Andrea Westermann & Onur Erdur, eds.
Histories of Migrant Knowledge: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives
Bulletin Supplement 15 (2020)Download
Our GHI Bulletin Supplement adds to this ongoing discussion about the histories of migrant knowledge. The contributors are scholars of migration history who participated in workshops or panels hosted by the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute of Washington DC in 2018. We asked them to take a significant point, principle, methodological consideration, or concrete analysis from their own work testing a history of knowledge approach. Whereas each case study presents a unique perspective, their juxtaposition in this volume, and particularly their groupings, illuminate what they have in common and enrich the analyses, as we elucidate below after summarizing the individual contributions. With this collection of articles, we hope to spark further research into the epistemic dynamics of displacement, into alternative sites of migrant knowledge production, and into overlooked repositories of migrant knowledge.
Andrea Westermann and Onur Erdur: Migrant Knowledge: Studying the Epistemic Dynamics That Govern the Thinking In and Around Migration, Exile, and Displacement
Futures That Never Were
Sheer Ganor: To Farm a Future: The Displaced Youth of Gross-Breesen
Marcia C. Schenck: Small Strangers at the School of Friendship: Memories of Mozambican School Students of the German Democratic Republic
Internal Migration and the Left
Risto Lenz: The South and the Making of the American Other: Folk Music, Internal Migration, and the Cultural Left
Almuth Ebke: From “Ethnic Community” to “Black Community”: The Cultural Belonging of Migrants between Race-Relations Research and the Politics of Blackness in 1970s and 1980s Britain
Place-Specific Material Resources
Joseph Malherek: Displaced Knowledge and Its Sponsors: How American Foundations and Aid Organizations Shaped Émigré Social Research, 1933–1945
Avi Sharma: Mass Displacement in Post-Catastrophic Societies: Vulnerability, Learning, and Adaptation in Germany and India, 1945–1952
Barbara Lüthi: Humans, Not Files: Deportation and Knowledge in Switzerland