GHI West at the University of California, Berkeley

GHI West is the German Historical Institute’s branch office housed on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. Acting on the recommendation of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat), the GHI opened the office to facilitate expanded cooperation with scholars and institutions in the western U.S. and Canada. GHI West is also envisioned as a resource for German scholars in the humanities and social sciences, for whom California is an increasingly important research hub. 

GHI West will organize programs in all of the research areas the GHI supports. Moreover, it will also coordinate the development of a research network that will bring together scholars working at the intersection of migration history and the history of knowledge. The opening of the branch office is part of the strategic development initiative of the Max-Weber-Stiftung. It will also raise the profile of the GHI Washington, which, under Director Simone Lässig, has placed the history of knowledge, along with digital history, at the center of its activities. Through target cooperation with other institutions, GHI West will give new impulse to international and interdisciplinary exchange in research on migration, not least by facilitating dialogue between European and North American scholars and their colleagues in Latin America and the Asian Pacific region. A central focus for the “Migration and Knowledge” research network will be migrants as conveyors and producers of knowledge. Special attention will be given to the role of migrant children and young people as mediators or “translators” between cultures. 

Related Events

Empires of Knowledge

September 15 - 16, 2017
Conference at University of British Columbia, Vancouver/Canada
Conveners: Axel Jansen (GHI), John Krige (Georgia Institute of Technology), and Jessica Wang (UBC)

The Knowledge of Migrants, Knowledge about Migrants: Preconceptions, Misconceptions, and the Limits of Knowledge

November 01, 2017
Lecture at Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley
Speaker: Armin Nassehi (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Bucerius Young Scholars Forum at GHI WEST at UC Berkeley: “Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives”

November 01, 2017
Bucerius Young Scholars Forum at GHI West at UC Berkeley
Convener: Atiba Pertilla (GHI Washington)
UC Berkeley Campus


Heike Friedman 

Program Coordinator - 
GHI West 

German Historical Institute (GHI) West
Institute of European Studies
249 Moses Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2316
(510) 643-4558

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