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German Historical Institute Washington

The GHI promotes research in three core fields: German history, American & transatlantic history, and global history.

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German Historical Institute Washington

The GHI works to enable scholars to conduct research and share their findings with their colleagues.

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German Historical Institute Washington

The GHI’s programs rest on the assumption that communication is as important as research in advancing historical understanding.

The German Historical Institute Washington (GHI) is a center for advanced historical research. Working with junior and senior scholars around the world, the GHI facilitates dialogue and collaboration across national and disciplinary boundaries.

 

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Fellowship

Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline: April 1, 2021 | The GHI awards short-term fellowships to European and North American doctoral students as well as postdoctoral scholars to…

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Call for Papers

Datafication in the Historical Humanities: Reconsidering Traditional Understandings of Sources and Data

Deadline: April 1, 2021 | Fifth Annual GHI Conference on Digital Humanities and Digital History at GHI Washington

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Video

Watch recording of Paul Betts' lecture "Ruin and Renewal: Civilizing Europe after the Second World War"

If you were unable to watch Paul Betts' lecture "Ruin and Renewal: Civilizing Europe after the Second World War" live, it is now available on our…

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Video

Video celebrating our Pacific Regional Office at UC Berkeley's third anniversary

In November 2017 the GHI Washington opened its Pacific Regional Office at the University of California, Berkeley. Within the past three years, it has…

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Press Release

Please take our survey for our publishing program

Take our survey to let us know what publications and projects you have found useful and what we could do more of to better serve your professional…

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Events & Conferences

The GHI organizes international scholarly conferences, public programs and lectures on a wide variety of historical topics.

Mar 03, 2021

A Demon-Haunted Land: Witches, Wonder Doctors, and the Ghosts of the Past in Post-WWII Germany

Lecture (virtual) | 1-2 pm ET | Speaker: Monica Black (University of Tennessee, Knoxville); Moderator: Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (University of California, Berkeley)

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Mar 04, 2021

GHI Colloquium (Virtual Session)

T. Fielder Valone (GHI Washington)

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Mar 05, 2021

#2 Town Hall Meeting of the German Association for American Studies (GAAS)

Panel Discussion (Virtual) | 9am - 11am ET | Organized by PGF Team Stuttgart and GHI Washington

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Mar 05, 2021

Layers of Untold Stories: Sharon Dodua Otoo in Conversation with Translator Jon Cho-Polizzi and Deniz Göktürk

Panel Discussion (Virtual) | 3pm - 4:30pm ET | Featured Speaker: Sharon Dodua Otoo; Discussants: Jon Cho-Polizzi and Deniz Göktürk (University of California, Berkeley)

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Mar 09, 2021

Vaccines and (Dis-)trust in Medical Science in Times of Crisis

Part 3 of Virtual Panel Series "Racism in History and Context" | 1:45 - 3:15pm ET |Panelist: Ute Frevert (Max Planck Institute for Human Development), Samuel K. Roberts (Columbia University), Sarah B. Rodriguez (Northwestern University), Malte Thießen (LWL-Institut für westfälische Regionalgeschichte); Moderator: Johannes Paulmann (Leibniz Institute of European History)

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Mar 10, 2021

Third Annual West Coast Germanists' Workshop: Facts, Fakes, and Representations

Panel II: The Spread of Misinformation | 11am – 12:30pm PT | Virtual Workshop | Conveners: Sheer Ganor (Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington), Isabel Richter (UC Berkeley)

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Mar 11, 2021

Eurafrica: The Colonial Origins of the European Union

Lecture (Virtual) | 1:45pm - 3:00pm ET | Speaker: Peo Hansen (Linkoping University); Comment: Rhiannon Welch (UC Berkeley) and Jelena Subotić (Georgia State University); moderated by Akasemi Newsome (UC Berkeley)

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Mar 17, 2021

Research Seminar (Virtual Session)

Manuela Achilles (University of Virginia)

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Mar 26, 2021

Public Transport in the Americas: Mobility and Transatlantic Scientific Exchanges

Lecture (virtual) | 12pm ET | Speakers: Andra B. Chastain (Washington State University Vancouver); Dhan Zunino Singh (National University of Quilmes); Moderators: Bianca Freire-Medeiros (Universidade de São Paulo/Brasilien), Mario Peters (GHI Washington)

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Mar 31, 2021

Research Seminar (Virtual Session)

Benjamin P. Hein (Brown University)

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Apr 01, 2021

GHI Colloquium (Virtual Session)

Sebastian F. Bondzio (GHI Washington/Roy Rosenzweig Center for New Media and History)

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Apr 07, 2021

Research Seminar (Virtual Session)

Claudia Roesch (GHI Washington)

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Apr 07, 2021

Third Annual West Coast Germanists' Workshop: Facts, Fakes, and Representations

Panel 3: Art, Visual Cultures and Truth | 11am – 12:30pm PT | Virtual Workshop | Conveners: Sheer Ganor (Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington), Isabel Richter (UC Berkeley)

