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
    • News from the Network: Histories of Migrant Knowledge

      Friday, 27. March 2020 - "Histories of Migrant Knowledge: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives," edited by Andrea Westermann and Onur Erdur, Bulletin of the German Historical Institute Supplement 15 (2020). The post News from the Network: Histories of Migrant Knowledge first appeared in Migrant Knowledge.

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    • The Power of Play: Jewish Refugee Children in World War II Shanghai

      Wednesday, 18. March 2020 - Through playtime, Jewish refugee children in Shanghai acquired specific knowledge about their new home through sources unavailable to adults refugees. The post The Power of Play: Jewish Refugee Children in World War II Shanghai first appeared in Migrant Knowledge.

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    • Call for Papers: Contested Meanings of Migration Facilitation

      Monday, 16. March 2020 - Call for Papers: Contested Meanings of Migration Facilitation: Emigration Agents, Coyotes, Rescuers, and Human Traffickers The post Call for Papers: Contested Meanings of Migration Facilitation first appeared in Migrant Knowledge.

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    • News from the Network: The Holocaust in Bohemia and Moravia

      Sunday, 15. March 2020 - Wolf Gruner's 2016 monograph is now available in English as 'The Holocaust in Bohemia and Moravia: Czech Initiatives, German Policies, Jewish Responses.' The post News from the Network: The Holocaust in Bohemia and Moravia first appeared in Migrant Knowledge.

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    • # MigKnow Notes 8

      Friday, 06. March 2020 - Four calls, a conference reminder, a new book on the history of knowledge (open access), a special issue on migration and knowledge (open access), and a new book series on refugees and migrants in the Middle East. The post # MigKnow Notes 8 first appeared in Migrant Knowledge.

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