This screening event is held in collaboration with BIRMAC

NB: This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled later in the year.

A documentary film by Richard Bourke and Dina Gusejnova. In conversations with historians of different generations about the history of the subdiscipline and its entanglements with German history.

We are delighted to announce an exclusive screening of the documentary film, Rosenöl und Deutscher Geist, the fortunes of German intellectual history (2020). A discussion moderated by Professor Axel Körner (UCL) follows the film, with its directors Richard Bourke (Cambridge) and Dina Gusejnova (LSE).

This documentary presents the fortunes of a distinctly German phenomenon. In conversation with colleagues spanning three generations, Richard Bourke (Cambridge) and Dina Gusejnova (LSE) explore how the history of ideas declined in Germany after a period of innovation and prosperity that lasted through the long nineteenth century. Today intellectual history prevails in other parts of the globe. How did this come to pass?

In addressing this question, the film returns to numerous striking episodes and collects an arrang of unexpected insights–including Christopher Clark on the absence of a specially Prussian culture; Quentin Skinner and Wolf Lepenies on the lives of Albert Hirschman; and Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger on the controveries of the 1980s. The film reflects on the shadow cast by Hegel and Burckhardt; the melancholic fate of Prussia; the theological roots of historicism; the Nazi appropriation of cultural history; the impact of exile and emigration; the reestablishment of democracy; and thehistorical profession since the 1960s.

The cost of the event is £5. Please click here for tickets : EVENT CANCELLED