Pacific Office

The German Historical Institute's Pacific Office 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 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, the Pacific Office 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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Programs


The GHI’s Pacific 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 Office supplements its scholarly offerings with an active public-outreach program. 

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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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


Research Fellowships in Asian-Pacific History

The GHI PRO awards research fellowships in Asian-Pacific history to doctoral students from Europe, Asia, and North America, as well as postdoctoral scholars to pursue research projects that draw upon primary sources principally located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Research Fellowships in Latin American History

The GHI PRO awards research fellowships in Latin American history to doctoral students from Europe and the Americas, as well as postdoctoral scholars to pursue research projects that draw upon primary sources principally located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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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.

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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.


Guest Scholar Program

The GHI guest scholar program is designed to give visiting doctoral and postdoctoral scholars who have their own funding a base for their independent research in either Washington, DC or at the GHI’s branch office at the University of California, Berkeley (GHI PRO). 

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Latest News


Call for Papers

Bucerius Young Scholars Forum Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives

Deadline: March 15, 2023 | Seventh Annual Bucerius Young Scholars Forum at the Pacific Office of the GHI in Berkeley & Sitka, AK

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Pacific Office

Global Challenge in the Asia-Pacific – Past & Present

Lecture Series at UC Berkeley and Stanford University, November 14 & 16, 2022 | Sponsored by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius

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Video

Watch recording of our event "Globalizing Landesgeschichte: Reflections on Narrating Germans’ Histories in the Modern Era"

If you were unable to watch our event "Globalizing Landesgeschichte: Reflections on Narrating Germans’ Histories in the Modern Era" live, it is now…

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Fellowship

Binational Visiting Tandem Fellowship in the History of Migration at the GHI's Pacific Office in Berkeley

Deadline: February 15, 2023 (deadline extended) | The GHI is seeking applications for a Binational Visiting Fellow Tandem at its Pacific Office at UC…

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Video

Watch recording of our event "Whose Knowledge? Knowledge about Migrants vs. Migrants’ Knowledge"

If you were unable to watch our event "Whose Knowledge? Knowledge about Migrants vs. Migrants’ Knowledge" live, it is now available on our Vimeo…

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GHI Pacific Office Team


Visiting Fellows & Affiliated Scholars


Events & Conferences


Feb 09, 2023

Theology of Disability: Germany, 1900-1945

Lecture (Hybrid: 223 Moses Hall & Zoom) | Speaker: Dagmar Herzog (CUNY Graduate Center); Moderator: Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (UC Berkeley)

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Feb 22, 2023

"Noah's Ark for Future Generations" or Genetic Imperialism?: The Dilemma of the Seed Bank in Postwar German History

Lecture (Hybrid: 201 Moses Hall & Zoom) | Speaker: Jennifer Allen (Yale University); Moderator: Philipp Lenhard (UC Berkeley)

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Mar 06, 2023

Outrageous Comparisons in Modern History and Contemporary Politics

Lecture at UCLA, Bunche Hall 6275 (History Conference Room) | Speaker: Willibald Steinmetz (Universität Bielefeld)

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Mar 06, 2023

Outrageous Comparisons in Modern History and Contemporary Politics

Lecture at UC San Diego | Speaker: Willibald Steinmetz (Universität Bielefeld)

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