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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.

 

Latest News


Call for Papers

Beyond Work for Pay? Basic-Income Concepts in Global Debates on Automation, Poverty, and Unemployment (1920-2020)

Deadline: February 15, 2022 | Conference at the German Historical Institute Washington

 

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Digital History

new date: Datafication in the Historical Humanities

The conference "Datafication in the Historical Humanities: Reconsidering Traditional Understandings of Sources and Data" has been postponed.

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Call for Papers

Lost Knowledge: Approaching Migrant Knowledge After Migration

Deadline: December 1, 2021 | Virtual Workshops and Special Issue | Organized by Philipp Strobl (Universität Hildesheim) and Swen Steinberg (GHI…

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Opportunities

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin/wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (w/m/d) mit einem Schwerpunkt in „Lateinamerikanischer Geschichte“

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2021 | The GHI's Pacific Regional Office is hiring a research fellow in Latin American History (w/m/d).

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Call for Papers

Historicizing the Refugee Experience, 17th‐21st centuries

Deadline: October 31, 2021 | Second Annual International Seminar in Historical Refugee Studies

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Events & Conferences

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

Oct 18, 2021

Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives

Fifth Annual Bucerius Young Scholars Forum at the Pacific Regional Office of the GHI in Berkeley | Conveners: Franziska Exeler (Department of History, Free University Berlin; Centre for History and Economics, University of Cambridge) and Sören Urbansky (Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Berkeley)

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Oct 18, 2021

Knowing Refugees, Historically Speaking

4th Bucerius Lecture | Speaker: Peter Gatrell (University of Manchester); Panelist / Discussant: Stacy Fahrenthold (UC Davis) | Sponsor: Institute of European Studies

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Oct 22, 2021

Fictions of Origins: Sasa Stanisic in Conversation with Lilla Balint, Djordje Popović and Damion Searls

Virtual Event | Speaker: Saša Stanišić

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Oct 25, 2021

Archives of Global Transit: Reconsidering Jewish Refugees from Nazi Europe

Workshop | Conveners: Anna-Carolin Augustin, Simone Lässig, Carolin Liebisch-Gümüş (all GHI Washington) and Swen Steinberg (GHI Pacific Regional Office / Queen’s University)

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Oct 26, 2021

Borderless and Brazen: May Ayim's Internationalism

Lecture (Virtual) | Speaker: Tiffany N. Florvil (University of New Mexico)

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Oct 28, 2021

Research Seminar

Speaker: Catherine Brooke Penaloza-Patzak (University of Vienna/University of Pennsylvania)

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Nov 11, 2021

Asking the Impossible: The Hunger for the Unknowable in 20th-Century US & European Thought

35th Annual Lecture of the GHI Washington (Virtual) | Speaker: Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen (University of Wisconsin); Comment: Michael Hochgeschwender (Ludwig Maximilians Universität München)

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Nov 15, 2021

Contested Meanings of Migration Facilitation: Emigration Agents, Coyotes, Rescuers, and Human Traffickers

Annual Academic and Policy Symposium: Innovation through Migration at GHI PRO | Conveners: Ulf Brunnbauer (Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies & Regensburg University) and Sören Urbansky (GHI PRO)

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Nov 18, 2021

Research Seminar

Speaker: Jessica Pearson (Macalester College)

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Nov 19, 2021

The Power of Multilingualism: Olga Grjasnowa in Conversation with Elisabeth Krimmer, Karina Deifel and Yasemin Yildiz

Virtual Event | Speaker: Olga Grjasnowa

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Dec 01, 2021

Competing memories: Inter|National Debates about Remembering the Holocaust and Colonialism

Panelists: Frank Biess, UC San Diego, Robert Heinze, University of Trier; Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Center for Research on Antisemitism, Berlin; and Esra Ozyurek, University of Cambridge, London | Moderators: Akasemi Newsome, UC Berkeley and tbd

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Dec 07, 2021

Resisting Persecution

Speaker: Wolf Gruner, University of Southern California Moderator: tbd.

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Dec 13, 2021

Antisemitism and Sexuality Reconsidered

Conference at the Center for Research on Antisemitism, TU Berlin | Conveners: Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (Center for Research on Antisemitism, TU Berlin), Anna-Carolin Augustin (GHI Washington), Sebastian Bischoff (Paderborn University), Kristoff Kerl (University of Copenhagen), in cooperation with the German Historical Institute, Washington DC (GHI) and the Center for Research on Antisemitism, TU Berlin

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Dec 16, 2021

Research Seminar

Speaker: Barbara Hahn (Texas Tech University)

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Apr 04, 2022

Knowledge on the Move: Information Networks During and After the Holocaust

International Workshop at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles | Conveners: Robin M Buller (GHI | PRO, UC Berkeley), Wolf Gruner (USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research), Anne-Christin Klotz (GHI | PRO, UC Berkeley) | Co-organized by the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI | PRO) and the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research

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Jun 02, 2022

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

International Conference and Workshop at GHI Washington | Conveners: German Historical Institute Washington in collaboration with Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH), Chair of Digital History at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Consortium Initiative NFDI4Memory, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and Stanford University, Department of History

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Jun 14, 2022

27th Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar: German History in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Seminar at GHI Washington and BMW Center, Georgetown University | Conveners: Anna von der Goltz (Georgetown University) and Richard F. Wetzell (GHI Washington)

