Transatlantic Perspectives

Europe in the Eyes of European Immigrants to the United States, 1930-1980

Transatlantic Perspectives

Transatlantic Perspectives: Europe in the Eyes of European Immigrants to the United States, 1930-1980 is a four year interdisciplinary research project funded by a grant from the German Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung).

The project traces transcultural perspectives on Europe and the emergence of hybrid European identities among European immigrants and émigrés in the United States between the 1930s and 1970s. How did immigrants who left the continent look back at Europe? Did immigrants and émigrés bring European perspectives into a postwar transatlantic world dominated by the United States? Through four individual research projects, Transatlantic Perspectives focuses on migrant professionals involved in business, consumer culture, urban development, and the social sciences. In addition to issues of identity, the project examines how these migrants acted as conduits for social and intellectual transfers between Europe and the United States.

For more information please visit the the project's Transatlantic Perspectives website. In addition to descriptions of the research and upcoming conferences and events, the website contains documents and images, bibliographies and source collections, essays on migrants and transatlantic institutions, and tools and resources for educators.

Research Team

Jan Logemann, Ph.D.
"European Imports? Émigrés and the Transformation of American Consumer Culture from the 1920s to the 1960s" more...

Andreas Joch, M.A., PhD candidate, University of Giessen
"European Migrants and the American City: Aspects of urban planning, urban development, and city life in the context of transatlantic migration since the 1920s" more...

Corinna Ludwig, M.A., PhD candidate, University of Göttingen
"Bridging the Atlantic Gap: German Business in the United States after the Second World War" more...

Barbara Reiterer, PhD candidate, University of Minnesota
"Traveling between Worlds: Gender, Exile, and the Framing of Social Science Careers in Central Europe and the United States, 1940-1980" more...

Upcoming Events

  • Europe - Migration - Identity: Summer Seminar
    August 25 - 27, 2011
    Seminar at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    Conveners: Donna Gabaccia (University of Minnesota), Sally Gregory Kohlstedt (University of Minnesota), and Jan Logemann (GHI)

Academic Advisory Board

Hartmut Berghoff, German Historical Institute Washington
Jan-Otmar Hesse, University of Göttingen
Hartmut Kaelble, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, University of Minnesota
Friedrich Lenger, University of Giessen
Daniel Rodgers, Princeton University

Contact: Jan Logemann