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Annual Conference

German History Society Annual Conference 2017 and 2018

30 August to 01 September 2017 at the University of St Andrews

13 September to 15 September 2018 at the University of Leicester


University of St Andrews, 30 August to 01 September 2017

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Steffen Patzold (University of Tübingen) - 'Before the Parish: Local Priests in Early Medieval Eastern Francia'.
Professor Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger (University of Münster) - 'Writing Biography Today: The Myth of Empress Maria Theresa Reconsidered'.
Professor Willibald Steinmetz (University of Bielefeld) - 'The Place of Germany: Problems and Puzzles of a Historian of 19th-century Europe'.

The German History Society in the UK and Ireland, which publishes the journal German History, is inviting proposals for its eighth Annual Conference. The 2017 conference will be hosted by the University of St. Andrews. The Society invites historians of Germany from all parts of the world to submit panel proposals on what they regard as cutting-edge research topics in German history broadly conceived, including the history of German-speaking people within and beyond Europe, from the medieval period to the present day. Panels will last for 90 minutes and should have three speakers and a chair. Each paper should be no longer than 20 minutes. Proposals for round table format panels are also welcome, again involving three speakers and a chair.

Finally, proposals for individual papers will also be accepted, with the proviso the conference organisers will look to grouping individual papers into groups of three for the purposes of creating panels. Individual papers should last no longer than 20 minutes.

Deadline for submission of proposals: 17 MARCH 2017. The Society's Committee will select proposals and inform applicants by the end of April.

Postgraduate students are explicitly encouraged to participate in panels or to submit their own panel proposals or individual papers. Please note that panelists/individual presenters will have to bear the costs of travel and accommodation themselves.

Some bursaries will be available for postgraduate students; those presenting papers will receive preference for funding. Information on applying for postgraduate bursaries will be posted on the website with the conference programme in the late spring. There will be a modest conference fee of £30 (waged) and £10 (unwaged) for delegates who are not members of the German History Society. The conference is free for members of the German History Society.

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Panel proposals: please send one copy of the panel proposal, including title of panel, name of chair, names of speakers and their institutional affiliation (if applicable), overall description of panel, and brief abstracts of the three papers. The entire proposal should be no longer than two pages overall.

Round table proposals: Rather than three abstracts, these should provide a longer overall description +name of chair, names of speakers and their institutional affiliation. Again they should be no longer than two pages overall.

Individual proposals: These should include title of paper, institutional affiliation of the speaker and an abstract. They should be no longer than one page.

All proposals should be sent in electronic format to the Secretary of the German History Society, Matthew Stibbe, at the following address: