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CfA: Programme Officer (Finance)

ICAS:MP advertises the position of Programme Officer (Finance) PDF-File The M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre for Advanced Studies “Metamorphoses of the Political” (ICAS:MP), a project of the Max Weber Stiftung India Branch…

CfA: Programme Assistant

ICAS:MP advertises the position of Programme Assistant PDF-File The M.S. Merian-R. Tagore International Centre for Advanced Studies “Metamorphoses of the Political” (ICAS:MP), a project of the Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office, is looking…

Paper on “Nazi nostalgia” at UCL IAS

On 21 March, I’m giving a paper on “Nazi nostalgia? Looking back on the 1970s Hitler Wave” at the  Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, IAS Seminar Room 20, First Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building,21 March, 5pm In the historiography of the German engagement with the Nazi past, the 1970s are usually a blank space, especially when compared to the 1960s and 1980s. However, the 1970s did see a major debate about the Nazi past under the title of the “Hitler nostalgia wave” (or … Continue reading Paper on “Nazi nostalgia” at UCL IAS

“Zu Asche, zu Staub”: Babylon Berlin and Weimar Nostalgia

The new German television series Babylon Berlin, the most expensive ever to come out of Germany, has been a popular as well as critical success, celebrated for its high production values and style. Based on a series of detective novels by Volker Kutscher set in the dying days of the Weimar Republic, it has raised questions about the German past and the way it is represented today. Why does a television series like this come out now? And what does this say about our … Continue reading “Zu Asche, zu Staub”: Babylon Berlin and Weimar Nostalgia

The Wigan Pier Heritage Centre

Fifteen miles west of Manchester, seven miles south-east of Wigan, Leigh is the opposite of a tourist destination: a working-class town without any sights. Under a dreary, dark-grey, drizzling December sky, Leigh appeared to me less like a Lancastrian than a Lovecraftian town—only that there was no sea, no nature, nowhere to escape, just street after street of terraced houses. What once must have been a lively town centre felt like a cemetery. Of the Victorian and Edwardian music halls, cinemas and pubs only … Continue reading The Wigan Pier Heritage Centre

The Politics of Nostalgia: New books by Augé, Bauman and Lilla

For researchers of nostalgia, 2017 was an interesting vintage as “the politics of nostalgia” were frequently evoked in public discourse with regard to Brexit and Trump as well as political developments in Russia, Turkey, India and elsewhere (see September’s blogpost). A couple of new publications touched on this theme among which three stand out. Though varying in degree, they all share an alarmist view of the extent and effect of nostalgia on contemporary societies and politics. Let’s start with the anthropologist Marc Augé’s memoir-cum-reflections … Continue reading The Politics of Nostalgia: New books by Augé, Bauman and Lilla

Politics and Sociability in a Transcultural Context: The Diplomatic Milieu in Istanbul during the Long Eighteenth Century

by Lennart Gard Workshop report, first published in: H-Soz-Kult, 20th December, 2017, <www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/tagungsberichte-7468>. The workshop took place at the German Historical Institute under the direction of DAVID DO PAÇO (Paris) and PASCAL FIRGES (Paris) and explored the mechanisms of diplomacy in a transcultural context: It focussed on the social life of the diplomatic milieu of Istanbul from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. Thus, it aimed at collecting further evidence for the centrality of this city in the European diplomatic system. Besides that, it …

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Final Report on my Visiting Scholarship for Master Students, by Monett Reißig

Monett Reißig’s experience of the visiting scholarship for master’s Students at the German Historical Institute Location: Paris, France Home university: Freie Universität Berlin Study field: early modern era, research group: “Practices of Power and Interpersonal Relationships at Dynastic Centres (1500–1800)” (Dr. Pascal Firges) Scholarship duration: 01.07.-20.11.2016   Last year, I was lucky enough to participate in the German Historical Institute’s (GHI) visiting scholarship programme for master’s students. The students receive a monthly allowance of 1.200€ from the institute for this research residency, which was …

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Final Report on my Visiting Scholarship for Master Students, by Stephanie Bode

The German Historical Institute in Paris (GHI) awards visiting scholarships to selected master students in order to give them a better insight into central aspects of the academic career. Stephanie Bode has been awarded such a visiting scholarship and following is her report on her stay at the GHI.   Working title of the MA-thesis: “Security Strategies in Court Society. Short- and Long-term Factional Politics During the Late Reign of Louis XIV”. Stephanie Bode (Marburg University)   The Student-in-Residence-Program offers students who consider applying for …

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Conference on “Cultures of Conservatism”

From 14 to 16 September 2017 the GHI hosted a conference on the “Cultures of Conservatism in the United States and Western Europe between the 1970s and 1990s”, organised by  Martina Steber (Institut für Zeitgeschichte München-Berlin), Anna von der Goltz (Georgetown University, Washington, DC) and myself and was funded by the Thyssen Stiftung. The conference did not directly deal with nostalgia but the question if nostalgia is indicative of a conservative mindset or, vice versa, if conservatives are more nostalgic than liberals or the left has … Continue reading Conference on “Cultures of Conservatism”

Brexit, Trump etc.: The Politics of Nostalgia?

This is the beginning of a paper I gave in June at the conference “The Trump Presidency: A Historical Assessment from Europe” at St Antony’s College Oxford, the complete paper can be found here. Did voters vote for Brexit and Donald Trump because of nostalgia? Does nostalgia help us to understand Brexit and Trump? And what does nostalgia mean? Is it a useful analytical term in this context at all? These are some of the questions I want to address in this paper. I should, however, … Continue reading Brexit, Trump etc.: The Politics of Nostalgia?

Second OPERAS Newsletter

The second OPERAS Newsletter is now available: OPERAS Newsletter 2nd edition (August 2017) The newsletter will be disseminated regularly every 2-3 months and will keep you updated about developments in the OPERAS research infrastructure,…

Jewish Spaces

  ‘From Peddlers to Shopkeepers’. How Consumption Came to the Countryside (Ruth Leiserowitz) Introduction My paper seeks to elaborate the role, function and perceptions of Jewishness and Jewish actors during the beginning of consumption in the rural area in the … Weiterlesen

SciELO becomes an international partner of OPERAS

The Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) has expressed its full support of OPERAS aim to establish a strong and innovative pan-European research infrastructure to improve scholarly communication systems for the Social Sciences and Humanities….

New Publication: Rückkehr der Geschichte? Die „Nostalgie-Welle“ in den 1970er und 80er Jahren

Als Karl Heinz Bohrer im Herbst 1975, ein Jahr nachdem er durch einen Coup seinen Posten als Literaturchef der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung an Marcel Reich-Ranicki verloren hatte, als FAZ-Korrespondent nach London kam, stellte er fest: „London swingt längst nicht mehr“[1]. In den fünfziger Jahren hatte der jugendliche Bohrer einige Zeit in der britischen Metropole verbracht und dabei deren kosmopolitische Kultur schätzen gelernt[2]. Trotz Kriegsschäden und anhaltender Austeritätspolitik hatten die Briten damals optimistisch in die Zukunft geblickt. Nun hingegen fand Bohrer überall Symptome einer „Saisonkrankheit“, … Continue reading New Publication: Rückkehr der Geschichte? Die „Nostalgie-Welle“ in den 1970er und 80er Jahren