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 Dr Martina Kessel is the 2020-21 Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor.
Previous Visiting Professors:
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