Migrant Knowledge Blog

Migrant Knowledge - Writing knowledge into the history of migration and migration into the history of knowledge

The purpose of this website, Migrant Knowledge, is to foster and disseminate research at the nexus of migration and knowledge studies. Migrating people—social actors with agency—are the main focus. Thus "migrant knowledge." At the same time, there is room for interesting work on knowledge about migrants, especially if such research helps us to understand migrant knowledge. The two are frequently entangled. 

This website aims to stimulate the further growth of a network of scholars working on migrant knowledge and related subjects. The focus is historical, but Migrant Knowledge embraces perspectives from any scholars undertaking such research, regardless of discipline. 

Migrant Knowledge gives concrete form to a broad research effort of the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI). Migrant knowledge became an explicit focus of the GHI with the advent of Simone Lässig’s tenure as director in late 2015. Since that time, there have been conferences, workshops, seminars for young scholars, panel series at the German Studies Association's annual conferences, and special journal issues. At the center of all this is the GHI's Pacific Regional Office at UC Berkeley. This bureau was established in 2017 to facilitate work with major research institutions on the West Coast and to benefit from the broad impact on this region of its specific constellations of European, Latin American, Asian, and Pacific Islander migration.

  • Latest Posts
    • CFP: Change in Motion: Environment, Migration, and Mobilities

      Monday, 09. December 2019 - Call for Papers: Workshop, May 18–19, 2020, Berkeley, California. Deadline: January 15, 2019

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    • Migrant Knowledge Notes 6

      Thursday, 07. November 2019 - Fellowship: Binational Visiting Fellow Tandem Program in the History of Migration at GHI Pacific Regional Office in Berkeley. Application deadline: January 15, 2020. Reading: Andrea Westermann, "Migrations and Radical Environmental Change," NTM Zeitschrift für Geschichte der...

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    • Marginalized Migrant Knowledge: The Reception of German-Speaking Refugee Historians in West Germany after 1945

      Wednesday, 06. November 2019 - Anna Corsten examines the reception of two German-speaking refugee historians in West Germany, Hans Rosenberg and Raul Hilberg. In both cases, their work was initially marginalized, but later it entered the mainstream of German historiography. Why? What role did migration play in their work and...

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    • Knowledge in Transit: Global Encounters and Transformation in Magnus Hirschfeld’s Travelogue

      Wednesday, 06. November 2019 - Razak Khan looks at the role Islam and Muslims played for Hirschfeld in his 1933 travelogue, in which he described his encounters in Indonesia, India, and the Near East. According to Khan, "the tolerance and coexistence [Hirschfeld] encountered on his journey taught him how closely connected the...

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    • Background Knowledge: Interrogating Perceptions of Smugglers with Joseph Roth

      Wednesday, 30. October 2019 - Allison Schmidt makes a case for not prejudging people smugglers in history or the testimony they left behind in state police records. Drawing on the suggestive observations of Joseph Roth, her example centers on Eastern and Central Europe in the interwar period, after the breakup of empires had...

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