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German history society annual conference 2017

University of St Andrews, 30 August – 1 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’.


Wednesday 30 August 2017
18.00 – 19.30 Plenary (Parliament HIll, South Street):
Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger (Münster): Writing Biography Today: The Myth of Empress Maria Theresa Reconsidered.

18.00 – 19.30 (Psychology 1, South Street):
Wine Reception

Thursday 31 August 2017
9.00 – 10.30 SESSION 1
Panel 1: Centres and Peripheries (Lecture 1, Divinity, South Street)
Chair: Jamie Page (Durham)
Stuart Airlie (Glasgow): Louis the Pious’s conquest of Aachen in 814
Maria Merino Jaso (St Andrews): Representations of Saxons and Danes in Latin poetry from the court of Charlemagne
Luca Scholz (Stanford): Porous Order: The Politics of Mobility in the Old Reich

Panel 2: Hand-Written News: The Circulation of Information between the Reich and Britain around 1700 (Lecture 2, Divinity, South Street)
Chair: Andreas Gestrich (German Historical Institute London)
Robin Eagles (London, History of Parliament Trust): ‘As to the affairs of the North’: The Reporting of News from Germany in the Wigton Newsletters, 1715-1725
Matthias Pohlig (Münster): ‘Being onely emploid in the writing of news’: The English Government and its Correspondents in Germany during the War of the Spanish Succession
Michael Schaich (GHIL): Information Professionals: German Diplomats in Later Stuart London

10.30 – 11.00 (Psychology 1, South Street):

11.00 – 12.30 SESSION 2
Panel 3: Images of Authority (Lecture 2, Divinity, South Street)
Chair: Simon Maclean (St Andrews)
Charles West (Sheffield): The King and the Horse Thief: Confiscation in the Ottonian Empire
Sarah Greer (St Andrews): Quedlinburg and Magdeburg: Constructing Legitimacy in the Reign of Otto I
Ryan Kemp (Aberystwyth): The Admonishing Bishop in Twelfth-Century England and Germany

Panel 4: Producers and Consumers of Early Modern Books (Lecture 3, Divinity, South Street)
Chair: Bridget Heal (St Andrews)
Saskia Limbach (St Andrews): Printing for the Duke: The extraordinary career of Magdalena Morhart in sixteenth-century Württemberg
Katherine Bond (Cambridge): Fashioning Geopolitical Identity: The Costume Album of Christoph von Sternsee, Charles V’s Guard Captain
Alison Rowlands (Essex): The Kunstbüchlein of Michael Wirth: Men and Magic in 17th-Century Lutheran Germany

Panel 5: Gender and Women’s Bodies in the 19th and 20th centuries (Lecture 1, Divinity, South Street)
Chair: Joachim Häberlen (Warwick)
Jennifer L. Rodgers (University of South Florida): From Midwives to Semmelweis: Childbirth, the Gründerboom, and the Professionalization of Medicine in late 19th-century Germany
Deborah Barton (Glasgow): ‘A Gendered Lens’? Women Photojournalists and their Depictions of Women at Work, 1939-1947
Jane Freeland (Bristol): Women’s Sexuality and the Feminist Body

12.30 – 13.30 (Psychology 1, South Street):

13.30 – 15.00 SESSION 3
Panel 6: Courts and Gender (Lecture 2, Divinity, South Street)
Chair: Andrew Pettegree (St Andrews)
Simon MacLean (St Andrews): The Ottonian Queen as ‘Consors Regni’
Fran Murray (St Andrews): The Limits of Ritual: Royal Weeping in the Ottonian Reich
Regine Maritz (Cambridge / GHI Paris): Gender as a Resource of Power at the Early Modern Court of Württemberg: Reflections on Female Favourites and the Task Sharing of the Princely Couple

Panel 7: Policing and penal practices in Europe and Abroad (Lecture 3, Divinity, South Street)
Chair: Willibald Steinmetz
David Lederer (Maynooth): Missionaries as Agents of the Police: Dresden Lutherans in South Australia during the Frontier Wars, 1838-1846
Christos Aliprantis (Cambridge): The Europeanization of the Austrian Secret Police and the struggle against revolutionary movements after the revolutions of 1848
Timon de Groot (Berlin): Expungement as a Pardon or a Fundamental Right: the Importance of the “Honour Punishment” in the Development of the Criminal Register in Germany, 1882-1920

