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 20, 2023

Mayukhi Ghosh

From Nabob to Saheb: Reflections of British Rule in The Indian Vocabulary

Examines The Indian Vocabulary (1788) produced in Britain for colonial civil servants in order to discern the ambiguous relationship toward India and British efforts to define itself in relation to i…

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Sep 11, 2023

Jan Hua-Henning

Exploring Histories of Risk and Knowledge

Editorial note: The editors wish to acknowledge that the date of this post about risk cultures, highlighting the example of fire-fighting technologies, marks the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist…

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Sep 06, 2023

Robert McKee Irwin

Migrant Autonomy in the Face of Regimes of Deterrence: Complications and Resiliency

Introduces the digital storytelling project Humanizing Deportation, which documents the human consequences of contemporary regimes of migration and border control in the United States and Mexico. The …

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Aug 25, 2023

Thomas Morel

Why Should You Trust Geometry? The Mathematics of Mining in Early Modern Germany

My book Underground Mathematics tells the story of a discipline that has been forgotten today, subterranean geometry. Known as “the art of setting limits” (Markscheidekunst) in German and geometri…

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Aug 25, 2023


The U.S. in the (Digital) World: Working with the Foreign Relations of the United States Series in 2023

By Linus Lanfermann-Baumann Editorial note: Having finished his undergraduate studies in History and English at Göttingen University, Linus Lanfermann-Baumann is in the final phase of his master’s …

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Aug 21, 2023

Ramon Wiederkehr

Epistolary Knowledge in Transit: Migrant Letters in Swiss Refugee Periodicals after the Second World War

Presents the knowledge produced and shared in refugee letters in periodicals in Switzerland in the post-World War II period. The post Epistolary Knowledge in Transit: Migrant Letters in Swiss Refugee …

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Jul 28, 2023

#MigKnow Notes 18

A roundup of current events, CfPs, conference reports, and new publications, exhibits, projects, and book reviews relevant to Migrant Knowledge. The post #MigKnow Notes 18 first appeared in Migrant Kn…

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Jul 25, 2023

Amelia Bonea

Owning the (Deep) Past: Paleontological Knowledge and the Political Afterlives of Fossils

Who do fossils belong to? The question is far from new: in various guises, it has preoccupied paleoscientists, museum curators, and occasionally officials for many years, although ongoing debates abou…

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Jul 12, 2023


Navigating the Challenges of OCR-based Research in the Arabic Script and Language

By Maximilien Gudenburg Editorial note: Maximilien Gudenburg is a student of Global History (M.A.) at the University of Heidelberg, with a special emphasis on American and German history. Before comin…

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Jul 10, 2023

Sandrine Parageau

How Ignorance Made Modern Science

I have in my dayes seene a hundred Artificers, and as many laborers, more wise and more happy, then some Rectors in the university, and whom I would rather resemble.1 Michel de Montaigne Montaigne’s…

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Jun 21, 2023


Social Media as Social Movement Archives

By Charlie Kleinfeld Editorial note: Charlie Kleinfeld is currently finishing his Masters degree in American Studies from Leipzig University. He is writing his thesis on the uses and symbolism of food…

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Jan 10, 2023

katharina hering

The World Wide Web of Internationalism: Evaluating Total Digital Access for the League of Nations Archive (LONTAD) and Its Potential for Historical Research

By Valentin Loos Editorial Note: Having gained his bachelor‘s degree in 2020, Valentin Loos is now a master‘s student of history and English and American studies at Osnabrück University. His inte…

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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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