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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

Call for papers: Workshop on Medieval Germany, German Historical Institute, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2NJ, Friday 5 May 2017

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

A one-day workshop on Medieval Germany will be held at the German Historical Institute, Bloomsbury Square, London, on Friday 5 May 2017. It will provide 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. Proposals for short papers are invited from researchers at all career stages with an interest in any aspect of the history of medieval Germany (generously defined). Papers should be 10-15 minutes in length, and will be followed by discussion. Contributors are encouraged to concentrate upon introducing current work in progress, focusing on research questions, approaches, and still-unresolved problems.

Attendance is also warmly invited from anyone with an interest in medieval German history wishing to hear the papers and participate in the discussion. Further details of times and programme will be posted in due course.

The workshop is sponsored by the German History Society and the German Historical Institute London in cooperation with the GHI Washington. Participation is free, including lunch. However, participants will have to bear costs for travel and accommodation themselves.

Doctoral students from North America (USA and Canada) who wish to present at the workshop can apply for two travel funding grants provided by the GHI Washington. Please indicate your interest in this grant in your application.

Support for postgraduate and early career researchers from the United Kingdom and The Republic of Ireland is available on a competitive basis, subject to eligibility requirements. Postgraduate members of the German History Society currently registered for a higher degree at a university in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, and those who have completed a PhD within two years of the deadline for application but who have no other institutional sources of funding may apply for up to £150 for travel and accommodation expenses. Please see the GHS website (") for further information and application deadlines.

Please send proposals (title and ca. 200-word abstract), by Monday 9 January 2017, to Dr Cornelia Linde at the German Historical Institute: (

Informal inquiries regarding all aspects of the workshop should be sent to Len Scales (

All students and academic researchers interested in medieval German history are very welcome to attend. There is no charge for attendance but due to limited space booking is essential. Please RSVP to Carole Sterckx:

German History Essay Prize 2017

The deadline for this year's German History post-graduate essay prize is Monday 5 June 2017. As in previous years, the prize is awarded in conjunction with the Royal Historical Society, and the winner will receive £500. In addition, the essay will be considered for publication in German History.

If you are a student registered for a postgraduate degree (master’s or doctoral) at a university in the UK or the Republic of Ireland, then please consider entering the competition. Supervisors: please also encourage high quality submissions from your students. All postgraduates who submitted their dissertation within twelve months of the date of submission of the essay (5 June 2017) are also eligible.

For further details about eligibility and submission processes please click here.

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).

Conference funding available

The German History Society is pleased to be able to offer supplemental funding for conferences dealing with German History.

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German History Society Annual Conference, 08-10 September 2016

The German History Society Annual Conference 2016 took place 08-10 September 2016 at Newcastle University.

Visit the 2016 Annual Conference page for more details

Language stipends available for PhD students

Please note that language stipends are available for prospective and existing PhD students pursuing a PhD which has a German history element. Applications are due in December, to enable students to attend a language course in Germany in the summer of 2017.

Visit the postgraduates page for more details