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
    • Migrant Biographies as a Prism for Explaining Transnational Knowledge Transfers

      Monday, 07. October 2019 - Philipp Strobl thinks about how migrant biographies and autobiographies can be used to understand associated knowledge transfer processes, including their "success" or "failure." Keywords include "new biography," "actor centrism," and "translation," and the examples are from Australia after...

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    • Acquiring Knowledge About Migration: The Jewish Origins of Migration Studies

      Wednesday, 25. September 2019 - Tobias Brinkmann looks into how "studying Jewish migration" began "outside the academic sphere" in the 19th century. He also notes how a number of Jewish social scientists "[shaped] the conceptual foundations of migration studies in the United States during the middle decades of the twentieth...

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    • Migrant Knowledge Notes 5

      Friday, 20. September 2019 - Innovation through Migration: Senior Fellowships at the Pacific Regional Office of the GHI, UC Berkeley. Deadline: October 1, 2019. Visiting Fellowship to Lund, Sweden, 1–2 weeks. Next deadline: November 1, 2019. "Knowledge and Young Migrants," special issue of KNOW: A Journal on the...

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    • Refuge and Refuse: Migrant Knowledge and Environmental Education in Germany

      Friday, 13. September 2019 - Joela Jacobs observes that “Migrant knowledge figures as a category of absence” in Europe. In Germany, one core issue is knowledge about recycling requirements and expectations. Efforts to teach it “betray an unreflective understanding of cultural identity”: knowing how to separate...

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    • Migrant Knowledge Notes 4

      Tuesday, 06. August 2019 - Upcoming Event: "Migrant Knowledge, Early Modern and Beyond: An Event at the Crossroads," University of Cambridge, September 15–17, 2019. Call for Papers: "Environments of Exile: Refugees, Nature, and Representations: Biennial Conference of the North American Society for Exile...

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