The history of knowledge analyzes the production and circulation of knowledge, taking into consideration a broad spectrum of actors, practices, and social contexts. It seeks to understand the creation of knowledge orders and systems along with the power relationships upon which they rest. The development of the field has taken different paths in Europe and North America. Consequently, a central objective of the GHI’s program in the history of knowledge is to spur transatlantic exchange on research methodologies. The history of knowledge also serves as vehicle for collaboration across the GHI’s core research fields and other subfields of history. Notably, the GHI’s Pacific Regional Office in Berkeley “Migrant Knowledge” initiative is supporting research at the intersection of migration history and the history of knowledge.
Photo Credit: The Wealth of the Nation, 1938. Seymour Fogel, Social Security Building (Voice of America).
Oct 29, 2020
Rethinking Health and Power during Times of Crisis
Part 2 of Virtual Panel Series Racism in History and Context | 3pm - 4:30pm ET | Panelists: Manuela Boatcă (University of Freiburg), Teresa Koloma Beck (Bundeswehr University Munich), Monica Muñoz Martinez (UT Austin), and Kathryn Olivarius (Stanford) | Moderators: Elisabeth Engel (GHI Washington) and Leti Volpp (UC Berkeley)Read on
Nov 04, 2020
Research Seminar (Virtual Session)
Speaker: Mario Peters (GHI)Read on
Apr 19, 2021
Climate Change, Energy, and Sustainability in the Pacific Region: Knowledge, Policies, and Transfers (1970s-present)
Conference at the German Institute for Japan Studies, Tokyo | Conveners: Sarah Beringer (German Historical Institute Washington D.C.), Benjamin Beuerle (German Historical Institute Moscow), Sonja Ganseforth (German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)) and Yufei Zhou (DIJ); in collaboration with the Max Weber Foundation Research Group at the National University of Singapore and the Max Weber Foundation China Branch Office in BeijingRead on
Apr 26, 2021
Change in Motion: Environment, Migration, and Mobilities
Workshop at the Pacific Regional Office of the GHI in Berkeley | Conveners: Sarah Earnshaw (Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Berkeley) and Samantha Fox (Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School, New York)Read on
Jun 07, 2021
Mobilities, Exclusion, and Migrants' Agency in the Pacific Realm in a Transregional and Diachronic Perspective
Conference at the University of California, Berkeley | Conveners: Albert Manke (GHI's Regional Office at UC Berkeley) and Sören Urbansky (German Historical Institute Washington)Read on
Sep 23, 2021
Environments of Exile: Refugees, Nature, and Representations
Biennial Conference of the North American Society for Exile Studies at Queen's University, Kingston, ON | Conveners: Swen Steinberg (Queen’s University, Kingston / GHI PRO) and Helga Schreckenberger (University of Vermont, Burlington)Read on
Die Lehren des Luftkriegs: Sozialwissenschaftliche Expertise in den USA vom Zweiten Weltkrieg bis Vietnam
Transatlantische Historische Studien. Band 59. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2020.Read on
Bulletin 66 (Spring 2020)Read on
Das Pazifikbüro des DHI Washington. Aufbauphase 2017-2019Read on
Andrea Westermann & Onur Erdur, eds.
Histories of Migrant Knowledge: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives
Bulletin Supplement 15 (2020)Read on
Bulletin 65 (Fall 2019)
Forum: The Weimar Republic ReconsideredRead on
Simone Lässig & Andreas Weiß, eds.
The World of Children: Foreign Cultures in Nineteenth-Century German Education and Entertainment
Studies in German History. Vol. 24. New York: Berghahn Books, 2020.Read on
Axel Jansen, John Krige & Jessica Wang, eds.
Empires of Knowledge
Special Issue, History and Technology 35.3 (2019)Read on
Jan Logemann, Gary Cross & Ingo Köhler, eds
Consumer Engineering, 1920s–1970s: Marketing between Expert Planning and Consumer Responsiveness
Worlds of Consumption. New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2019.Read on