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This Year's Essay Prize Winners

The joint winners of this year's GHS Essay prize are:

Katherine Arnold (LSE) for 'German Natural History Collectors and the Pursuit of Desiderata in Early Nineteenth-Century Southern Africa.'


Emma Teeworte (Oxford) for '"Es wäre besser, wenn man es wegmachen würde": abortion and the Nazi past in Weinheim and Garmisch, c. 1951.'

Inclusivity Awards

The German History Society has initiated an award for critical interventions in debates on gender, minorities, migration, ethnicity and equality, including research on critical race studies, LGBTQ+ and queer studies and disability studies related to any aspect of the history of Germany and the German-speaking world in its broadest global context

For more information on the GHS Inclusivity Award please download the file below

GHS Inclusivity Award Application Info

Postgraduate Hardship Fund

The German History Society has initiated a funding scheme for short-term hardship support for postgraduate students and early career researchers in German history.

Applications are offered three grants of up to £500 each annually to support historians who are experiencing difficulties in carrying out their research owing to unexpected financial hardship.

To apply to the fund, please download and complete the form below and submit it to:

Hardship Fund Application Form

DEADLINE EXTENDED: German History Postgraduate Essay Prize

The GHS is pleased to extend the deadline for the German History Postgraduate Essay Prize to Friday 6 August 2021.

Manuscripts should be submitted via email to Mark Jones.

All the details can be found on our essay prize page.

We look forward to your submissions!

Fifteenth Workshop on Early Modern Germany History

The reorgnaised GHS, GHI London and GHI Washington D.C. joint collaborative workshop on Early Modern German History will now take place on 7 May 2021.

It will be held online through Zoom.

Please register attendance with Carole Sterckx at this email address by 4 May 2021.

The full programme details can be found here.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Call for Papers: German History Society Annual Conference 2021

The GHS is pleased to announce that it is now inviting proposals for the 2021 Annual Conference, to be held at The University of Roehampton in September 2021.

All the details can be found on our conference page here.

Submission Deadline: TUESDAY 13 APRIL 2021.

Blog for German Studies Collaboratory

As the GHS Schools and Outreach Representative, Matthew Stibbe has co-authored the insightful blog post, 'German Studies and the Challenge of Outreach to Schools and School Teachers: A UK Perspective' for The German Studies Collaboratory.

The blog discusses the difficulties faced in bringing German studies to school and university classrooms in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read the blog post here.

German Studies Association Conference 2021

The German Studies Association (GSA) will hold its 45th Annual Conference from 30 September to 3 October 2021 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Program Committee cordially invites proposals on any aspect of German, Austrian, or Swiss studies, including (but not limited to) history, Germanistik, film and media studies, art history, political science, anthropology, pedagogy scholarship, musicology, economic studies, religious studies, sociology, and cultural studies.

Please see the GSA Website.for information about the submission process for ‘traditional’ papers, sessions, and roundtables.

Submissions will be welcomed from 4 January 2021 and the deadline for proposals is 15 February 2021.

Webinar for Sixth Form Teachers: 82nd Anniversary of Kristallnacht, 9 November 2020

The GHS, in conjunction with The Wiener Holocaust Library, are pleased to announce we are hosting a webinar to mark the 82nd anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom in Germany.

This event is aimed at Sixth Form History teachers and participation is free, subject to registration in advance.

This webinar will work with eye-witness testimonies held in The Wiener Holocaust Library, to offer both a commemoration of the Kristallnacht event and an opportunity to discuss how such sources might be used in A-level and equivalent teaching.

The event will take place online on Monday 9th November 2020, 5-6pm (BST).

Register before Thursday 5th November 2020 at 5pm to attend.

Numbers are limited, so early registration is encouraged!

Further details and tickets are avaliable here via Eventbrite.

Race in Modern German History

German History has recently published online a special collection of articles on race in Modern German History.

They cover four periods of Modern German History: the colonial era of Imperial Germany, the legacies of the First World War, The Third Reich and post-war East and West Germany.

This is an incredible collection that brings together a series of 24 articles published in German History between 2010-2020 covering topics on race.

The special collection can be found here.

It will be free to read between 15th October 2020 and 15th January 2021.

Call for Papers: Medieval History Seminar

The German Historical Institues in London and Washington D.C. are excited to announce the 12th Medieval History Seminar, to be held in London from 30 September - 2 October 2021.

The seminar will bring together PhD candidates and recent PhD graduates (2020) in Medieval History from American, Canadian, British, Irish and German Universities.

The Medieval History Seminar invites proposals from all areas and periods ofmedieval history and is not limited to historians working on German history ot German-speaking regions of Europe.