Panel 8: Reimagining European Spatiality in Law, Literature and the Press during the Third Reich (Lecture 1, Divinity, South Street) Chair: Bernhard Rieger (University College London)
Haydée Mareike Haass (Köln): Re-shaping the idea of Europe in the literature of Herbert Reinecker: Nazi Propaganda and German Bestsellers
Thomas Clausen (Cambridge): Spaces of violence and spaces of law: Roland Freisler’s vision of a future European legal order
Nadine Tauchner (Leicester): Otto Schulmeister between the Reich myth and the European Grossraum

15.00 – 15.30 (Psychology 1, South Street):

15.30 – 17.00 SESSION 4
Panel 9: Urban Societies in Early Modern Germany (Lecture 2, Divinity, South Street)
Chair: Alison Rowlands (Essex)
Ben Pope (Manchester): Urban and Rural Elites and the Problem of Rural Violence in Fifteenth Century Upper Germany
Jamie Page (Durham): No way to run a brothel? Prostitution and Policey in the fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Empire
Drew Thomas (St Andrews): Der Bibeldrucker: Hans Lufft and the Importance of the Bibles to the Wittenberg Print Industry

Panel 10: Institutions, ideas and nation-building from the early modern to the modern period (Lecture 1, Divinity, South Street)
Chair: Avi Lifschitz (University College London)
Bodie Ashton (Passau): ‘Der höchste Charakter der Republik oder der echten Harmonie’: The End of the Enlightenment, the Birth of German Republicanism, and the Past Made New
Jean-Michel Johnson (Oxford): ‘The Nerves of the Nation’: Telegraphy, Organicism and State-Building in Germany, 1848-1880
Thomas Renna (Saginaw Valley State University): Fichte and German National Identities During 1870-1914

Panel 11: Prejudice, persecution, destruction: antisemitic politics and Jewish and British responses 1918-1944 (Lecture 3, Divinity, South Street)
Chair: Conan Fischer (University of St Andrews)
Alex Burkhardt (University of St Andrews): Antisemitic Discourses in the German Provinces, 1919-1924: The Case of Hof
Jack Woods (University of St Andrews): Between Optimism and Despair: Rumours and News in the Lodz Ghetto

17.00 – 17.30 (Psychology 1, South Street):

17.30 – 19.00 Plenary (Parliament Hall, South Street):
Steffen Patzold (Tübingen): Before the Parish: Local Priests in Early Medieval Eastern Francia

19.30 (Lower College Hall, North Street):
Conference Dinner

21.00 – 24.00 (Upper College Hall, North Street):
Ceilidh, Callanish Ceilidh Band

Friday 1 September 2017
9.00 – 10.30 SESSION 5
Panel 12: Dealing with Interconfessional Realities in 17th-century Germany (Lecture 3, Divinity, South Street)
Chair: Stefano Saracino (Vienna)
Kirsten Anna van Elten (Hamburg): The Heart of a Scholar: Self-Fashioning at the Universities of Helmstedt and Rinteln
Samuel Karp (Hamburg): The Eyes of a Jesuit: Interconfessional Space and its Perception in a Free Imperial City
Thomas Throckmorton (Hamburg): The Mouth of a Courtier: Communication between the Great Elector Frederick William I and his Councillors

Panel 13: Enemies Within: Traitors, Enemy Aliens and the State in Modern German History (Lecture 2, Divinity, South Street)
Chair: Nicholas Stargardt (University of Oxford)
Kim Wünschmann (Sussex): The enemy in our midst? Foreign nationals in Germany during World War II
Sebastian Gehrig (Oxford): Making Communism Treason: Staatsschutz and anti-communism in the early Federal Republic
Jens Gieseke (ZZF/Potsdam): Yanks, Poles, Dissidents: Enemies and social integration in East Germany (1961-1989)

10.30 – 10.45 (Psychology 1, South Street):

10.45 – 12.15 Plenary (Parliament Hall, South Street):
Willibald Steinmetz (Bielefeld): The Place of Germany: Problems and Puzzles of a Historian of 19th-century Europe

12.30 – 13.30 AGM of the German History Society (Parliament Hall, South Street)

13.30 (Psychology 1, South Street):