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Annual Conference

German History Society Annual Conference 2016 and 2017

08 to 10 September 2016 at the University of Newcastle

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


University of Newcastle, 8-10 September 2016

Keynote Speakers:
Gadi Algazi (Tel Aviv University): 'Nowhere Men: Gendering Knowledge in Early Modern Scholarly Households'
Renate Duerr (University of Tuebingen): 'Locating Paradise in China: Joseph Stoecklein's Chronology (1729) as a commentary on his own times'
Jane Caplan (St. Antony's College. Oxford): '"Geht ein Beamter zur Arbeit." Reflections on the History of Bureaucracy in Germany’

Thursday 8 September 2016

18.00 - 19.30 Keynote lecture:
Gadi Algazi (Tel Aviv University), Nowhere Men: Gendering Knowledge in Early Modern Scholarly Households

Friday 9 September 2016
9.00 – 10.30 SESSION 1
Panel 1: Sacred Space and Profane Place in German History
Chair: Gadi Algazi (Tel Aviv University)
Stephen Mossman (University of Manchester): The Sacralization of the City in the Late Medieval Rhineland
Bridget Heal (University of St. Andrews): From Church to Kunstkammer: Images and the Reformation Transformation of Sacred Space
Thomas Brodie (University of Oxford): Sacred and Profane Spaces in Catholic Germany, 1939-1945

Panel 2: Representations of the War Child in the Cultural Imaginary of Defeated, Divided and United Germany
Chair: Tim Kirk (Newcastle University)
Ian Biddle (Newcastle University): The Child Figure in Song: German-Language Lullabies from the Holocaust and their Afterlives
Beate Müller (Newcastle University): World War II in School Essays: Discourses of Youth and Imagined Communities
Ute Wölfel (University of Reading): War Children in Films of Divided Germany

11.00 – 12.30 SESSION 2
Panel 3: Sharing Devotional Space
Chair: Bridget Heal (University of St. Andrews)
Martin Christ (University of Oxford): Where to draw the line? Confessional Co-Existence in Sixteenth-Century Upper Lusatia
Róisín Watson (The Society for Renaissance Studies): Altar Wars: Sharing Church Space in Eighteenth-Century Württemberg
Daniela Hacke (Free University Berlin): Church Space and Disputes in Dietikon: Religious Coexistence and Political Communication in Early Modern Switzerland

Panel 4: Uses of the Past. Nostalgia and Heritage in the FRG and the GDR since the 1970s
Chair: Andreas Gestrich (German Historical Institute London)
Marcus Colla (University of Cambridge): Legitimacy, History and Temporality in the German Democratic Republic, 1971-1989
Tobias Becker (German Historical Institute London): The West German ‘Nostalgia Wave’ in the 1970s and 1980s
Marcel Thomas (University of Bristol): Nostalgia in the Village: Space, Memory and Social Change in East and West Germany, 1970-2015

Panel 5: Austria and fascism
Chair: Tim Kirk (Newcastle University)
Robert Knight (University of Loughborough): Vergangenheitsbewältigung - Bringing Austria back in?
Helen Steele (Leiden University): ‘Damit es nicht verloren geht’: Public Initiatives to Document Viennese History after the Second World War
Jill Lewis (University of Swansea): Käthe Leichter and Austrian Victimhood

13.30 – 15.00 SESSION 3
Panel 6: Re-interpreting Frederick the Great of Prussia
Chair: Thomas Biskup (University of Hull and Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton)
Andreas Pečar (Martin Luther University of Halle): How Should we read the Works of a King? Frederick the Great as a Promoter of himself
Adam Storring (University of Cambridge): The Intellectual History of War: A New Approach to Alter Fritz
Jürgen Luh (Research Centre Sanssouci (RECS), Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten): Some Thoughts on Frederick’s ‘Eléments de castramétrie et de tactique’ of 1770

