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A Message From the Chair of the German History Society in Support of Ukraine

"As chair of the German History Society and on behalf of all our members, I express our strong support for the people of Ukraine, particularly our Ukrainian colleagues in History and all Ukrainian-born colleagues and students in the UK and Germany. Their European sovereign state, their freedom and their democratic values are in danger from a full-scale military invasion by Russia's dictatorial government, in breach of international law. We support their resistance to an unprovoked attack by encouraging those who can to send aid to organisations like the Global Support Fund for Ukraine or the Red Cross Appeal for Ukraine"

- Prof. Dr Karin Friedrich, FRHistS
Chair of the German History Society

Welcome to the German History Society

Welcome to the UK and Republic of Ireland's Society for the study of German History. 

The German History Society advances the study and understanding of the history of Germany and the German-speaking world in its broadest global context. As a registered charity, it is run by academics from institutions of higher education in the UK and Ireland on a volunteer basis. Its members foster close collaboration with established academic historians of Germany across the world, support post-graduates and early career researchers, and welcome the engagement of non-academics and teachers.

Membership of the society is easy to obtain and affordable - it moreover entails an automatic subscription to the society's highly ranked journal German History. This is published by Oxford University Press and will put readers in touch with the latest historical research in the discipline. Membership also enables you to apply for grants and bursaries.

The German History Society's Annual Conference is held in September, hosted each year in a different venue and is scheduled together with the Annual General Meeting. The conference offers keynote lectures by internationally acclaimed experts in the field and panels at which researchers at all stages of their careers present work on German history, broadly defined, from the medieval period to the present. Attendance is free to members, but membership of the society is not a condition of attending the Annual Conference, which is open to everyone interested in furthering their understanding of German history.

This website provides links which enable you to become a member, to find out about our book series as well as grant schemes and it includes links to the websites of archives which hold material on aspects of German history.

Enjoy exploring the website - we would be delighted to meet you at our next conference!

Chair of the GHS: Professor Karin Friedrich, University of Aberdeen

GHS Annual Conference 2022 CFP

Submission Deadline: MONDAY 16 MAY 2022.

The German History Society in the UK and Ireland, which publishes the journal German History, is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 2022 annual conference being hosted by Sheffield Hallam University.

Please find full instructions for submission of proposals for panels, round-tables, and individual papers here.

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

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