Coffee is a global as well a local phenomenen - this is the basic thesis of Prof. Dr. Dorothee Wierling's new research project. The historian and Deputy Director of the Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg analysis how especially the merchants in Hamburg organized the trade with such a global commodity as coffee, which nowadays is exclusively produced in countries of the southern hemisphere, while consumption is dominated by industrialized countries in the north. In her inaugural lecture on the 22nd of Octobre she presented her project. The introduction was held by Prof. Dr. Andreas Gestrich, Director of the German Historical Institute London.
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The Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship for the research sphere "Germany in Europe" has been awarded annually since 2009. Previous Visiting Professors are Prof. Dr. Andreas Rödder (Mainz), Prof. Dr. Ute Daniel (Braunschweig), Prof. Dr. Christoph Cornelißen (Frankfurt am Main) and Prof. Dr. Johannes Paulmann (Mainz.)
The German Historical Institute London, the International History Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) the Gerda Henkel Foundation in Düsseldorf have extended their collaboration for a further two years.