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

The Longue Durée of 1989: Regime Change and Everyday Life in East Germany

February 21, 2019
Lecture at GHI West, 201 Moses Hall
Speaker: Kerstin Brückweh (Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam)

The Securitization of Migration and Racial Sorting in Fortress Europe

March 04, 2019
Lecture at GHI West, UC Berkeley, 201 Moses Hall
Speaker: Maartje van der Woude, Leiden Law School (Netherlands)

Entangling Pacific and Atlantic Worlds: Past and Present

March 24 - 28, 2019
Symposium at GHI West
Conveners: Sarah Beringer (GHI Washington), Wencke Meteling (Marburg University), Sören Urbansky (GHI Washington). Co-organized with the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius

Fascism’s Global Moments: New Perspectives on Entanglements and Tensions between Fascist Regimes in the 1930s and 1940s

April 02, 2019
Lecture at GHI West, 201 Moses Hall
Speaker: Sven Reichard (Universität Konstanz)

German History in a Fractious World

April 06 - 07, 2019
Second Annual West Coast Germanists' Workshop at University of Southern California
Organizing Committee: Elizabeth Drummond (LMU), Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (UC Berkeley), Paul Lerner (USC), Andrea Westermann (GHI West), Heike Friedman (GHI West)

City Streets and Civil Unrest: The Costs of Public Violence in the Weimar and Nazi Eras

April 11, 2019
Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Molly Loberg (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo)

Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30? Older People and Changing Values in the Long Sixties

April 11, 2019
Lecture at GHI West, 201 Moses Hall
Speaker: Christina von Hodenberg (German Historical Institute, London)

In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees (1940s-1960s)

May 19 - 22, 2019
Conference at GHI West and The MAGNES Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the University of California, Berkeley
Conveners: Wolf Gruner (USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, Los Angeles), Simone Lässig (German Historical Institute Washington/GHI West, UC Berkeley), Francesco Spagnolo (The Magnes, UC Berkeley), Swen Steinberg (University of Dresden)

Histories of Migrant Knowledges in and across the Transpacific: Agencies, Scales, Translations

May 28 - June 04, 2019
Conference at UC Berkeley
Organized by The Forum Transregionale Studien, the Max Weber Stiftung, GHI West, The Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (CALAS), and the Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley

Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives

October 21 - 23, 2019
Bucerius Young Scholars Forum at GHI West (Berkeley)
Convener: Andrea Westermann (GHI West)
UC Berkeley Campus


Heike Friedman 

Program Coordinator - 
GHI West 

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

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