Global & Transregional History

The GHI’s engagement with global and transregional history is an outgrowth of its work in transatlantic history and its longstanding interest in comparative history, especially historical comparisons of the U.S. and Germany. Global and transregional history at the GHI are defined less by subject matter than by analytical perspective. GHI-supported research explores processes that transcend individual polities and entangle disparate states, regions, and continents. The GHI is particularly interested in historical comparison as a tool to illuminate trends and developments at the transregional and global levels.

Photo Credit: Electrification of the World, ca. 1892. Edward Carqueville, Library of Congress.


Isabel Richter

Deputy Director
Pacific Office of the German Historical Institute Washington
Institute of European Studies | University of California, Berkeley | 249 Philosophy Hall | Berkeley, CA 94720-2316
Phone +1.202.552.8936

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In Global Transit

In Global Transit currently consists of two separate pillars: a conference series and resulting research network and individual projects from GHI research staff.

Interaction and Knowledge in the Pacific Region: Entanglements and Disentanglements

A project funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (March 2019 – February 2022)

Events & Conferences

Nov 29, 2023

Research Seminar (Hybrid)

Philipp Gassert (Mannheim University)

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Dec 01, 2023

Anti-Globalism, Then and Now

37th Annual Lecture at GHI Washington | Speaker: Tara Zahra (University of Chicago), Comment: Madeleine Herren-Oesch (University of Basel)

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Dec 06, 2023

The Deportation Plane: Charter Flights and Carceral Mobilities

Virtual Event (by invite only) | Speaker: William Walters (Carleton University); Barbara Lüthi (Leipzig University, Germany)

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Apr 14, 2024

Music, Knowledge, and Global Migration, ca. 1700−1900

Symposium at the University of California, Berkeley | Conveners: Tina Frühauf (Columbia University/The CUNY Graduate Center, New York), Simone Lässig (German Historical Institute Washington), and Francesco Spagnolo (The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC Berkeley)

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May 20, 2024

Fugitive Histories and Migrant Knowledge in Latin America and the Caribbean

Workshop at the University of California, Irvine | Conveners: Kevan Antonio Aguilar (University of California, Irvine), Amy Kerner (University of California, Berkeley & GHI Washington | Pacific Office), Fabio Santos (University of California, Berkeley & GHI Washington | Pacific Office), and Chelsea Schields (University of California, Irvine)

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Jun 28, 2024

Archives in/of Transit: Historical Perspectives from the 1930s to the Present

Workshop at University of Southern California, Los Angeles | Conveners: Einstein Papers Project / California Institute of Technology (Jennifer Rodgers); German Historical Institute Washington and its Pacific Office at UC Berkeley (Simone Lässig, Anna-Carolin Augustin, Swen Steinberg); Holocaust Research Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London (Dan Stone); Queen Mary, University of London (Jane Freeland); Wiener Holocaust Library, London (Toby Simpson, Christine Schmidt) as part of the Holocaust and Genocide Research Partnership (HGRP); USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research (Wolf Gruner)

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Jul 14, 2024

Making a World of Many Worlds: Identities, Activisms, and Comparisons

Summer School | Pacific Office, Berkeley | organized by The Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (CALAS), the Pacific Office of the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI) at UC Berkeley, and the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 1288 “Practices of Comparing” at Bielefeld University

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Oct 31, 2024

Wings of Globalization? New Approaches to the History of Commercial Aviation, 1920s–2020s

International Conference at the German Historical Institute Washington | Conveners: Andreas Greiner (GHI Washington) and Stefan Rinke (Freie Universität Berlin)

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Bulletin 70 (Fall 2022)

Forum: Rethinking Cross-Border Connections

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Andrew Kloiber

Brewing Socialism: Coffee, East Germans, and Twentieth-Century Globalization

Studies in German History. Vol. 27. New York: Berghahn Books, 2022.

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Bulletin 69 (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)

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Simone Lässig, ed.

Digital History

Special Issue, Geschichte und Gesellschaft 47.1 (2021)

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Jan C. Jansen & Simone Lässig, eds.

Refugee Crises, 1945-2000: Political and Societal Responses in International Comparison

Publications of the German Historical Institute. Cambridge University Press, 2020.

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Latest News

Call for Papers

29th Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar: German History in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Deadline: January 15, 2024 | Seminar at the Harnack Haus, Berlin-Dahlem | June 23-25, 2024

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Visiting Fellowships at the GHI

Deadline: December 5, 2023 | The GHI is now accepting applications for its 2023-2024 visiting fellow program for European and North American scholars…

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Call for Papers

Wings of Globalization? New Approaches to the History of Commercial Aviation, 1920s–2020s

Deadline: December 15, 2023 | International Conference at the German Historical Institute Washington, Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2024

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Interview with Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow Mimi Cheng

We recently sat down with Dr. Mimi Cheng, one of our new Visiting Fellows, to learn more about the research she has planned for her GHI fellowship.

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Interview with Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow Jonathan Dentler

We're thrilled to introduce Dr. Jonathan Dentler, our latest Visiting Fellow at the GHI. An expert with a wide-ranging academic portfolio, Dr.…

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