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Apr 15, 2021

GHI Colloquium (Virtual Session)

Martina Schaefer (GHI Washington/Vanderbilt University)

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Apr 19, 2021

Climate Change, Energy, and Sustainability in the Pacific Region: Knowledge, Policies, and Transfers (1970s-present)

Conference at the German Institute for Japan Studies, Tokyo | Conveners: Sarah Beringer (German Historical Institute Washington D.C.), Benjamin Beuerle (German Historical Institute Moscow), Sonja Ganseforth (German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)) and Yufei Zhou (DIJ); in collaboration with the Max Weber Foundation Research Group at the National University of Singapore and the Max Weber Foundation China Branch Office in Beijing

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Apr 22, 2021

Migration and Racism in the United States and Germany in the Twentieth Century

Virtual Workshop | Conveners: Maria Alexopoulou (University of Mannheim), Elisabeth Engel (GHI Washington)

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Apr 26, 2021

Change in Motion: Environment, Migration, and Mobilities

Workshop at the Pacific Regional Office of the GHI in Berkeley | Conveners: Sarah Earnshaw (Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Berkeley) and Samantha Fox (Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School, New York)

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Apr 29, 2021

Transmission of Intelligence and Information: A History of Artificial Intelligence

Lecture (Virtual) | 12pm ET | Speaker: Rudolf Seising (Deutsches Museum)

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Apr 30, 2021

Flying Down to Rio: Aviation, National Identities, and Hemispheric Relations in the Americas

Lecture (virtual) | 12pm ET | Speakers: Melina Piglia (National University of Mar del Plata); Leonie Schuster (Kiel University); Peter Soland (Southeast Missouri State University); Moderators: Stefan Rinke (Freie Universität Berlin) Mario Peters (GHI Washington)

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May 07, 2021

Third Annual West Coast Germanists' Workshop: Facts, Fakes, and Representations

Panel 4: State Making and Public Perception | 11am – 12:30pm PT | Virtual Workshop | Conveners: Sheer Ganor (Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington), Isabel Richter (UC Berkeley)

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Research Fields


German/European & Jewish History

German/European & Jewish History

Modern German history and the history of German-speaking Jewry have been core research fields at the GHI since the institute’s founding in 1987. German migrations to North America, relations between Germany and the United States, and the flight of German Jews from Nazi Germany have been major research topics since the GHI’s early years. More recently, the GHI has given increased attention to the transnational and global dimensions of German, Central European, and Jewish history.

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History of the Americas & Transatlantic History

History of the Americas & Transatlantic History

From an initial focus on North American history and the history of the transatlantic relations, the GHI has broadened the scope of its core research agenda to encompass the Americas as a whole. Its long engagement with the histories of the United States, Canada, and North American-European ties is the point of departure for its new initiatives in the history of the Americas. GHI-supported projects are exploring the myriad entanglements linking the societies of North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean to each other and societies across the globe. The interconnections of the Atlantic and Pacific worlds are focal point of the research program of the GHI’s Pacific Regional Office in Berkeley.

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Global & Transregional History

Global & Transregional History

The GHI’s engagement with global and transregional history is an outgrowth of its work in transatlantic history and its longstanding interest in comparative history, especially historical comparisons of the U.S. and Germany. Global and transregional history at the GHI are defined less by subject matter than by analytical perspective. GHI-supported research explores processes that transcend individual polities and entangle disparate states, regions, and continents. The GHI is particularly interested in historical comparison as a tool to illuminate trends and developments at the transregional and global levels.

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History of Knowledge

History of Knowledge

The history of knowledge analyzes the production and circulation of knowledge, taking into consideration a broad spectrum of actors, practices, and social contexts. It seeks to understand the creation of knowledge orders and systems along with the power relationships upon which they rest. The development of the field has taken different paths in Europe and North America. Consequently, a central objective of the GHI’s program in the history of knowledge is to spur transatlantic exchange on research methodologies. The history of knowledge also serves as vehicle for collaboration across the GHI’s core research fields and other subfields of history. Notably, the GHI’s Pacific Regional Office in Berkeley “Migrant Knowledge” initiative is supporting research at the intersection of migration history and the history of knowledge.

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History of Migration

History of Migration

The GHI’s longstanding engagement with the migration of German-speakers to North America from the seventeenth century to the present is the foundation for the wider reaching program in migration history it launched in 2015. Current GHI-supported projects look beyond the flows of European migrants across the Atlantic and analyze migrant groups and receiving societies around the world. Particular attention is given to forced migration and comparative research on the social and cultural integration of migrants. The roles of migrants as producers and transmitters of distinctive bodies of knowledge is the focus of the “Migrant Knowledge” initiative at the GHI’s Pacific Regional Office. The collaborative project "German Heritage in Letters" draws on the tools of digital history to explore the ways German emigrants and their family and friends at home created transnational spaces of communication and knowledge circulation.

