu Right. Her most recent book is Hindu Nationalism in India (2021).


Barbara Manthe

Writing a History of Right-Wing Terrorism in Post-WWII Germany: Chances, Challenges, and the Need for New Narratives

Part of the GHIL Summer Lecture Series, 15 June 2021

0:35 h

Although right-wing terrorism has been a highly relevant issue to German society in recent years, there is still surprisingly little knowledge about its history. This observation applies not only to the general public and the media, but also to historians, who have only recently begun to fill this gap. This lecture examines interpretations of right-wing terrorism in Germany after the Second World War. How do they relate to the master narratives of the Federal Republic and how are they entangled with interpretations of National Socialism? What current challenges do historians face in seeking new narratives of right-wing terrorism, and to what extent are these narratives contested by existing legends and speculations?

Barbara Manthe is a Research Fellow at the University of Bielefeld and an expert on the history of radical right-wing terrorism and violence in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1945.


Amy S. Kaufman

Medievalism, Extremism, and “White History”

Part of the GHIL Summer Lecture Series, 25 May 2021

0:37 h

The attack on the US Capitol in January 2021 showed right-wing extremists sporting a chaotic and cross-temporal panoply of symbols : from Spartan helmets and Confederate flags to Templar patches, Norse runes, an Indigenous headdress, and video game logos. This talk will explain how extremists weave symbols from particular historical moments, and from renditions of those moments in popular culture, into an alternate historical narrative that can most accurately be called ‘White History’ – a mythical understanding of the past that elevates whiteness, colonialism, and masculinity. Moreover, this talk will explore the way mainstream cultural forces such as textbooks, media, and political speech reinforce these narratives even though they contradict real, recorded history.

Amy S. Kaufman is a medievalist working as a full-time writer and speaker on medieval literature, popular culture, and the relevance of the Middle Ages to contemporary politics. Most recently she co-authored the book The Devil’s Historians: How Modern Extremists Abuse the Medieval Past (2020).  


Latest Blogposts

15 September 2021


Sabrina Mittermeier

#IchBinHanna: What next?

Since around the middle of June 2021, academics in Germany have been posting reports of their experiences and criticisms of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG) or German Law on Fixed-Term Contracts in Higher Education and Research1 under the Twitter hashtag #IchBinHanna...

Category: Dialogue, Race, History, Academia

31 August 2021


Jane Freeland

Understanding Social Change through the Digital Humanities

How has the mass media supported, enabled or challenged women’s emancipation? How have feminists used the media to promote women’s issues and rights? How have these messages been interpreted by the public? And how has this changed since the emergence of the mass press in the late nineteenth century?

Category: Research, ISWG