Annual conference 2019
Renaming of ADEF
Annual Conference 2019
The next AGF conference deals with “Britain in Transition: Brexit and Beyond” and will be held in Mai (23-25) at the Centre for British Studies (Großbritannienzentrum) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (conference programme).
The Arbeitskreis Großbritannien-Forschung (AGF)/German Association for British Studies and the Berlin-Britain Research Network (BBRN), based at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, will be hosting a joint conference to promote cutting-edge interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange on a UK that is in the midst of an extraordinary transition. The conference "Britain in Transition: Brexit and Beyond" will provide an invaluable opportunity for participants and attendees to examine the internal and external state of the UK, three years after its citizens voted in a referendum to leave the EU. It will discuss, scrutinise and map out the origins and trajectories of this period of transition, looking in particular at the prospects of transformative processes in the UK: What has been in the past? How and why are things changing so radically now? Where will these changes take us? As well as the political and economic transformations that inevitably sit at the heart of the conference topic, the social, cultural and historical dynamics that are intertwined with these transformations will also form a major part of the discussion.
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Renaming of ADEF (11/03/2017)
After intense debates a clear majority of our members decided to rename our association. After nearly forty years, our long-standing name “Arbeitskreis Deutsche England-Forschung” (ADEF) will be replaced by “Arbeitskreis Großbritannien-Forschung” (AGF). Likewise, our English name is altered into "German Association for British Studies".
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, 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).