Panel 7: The Problems of Peace: UNRRA, The Military Authorities, and Displaced Persons in Post-War Germany (1945-1949)
Chair: Felix Schulz (Newcastle University)
Amanda M. Bundy (Ohio State University): Usual Tales of Horror and Frustration: Sir Frederick Morgan, UNRRA and Displaced Persons in Germany
Samantha Knapton (Newcastle University): From Forced Labourers to Displaced Persons: The Experiences of Poles in the Ruhr in Post-War Germany
Katherine Rossy (Queen Mary, University of London): Hiding in Plain Sight: The Search for Stolen and Hidden Children in Post-War Germany (1945-1949)

Panel 8: Ambivalent Relations: Protestant and Catholic Responses to National Socialism from the 1920s to the 1970s
Chair: Paul Betts (University of Oxford)
Simon Unger (University of Oxford): Between National Socialism and Resistance: The Protestant Journal Eckart and its Readers, 1924-1960
Felix Teuchert (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich): God’s Judgement? Theological Explanations of the Nexus between National Socialism and the Expulsion of Germans from the East
Sebastian Gehrig (University of Oxford): What Lessons to be Drawn? Protestant and Catholic Notions of State and Society in the Aftermath of National Socialism

15.30 – 17.00 SESSION 4
Panel 9: Religion and Politics in Twentieth-Century Germany

Chair: Jim Bjork (King’s College, London)
Todd Weir (Queen’s University, Belfast): The Place of Hitler’s Weltanschauung in a Conceptual History of Worldview
Benjamin Ziemann (University of Sheffield): ‘The Political Pastor’: Martin Niemöller and Controversies over the Role of Religion in West German Politics
Thomas Brodie (University of Oxford): The Politics of German Catholicism in War and Peace, 1939-1949

Panel 10: New Perspectives on Journalism in the Federal Republic
Chair: Christina von Hodenberg (Queen Mary, University of London)
Alexander Korb (University of Leicester): Internationalism and Conservative Journalists and Publicists, 1930-1960
Deborah Barton (Cardiff University): Post-war Positioning: Gender and the (West) German Press, 1945—1949
Paul Moore (University of Leicester): ‘Is the Moon Russian now?’ Cold War Cultures in the Pages of the Bild-Zeitung, 1952-1989

17.30 – 19.00 Keynote lecture:
Renate Dürr: (University of Tübingen): Locating Paradise in China: Joseph Stoecklein's Chronology (1729) as a commentary on his own times

Saturday 10 September 2016
9.15 – 10.45 SESSION 5
Panel 11: Rethinking the German Revolution of 1918-19 and its Legacy
Chair: Elizabeth Harvey (University of Nottingham)
Nadine Rossol (University of Essex): Writing about a Revolution: Emotions, Agency and Expectations of the German Revolution in 1918
Mark Jones (University College Dublin and Freie Universität zu Berlin): Founding Weimar: Rumours, Fears and Weimar Germany’s Culture of Performance Violence
Christopher Dillon (King’s College, London): The Legacy of the Bavarian Revolution for National Socialism

Panel 12: Ageing and Older People in Post-War German History
Chair: Sebastian Gehrig (University of Oxford)
Christina von Hodenberg (Queen Mary, University of London) Old and Young in ‘1968’: Generational Clashes in Bonn and Berlin
Silke van Dyk (Friedrich Schiller University of Jena): Ageing in Germany: Life-course Influences in a Formerly Divided Country
Craig Griffiths (UCL / Queen Mary, University of London): ‘A wrinkled sack of what-could-have-been, dreariness, disappointment and ice cream’: Older Homosexuals and Gay Politics in 1970s West Germany

11.00 – 12.30 Keynote Lecture:
Jane Caplan (St. Antony's College, Oxford): ‘Geht ein Beamter zur Arbeit’: Reflections on the History of Bureaucracy in Germany

12.30 – 13.30 AGM of the German History Society

Additional Information:
Please note that panelists and attendees 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 is available at There will be a modest conference fee of £30 (waged) and £10 (unwaged) for delegates who are not members of the German History Society.

There is no conference charge for German History Society members. In order to sign up for a year's GHS membership at the cost of £25 (or £8 for postgraduates), including a year's free subscription to the journal German History, please join here, and click on 'Members - German History Society'.