History of Knowledge

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).



Innovation through Tradition? Jewish Educational Media and Cultural Transformation in the Face of Modernity Religion, Knowledge, and Education as Key Elements of Socio-Cultural Transformation

German-Israeli cooperative research project bringing that investigates the transformation of Jewish daily life through the prism of its central spaces of teaching, learning and knowledge.

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

Dec 15, 2022

GHI Colloquium

Speakers:Darja Jesse (Technische Universität Berlin), Tabea Nasaroff (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg), and Hans-Georg Ripken (Universität Mannheim)

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Apr 17, 2023

Knowledge Production in Displacement and Forced Migration

Workshop at the University of California, Santa Barbara | Conveners: Joshua Donovan (GHI Washington | Pacific Office), Vitalij Fastovskij (GHI Washington | Pacific Office), and Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky (University of California, Santa Barbara)

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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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Sophia Dafinger

Die Lehren des Luftkriegs: Sozialwissenschaftliche Expertise in den USA vom Zweiten Weltkrieg bis Vietnam

Transatlantische Historische Studien. Band 59. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2020.

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Das Pazifikbüro des DHI Washington. Aufbauphase 2017-2019

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Andrea Westermann & Onur Erdur, eds.

Histories of Migrant Knowledge: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives

Bulletin Supplement 15 (2020)

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Bulletin 65 (Fall 2019)

Forum: The Weimar Republic Reconsidered

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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.

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Latest News

Call for Papers

Diaspora and Debris: Material Culture in German-Jewish History

Deadline: December 15, 2022 | Seventh Junior Scholars Conference in Jewish History at GHI Washington, April 25-28, 2023

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Visiting Fellowships at the GHI

Deadline: December 1, 2022 | The GHI is now accepting applications for its 2022-2023 visiting fellow program for European and North American scholars…

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Binational Visiting Tandem Fellowship in the History of Migration at the GHI's Pacific Office in Berkeley

Deadline: January 15, 2023 | The GHI is seeking applications for a Binational Visiting Fellow Tandem at its Pacific Office at UC Berkeley.

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Watch recording of our event "Objects, Cultural Heritage, and Belonging"

If you were unable to watch our event "Objects, Cultural Heritage, and Belonging" live, it is now available on our Vimeo channel.

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Watch recording of our event ""Competing Memories? Inter|National Debates about Remembering the Holocaust and Colonialism"

If you were unable to watch our event "Competing Memories? Inter|National Debates about Remembering the Holocaust and Colonialism" live, it is now…

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