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Call for papers: German History in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

23rd Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar

The German Historical Institute Washington and the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University are pleased to announce the 22nd Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar in German History. Organized by Anna von der Goltz (Georgetown University) and Richard F. Wetzell (GHI Washington) in cooperation with Miriam Rürup (Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden), the 2017 seminar will be devoted to the 19th and 20th centuries and take place at the Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden in Hamburg on June 7-10, 2017.

The seminar brings together junior scholars from Europe and North America who are nearing completion of their doctoral dissertations. We plan to invite up to eight doctoral students from each side of the Atlantic to discuss their dissertation projects.  The organizers welcome proposals on any aspect of nineteenth- and twentieth-century German history. Doctoral students working in related fields and disciplines – especially modern Jewish history, art history, legal history, and the history of science – are encouraged to apply, as are students working on comparative projects or on the history of Austria or German-speaking Switzerland. The discussions will be based on papers (in German or English) submitted six weeks in advance. The seminar will be conducted bilingually, in German and English. The organizers will cover travel and lodging expenses.

We are now accepting applications from doctoral students whose dissertations are at an advanced stage (that is, in the write-up rather than research stage) but who will be granted their degrees after June 2017. Applications should include: (1) dissertation project description (max. 2 pages), (2) provisional table of contents, indicating which chapters have been completed (max. 2 pages), (3) curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages), (4) letter of reference from the major dissertation advisor (commenting on progress toward completion and foreign language skills). German-speaking applicants should submit their materials in German; English-speaking applicants in English. The first three documents should be combined in a single PDF file and emailed to Ms. Susanne Fabricius at by January 15, 2018. Letters of reference should be emailed (preferably in PDF format) directly by the advisor by the same date. Questions may be directed to Richard Wetzell at For further information on the GHI please go to:



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