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

Sep 17, 2021

Kerstin Maria Pahl

‘Emotion Knowledge’ and Life Writing in English Military Memoirs, 1820s to 1840s

“It would be difficult,” the former officer George Gleig wrote in 1825, “to convey to the mind of an ordinary reader anything like a correct notion of the state of feeling which takes possession…

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Sep 07, 2021


The very first monthly astronomical journal in Germany: The Celestial Police and their structures of communication

By Janna Katharina Müller Editorial note: Janna Katharina Müller studies the history and theory of science and technology [“Theorie und Geschichte der Wissenschaft und Technik”] at the Technisch…

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Aug 30, 2021

Editorial Team

New Book from the Network: Urban Inequality

New book by Christiane Reinecke, Die Ungleichheit der Städte: Urbane Problemzonen im postkolonialen Frankreich und der Bundesrepublik [The Inequality of Cities: Urban Problem Zones in Postcolonial Fr…

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Aug 30, 2021

Editorial Team

New Book from the Network: Migrations and Border Processes

New Book: Migrations and Border Processes: Practices and Politics of Belonging and Exclusion in Europe from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century, ed. Margit Fauser, Anne Friedrichs, and Levke Ha…

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Aug 24, 2021

Dagmar Ellerbrock and Swen Steinberg

Invective Loops: How Shaming Migrants Shapes Knowledge Orders

The authors discuss disparagement practices using the "invectivity" approach developed at the TU Dresden. Shaming helps demarcate in-groups from out-groups, feeding communication loops and producing e…

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Aug 12, 2021

Nelson Javier Chacón Lesmes

Louis Agassiz and the Classification of Brazil’s Fish

Louis Agassiz (1807–1873) was a young student at the University of Munich when Johann von Spix and Carl Friedrich von Martius returned from their expedition to Brazil. Among the many items and speci…

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Jul 22, 2021

Vladislava Warditz and Wim Coudenys

Slavic Studies as Migrant Knowledge: The Case of Max Vasmer

Using the example of Max Vasmer's biography, the authors argue that "Slavic Studies in general and in German-speaking countries in particular can and should be studied from the perspective of migrant …

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Jul 21, 2021

Mark R. Stoneman

Blogging Histories of Knowledge in the Context of Digital History

A little article about this blog that I wrote with Kerstin von der Krone is now open access. See “Blogging Histories of Knowledge in Washington, D.C.,” in “Digital History,” ed. Simone Lässig…

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Jul 20, 2021


Six Calls That Caught Our Attention

Conference: What Makes a Philosopher Good or Bad? Intellectual Virtues and Vices in the History of Philosophy. Utrecht University, November 25–26, 2021. Proposal deadline: August 21, 2021. Conferenc…

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Jul 19, 2021

katharina hering

Transatlantic Connections of the Women’s Movement in the Long 19th Century: Interview with Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson

Editorial Note: Professor Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson has been Chair of the Transatlantic History and Culture Department at the University of Augsburg since 2016. Previously, she served for five years a…

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May 24, 2021


Transatlantische Verflechtungen der Frauenbewegung im langen 19. Jahrhundert: Interview mit Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson

Editorische Notiz: Professorin Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson ist seit 2016 Lehrstuhlinhaberin für die Geschichte des Europäisch-Transatlantischen Kulturraums an der Universität Augsburg. Zuvor war sie …

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Apr 29, 2021


A Strong Connection: How Digital History Makes the Past More Accessible

By Allison Ruman Editorial note: Allison Ruman received her Bachelor of Arts in German, Political Science, and Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies from Penn State University in 2020 and will be …

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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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