GHI Blogs


The GHI publishes several blogs to provide a different forum for new academic research fields to connect with new audiences. The blogs take advantage of the GHI’s professional editing capacity to help disseminate “work-in-progress.” “History of Knowledge” was established in 2016 as part of the GHI’s new research concentration in the history of knowledge; “href” was launched in 2018 and is is dedicated to the use of digitized primary source materials in studying, teaching, and researching German and global history; and “Migrant Knowledge” was created in 2019 to to foster and disseminate research at the nexus of migration and knowledge studies.

Latest Blogposts

Aug 12, 2022

News from the Network

News about various contributions and awards from the Migrant Knowledge Network. Members are invited to share theirs as well. The post News from the Network first appeared in Migrant Knowledge. …

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Aug 05, 2022

Johannes Schütz

Violence against Migrants in the GDR and the Lack of Epistemic Impact

Schütz shows how GDR officials' knowledge of violence against guest workers failed to change their perception of them or the nature of the country. Instead, they blamed the workers. The post Violence…

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Jul 31, 2022

Matthew O. Anderson

Organizing Impulses: Reframing Adventure as Global Knowledge for Young Readers in Precolonial Germany (1841–1862)

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Jul 26, 2022

MigKnow Notes #14

A roundup of recent work and resources in migration and migrant knowledge. The post MigKnow Notes #14 first appeared in Migrant Knowledge. …

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Jul 14, 2022

katharina hering

Interview about the Relaunch of the Hannah Arendt Papers

By Tobias Schweitzer Editorial note: Tobias Schweitzer recently finished his Bachelor/undergraduate studies in philosophy and political science at the University of Münster in Germany. His interests …

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Jul 12, 2022

katharina hering

Reflections on Researching Digitized Personal Files of Sinti and Roma Created by Berlin’s Criminal Police in Nazi Germany

By Lara Raabe Editorial note: Lara Raabe is a graduate history student at the Humboldt University Berlin. She is currently writing her master’s thesis on the role of Sinti and Roma in the Einsatzgru…

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Jul 11, 2022

Jan Randák

‘Will They Become Human?’ Romanies and Re-education Knowledge in Postwar Czechoslovakia

“We are building a socialist order for the happy present and future of today's and future generations.” This is what Václav Nosek, the Minister of the Interior, told his fellow party members …

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Jul 08, 2022

Kübra Göksel

Knowledge and Ignorance about ‘the Turkish Woman’ in West Germany and Migrant Women’s Responses

Highlighting an interview with a Turkish migrant woman, Kübra Göksel explores the "knowledge" West Germans had about these guest workers, the impact this knowledge had on their lives, and the ways t…

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Jun 26, 2022

Mark R. Stoneman

Blogging Migrant Knowledge – Part II

Migrant knowledge is not so much a concept as it is a research agenda.1 It can foster work on what migrants know about their world, and it challenges us to think more about what societies, including s…

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May 27, 2022


Knowledge Notes: Books and Archives

Check out "A Motherland of Books: An Essay by Maria Bloshteyn" at Punctured Lines, a blog devoted to "post-Soviet literature in and outside the former Soviet Union." Written just before the war in Ukr…

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Feb 07, 2022


“Where AI meets historical documents”: Automatically transcribing historical prints with OCR and HTR

By Janna Katharina Müller In my last blog post, I wrote about the source corpus for my master’s thesis – the journal “Monatliche Correspondenz zur Beförderung der Erd- und Himmelskunde” (MC)…

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Jan 31, 2022

katharina hering

Jewish Transit to China: “Die Gelbe Post”: A German Newspaper in Shanghai, 1939 – 1940

By Lea Katharina Neikes The German Historical Institute (GHI) Washington DC, in collaboration with external partners, has organized an ongoing conference and workshop series about Jewish refugees in g…

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Migrant Knowledge Blog

The “Migrant Knowledge” blog fosters and disseminates research at the nexus of migration and knowledge studies.

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History of Knowledge

The "History of Knowledge" blog serves as a venue for the exchange of ideas and information on the history of knowledge.

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The "href" blog is dedicated to the use of digitized primary source materials for studying, teaching, and researching German and global history.

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