Conference and Workshop

During the two-day annual meetings, historical, political and cultural topics from the area of German-British relations are discussed. To this end, British and German experts are invited as speakers.

The annual meeting aims to be a forum for scientific exchange and personal learning. It usually takes place on the weekend after Ascension. For many years, our conferences were held in the Catholic Academy “Die Wolfsburg” in Mülheim / Ruhr in May. Since 2015, they partly take place in the Centre for British Studies (Humboldt University, Berlin). Usually, conference reports are published on H-Soz-u-Kult.

Workshops, in which members and guests – and preferably young academics – discuss topics and present results from their work, form an integral part of the conference. The workshops can be divided into areas such as history, comparative politics and foreign policy.


Annual Conference 2019
– “Britain in Transition: Brexit and Beyond”; Marius Guderjan (HU Berlin), Norbert Fabian (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)


Annual Conference 2018 – „’Splendid Isolation’? Insularity in British History“; Wencke Meteling (Universität Marburg), Andrea Wiegeshoff (Universität Marburg), Hannes Ziegler (German Historical Institute London)


Annual Conference 2017
– „Competitors & Companions: Britons and Germans in the World“; Julia Eichenberg (Humboldt-Universität Berlin), Daniel Steinbach (University of Exeter), Tobias Becker (German Historical Institute London)


Annual Conference 2016 „The End of Duopoly? The British Party System in Transformation“; Klaus Detterbeck (PH Schwäbisch Gmünd), Klaus Stolz (TU Chemnitz) (Organisation


Annual Conference 2015„From Middle Class Society to an Age of Inequality? Social Change and Changing Concepts of Inequality in Germany and Great Britain after 1945“; Bernhard Dietz (Universität Mainz), Felix Römer (Deutsches Historisches Institut London) (Organisation)

Annual Conference 2014Drifting towards the exit? Taking stock of Britain’s EU membership after 40 years Christian Schweiger (Durham University) (Organisation)

Annual Conference 2013The ‘Westminster System’ Transformed Continuity and Change of a Paradigm Thomas Saalfeld (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg) (Organisation)

Annual Conference 2012Marketisation continued? Views on Britain from History, Political Science and Economics Prof. Dr. Christiane Eisenberg (Organisation)

Annual Conference 2010 Industry and Industrial Heritage in Britain and Germany in the 20th Century? Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Brüggemeier (Organisation)

Annual Conference 2009 10 Years of Devolution: The New Territorial Politics in the United Kingdom Prof. Dr. Klaus Stolz (Organisation)

Annual Conference 2008 Cultural Industries and Cultural Politics: Britain 1750-2000

Annual Conference 2007 Journalists as transnational political actors in Britain and Germany

Annual Conference 2006 Britain – A Global Player

Annual Conference 2005 Modernizing Britain: The Impact of New Labour

Annual Conference 2004 From Enmity to Friendship: Anglo-American Relations in the 19th and 20th Century

Annual Conference 2003 Political Ritual in the United Kingdom, 1700-2000

Annual Conference 2002 The Representation of British Cities Transformations of Urban Space, 1700-1900

Annual Conference 2001 Debating Foreign Affairs: Elites and Public Opinion in British History, c. 1870-2000

Annual Conference 2000 British Society between Openness and Isolation: Immigration and Integration, 18th- 20th Century