Deadline for submissions is 31 Janaury 2021.

The Call for Papers can be found here with further details on how to apply for this amazing opportunity.

Virtual GHS Annual Conference, 2-3 September 2020

Given the global Coronavirus pandemic, it was decided that the 2020 GHS Annual Conference would be held virtually via Zoom.

Many thanks go to our wonderful committee members and organisers for all of their hard work in making this online event possible.

We also thank all of the presenters for their wonderful papers, the panel chairs and all participants who attended the virtual sessions.

It is with great hope that we might be able to welcome and meet with you all in person for our conference next September!

Virtual Book Launch

An online book launch is taking place on August 25 at 1pm EDT for the recently published 'Furnace and Fugue: A Digital Edition of Michael Maier's "Atalanta fugiens" (1618) with Scholarly Commentary'.

This open-acess digital book was co-edited by Donna Bilak and Tara Nummedal, and was just published with the University of Virginia Press as part of their Studies in Early Modern German History series.

On August 25th, a conversation with the creators will take place and they will give a tour of the book, talk a bit about its contributions to the study of early modern European science, music, art, and print culture, and consider its possibilities for research, teaching, performance, and digital publishing.

The link for the Zoom launch can be found here.

Postponement of Annual German History In the North Workshop

Given the current Coronavirus situation and restrictions in place, we have taken the difficult, but sensible decision to postpone the Annual German History in the North Workshop that was scheduled for May 2020.

We hope to reschedule for this workshop to take place in May 2021 at the University of Chester.

Further details will be posted when they become avaliable.

We thank you for your understanding.

Roundtable Discussion: Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, a fascinating roundtable discussion with several leading experts took place on 27 January 2020 to discuss the future of Holocaust studies.

This event was part of the outreach programme offered by the GHS in association with The German Historical Institute, London and The Wiener Holocaust Library.

A podcast recording of this event can be found here.

Many thanks go out to the fellow organisers, the speakers and all those who attended.

Winner of the 2018 GHS Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

A huge congratulations goes out to Thomas Sampson (Faculty of History, University of Cambridge) as the winner of the 2018 GHS Undergraduate Dissertation Prize with his thesis, “Anglo-Jewish Humanitarianism and the Jewish Relief Unit, 1943-50”.

Well done Thomas!

GHS Annual Lecture 2019

A big thank you goes out to Professor Maren Möhring (Leipzig Unversity) for giving the 2019 Annual Lecture of The German History Society.

Professor Möhring gave a fascinating paper entitled, 'Travelling Around the World: Mass Entertainment in the 'Haus Vaterland' in Berlin'.

The GHS Annual Lecture was made possible with the kind support and co-operation of both The German Historical Institute London and The Institution of Historical Research, University of London.

Postgraduate Essay Prize 2019

The deadline has now passed for applications to the 2019 Postgraduate Essay Prize.

The GHS awards this prize in conjuction with the Royal Historical Society (RHS).

The winner will be announced in early August 2019. They will receive £500 and be presented with their award at the Annual General Meeting of the GHS in September 2019

This year there will also be a runner up prize of £250.

Publication of 2017 GHS Essay Prize

The GHS is pleased to announce that the winning work for the 2017 GHS Essay Prize is now out in print and online in our journal!

Congratulations to Alison Creber (King's College London) for her winning essay, 'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: Dissolving Royal and Noble Marriages in Eleventh-Century Germany'.

Alison's essay can be read here in our journal, German History.

2019 GHS Small Grants and Bursary Winners

A big congratulations goes out to all of the winners of the GHS Small Grants and Bursaries so far this year!

The successful winners so far are:

  • Kurt Baird (University of York)
  • Thomas Dahms (University of Cambridge)
  • Annalisa Martin (Birkbeck)
  • Olga Witmer (University of Cambridge)


Winners of GHS-DAAD Funding for Language Study in Germany 2019

A huge well done to the winners of the GHS-DAAD grants for German language courses in Germany.

In 2019, thanks to the very generous support of the DAAD, five grants were awarded.

The successful applicants are:

  • Francesca Dytor (University of Cambridge)
  • Megan Ison (University of Portsmouth)
  • Anna Parker (University of Cambridge)
  • Lauren Parsons (University of Leicester)
  • Liza Weber (University of Sussex)

Congratulations to you all and good luck with your language studies in Germany this summer!

Professor Ulinka Rublack on BBC Radio 4's 'In Our Time'

The previous Chair of the GHS, Professor Ulinka Rublack, featured on Radio 4's 'In Our Time' on 6th December 2018 to discuss The Thirty Years War alongside Peter Wilson from The University of Oxford as well as Toby Osborne from Durham University.

