The German Historical Institute's Pacific Regional Office (GHI PRO) brings the Pacific world into the GHI’s research agenda. The broadened scope and perspective build on the GHI’s established programs in North American and transatlantic history, German and European history, and transregional and global history. The Pacific Regional Office aims to put an emphasis on research projects and scholarly programs that explore the interconnections of the Atlantic and Pacific worlds. At the same time, GHI PRO takes up our institute’s long established interest in the history of migration and combines it with approaches in the history of knowledge, which has been a research focus at the GHI since 2015.
Interdisciplinary by design, the program in migrant knowledge aims to foster exchange among scholars in fields such as history, migration studies, political science, and cultural studies. It also goes beyond academia and includes experts in the governmental and NGO sectors in the discussion. Please visit our blog for more information and to join the network: migrantknowledge.org.
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The GHI’s Pacific Regional Office helps coordinate programs in the GHI’s core research fields along with its program on the history of migrant knowledge. Like the GHI’s head office in Washington, the Pacific Regional Office supplements its scholarly offerings with an active public-outreach program.
In conjunction with its fellowship program, the Pacific Regional Office can offer short-term affiliation to a limited number of postdoctoral and senior guest researchers who have their own funding. In exceptional cases, doctoral students in advanced stages of their dissertation research will also be considered. For application information, write to Heike Friedman (Program officer): firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programs on Migrant Knowledge
Bucerius Young Scholars Forum at GHI PRO at UC Berkeley
The Bucerius Young Scholars Forum in Berkeley is designed to bring together a transatlantic group of ten junior scholars from Germany, Europe and North America to explore new research questions in the history of migration.
Binational Tandem Fellowship in the History of Migration at GHI PRO in Berkeley
GHI PRO and IES at UC Berkeley offer German and North American postdoctoral scholars the opportunity to develop a binational research tandem in order to work on research projects in the field of the history of migration at GHI PRO a year.
Senior Fellowships at GHI PRO, UC Berkeley
GHI PRO awards fellowships to up to three senior scholars per year to come to Berkeley for four to twelve weeks to help shape its emerging research focus on the histories of migrant knowledge.
Practitioners in Residence Program at GHI PRO, UC Berkeley
GHI PRO awards fellowships to professionals who work on issues related to migration politics in government, NGOs, or in other relevant fields a short-term stay to catch up with relevant literature and reflect, from a distance, on their everyday tasks.
Annual Policy Symposium
GHI PRO organizes an annual policy symposium with its visiting senior fellows. You can learn more about past symposiums by using the filter on the events page.
Programs on core research areas of the GHI
Gerda Henkel Lecture Tours
The Gerda Henkel Lecture Tours brings German historians to the West Coast where they present their research at up to four different universities with the goal of facilitating the general dialogue between German historians and their colleagues in the U.S. and Canadian west. The lecture tours are coordinated by the Pacific Regional Office of the Germany Historical Institute, Washington. You can learn more about past lecture tours by using the filter on the events page.
Fritz Thyssen Pre-Dissertation Fellowships for Students in German & European History at West Coast Universities
GHI PRO and the Department of History at UC Berkeley grant up to five summer fellowships to graduate students in German and European History to visit German archives and libraries to review material for their dissertation.
Academic conferences, lectures, and other public events
GHI PRO cooperates with regional partners to facilitate scholarly networking as well as disseminate research to a larger audience by organizing academic conferences, lectures, and other public events. Find the latest GHI PRO events by filtering for "bay area" under events.
GHI PRO Team
Visiting Fellows & Affiliated Scholars
Apr 16, 2021
The Language of Dreams: Yoko Tawada in conversation with Elisabeth Krimmer and Jonas Teupert
Panel Discussion (Virtual) | Featured Speaker: Yoko Tawada; Discussants: Elisabeth Krimmer (University of California, Davis) and Jonas Teupert (University of California, Berkeley)Read on
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)Read on
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)Read on
May 05, 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)Read on