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
    • Of Dodos, Cane, and Migrants: Networking Migrant Knowledge between Mauritius and Hawai’i in the 1860s

      Monday, 17. June 2019 - Nicholas B. Miller argues, "Reconstituting the networks of the complex and mobile individuals through which indenture globally spread as a legal form of labor can sharpen our understanding of how migration practices and policies became universalized over the course of the nineteenth century...

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    • Migration, Creativity, and the Construction of Knowledge

      Tuesday, 04. June 2019 - Benjamin Hein reflects on the nature of knowledge and knowledge formation in connection with a German migrant to North America in the mid-nineteenth century. What did it mean that this man, Christian Bönsel, could brag that he had been able to "learn and see how it goes in the world"? (1,455...

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    • Migrant Knowledge Notes 3

      Thursday, 02. May 2019 - Call: Migration and Racism in the United States and Germany in the Twentieth Century Workshop, April 23–24, 2020, German Historical Institute Washington (GHI), Washington, DC CFP Deadline: June 15, 2019 Program: In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees...

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    • Following the Archives: Migrating Documents and their Changing Meanings

      Thursday, 18. April 2019 - Nick Underwood reflects on how files he had expected to find in Paris for his study of Franco-Yiddishness during the interwar period had, in fact, migrated elsewhere. He uses his surprise to discuss the part played by rescued or stolen documents in "the migratory history of knowledge and...

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    • Migrant Knowledge Notes 2

      Thursday, 28. March 2019 - Call for Summer School Applications: Challenging the Sites of Knowledge: Medial and Pluri-Medial Configurations and Transformations September 3–7, 2019, Graduate School of the Humanities, Universität Bern Deadline: April 30, 2019 Grant in Aid Awards for Immigration History Research...

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