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Digital History

Digital History

The GHI’s digital history program operates at the crossroads of multiple disciplines and professions. One overarching goal is to forge links between seemingly disparate communities and pursuits: digital historians and “book” historians; projects informed by public history concerns versus those motivated by research objectives; and research and academic teaching. In addition to its own digital history projects – German History in Documents and Images, German History Intersections, and German Heritage in Letters – the GHI collaborates with partner institutions across Europe and North America in exchange and networking initiatives to support the development of digital tools and methodologies for historical research.

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Featured Projects

German History in Documents and Images (GHDI)

GHDI is a comprehensive collection of primary source materials documenting Germany's political, social, and cultural history from 1500 to the present.

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German History Intersections

The German History Intersections project is a transatlantic initiative that will begin by examining three broad themes – German identity; migration; and knowledge and education – over as many as five centuries.

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German Heritage in Letters

German Heritage in Letters is a project to create a digital collection of German-language correspondence currently held in private hands, by archives, by special collection libraries, museums, and other institutions.

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Latest Publications


Elisabeth Piller

Selling Weimar: German Public Diplomacy and the United States, 1918–1933

Transatlantische Historische Studien. Band 60. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2021.

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Bulletin 67 (Fall 2020)

Forum: New Research in Transatlantic History

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Jan C. Jansen & Simone Lässig, eds.

Refugee Crises, 1945-2000: Political and Societal Responses in International Comparison

Publications of the German Historical Institute. Cambridge University Press, 2020.

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Sophia Dafinger

Die Lehren des Luftkriegs: Sozialwissenschaftliche Expertise in den USA vom Zweiten Weltkrieg bis Vietnam

Transatlantische Historische Studien. Band 59. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2020.

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Latest Blogposts


Mar 01, 2021

Angela N. H. Creager, Mathias Grote, and Elaine Leong

Learning by the Book: Manuals and Handbooks in the History of Science

How do practitioners—of any form of specialized knowledge—learn technical skills, and how do they find knowledge deemed solid and secure? Clearly, much training occurs within formal situations suc…

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Mar 01, 2021

katharina hering

Interview with Sebastian Bondzio

By Alexa Lässig Recently we sat down with Sebastian Bondzio, the 2021 Gerda Henkel Stiftung Digital History Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for H…

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Feb 18, 2021

Editorial Team

‘I am German plus something else’ — An Interview with Ali Can

Victoria Harms talks with the Turkish-German activist and author Ali Can about race, diversity, and identity in contemporary Germany. The post ‘I am German plus something else’ — An Intervie…

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Feb 16, 2021

Carolin Liebisch-Gümüş

Symptoms of the Jet Age: Global Air Mobility and Disease Control in the 1960s

Soon after the global SARS outbreaks in 2003, and many years before the current novel coronavirus pandemic led to a historically unique shutdown of global air traffic, health experts anticipated the v…

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Feb 03, 2021

Mark R. Stoneman

News from the Network

News about the H-Migration editorial team as well as about changes in Migrant Knowledge's own editorial team. The post News from the Network first appeared in Migrant Knowledge. …

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Jan 29, 2021

Editorial Team

The Scientist Emil Trinkler’s Exploration across South Asia, 1915–1933

Emil Trinkler didn't migrate as such, but Marjan Wardak's article speaks to central themes on this blog. People and knowledge itself are on the move, interacting with go-betweens and yielding somethin…

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Jan 17, 2021

Mark R. Stoneman

#MigKnow Notes 11

News and tips: one postdoc and two doctoral research positions, three calls, a book launch, and a new book series. The post #MigKnow Notes 11 first appeared in Migrant Knowledge. …

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Jan 11, 2021

Editors

Editorial Team Changes

A little over a year ago, Kerstin von der Krone joined Goethe University Frankfurt am Main as head of the J. C. Senckenberg University Library's Judaica Division. As a result, she is stepping back…

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Dec 28, 2020

Joseph P. Malherek

Drifting Along: Unemployment and Interwar Social Research, from Marienthal to Muncie

Crosspost from Migrant Knowledge In January of 1929, the husband-and-wife sociologists Robert and Helen Lynd published what would become a landmark work of popular ethnography called Middletown: A Stu…

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Nov 11, 2020

katharina hering

Interview with Digital History Fellow Jana Keck

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Digital History Fellow Jana Keck. Her fields of research include German and American Literature and Culture in the Nineteenth Century, Periodical Stud…

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Jul 01, 2020

Thomas Biggs

Showing or Telling: The Immersive-to-Informational Transformation of Museum Exhibits

I have vivid memories of visiting the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas as a child in 2007. Fredericksburg, hometown of German-American and Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, host…

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Jun 17, 2020

Thomas Biggs

Museums in the COVID-19 Crisis: International Maritime Museum Hamburg

As summer begins in Germany most establishments have reopened in some capacity, including museums. All are still operating under restrictions, with limits on numbers of visitors and mask requireme…

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