Listen here to the discussion.

2018 German History Article Prize Recipient

Renate Duerr has been awarded the 2018 Article Prize for her article: 'Locating Paradise in China: Joseph Stoecklein's Chronology (1729) in Context'.

A huge congratulations to Renate!

Workshop on Medieval Germany, German Historical Institute, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2NJ, Friday 17 May 2019

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

A one-day workshop on Medieval Germany was held at the German Historical Institute, Bloomsbury Square, London, on Friday 17 May 2019. It provided an opportunity for researchers in the field from the UK, continental Europe, and the USA to meet in a relaxed and friendly setting and to learn more about each other’s work.

Details can be found here.

German History Society Annual Conference, 3-5 September 2019

The next German History Society Annual Conference will take place 3-5 September 2019 at King's College London.

Visit the 2019 Annual Conference Page for more details as they become available.

The 43rd German Studies Association Conference, 3-6 October 2019

The German Studies Association is holding its next conference in Portland, OR from 3-6 October 2019.

The aim of the seminars will be to explore new avenues of academic exchange and foster extended discussion, engage in rigorous intellectual debate, and allow intensified networking.

Further details can be found here.

Conference on the 1918-19 German Revolution, 9-10 November 2018

The German History Society was pleased to be involved in the exciting conference: 'Make Revolution Great Again: The Context and Legacy of the 1918-19 German Revolution'.

The conference was held in conjuction with, and hosted at, All Souls College, Oxford on 9-10 November 2018.

German History Society Annual Conference, 13-15 September 2018

Many thanks to all our speakers and guests who attended the 2018 German History Society Annual Conference at the University of Leicester.

A special thanks also goes out to the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies for hosting this year.

For more details about the conference, see the 2018 Annual Conference Page.

Professor Ulrich Herbert Public Talk, 21 June 2018

Professor Ulrich Herbert (Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg) gave a very successful and well-attended public talk at the German Historical Institute London on 21 June 2018 as this year's joint GHIL-German History Society Annual Lecture.

His theme was 'The Russian October Revolution and the German Labour Movement'.

Congratulations to this year's Postgraduate German History Essay Prize and the Undergraduate Dissertation Prize recipients

Alison Creber (King’s College London) has been awarded the 2017 Postgraduate Essay Prize for their essay: ‘Breaking up is hard to do: Dissolving royal and noble marriages in medieval Germany (1068-1071)’.

Katharina Louise Luetke (Oxford) has been awarded the 2017 Undergradaute Dissertation Prize for their dissertation: 'Goodnight, Utopia: The Ideological Aims of Children’s Television in the German Democratic Republic, 1961-1990'.

Celebrating 40 years of the German Historical Institute London, 04 November 2016

The German History Society congratulates the German Historical Institute London on its 40th anniversary.

The GHS has benefited enormously from the outstanding facilities and wonderful generosity shown to its members by the Institute and wishes the GHIL many more decades of innovative and inspiring work.

Message to the Minister of State for Immigration, sent on behalf of the GHS Committee by Elizabeth Harvey as Chair on 07 September 2016

Dear Mr Goodwill,

We are writing to you as members of the Committee of the German History Society to express our concern at the continuing uncertainty of EU nationals working in the UK.

The German History Society brings together scholars of different nationalities working in the UK and in Ireland on all aspects of German history. We see ourselves as an international community committed to promoting scholarly exchange and dialogue about the history of Germany and of the German-speaking countries, including their place in Europe and the world. We benefit enormously from our many German, Austrian and other EU colleagues who are studying, researching and teaching in British universities. We are dismayed that the government has not yet offered an automatic guarantee to non-UK EU citizens currently studying and working in the UK that they can stay, and we urge that such a guarantee be given as soon as possible to allay fears and to confirm how much the UK values the contribution by EU citizens from outside the UK to higher education and intellectual life in this country.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth Harvey

Congratulations to this year's German History Essay Prize recipient

Duncan Hardy has been awarded the 2016 Essay Prize for his essay ‘Tage (Courts, Councils and Diets): Political and Judicial Nodal Points in the Holy Roman Empire, c. 1300–1550’.

The runner up was Roísín Watson for her essay ‘In search of the “bedrock of one’s heart”: The mourning grotto of Magdalena Sibylla von Württemberg and the construction of contemplative space at a seventeenth-century court’.

Congratulations to this year's German History Article Prize recipient

The editorial board awarded this year’s prize to Julie Gibbings (Manitoba) for her fascinating essay ‘Mestizaje in the Age of Fascism: German and Q’eqchi’ Maya Interracial Unions in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala’, which appeared in issue 34/2 (June 2016).