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Jul 13, 2022

Historicizing the Refugee Experience, 17th‐21st centuries

Second Annual International Seminar in Historical Refugee Studies | Organized by The University of Duisburg‐Essen (UDE), the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI) and the National History Center of the American Historical Association (NHC), in cooperation with the Interdisciplinary Center for Integration and Migration Research (InZentIM), the Institute for the Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) and the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21)

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Sep 08, 2022

Roads to Exclusion: Socio-Spatial Dynamics of Mobility Infrastructures since 1800

International conference at the German Historical Institute Washington | Organized by Carolin Liebisch-Gümüş (GHI Washington), Andreas Greiner (GHI Washington), Mario Peters (GHI Washington), and Roland Wenzlhuemer (LMU Munich)

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Sep 25, 2022

Environments of Inequality: Crises, Conflicts, Comparisons

International Summer School at the Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies (CALAS), Guadalajara, Mexico | Organizing Committee: Cornelia Aust (Bielefeld University, SFB 1288), Sarah Beringer (GHI Washington), Olaf Kaltmeier (CALAS), Albert Manke (GHI PRO Berkeley), Mario Peters (GHI Washington), Ann-Kathrin Volmer (CALAS)

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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 Mobilities & Migration

History of Mobilities & 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. The research at the institute also places a focus on spatial mobility and its social impacts and asymmetries by bringing together projects on migration with colleagues working on different mobile groups, objects, information, or ideas. 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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Collaborative 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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Interaction and Knowledge in the Pacific Region: Entanglements and Disentanglements

The project analyzes the Pacific as a space of knowledge transfer and interaction, which shape state and non-state actors through contacts, reciprocal influences and conflicts.

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Latest Publications


Patrick Gaul

Ideale und Interessen: Die mitteleuropäische Wirtschaft im Amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg

Transatlantische Historische Studien. Band 61. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2021.

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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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Latest Blogposts


Oct 18, 2021

Swen Steinberg and Philipp Strobl

Call: Lost Knowledge

Approaching migrant knowledge after migration: Call for papers for a collaboration entailing three online workshops and a special issue in a peer-reviewed journal The post Call: Lost Knowledge first a…

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Oct 14, 2021

Barbara Kirsi Silva

What the History of Astronomy Can Teach Us about the Unknown

Humanity has long wished to know the universe. This desire has been present in nearly every civilization, culture, or community of human beings. Knowing the universe has always been extremely challeng…

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Oct 07, 2021

Editors

Knowledge Notes: Calls

Knowledge is not explicitly referenced in the following four calls, but their cultural and practice-oriented framings certainly lend themselves to proposals informed by the history of knowledge. The H…

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Oct 06, 2021

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What Makes a Witch a Witch? A Brief History of the 17th Century Trials of Lemgo

By Lea Katharina Neikes Editorial note: Lea Katharina Neikes is studying history and art history (Geschichtswissenschaften/Bild- und Kunstgeschichte) at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Through h…

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Sep 22, 2021

Editors

Knowledge Notes: Upcoming Deadlines

The following call, in German, is about memory and narrative, which means it’s also about public history and, implicitly, public knowledge of Germany’s Nazi past: Conference: Gedenkstättengeschic…

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Sep 19, 2021

Sebastian F. Bondzio

Why the History of Knowledge Matters in a Digital History of Migration

Trying to understand German migration to the United States in the nineteenth century raises the problem of how the U.S. migration regime shaped the data that researchers rely on in the first place. T…

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Sep 17, 2021

Kerstin Maria Pahl

‘Emotion Knowledge’ and Life Writing in English Military Memoirs, 1820s to 1840s

“It would be difficult,” the former officer George Gleig wrote in 1825, “to convey to the mind of an ordinary reader anything like a correct notion of the state of feeling which takes possession…

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Sep 07, 2021

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The very first monthly astronomical journal in Germany: The Celestial Police and their structures of communication

By Janna Katharina Müller Editorial note: Janna Katharina Müller studies the history and theory of science and technology [“Theorie und Geschichte der Wissenschaft und Technik”] at the Technisch…

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Aug 30, 2021

Editorial Team

New Book from the Network: Urban Inequality

New book by Christiane Reinecke, Die Ungleichheit der Städte: Urbane Problemzonen im postkolonialen Frankreich und der Bundesrepublik [The Inequality of Cities: Urban Problem Zones in Postcolonial Fr…

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Aug 30, 2021

Editorial Team

New Book from the Network: Migrations and Border Processes

New Book: Migrations and Border Processes: Practices and Politics of Belonging and Exclusion in Europe from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century, ed. Margit Fauser, Anne Friedrichs, and Levke Ha…

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Jul 19, 2021

katharina hering

Transatlantic Connections of the Women’s Movement in the Long 19th Century: Interview with Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson

Editorial Note: Professor Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson has been Chair of the Transatlantic History and Culture Department at the University of Augsburg since 2016. Previously, she served for five years a…

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May 24, 2021

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Transatlantische Verflechtungen der Frauenbewegung im langen 19. Jahrhundert: Interview mit Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson

Editorische Notiz: Professorin Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson ist seit 2016 Lehrstuhlinhaberin für die Geschichte des Europäisch-Transatlantischen Kulturraums an der Universität Augsburg. Zuvor war sie …

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