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
    • Heads-Up

      Wednesday, 22. January 2020 - Blog editing is a bit slower at the moment, as we simultaneously work with a developer on a new version of the site that will also highlight a growing network of scholars whose work intersects with migrant knowledge. Stay tuned. ^ms— Migrant Knowledge (@MigKnow) January 22, 2020

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    • Clashing Ways of Knowing at the Moment of Immigration

      Monday, 16. December 2019 - Andrea Wiegeshoff explorers the interactions of different ways of knowing at the moment of immigration using the 1914 example of Wong Kum Wo in Honolulu. (2,167 words)

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    • 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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