The Association

The German Association for British Studies brings together historians and political scientists who conduct research and teach about the United Kingdom, the British Empire and the Commonwealth.

The association aims at

  • Interdisciplinary exchange
  • Support of junior academics
  • Contribute to German-British relations

The association, originally named “Arbeitskreis Deutsche England-Forschung” (ADEF), was initiated by Gustav Schmidt, Professor of Political Science at Bochum University, and his colleagues in 1981. His idea was to establish a forum for young researchers to collaborate in the field of British studies, which was relatively underdeveloped at the time. Subsequently, the forum evolved into a thriving organisation with over 150 active members, holding annual conferences, producing publication series and awarding outstanding postgraduate theses. In 2017, the association was renamed to “Arbeitskreis Großbritannien-Forschung” (AGF).

The work of the AGF is documented in the repository The Stacks Library of Anglo-American Culture & History.


The AGF currently has about 150 members, mainly active in political science, history, and English studies in both Germany and Great Britain. It is especially gratifying that some members who have promoted German-British topics but are now working outside science have remained faithful to the AGF. The membership structure roughly consists of one third professors, doctoral students and students. The number of members has remained fairly constant over the last few years, with the number of annual newcomers slightly exceeding the number of retirements due to age or other reasons. Young researchers as well as interested students are welcome in the AGF.

The President:

Prof. Dr. Christine G. Krüger

Institute for Historical Studies
University of Bonn
Konviktstraße 11, 53113 Bonn

E-mail: cgk[at]

Vice Chairman:

Dr. Wencke Meteling

Modern History, Philipps University of Marburg
Wilhelm-Röpke-Straße 6c, 35032 Marburg

E-mail: meteling[at]

Vice Chairman:

Dr. Marius Guderjan

Graduate assistant at Otto Suhr Institute
for Political Science, Free University of Berlin
Ihnestraße 21, 14195 Berlin

E-mail: marius.guderjan[at]


Prof. Dr. Torsten Riotte

Historical Seminar (Department 8)
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Norbert Wollheim Platz 1, 60323 Frankfurt am Main

Tel.: +49 (0)69 798 32629
E-Mail: t.riotte[at]


Dr. Michael Czolkoß-Hettwer

Bremen State and University Library

E-mail: czolkoss-hettwer[at]