German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

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



German Historical Institute London


The German Historical Institute London enables and furthers humanities research across borders. As an intermediary between German scholars and scholars from Britain, Ireland, and the Commonwealth, we support German scholars working on British history, joint German-British projects, and British scholars teaching and researching German history and culture. Our staff specializes in British and Irish history from medieval to modern times, Anglo-German and European relations, and colonial and global history. As an independent academic institution with a research library, the GHIL is part of the Max Weber Stiftung – Foundation German Humanities Institutes Abroad.

Library News
The GHIL library will be closed from 4th November 2020 until 11th January at the earliest (re-opening date depends on Covid restrictions).

Apart from the Christmas closure period (24th Dec. - 4th Jan.), staff will continue to work from home and can be reached in the usual manner via email ( or telephone.

GHIL Prize

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2020 Prize of the German Historical Institute London is Jörg-Ole Münch for his dissertation on ‘Group formation at and around the London Old Clothes market in the first half of the 19th century’. The prize was awarded as Wolfgang J. Mommsen Prize which covers the cost of translating the work into English and publishing it in the Institute's series Studies in British and Imperial History.


Events and Conferences


10–12 December


Archiving, Recording and Representing Feminism: The Global History of Women’s Emancipation in the 20th Century
Second Meeting of the International Standing Working Group on Medialization and Empowerment

Online event

Postponed to December 2021


Hidden Economies of Slavery
International Workshop co-organized by Melina Teubner (University of Bern) and Felix Brahm (German Historical Institute London)

Please note: This workshop has been postponed to December 9-10, 2021


7–8 January

Postgraduate Students Conference

Postgraduate Research Students Conference

Online event


Call for Papers


Call for Participation

Postgraduate Research Students Conference
7-8 January 2021

The German Historical Institute London will hold its 25th postgraduate students conference digitally on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 January 2021. Its intention is to give postgraduate research students in the UK and Ireland working on German history an opportunity to present their work-in-progress, and to discuss it with other students working in the same field.

Online Event

Closing date for applications: 30 November 2020

Call for Papers

Medieval History Seminar 2021
30 September–2 October 2021

Organized by the German Historical Institute London and the German Historical Institute Washington, D.C. 

GHI London

Deadline: 31 January 2021

Call for papers

Contemporary Historians and the Re-Use of Social Science-Generated Data Sets
An International Dialogue on the Challenges Presented by ‘Social Data’

Workshop convened by DFG-Projekt 'Sozialdaten als Quellen der Zeitgeschichte'

GHIL contact: Christina von Hodenberg

German Historical Institute London

Deadline: 5 February 2021





Post-doctoral researcher

Resistance to Europe, Europe in Resistance

The full-time position (3 years) forms part of the international research project ‘Resistance to Europe, Europe in Resistance: Eurosceptic Interdependencies from the Beginnings of European Integration until Today’ which is forthcoming, subject to final approval, and funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF).

Closing Date: 2 December 2020 (5pm)

GHIL Bulletin

Volume 42 (2020), No. 2

November Issue

Featured Article


Words Matter: Our Thoughts on Language, Pseudo-Science, and ‘Race’

German Historical Institute London Bulletin, vol. 42 (2020), no. 2, 3–8

Featured Article

Ulrich Herbert

The Short and the Long Twentieth Century: German and European Perspectives

German Historical Institute London Bulletin, vol. 42 (2020), no. 2, 9-24

New Publications

Birte Meinschien

Geschichtsschreibung in der Emigration

Deutschsprachige Historikerinnen und Historiker in Großbritannien

Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London. Bd. 84

Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2020

Simon Ball, Philipp Gassert, Andreas Gestrich, and Sönke Neitzel (eds.)

Cultures of Intelligence in the Era of the World Wars

Studies of the German Historical Institute London

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020


Ulrike Freitag

Cosmopolitanism in a Global Perspective

The Annual Lecture / German Historical Institute London. 2019

London: German Historical Institute, 2020

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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.


GHIL Podcast

Peter Mandler

The Crisis of the Meritocracy: How Popular Demand (not Politicians) Made Britain into a Mass Education Society

GHIL Annual Lecture, 6 November 2020

0:55 h

The 2020 Annual Lecture 'The Crisis of the Meritocracy' was given by Professor Peter Mandler, Cambridge, on Friday, 6 November 2020.


Maud Bracke

Inventing Reproductive Rights: Sex, Population and Feminism in Europe, 1945–1980

Part of the summer seminar lecture series on Feminist Histories, 15 July 2020


Latest Blogposts

26 November 2020


Jane Freeland

In late 2017, #MeToo began trending on Twitter. Taken up in response to growing allegations of sexual harassment in Hollywood, it quickly became a tangible way for women to show the pervasive nature of gender-based violence and harassment. #MeToo sparked a movement and global reckoning with gender inequality and revealed the mass mobilizing power of social media. ....

Category: Research

19 November 2020


Yamini Agarwal

‘Is this home? Not so much!’ – Gender, Ethnicity and Belongingness to the City

Lily and Esther have been in New Delhi for 17 and 22 years respectively. The former came to the city as a fresh graduate to pursue a Masters and the latter, to do an undergraduate degree. They have several things in common, despite differences in their ages and experience. ....

Category: Research