Pacific Regional Office

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:

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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):

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Latest News


Event & Administrative Assistant, GHI PRO (deadline extended)

Deadline: February 5, 2021 | The Pacific Regional Office of the Germany Historical Institute Washington in Berkeley California is hiring an Event &…

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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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Call for Papers

Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives

Deadline: February 15, 2021 | Fifth Annual Bucerius Young Scholars Forum at the Pacific Regional Office of the GHI in Berkeley

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Bericht zum Pazifikbüro des DHI Washington in Berkeley

Dieser Bericht informiert Sie über unsere Forschungen an der Westküste wie auch über die am PRO Berkeley entwickelten Programme zur Förderung und…

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German/European & Jewish History

Conference to Explore Experiences of Jewish Refugees and Other Forced Migrants in the Global South, 1940–1960

Against the backdrop of ongoing debates about global migration and its consequences, the German Historical Institute Washington and its Pacific…

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Albert Manke

Research Fellow, GHI PRO
Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington
Institute of European Studies | University of California, Berkeley | 249 Moses Hall | Berkeley, CA 94720-2316
Phone +1.510.643-4558

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Visiting Fellows & Affiliated Scholars

Events & Conferences

Jan 27, 2021

Ruin and Renewal: Civilizing Europe after the Second World War

Lecture (virtual) | 10am -11am PT | Speaker: Paul Betts (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

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Jan 29, 2021

Migration and Racism in the Americas: The Case of Migrants in the United States

Lecture (virtual) | 12pm ET | Speaker: Ramón Grosfoguel (University of California, Berkeley); Comment: Julia Roth (Bielefeld University)

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Feb 05, 2021

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

Workshop at University of California, Berkeley | Conveners: Sheer Ganor (Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington), Isabel Richter (UC Berkeley)

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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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