Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship


The Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship is a co-operation of the Department of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the German Historical Institute London (GHIL), and the Gerda Henkel Professor’s home university. Its purpose is to promote awareness in Britain of German research on the history of the German Federal Republic and the German Democratic Republic, and to stimulate comparative work on German history in a European context. The first professorship was awarded in 2009.

Prof. Stefanie Schüler-Springorum is the 2023/24 Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor. "German Memory Politics from the Cold War to new post-colonial challenges

Previous Visiting Professors:

2022/23 - Professor Constantin Goschler (?): Cultures of Compromise in Germany and Britain, 1945–2000

2021/22 - Prof Dr Alexander Nützenadel (?): Germanness 

2020/21 - Prof Dr Martina Kessel (Bielefeld University): Germanness in the 20th century: Identity, Politics, and Violence in Germany from the First World War to Re-Unification

2019/20 - Prof Dr Ulrich Herbert (University of Freiburg): National Socialism: Old Theories and New Research Approaches

2018/19 - Prof Dr Johanna Gehmacher (Universität Wien): A Gender History of National Socialism – History, Memory, Debates

2017/18 - Prof Dr Arnd Bauerkamper (Freie Universität Berlin): The GDR and Communist Parties in Europe 1949-1990

2016/17 - Prof Dr Dominik Geppert (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn): A History of Divided Germany, 1945-1990

2015/16 - Prof Dr Lutz Raphael (Trier): Transformations of Industrial Labour in Western Europe between 1970 and 2000

2014/15 — Prof Dr Kiran Klaus Patel (Maastricht): Welfare in the Warfare State: Nazi Social Policy on the International Stage

2013/14 — Prof Dr Dorothee Wierling (Hamburg): Coffee Worlds in Green Coffee and its Agents: The Hamburg Coffee Merchants in the 20th Century

2012/13 — Prof Dr Andreas Rödder (Mainz): The History of the Present

2011/12 — Prof Dr Ute Daniel (Braunschweig): Media and politics - an entangled history (c. 1900-1980)

2010/11 — Prof Dr Christoph Cornelißen (Frankfurt am Main): The British and German Welfare States after "the Great Boom": Public Debates on Social Inequality and Social Justice since the 1970s

2009/10 — Prof Dr Johannes Paulmann (Mainz): International Aid and Solidarity: Humanitarian Commitment and the Media in Germany, c. 1950-1985